Posted 18 August 2017 - 02:57 PM
Hey y'all! I was hoping to share my symptoms and story to see if it sounds typical of IBS sufferers or if something else might be going on. About 2 1/2 months ago (the start of June) I was working on studying for finals, which of course made me very stressed. I had the urge to have a bm so I went to the bathroom to do my business, but when I wiped I noticed it was red. I'm a naturally anxious and health-conscious person so I went into an absolutely tizzy of fear and symptom-googling (which is not a good idea for health anxious people, lol) which led me to articles about all sorts of nasty diseases like colon and ovarian cancer and I grew more and more anxious about my heath. Well, as my stress grew and time continued, I noticed myself feeling nauseous, stomach cramp-y, gassy, and like I didn't have an appetite. The increase of these symptoms caused my fear to grow so I went to my GP to get checked out. He didn't do anything but say I probably had stomach issues related to stress and to come back if it continued. I then went to camp for a week, during which I started to de-stress and feel better towards the end after I got my period. But once my period ended I was back to feeling sick and my anxiety returned with a vengeance. At one point, I was peeing very frequently and feeling awful pressure in my pelvis which convinced me I had OC, so I returned to the doctor and he ran a urine test, blood tests for sedimentation and a complete blood count, and a stool test for parasites or infection, and felt along my abdomen and pelvis for abnormalities. All of these tests came back perfectly normal. He made an off-hand comment about how if all of the tests were normal it was most likely IBS and sent me on my way. I stopped having to pee so often and the pressure generally faded in favor of period-like cramps in my lower abdomen and pelvis that were generally at the corners of the abdomen and sometimes extended to the groin. As of today, my symptoms are:
- Pelvic/abdominal pains, cramps, and/or pressure that is usually worse after eating, when I wake up, and doesn't always go away after a bm (feel like period cramps but don't occur while menstruating)
- Nausea after eating a lot
- Gas/ gas pains
- Lightheadedness/dizzy spells (occasionally)
- Urgency to have diarrhea (only happened twice, but I nearly didn't make it to the loo)
- Abdominal burning before having D that goes away once I pass the D
- Feeling of incomplete bowel movements
- Constipation switching with diarrhea
- Abdominal/pelvic cramps that are pretty much daily but go away sometimes and are almost nonexistent during the last 4/5 days of my period
- Stomach gurgling/bubbling/rumbling across bikini line (it sometimes feels as though I can feel my bowels moving or spasming)
- Groin pain
- Occasional mucus on the stool
- Very minor bloating
It also turns out that the red stool was due to the fact that I had eaten an entire sleeve of bright pink peep oreos that morning, which are known to cause reddish/pink stool when eaten in large quantities. Yikes! I only discovered this by making this same mistake again a week ago and having the same subsequent freak out, lol. I had also been known to have watery diarrhea and stomach cramping after eating spicy foods, fatty foods, or being very stressed since I started middle school, which maybe means I had IBS for a while before it got "bad" recently? I suffer from migraines, seasonal allergies, asthma, and anxiety as well which are all conditions that often accompany IBS. Migraines especially, as up to 54% percent of people who get migraines also have IBS according to a study I found. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/859763
I am also fairly young, being only 15 (and a girl).
Basically, I was wondering if these symptoms sound like things other people with IBS go through, or if I should keep being anxious about having something more serious such as ovarian or colon cancer? Should I accept my doctor's tentative diagnosis of IBS?
Sorry this is so long, and thank you in advance!
Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:33 AM
The Endometriosis Association of Ireland has a Facebook page. They also have a quiz on there that you can take so you can test your knowledge about it.
Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:44 PM
Thanks for the response, AIRPLANE. I have heard of endometriosis, but I thought it usually caused painful and long-lasting periods, and while I do get painful cramps sometime on the first day or two of bleeding they don't last super long. I will look into it, however. Thank you !
Posted 20 August 2017 - 02:20 PM