For the past 2-3 weeks I've had this issue and it's really annoying. I have a 15 minute walk in the morning to the subway, then a 40 minute subway ride. Every morning, usually on the subway, I get horrible pain in my lower abdomen and then I have to go to the bathroom. At first I had diarrhea, but now I have soft, yellowy stool which twice now was so clumped up that I had difficulty passing it. I've tried eating different things for breakfast (Uncle Sam Cereal, a bagel, eggs) but it didn't seem to matter. This morning, I just decided not to eat breakfast at all until I got to work. Still, in the middle of my subway ride, I got those cramps. The difference this time was that there was nothing for my bowels to expel, so I didn't have to worry about getting to a bathroom. Shortly after breakfast, I had abdominal discomfort and that soft, yellowy stool again.
For a couple days there I didn't have a bowel movement at all, but for the last three days I've had one a day (soft, yellow, crampy)
I had problems with diarrhea in the past and always took Immodium AD. But as soon as I had that really clumped up stool that I had trouble passing (because it was such a big clump) I'm scared to take it.
Any ideas on what this could be and how I can get better?
it could be irritable bowel syndrome...your pain and cramping is always releived by going to the bathroom, right? however, the discolored stools really need to be addressed. see a gastrointestinal specialist...they will probably recommend a colonoscopy so they can see what, if anything, is going on.......do it now though...don't wait another month.
Thanks for the feedback. The pain is relieved by going to the bathroom. And I do have some discomfort at other times during the day, but in the morning it's like clockwork. I don't think it's IBS because I've never been constipated (at least not by the descriptions I've read of having small, hard stool).
I've never heard of Celiac disease, so I just looked it up. I don't have all the symptoms listed, but maybe I should lay off the grains. (?) I have been eating oatmeal recently, and it's not something I usually eat a lot.
I'd rather not go to the doctor if there's something I can do about it on my own...
IBS sufferers can experience either constipation or diarrhea, sometimes alternating periods of both. I have a problem with diarrhea, and for me it started all of a sudden one day. I was on my way to a restaurant and halfway there I had to stop for an explosive bowel movement. I usually have awful pains in my lower abdomen and then have to go to the bathroom immediately, which makes car trips difficult and bus/subway rides next to impossible. Stool consistency varies greatly, from normal to yellow, greenish, pale, soft, runny, flaky, thin, etc... sorry if too much information!
There is a blood test for Celiac disease. I had to pay for it, even though I live in Canada.
I just started taking Metamucil every morning. I still have pains, but movements aren't as loose so I can hold on to them a bit longer. Not sure if it's just coincidence, as I can be okay for about two or three weeks and then really bad again for two or three weeks. But it might be worth a try for you.
Oh, I thought IBS was just the alternating diarrhea/constipation. I didn't know it could be either/or.
I'm having a good day today so far. Didn't eat breakfast until I got to work, and no cramps. Of course, I haven't had a bowel movement today either...so I guess I'll have to wait and see how that goes. I'm just trying to eat lighter foods (like soup).
Thanks for responding to my post. I'll keep Metamucil in mind.