Ive had serious digestive/bowel problems for the last 6 weeks. I have already visited 3 doctors and still cant shake it. Basically I have diarrhea for 6 weeks straight. I also have a leaking sensation every time I sit down. Basically, after I go I feel completely drained but not done. It gets worse immediately after eating. There has also been some muscle pain in the legs and abdominal pain. I am all screwed up over there. Doctors cant figure me out but I ask you guys-- is this what IBS is?? Im scared its something worse and maybe thats making it worse-- I dont know. Could I havbe brought IBS on because of stress-- and now the icnreased stress could possibly be keeping it in me??
Hey... These symtoms could possibly be IBS.. we aren't doctors here, so we can't diagnose you, we can only give suggestions after you have been diagnosed.... I would definitely suggest you get referred to a gastro specialist, and get some further tests done, possibly a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy done... these tests will rule out more serious conditions, such as chrons... Stress plays a huge roll in the way a person feels, it can play such a huge roll in the gut, amplifying the condition... That's why people on here will suggest relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation... Go get the tests done, it will be worth it if you are: 1. worried about it. 2. it doesn't go away.
but until you can go in and get EVERYTHING else ruled out, I would search around this board for herbal remedies.. Like caltrate colon health pills, and taking some fiber supplement, and a probiotic.. good luck.
I agree with bulletin board. You should probably get things checked to be sure that it is IBS. It does sound like IBS symptoms - but there are so many disorders that can be found that mimic IBS, that the only way to be sure is to have the tests done. Usually, about 75% of a gastroenterologist's patients are IBS patients. So, you have a good chance it is just IBS.
Once you get diagnosed as an IBS sufferer, you have options - a lot of which are familiar to those who visit these boards, because of their experimentation, experience and sharing on the board.
As for stress: I personally believe that IBS is caused by stress factors that 99.99% of the population do not know anything about or how to deal with the stresses that cause IBS. As for whether it is possible that anyone has brought the stress upon themselves, such as you have suggested - I don't think it is possible - unless you are trying to fool us.
Well, let us know how things go and what conclusions the doctors come up with.... then we will be in a better position to help you.