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 :-(