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Old 03-13-2008, 10:08 AM   #1
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Bowel problems

Hi Im new to the forums,


Since my teenage years I have had terrible trouble with bowel movements and stomach pains. I found this quite embarressing and kept it to myself for many years untill I finally found the courage to go and see my doctor about it when I was 21 years old.
My doctor was fantastic and took blood tests,stool samples and refered me to our local gastroentrology department to check for ceoliac disease as he though many of my symptoms and height (in comparison with my families) put me at possible risk. I had an endoscopy done 12 weeks later which came back fine and showed nothing. The gastroenterologist said that he suspected it was IBS.
That was 3 years ago now,during that time I read up on IBS,kept food diaries to see if certain food irritated my symptoms and just generally plodded on.
The last 12 months though my symptoms had gotten progresively worse. Ive had terrible trouble going to the toilet,to the point where I have only had 2 bowel movements a week but when i have gone it hasnt been hard like you would expect from somebody suffering constipation,it has been very soft,not watery just soft,my abdomen has been very tender and swollen to the point where I have been asked how many weeks pregnant I am and my stomach pains have been getting more and more painful.
I eventually returned to my doctor 3 weeks ago now after 3 days of loosing alot of blood during bowel movement,sometimes there wasnt actually any bowel movement just alot of mucous and blood. He checked for external hemoroids and ruled these out and did an internal examination but round nothing there either. He took blood tests to check for any sign of inflammation in the bowel and a stool sample. I returned to my doctors for the results last monday but again nothing showed up in them. He advised me to take 1 fibergel sachet a day for a while to see if it regulates my bowel movements and to go back and see him if thongs get no better.
Well this weekend just gone has been awful. On friday evening I started getting VERY sharp pains on the left side of abdomen,they were that painful that it actually took my breath away for a second. The pains only lasted for approx 15/20 seconds then eased off just leaving my stomach feeling very tender for a few minutes. This went on like this on and off untill Monday. Then on Tuesday evening I felt this sudden urge to go to the toilet,i went and did have bowel movement but as soon as I had got off the toilet I had to jump back on again,this happened 3 times in the space of 10/15 mins each time there wasa bowel movement,again it was not diarreah but quite soft. After this I had this immense pressure in my rectal area which I still have now,I also got sharp stabbing pains in my rectum which woke me up from a sound sleep 3 times on tuesday night.
I called my Doctor yesterday who has now rerefured me to gastroentrology for futher investigation.
My abdomen is very very tender today with the occassional sharp stabbing pain and the rectal pressure has not eased off at all.
My grandmother suffered very badly with IBD ulcerative colitis which eventually resulted in her having to have a colostomy,my GP is aware of this.

I was just wandering anybody has any idea of what this could be?

Thanks in advance for your replies

 
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:20 AM   #2
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Re: Bowel problems

It sounds like you most likely have UC. THe left sided pain, the bleeding, the mucus, the stabbing rectal pain... these all happen to me. I'm not sure why you are having so much trouble passing bowel movements, all I can think of is that you have narrowing of the colon from inflammation. As far as blood work goes, I've had UC for about 6 years, 10 with symptoms, and my SED rate has never been abnormal (SED rate shows inflammation). I suggest seeing a new GI and getting a complete colonoscopy done with biopsies. This is the only way to rule out ulcerative colitis or Crohn's. I hope you figure this out soon!

 
Old 03-13-2008, 12:24 PM   #3
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Re: Bowel problems

Thanks for your reply,i guess im just going to have to wait and see what happens when I see the specialist,I just hate not knowing and know that its going to be a while before I find out.
Does anybody know if there is anything I can do to try and relieve this pressure im feeling in the rectum?

 
Old 03-14-2008, 01:59 AM   #4
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I have the problem with pressure in the back passage, always feeling that I need to go to the loo even after I have just been, but I do not have any abdominal pain, so its not going to be the same as your problem. I have had 2 hemorrhoidectomies and now I have this problem. After numerious investigations I have been told that I have Rectocele. I have been advised not to have surgery as it is not severe enough, but it is really a big problem to me, I have never had a colonoscopy and have been concerned about that because I feel it could be something else. I am currently doing the UKs bowel screening programme for the over 60s, which I was chosen for quite randomly it involves putting a small sample on a card for 3 days and sending it off in the post. I did my 1st one today so I will see what they say. This does not help your problem I know but hopefully it will put my mind at rest that there is nothing more serious lurking there

 
Old 03-14-2008, 06:33 PM   #5
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Well, I'm fairly certain that the pressure is actually due to the fact that you have an inflamed rectum, so really the only sure fire way to make it stop is to get on medication. Ask the GI for a cortisone enema or suppository because those work directly at the inflammation. For the time being, it might help to sit in a lukewarm bath for a little while. If you have been taking anything for the pain, do NOT take Ibuprofen, it will make the bleeding worse. Sorry I can't be of more help, I usually use the enemas, but I never knew what to do when I didn't have any cortisone left. Feel better.

