Re: bowel problems are related to constipation / loose stools, but could actually be
People just don't know all of the possible causes of their symptoms, because when we go to the doctor complaining of chronic constipation, etc. they don't run any tests or give you a real diagnosis. They instead advise you to eat high fiber cereal or take fiber supplements. At least, that has been my experience with doctor after doctor after doctor. For me, trying to find out a cause is going to require begging, and I don't really know what else to say about that.
I personally have read about so many possible causes of these symptoms. And it can be anything from anxiety to low stomach acid to celiac disease to dairy intolerance to food sensitivities to gallbladder issues to nerve damage to lack of healthy intestinal flora to parasites, and on and on.
It's just that everyone thinks hey, I have bowel symptoms, it must be the bowels have a problem.
I can understand that way of thinking, from going through it myself and not finding help from doctors. They just say, it must be IBS. Take as much fiber as you can for the rest of your life. Bye!
Well that is nice, but I'd like to know the cause. What if it is something like chronic parasites or a blockage or polyp or stomach issue? Taking fiber twice a day has helped me a little but has nowhere near made my bm's "normal."
How would gastritis or low stomach acid be treated, if they were the causes anyway?
Ah, we can't diagnose ourselves, unfortunately. I hope you don't mind my thoughts on your thread.
Last edited by pfe; 03-16-2011 at 08:09 AM.