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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 5, 2010
  • 04:59 PM

Hello, I have tried to include as many details as possible, please read.

Details

Height: 6'4
Weight: 13 Stone
Build: Large

Existing Medical Conditions:

Gastritis

Medications:

Ranitidine (Zantac)
Mebeverine (Colofac)
Mintec (same as Colpermin)
Domperidone (Motilium)

Other Treatments/Procedures

Endoscopy (showing some stomach inflammation)
RAST Test (showed elevated white cells I think?)

Diets Tried:

High fibre (soluble and insoluble)
Low fibre
Small meals often
Large meal x 1 a day
Drink more water (my normal water intake is 4-5litres a day - always thirsty!)

Food Cut Out:

All alcohol (not drank for over 2 years)
Coffee/Tee/Hot drinks
Spices
All dairy
Lowered wheat
Sorbital and all artificial sweeteners

I stuck with the ones that helped and re-added the ones that didn't make any difference.




I have seen different GP's a few times and they just say IBS, they wont do anything and its made my quality of life a 1/10 and making me seriously depressed.

Please, if you have any ideas say so - even if it sounds silly.

Information - sorry its long!

I have been constipated since a child and was diagnosed with IBS-C (without tests for anything else). I am now 23 and 3 or 4 months ago my stools changed, I developed more pain in the lower left abdomen and I also started getting really tired to the point where moving was hard.

My stools were previously about 9-10 inches long and about 3 inches wide but when they changed they became the width of a tennis ball and over a foot long. This was painful but manageable. 8 days ago this all changed, I had cramps and then a explosive soft stool. I thought nothing of it but it has not stopped.

When I wake up I take my pills, drink a couple of glasses of water and get to work (self employed). I then start to get cramps (really really painful) in the lower left side of my abdomen then I need to go the the toilet, the stools are very loose. They now look lighter in colour, almost grey/greenish and smell horrible. I then take some of my pain killers (which contain the constipating codeine) to try and stop the cramps and stop pooping. They seem to help (I would like to make it clear that I only previously took 1 or 2 of the 10mg pills per month, now 3 or 4 a day). The size of the new stools is about very small, sloppy and odd shapes.

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  • My stools were previously about 9-10 inches long and about 3 inches wide but when they changed they became the width of a tennis ball and over a foot long. This was painful but manageable. 8 days ago this all changed, I had cramps and then a explosive soft stool. I thought nothing of it but it has not stopped. Im answering as a mother of a daughter who had quite serious issues in this area so i know quite about about it. If one is constipated a lot, it can stretch the bowel (this was told to me by a gastro specialist), ...this stretching can worsen the whole situation as more and more can build up (and one can also end up loosing sense of when one needs to go as ones bowel is used to being full all the time). Your cramping and explosive soft stool at this point may well be due to you are quite badly actually blocked!! When one gets that badly blocked one needs enemas (gotten from chemist) and if those dont work you may need a G and O (Gycerine and olive oil put in a bag and tubed into the bowel) at the hospital or something even more severe (many years back i remember it was something called "go lightly" admistered at hospital, but that also caused a risk of dehydration). My daughter ended up having to stay in hospital on several occassions for treatment for impaction (explained below). If one becomes extremely constipated it can impact and at this point one can get diarrhea which is overflow going around the impaction... I personally think you may need to see your doctor and tell her what is happening and that someone has told you you may be impacting.. You may currently need treatment right now!!!. Also ask for a referal to a Gastroentologist (sp?). Without treatment you may find yourself going into more and more pain to the point where you are very ill (and bloated) and the longer left, the harder it is to fix. (At the worst, this can cause one to need surgery to remove impaction). Once the impaction situation is fixed you need to be on things to prevent this issue in future and to help stop the bowel from getting bowel stretched more. My own daughter was taking doses of 3 different things and exceding adult dosages from the age of 2 or 3 as she had serious bowel issues and couldnt go and suffered serious bowel impactions... a combination of parafin, senokot and umm Ive forgotten now the third thing thou was some kind of fibre...also she needed daily enemas. It was very complex trying to get her treatment right and took over a year of trial and error. You NEED a specialist!! Also taking codeine to stop your cramps caused by constipation is the WRONG thing to be doing and WILL MAKE your whole condition worst!! You shouldnt even be taking ANY form of pain killer for constipation (esp not one in which further constipates) but rather treating the constipation by not treating it, you condition is going to worsen. If your doctor will not refer you to a specialist you need to get another doctor. I also started getting really tired to the point where moving was hard. I beleive that happens due to toxins being kept in your bowel instead of clearing. Headaches are also common in constipation. (i think I can remember my daughter vomiting due to extreme constipation when very young before we got her meds right, back in the days when she used to end up in hospital due to constipation). Constipation CAN be treated and you need EXPERT help to find the right treatments.
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  • Please get tested for celiac disease. It is a simple blood test, and it is often misdiagnosed as IBS. Good luck to you.
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  • My stools were previously about 9-10 inches long and about 3 inches wide but when they changed they became the width of a tennis ball and over a foot long. This was painful but manageable. 8 days ago this all changed, I had cramps and then a explosive soft stool. I thought nothing of it but it has not stopped. just live with the craps solid in liquid out
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