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2 years and counting of being fobbed off! PLEASE HELP ME!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 12, 2009
  • 11:58 PM

I have been trying to get answers- or at the very least, some help from my doctors, but I just keep getting fobbed off. Each time its a different answer, a waste of time and the things they say are at best laughable, but mainly I find insulting.

The problem started out with my stomach- its huge. I am gaining weight too- fast, its not as fast as it was, but its still going up.

I went to the doctor as my stomach was so big that I got people asking me if I was 6 months pregnent. I am not. Its been 2 years, I am 100% sure I am not expecting!

In the past year, my bowls have gotten really bad. Constant gas and diarreh (sorry can't spell that!) its gotten so bad that where it was once fairly lose, its now explosive and like water. Pale and just feels so disgusting. I don't know what to do.

I have tried buscopan, deflatine, calcuim carbonate pills, charcole pills, hydrochoric acid with pepsin....(though not all at the same time!) I make sure I drink enough every day of plain water, I also make sure I get enough fiber from fresh fruit and vegetables. It makes no difference (I still do it though). My diet is very healthy- I used to have anorexia and bulimia, I still cannot eat fried or junk foods as a result- trust me my diet is very healthy! I am at a healthy weight btw, if anything, its getting close to overweight (BMI 25) as my weight continues to rise.

Here is what the doctors have said:
GP1: Did an xray, said I should try charcole pills. I did that for 2 months, no difference, I went back.
GP2: Said it was IBS, said I should try buscopan and also another OTC pill, but not together. Neither made any difference.
I then read into IBS, I really was convinced I had it, but few if any of the symptoms were appicable- I never get constipated, I am not in any pain and there is no contractions in the way that IBS exists at all. It also makes no difference if I am stressed or not.
GP3: Told me its something all women go through (really? all women look 6 months gone?) and said it was nothing to worry about. Didn't let me get a word in edgeways before finishing the appointment.
GP4: Said it was because I excercised too much (I have an addiction and have gotten it down to 10 hours of cardio a week). I believed her too...until I spoke to several personal trainers, two of which worked out 10 hours plus a week too, they said that lose bowels are common, but nothing like I am mentioning and that my stomach was inflamed and I needed to deal with that as it wouldn't go down until I did. Makes sense as my ribs show, but my stomach is massive.

I am clueless as to what to do, how to get my doctor to take notice and if not, what I should be asking for as they seem less then willing to do anything to help.

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  • I have been trying to get answers- or at the very least, some help from my doctors, but I just keep getting fobbed off. Each time its a different answer, a waste of time and the things they say are at best laughable, but mainly I find insulting. The problem started out with my stomach- its huge. I am gaining weight too- fast, its not as fast as it was, but its still going up. I went to the doctor as my stomach was so big that I got people asking me if I was 6 months pregnent. I am not. Its been 2 years, I am 100% sure I am not expecting! In the past year, my bowls have gotten really bad. Constant gas and diarreh (sorry can't spell that!) its gotten so bad that where it was once fairly lose, its now explosive and like water. Pale and just feels so disgusting. I don't know what to do. I have tried buscopan, deflatine, calcuim carbonate pills, charcole pills, hydrochoric acid with pepsin....(though not all at the same time!) I make sure I drink enough every day of plain water, I also make sure I get enough fiber from fresh fruit and vegetables. It makes no difference (I still do it though). My diet is very healthy- I used to have anorexia and bulimia, I still cannot eat fried or junk foods as a result- trust me my diet is very healthy! I am at a healthy weight btw, if anything, its getting close to overweight (BMI 25) as my weight continues to rise. Here is what the doctors have said:GP1: Did an xray, said I should try charcole pills. I did that for 2 months, no difference, I went back.GP2: Said it was IBS, said I should try buscopan and also another OTC pill, but not together. Neither made any difference.I then read into IBS, I really was convinced I had it, but few if any of the symptoms were appicable- I never get constipated, I am not in any pain and there is no contractions in the way that IBS exists at all. It also makes no difference if I am stressed or not.GP3: Told me its something all women go through (really? all women look 6 months gone?) and said it was nothing to worry about. Didn't let me get a word in edgeways before finishing the appointment.GP4: Said it was because I excercised too much (I have an addiction and have gotten it down to 10 hours of cardio a week). I believed her too...until I spoke to several personal trainers, two of which worked out 10 hours plus a week too, they said that lose bowels are common, but nothing like I am mentioning and that my stomach was inflamed and I needed to deal with that as it wouldn't go down until I did. Makes sense as my ribs show, but my stomach is massive. I am clueless as to what to do, how to get my doctor to take notice and if not, what I should be asking for as they seem less then willing to do anything to help. I would advise you to demand to see a Consultant Gastroenterologist (not a resident or intern) asap. I agree that it doesn't sound like IBS to me, but your bowels could be really messed up because of your previous anorexia and bulimia. Firstly, I understand that it's hard for you because of your addictions, but it may help to get some kind of psychiatric counselling or mild anti-anxiety medication initially, because having gone through 7 years of being passed from doctor to doctor and being told my disease was all in my head, eventually I did develop some anxiety and depression on top of what I already had. Your body naturally reacts to stress and anxiety, and that could be increasing your bowel symptoms, and potentially masking the real bowel symptoms (if that makes sense). Secondly, it is possible to eat too much fruit and fibre! Some people just cannot tolerate it, and that can cause real problems. I used to eat Bran Flakes every morning, and started getting terrible stomach pains and loose stools. It turned out to be the bran! Also you might want to try drinking mint tea, as that can also help. I hope that this has been some help to you.
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    • October 13, 2009
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