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I feel like I'm dying and no one knows why - GI problems

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  • Posted By: ramtuff
  • April 23, 2008
  • 05:51 AM

I desperately need help in diagnosing a GI disorder. This has been an ongoing problem since 2005, and no one's been able to tell me what's wrong. Here's the basic gist:


Week long periods w/no bowel movements
Week long periods w/multiple bowel movements per day
All bowel movements are soft/runny
Hard to "clean" myself after a bowel movement...requires and excessive amount of wiping
Uncontrollable discharge/leaking of fecal matter after a bowel movement that requires follow-up wipes throughout the day (about every 20-30 minutes)
Occasional blood in stool
Excessive gas
A feeling of being bloated
Excessive dripping after urination
General pain throughout my stomach and intestinal regions that comes and goes and varies in intensity

In 2006, I went to the hospital with appendicitis like pain, and an inflammation was found in the cavity where the large and small intestines meet. I was treated for the inflammation, but no one could tell me the cause of it.

So far, I've had MRI's, upper and lower bowel x-rays, a small bowel study (barium swallow), abdominal and pelvic ultrasounds, and a colonoscopy. None of these tests found anything out of the ordinary.

With the symptoms I have, and since it's been impossible to diagnose up to now, I'm really scared that this could be something really serious (as in life threatening). I certainly feel like I'm dying, and to be totally honest, if whatever I have is killing me, I wish it would hurry up and get it over with. Living like this for the past three years has been absolute ***l, and it's really affecting my life, personally and professionally. Any help or ideas that you have would be very appreciated.

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