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#1 Kirkingly

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:45 AM

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Hello, I've been to the doctors about 5/6 times now. On first appointment, I was told to wait a month, see if my pain died down and then come back. I did, the pain got worse, nothing helpful or good came out of it. On my second appointment, the doctor poked my stomach around, I explained how the pains were in my left abdomen, that I noticed mucus in my stools and had sore pains in the morning/night. I was told to give it another 2 weeks and come back if it was still there. He asked if I was stressed, I said no, I'm at university, 18 years old, no stress in my life, no issues that would cause stress. I went back in 2 weeks and I saw another doctor, she said it could be IBS after I said it was getting worse, she prescribed me Mebeverine and Fexofenadine (for my hayfever). She said to take them for 2 weeks, then come back and see if they're helping. I've only been taking them a week and my symptoms are getting worse. I've had what looks like plastic lining in my stools, more mucus, inconsistencies, some are clumped together, some are small, lots of small droplets, most recent was very dark with a large lining sheet inside the stool, the largest it's been. I see food that hasn't been digested (such as pea's) and the pains are now all throughout the day. To make it more odd, I am a homosexual, my partner has also now started to have similar problems, he is seeing mucus in his stools. Previous to this, my partner had worms, on a first occasion, we took a Mebendazole tablet, then and I stayed for a week in his house and my partner (weeks on) still had irritation around his anus and worms in his stools, so we both took a worming tablet, again Mebendazole. I have already done a urine test (for Chlamydia), a blood test and a stool sample, which all came back as okay; I was puzzled how my stool samples came back normal, I have taken many photos, all showing them not okay (I can provide, if somebody wants to see what I'm attempting to describe). Me and my partner were both virgins and did have unprotected sex, but should I be worried about something? I was planning on going back the doctors and explaining this, saying how my partner is having the same symptoms and pains (except he has constipation, bloating, bad wind) whilst I do not. From the pains, I tend not to eat a large breakfast, I rarely have lunch and I only have my main meal. Could this be IBS (a fluke for both of us to have it) or an intestinal bacterial infection, shall I repeat a stool sample? I strongly appreciate all help, I have had this for what I can remember being the best part of 5 months, at least. Regards, Kirk


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Posted 13 May 2011 - 09:57 AM

Hi Kirk,Just to start off - doctors always say come back in 2-3 weeks if it doesn't work - mainly because they think most people won't bother, its a way of getting rid of them. So keep going back if you're still suffering. Some people find antispasmodics such as mebeverine useful, whereas for others they aren't really effective. Its all trial and error with IBS, if that's really what it is. In what way have your symptoms got worse?The plastic lining sounds like an excess of mucus - I get that all the time. Mucus helps lubricate our stools and though alarming to see lots of it in your stools its usually nothing to worry about. I get undigested food in my stools all the time - peas, peppers, tomatoes; again very normal if you have IBS. I have the type with constipation and I even get undigested food in my stools.Its possible that the mebendazole that you both took are causing your stomach problems because the side effects can include stomach upset and diarrhoea. In saying this most drugs list these as their side effects, so I wouldn't know how common it would be to suffer from these symptoms. This is something you could ask your doctor next time if it maybe caused your stomach pain. Another thing that could cause the pain could be proctitis - its inflammation of the rectum, which can among other things cause pain in the lower abdomen, diarrhoea, mucus and incomplete evacuation of stools (basically the feeling that there's more to come). It is common in ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's disease but can also be caused by STDs - so in your case it might be best to get you and your partner a full STD screen at a local GUM clinic. This would be the most likely seeing as you and your partner are both having symptoms. I would suggest you use a condom in future, especially if there is a possibility that one or both of you has an STD. Your health is way too important. Of course its possible that you both have IBS, its very common with around 1 in 5 people having it so it could be that you both have it, its not entirely implausible. No two people are affected the same way by the condition which is why his symptoms could be slightly different to yours. I hope some of that helps. The main things I would do is pester your GP until you find something that controls your symptoms and get the STD check.All the bestEm

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 01:37 PM

Hello, Thank you for a response, I do greatly appreciate it!I'm going to go back the doctors on Monday and ask to do an STD screening, I did a urine test, which I assume was for C & G, if it is an STD, what could it be? My symptoms have been getting worse in the fact my pain has started to be a lot more common, getting much worse at night, some nights I lay there for an hour trying to just get comfortable from the pain (my parents said maybe this could be caused by the tablets, and I should try to try another tablet)I've been seeing a lot of variation in the past 2 days in my stools, much more mucus on some, strange shapes, strange clumps together, some were brown, some black, some tiny pieces together, other longer. Today, there was some sort of red part in it, stringed red part, I assumed this was food, I tried to poke it to see if it was blood, but I couldn't be sure.If this was an infection, would that definitely show up in my stools? The sample I handed in, I took the night beforehand (9 hours before handing it in) and kept it refrigerated in a well-sealed pot. I'm not sure if this could of had any effect on the results, shall I request another stool sample, along with the STD tests?Regards,Kirk

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:15 PM

My stomach got extremely bad just earlier, I took my Mebeverine tablet as normal, 20 minutes later I had my tea, it didn't do anything, still hurt, a lot; I just took two paracetamol and it seems to of calmed down, it's not as painful and noticeably in your face as it was prior.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 04:43 PM

To be honest I find Mebeverine completely useless - has never worked for me. You could ask your GP about trying a different antispasmodic, there's a few on the market. Buscopan works well for some people and you can get it over the counter, there's also Spasmonal and Colpermin. Colpermin is actually peppermint oil, in an enteric coating so it doesn't break down in the stomach - it relaxes the bowel wall so it doesn't go into spasm. For me I found it the most effective of all of them even though its a more natural remedy. I found it really good for trapped wind as well (sorry prob TMI lol!)Glad the paracetamol settled things down too!

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 04:56 PM

Sorry I'm an idiot and didn't read your post above that. Well according to Wikipedia (not exactly the most accurate of sources!), proctitis can be caused by gonorrhoea, chlamydia, herpes simplex virus 1 or 2 or syphilis, but can also be caused my inflammation of the colon due to ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's disease. The tablets shouldn't be causing you pain seeing as the Mebeverine is supposed to actually reduce IBS pain. I know I often have very bad pain at night because I'm very bloated and find it hard to get comfortable. To be honest I've never really found anything that's eased my symptoms. If the pain is very severe sometimes doctors will prescribe you a low dose of antidepressants. They're not saying you're depressed but at low doses antidepressants have been found to be very good for pain relief. People with IBS often get a lot of changes with their stools. I tend not to pay too much attention to mine anymore because you can get a bit freaked out. Mucus isn't necessarily a bad thing in our stool, it can be quite normal. As you said the red colour was probably from food but if you hand in a stool sample they will soon be able to tell you if its blood. Generally if the blood you pass is red it is from the lower part of the large intestine and can often be from a haemorrhoid or ulcerative Colitis in the sigmoid colon. Whereas if you had blood from say an ulcer or higher up in the digestive tract it would cause your stools to be black and tarry. With regards to your stool test, I think you'd get better results from a fresh one so if you normally have a bowel movement in the morning if you were able to drop it in before work or something. Hope some of that helpsEm





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