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Severe Stomach Upset; Diarrhea

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  • Posted By: Eliz1108
  • January 6, 2009
  • 00:02 PM

Thank you for reading my thread. I am twenty seven years old and have always been thin, but considered average weight and healthy. I started having episodes when I graduated high school. I have an episode of severe upset stomach. It is not a shooting pain, but a very upset feeling. In order to relieve these symptoms I have to go to the bathroom. My first stool will usually be regular. A couple minutes later I will have the same severe upset feeling followed by cramping in my chest. I will then have to run to the bathroom again and the stool will be more loose. I will wait a few minutes, and will have to go to the bathroom again. This happens a total of about four or five times, and by the last time the stool will be very loose; diarrhea. I also feel very weak and tired, and constantly worried that I may pass out. Other than these episodes I feel fine.
It is hard to explain the upset feeling. It is very severe. If I am driving, I have to make a detour to the nearest bathroom. I cannot chalk it up to anything that I eat. I have tried cutting out lactose which I know is often the culprit. That has not changed anything. I have even thought it might be celiac disease, but I do not eat much wheat to think that might be causing these issues. I was told once that it was probobly IBS, but I am not really having to much actual sharp pains; it is more of an extreme upset feeling.
When I was around nineteen, I had a barium test done, with no findings. At this time (which was when my symptoms first started), I was found to be anemic. There was a long lapse in time when I did not see a doctor, since I went away for college. After I got married and became pregnant last year, I had blood tests done which found that I was no longer anemic. A few months into my pregnancy I became anemic again. During my pregnancy I also noticed that I only had about two episodes of severe upset stomach followed by diarrhea.
After giving birth to my daughter, the episodes returned. These episodes seem to be becoming more frequent or I am just keeping track of them more. They occur about once a week or every other week.
It seems that most diseases have to do with a symptom of stomach pain and not severe upset stomach with which I am experiencing.
Please help.. thank you!

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  • Hello,, I'm sorry to say I do not know the cause of your pain but I am encouraged to find someone else who seems to be suffering with the same symptoms as I do. I am 25 yr old female and have suffered for years with these type of episodes, starting in high school and occuring sometimes 2 times a week or going for months without an episode. This happens to me always after eating and I have not been able to find certain foods that trigger an episode. I will have severe stomach discomfort that comes in waves which is relieved by diahrea. The whole episode lasting 15 -30min. I too share your desperation to understand what is going on here!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 22, 2009
    • 02:30 AM
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  • Hey, Just wanted to say I did ALOT of reading yesterday and today and have found that my symptoms may be caused by MSG. It is found in almost everything these days which is why I could never pin point it. Anyway, I'm going to avoid MSG in the future and see how this affects me. Hopefully for the better! Thanks and good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 23, 2009
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  • I was glad to come across this post. I am a 27 year old female who has had a similar random experience. By the time I get to the doctor though I am usually feeling fine. I have more than once considered going to the emergencey room, and once my family members did take me. Today a co-worker took me, as I could not walk. I'm trying to find an answer, but it is nice to see my experience is not my own.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 26, 2009
    • 05:47 PM
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  • I have just now come across this blog - I have exactly the same symptoms you described. Stomach cramps, then normal stool - a short while later (maybe 10 minutes), more cramping and a looser stool - this continues in this pattern until the bowel movement is completely liquid and I'm emptied out. After that, I'm exhausted - the whole process takes about an hour. It will sometimes happen right after I eat, but more often it will occur somewhere between 3 and 5 in the morning. I am beginning to suspect MSG as well - I was wondering if you ever came to a conclusion about that. Thanks!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 7, 2010
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