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Fecal Odor

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 16, 2007
  • 00:54 AM

PLEASE HELP ME ... I smell like poo and am DESPERATE!!!!

I eliminate once before I take a hot shower in the morning. Right before I leave for work, I eliminate again and am forced to take another shower quickly in order to get to work on time. Mostly (unfortunately not all the time), it seems all is a-ok until after I eat my lunch. I've heard people make comments behind my back that I stink like "**s." I think I've come close a few times to people about to be mean and say something to me about my "odor" but when that happens, I avoid them and then they don't do it (thank goodness).

My regular doctor (looking at me with pathetic and sad eyes) told me to replace my intake of milk and milk products with soy milk and non-milk products and increase my intake of fiber (even though I was already adding 20-30 grams to my cereal in the morning). He's known for many years that I, at some point, had developed a lactose problem (can't mix cow milk and cow beef--bad diarrhea) over the years so I figured I'd try it. No difference. He then sent me to a Gastrointestinal Doc who performed a Colonoscopy and blood tests which showed only that I was a very healthy person with "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" (D). The Gastrointestinal Doc suggested I take probiotics (Flora-Q) and Imodium AD which I have been on almost a month ... aside from the fact that I can't sit through eating a small bowl of cereal in the morning before an onset of an instant urgency to eliminate, the Flora-Q and Imodium have also created nicely formed poo along with a very regular poo schedule ... other than that ... nothing. A few weeks ago, I added a good, strong women's multivitamin (GNC) ... nothing changed except now my pee is an electric neon yellow (kinda cool if nothing else).

I mentioned my "issue" to my Gynecologist (a female): She never heard of my problem, was visibly uncomfortable, and couldn't wait to get to her next patient suddenly after I brought it up. I thought that since she was "down there" that maybe she might have noticed something since I've been going to her for half my life (I'm about to turn 37--yippee for me). I also thought that maybe I could have been concentrating on the wrong "hole."

In addition to using toilet paper, I use "medicated" wipes with aloe and witch hazel if I have to poo at work (ugh). No matter how much TP or wipes I use, it seems I cannot get rid of this odor. I've been on medication for depression (among other things) but I feel like I'm losing my mind! People are so mean to me and make comments about the air smelling like **s and I hear comments behind my back that they think I don't know how to wipe myself. I really cannot, for the life of me, figure out why I haven't become one of those crazies who rip off their clothes and run down the block screaming and pulling out my hair.

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