IBS, or something more?
Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:09 AM
Ive been to the doctors numerous times and been given treatments including Mebeverine, Peppermint Capsules, (which did not help in the slightest) if not made me worse.... I've done about 3 stool samples to rule out serious conditions (my sister has ulcerative colitis but i've not yet ever seen blood in my stool, though i do get a fair amount of mucus) , but i have never had a Endoscopy or Colonoscopy, and after seeing a gastroenterologist, im currently taking Loperamide Hydrochloride 2mg, on prescription.. and have been for about 5 months.
I would usually take 2 Loperamide a day, enough so im not always in the bathroom, but not too many as to make me constipated.
However i read that your body can learn to tolerate this medication, so it no longer works, so i've started taking it some days, and not others, so my body doesn't get too used to it. But after a day or so, i start at square one, getting stomach aches in the morning, with mushy stool. I don't want to be on loperamide my whole life, so i need some other options.
I also do not react well to Dairy Products, especially Milk and Yoghurts. I Don't drink an awful lot, maybe 4 glasses of water a day, but yet stools are always mushy, when i have no loperamide in my system.
I then decided to look up Gluten Intolerance, and the symptoms that are listed that i can relate to include
- Loose/Mushy Stools
- Easily Bruised
- Light Headedness and Fatigue
- Tingly Feet
- Anxiety (im awful for worrying about going places, things going wrong, there not being a toilet about etc.)
- Irregular Periods (i went through a phase about 3 months ago, where i went 5 months with no period)
- Incomplete Evacuation (hense why i go to the loo so often, i'm never empty! and i have constant pressure like i need to go, and when im nervous about seeing 'someone' or going places, makes it 10x worse!)
I've never tried avoiding gluten, and i know it can be very hard to live on a gluten free diet!
Dcotors as you can see have not been much use to me, and im back to see My Gastro in January, any suggestions what this could actually be? and how i can ask my gastro to do some tests for Gluten Intolerance?
Any ideas would be hugely appreciated as at the minute im becoming a hermit! My social life is down the drain, it's getting me quiet upset and i ended up leaving college after just 1 year due to the amount of time i was taking off anyway, not to mention the fact i really want to start a relationship, but i know this would rule the roost to start off with! .. and trying to get a partner to understand the condition can be hard, when their always healthy, out and about, and im stuck inside with the bathroom, rarely wanting to be out! HELP!
Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:47 PM
I have had problems for years and they still don't have an answer for me. It is frustrating for sure. Don't give up and make the doctors check you for everything. If you can't find one that is willing to stick with you to the end then find someone that will. It's your life and your health that you are talking about. Hang in there
Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:49 AM
One thing i don't think i did mention was that i get a lot of mucus. But not always with stool. Almost every day, at diffferent points throughout the day, i feel the urges to have a BM, but there is just a clump of mucus. Usually quite a lot, but some days its not so bad.
I wish they could find what it is and help me get it sorted, i get sooo upset not being able to go out and do normal things and enjoy myself :-(
Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:08 AM
She basically didn't give a stuff about what i had to say!
I even took my time to write my symptoms down so she could see exactly how it affects me and she wasn't even interested in looking at it!
She didn't talk to me, she talked AT me like i was a naughty 6 year old school child! & all she did was tell me off for not taking mebeverine when i was last prescribed it, when ive told them time and time and TIME again that ive taken 2 different mebeverine dosages and they havent done a thing to help me! So all that doctors trip did was reduce me to tears and make me DETEST the woman!
Lost all hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:18 AM
Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:17 AM
I hope they can name something but don't expect too much here as it's also quite possible they'll find nothing. IBS is an umbrella term the medical profession use when they cant label it anything else and know little about it. Fortunately there are things you can try such as the low fodmap diet, or look at food intolerance, so if it comes to nothing try to get referred to a dietician. Just my advice.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:03 AM
Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:50 PM
Went to the doctor , they said I don't have cancer ( Serious Hypochondriac) but they are sending me for a blood test due to my over weight ... dahm :/ Now im worried I forgot to tell some of my symptoms because when I sat on the chair I started to cry and couldn't stop haah <.< now I'm still worried I have cancer and I want it to stop
Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:34 AM
Anyway, i was at the doctors last night and turns out it was nothing on my blood test... It was something to do with my hormones but nothing that needed treating, it was just from the time of the month (between two periods) that the blood was taken, that altered something on the test. Although im kind of a bit gutted, i really hoped it would say something like celiac positive, so i could pin point why my bowels are all messed up. But anyway, suppose i should be grateful i have no major problems, and just an irritated gut/bowel. ... Although i've now been asked to provide a stool sample to test lactose intollerance, im now hoping this one comes back positive, haha. My Amitriptyline dose has also been 'upped' by 10mg, (now on 20mg) as i told her it has helped slow down gut motility quite alot in a morning which is a good thing in my case.
Got to go back to see her in 2-3 weeks time to see what the stool test result is and discuss further ideas, until then, im plodding on :-)