Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:36 AM
Sickly; abdominal discomfort/pain with flu-like symptoms.Can these symptoms be caused by irritable bowel syndrome?I see my dr regularly and have consulted her, without resolution, when these symptoms cause me to get sick
. Often begins with loud intestinal and/or stomach rumblings, frequent belching and nausea. Then come the abdominal pains, bloating, slowing of stool regularity and getting SICK. This means I feel like I have a bad flu, but no URI symptoms. Ache all over, very fatigued, can't stay awake, sometimes joint pain. Sometimes have a metallic taste in my mouth.Have had endoscopy. Result: hiatal hernia & GERD for which I take oemeprazole daily. Tried and failed to have a colonoscopy. On day of test 24 hr fast caused intense migraine (hunger is a trigger). Immobile due to migraine and dr said the sedative to be used could aggravate it. Daily--fluoxetine (generic Prozac as migraine preventative). I am a 59 yr old female, eat a high fiber diet and am a vegetarian.Symptoms can last for a few days/week, but currently am in the 3rd week of feeling sick all over, dragging around and cancelling out of life and sitting in a chair/bed. Please help: this has been occuring a couple of times a year for the last 5 years. I have seen the dr numerous times over the past few years, when these symptoms occur, but never had any firm diagnosis (have had blood tests--no abnormalities) except to wait it out. It is extremely difficult to have to interrupt my daily life for these periods of time without knowing what to do to alleviate the symptoms OR MORE IMPORTANTLY how to prevent another occurance.