 
Old 03-15-2008, 11:11 AM   #6
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Re: Bowel problems

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Well, I'm fairly certain that the pressure is actually due to the fact that you have an inflamed rectum, so really the only sure fire way to make it stop is to get on medication. Ask the GI for a cortisone enema or suppository because those work directly at the inflammation. For the time being, it might help to sit in a lukewarm bath for a little while. If you have been taking anything for the pain, do NOT take Ibuprofen, it will make the bleeding worse. Sorry I can't be of more help, I usually use the enemas, but I never knew what to do when I didn't have any cortisone left. Feel better.
Thanks Wallis86,I was told right away not to take ibuprofen just paracetamol which wasnt really working so my doctor prescribed codeine.
Would the doctor not have picked up on an inflammed rectum during the examination? The bath idea is good and does work so Ill be spending most of my time untill I see the gastro in a bath.
Thanks again

 
Old 03-16-2008, 08:39 AM   #7
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You need the colonoscopy as another poster said. That will rule out diseases.

I have family members that suffer with Crohn's Disease, and I have IBS and Diverticula. The blood could be a sign of a disease and it needs to be ruled out.

On the other hand, I have symptoms similar to you in my rectum and irritable flares that resemble the diseases occasionally, however, I have never had blood as a symptom. The rectum pain for me is not inflammation, but strong spasms.

I hope you get some help soon, and get feeling better.

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Old 03-16-2008, 01:02 PM   #8
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Re: Bowel problems

i am new to this and cant find were to ask my question on ibs only reply i need help

 
Old 03-16-2008, 01:19 PM   #9
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Re: Bowel problems

looks like im on it, sorry,i need someone to help urgent,im sat here in terible pain im at my wits end with this bloated stomache,i get it every day,all day from about midday,i was told i had ibs a few years ago when i went for some tests as i was always constipated,tehen i got anxiety 5 years ago ,it clear up after a long time but i had alreay cut wheat and dairy out,which wasnt the problem doc said it was caused through my anxiety,i have been tested for wheat and ceiliac,negative but cant eat bread or ckes ect as it makes my stomache worse,the year before last i didnt get bloated and had lot of stress,but now it has come back worse,i want to go out anymore it is so bad,i have to wear baggy tops as i look pregnant,im 58 and feel 90,if i do housework it gets worse i dont know why,i feel tired and light headed a lot,doc has tried me with colifac pepemint oils all different things,he gave me something i cant take as it says cause fast heart rat and i cant have anything like that as i suffer with svt,i have sat hear and cried as i am so fed up,i could put up with it now and againbut not every day like this,it does get worse so many days before my period witch i shouldnt have now but im on northisterone it helpsmy hot sweats sorry for the long question but it is such a long story please help me as i cant take this much longer

ps i eat oats twice a day and dont eat fatty foods thank you

 
Old 03-18-2008, 08:44 AM   #10
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Re: Bowel problems

I've had UC for a year and still not managed to get into full remission. Anyway for all of the natural remedies that I've tried and you can try whilst they are figuring out what's wrong with you I have found try manuka honey by far the most effective. It is the only thing which eases the pain almost instantly. It's expensive (you should go for UMF strength 20 or above) but it's worth every penny.

 
Old 03-18-2008, 10:18 PM   #11
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Cathy, if you haven't gotten into remission, you probably need more medication. I know the natural thing seems like it should be enough, but keep in mind that UC causes you to be NINE TIMES more likely to get colon cancer, especially when uncontrolled. For me, it took 6 years for my first remission for longer than 3 weeks. I actually managed to get into remission because of the major increase in my arthritis meds. What took me into remission is a DOUBLE dose of Humira, methotrexate, colazal, and prednisone. If I lower any of those, I am out of remission again. I don't know whether it would be possible to get into full remission without meds because of the autoimmune aspect of the disease. Has anyone managed full, long term remission without meds???

 
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