My doctors keep telling me I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but I don't believe that is the correct diagnosis. :confused: Someone please HELP!! Here are my symptoms:
Main symptom is diarrhea. When it happens, it is excruciatingly painful to the point where it always makes me nauseous and sometimes I vomit. I rank it a 9 out of 10 on the pain scale. (My 10 is where the body just cannot handle pain anymore and you faint/pass out...a 9 is where pain is so bad it makes you vomit/nauseous...and an 8 is where you feel like you want to die.) It's timing is unpredictable. I can have it 2 or 3 times a week, or I can go 2-3 weeks without an episode. There is no discernable food or stress pattern. I can have minimal stress and still have an episode. I can eat healthy and it happens, junk food and it happens, spicy food and it happens, bland food and it happens. It even happened once after I had eaten some Ramen Noodles! The only pattern is that it always happens approximately 30 minutes after a meal. But like I said, the contents of the meal can vary greatly and it can still happen. The pain, as I said before is excruciating and debilitating. It comes in waves until all contents of my bowels have been excreted. Usually lasts 30 minutes to an hour. I get sweats and chills. Afterwards, my lower abdomen is very sore for up to two days. I usually only have one episode, then all goes back to normal until it strikes again. Immodium never helps. It always runs it's course until my bowels are empty. I'm scared (absolutely terrified) to eat because I never know which meal is going to set it off. Most mornings I wake up feeling bloated and gassy and crampy, so I almost never eat breakfast because I might have an episode. I don't know if these symptoms are related, but I'm always cold (my thyroid and iron levels are normal), and I'm always tired. I also have severe Enometriosis Stage 4.
Don't know if anyone can help, but if you can, please do!