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#1 ringbananaphone

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 11:54 AM

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Hi everyone. I'm really hoping someone might be able to shed some light on what's going on with my body.

 

I visited a doctor a few weeks ago to explain my problems, he pressed on my abdominen to check for pain (there was none) and stuck a finger up my bum and gave me an appointment for a gastroenterologist in SIX MONTHS - because my issues were deemed non-urgent.

 

So while I wait for my gastroenterologist appointment in May, I'd love to at least get an idea of what's going on with me so I can try adjusting my diet or schedule to ease the problems.

 

Me:

 

5'7", 150 lbs healthy 28 year old woman. Very few health issues throughout my life, an occasional bout of asthma but that's it.

 

All my life I've had a steel stomach. I could eat absolutely anything and my BMs would remain normal. Very few instances of stomach pain and I haven't vomited (or really felt nauseous) since I was a child. I've played around with different diet types in the past few years, anywhere from low-carb healthy to basically all carbs junk food.

 

The issues:

 

Some time in October, out of nowhere, I began expelling mucus with my BMs. Sometimes I feel pressure but go to the bathroom only to expel large amounts of gas and mucus. 

 

Since October, this has been a daily occurrence. Basically every time I go to the bathroom to pee, I will also expel some gas and mucus. The mucus can be clear, yellow, orange or brown and sometimes dotted with fresh blood. The consistency of my BMs hasn't changed - they're usually slightly firm pellets or a bit softer. Never diarrhea. 

 

No abdominal pain, although sometimes I feel a bit of dull pain coming from somewhere maybe 3-6 inches up into my body from my anus.

 

I know there's not much to be done until a gastroenterologist can take a peek, but does this sound like IBS to you? Or something else? Should I try the low FODMAP diet to see if it helps?

 

Thank you.



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 12:30 PM

What does your typical diet look like right now?



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 12:51 PM

What does your typical diet look like right now?

 

I've been jumping around between different foods since this started happening and it's been a bit chaotic with the Christmas holidays and New Years. Way too many Christmas cookies...

 

I'm generally very low-sugar, basically only drink water and tea. No coffee. I usually skip breakfast. Lunch is usually sandwich, soup or nibbly things like crackers, cheese, salami, nuts, chips. 

 

Dinner is a few cups of steamed frozen veggies, or edamame with a protein like baked chicken thighs, slow-cooker roasted pork, steak. If I'm craving carbs I'll make a creamy pasta dish instead. 

 

For snacks I go for cheese (love cheese), almond milk with cereal, an apple with peanut butter or yogurt. Sometimes I make homemade breads to eat with cheese.

 

Of course, sometimes all that gets thrown out the window and I'll skip breakfast and lunch and get KFC for dinner.

 

I tried incorporating fermented food into my diet for a few weeks when this first started happening (probiotic pills, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, pickles) and it didn't seem to make any difference.

 

I know that getting a good diet routine down will help a lot in diagnosing, so that's why I'm wondering if I should try low FODMAP.



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:19 PM

Hmmm... have you tried cutting dairy and seeing if it helps?



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:25 PM

Hmmm... have you tried cutting dairy and seeing if it helps?

 

Nope but I can definitely give it a shot. I already prefer the taste of almond milk so that's fine. Hard cheeses are my main weakness but I can leave them alone for a while to see what happens. Thanks for the suggestion.







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