im constipated a LOT. then i all of a sudden will wake up with diarrhea. it keeps me late for class and work(how the hell do you explain that one?!), im talking to people and the odd time i feel it and have to dash off to find a toilet that is enclosed and not like public cubicles otherwise i feel worse.
i have a week or two with constant nausea, i have an appetiete but i eat in small amounts and its usually bits of rubbish, i dont want any warm foods, or startchy foods. i try to eat some fruit and i do eat probiotic yogurts recently and stuff. i am drinking a lot of water too recently and im on meds for it but they worked at first and then it came back with more diarrhea so im afraid now to take it-because im busy i cant afford to have that.
im also having extreme problems with fatague. i have depression and anxiety anyway, but i mean im exhausted, i went for an hour nap yesterday at 5, i just woke up and its 8 the next morning-didnt hear my alarm clock or anyone else in the house at all nor the building work beside me. i constantly feel sluggish and exhausted. if it gets bad enough my body begins to ache and i get sharp shooting pains and i feel like im actually cracking. i always feel like ive pulled my muscles.
im sick of the cramps, i usually wake up and can hear my insides upset, i go to the toilet and even if i have D i still am not emptied and have cramps. yesterday morning i had D and C at the same time it seems, the pain was overwhelming, its mortifying but i thought id pass out,it wasnt very long but i felt like id been hit by lightening, i was actually clinging to the sink nearby and shaking, it was extremley sharp and seemed to get worse and worse, it feels like its contracting that must be what it is because it eased and went away as fast as it came on, its like a wave. other times i feel pressure in my right or left lower abdomen. at times, in my left when i know im very constipated i can actually feel a rope like hard mass in my left lower abdomen, if i press on it its very tender, sometimes i try to squeeze it along but it doesnt work-what is this?? is it supposed to be there? sometimes its gone but it can be rather painful and ill have a cramp for a while. i also get the shooting pains and the heavy full feeling in the centre of the abdomen, or sharp striking pains in the left upper. the odd bit of heart burn too.
because of the tiredness and my general mood its hard to do stuff. i used to exercise a lot, now i have little time anyways, but i like walking with my music in my ears.i do walk a lot(way more than the 20 min recomendation), i dont drive and i save cash on public transport as im broke anyways, so im usually walking everywhere anyway. but it doesnt seem to help at all. is this enough to get things moving or should i be doing more? i was going to buy excercise books and stuff and a dvd to help move my bowels and stuff.
has anyone got any other ideas?? is this enough exercise? what is the hard mass in my lower left? anyone else get the extreme spasms? how do you know if its as spasm or gas??
You didn't say whether you've have any tests for the symptoms. A colonoscopy will reveal if you've any severe instestinal issues, like Crohns or IBD. A simple X-ray can show if the "mass" you feel is impacted stool. You can at least start there.
All your symptoms sound like standard IBS BUT without the proper tests, it's never a good idea to just assume that. Chronic, long term constipation can cause all types of problems and a colonsocopy will tell you and your doc what treatment is required.
Spasm is classic IBS and I have this every day. I often compare it to being pregnant and feeling the baby kick inside, except in this case, it's not a baby and it's not in the uterus - it's in the guts! I too can experience both D and C in the same day! And yes, it is very frustrating. Yesterday, I was visiting a friend, hanging out by his pool in the beautiful sunshine, when the spasms started. It was terribly uncomfortable for awhile, but eventually it passed. I have found, over the last 30 years of dealing with IBS, that going ahead with plans and trying to "tough it out" is often the best remedy. When I just hang around the house and focus on my symptoms, I definitely feel worse.
Exercise is fabulous for getting things moving. If you are walking more than twenty minutes a day, I'd say you're doing great! For me, a simple walk to the corner store can often get the guts going so you're way ahead of me there! Keep it up! It can only help!
I have been diagnosed when Celiac disease was ruled out, my blood work is normal other than I have a decreasing white blood cell count sometimes. I did not have any examinations or physicals, it just sounded like it and I tried the pills, they worked at first but it's stopped working now.
As for walking, I walk a lot and still nothing helps. I don't think my doc realises how much it interfears and that I'm usually in some form or other type of discomfort. She is nice-- I just wish she'd tell me more stuff to help, I might ask next time for some tips off her.
Do you need a physical for a diagnosis?
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I'm a little confused because you said you WERE diagnosed when they ruled out Celiac disease. Did they (your GP or GI guy) tell you that you definitely have IBS?
Like I said, your symptoms sound very typical of IBS but generally docs like to do some kind of testing to rule out other, more severe conditions like Crohns or IBD. Most people end up with their IBS diagnosis AFTER everything else has been ruled out. A colonoscopy is the standard test for gastro-intestinal problems and the most conclusive method for diagnosing IBS.
You can certainly call your doc and request a colonoscopy or, at the very least, an abdominal X-ray to try and determine what the "mass" is that you feel. That's what I would do!
yes she said i had IBS, she gave me anti spasmodics for irritable bowel she said. i have issues with childhood sexual abuse, i dont like physical 'investigations', a colonoscopy would be soul destroying to me, i simply cant do it. it was never mentioned, i just had blod tests and then we waited to see how the anti spasmodics worked. they helped at first but now it stopped.
sometimes when walking or standing in work i will get a very sharp gripping pain in my left lower abdomen, it will actually make my knees go week with the shock of it and i feel like i will drop, but if i stand still for a while it eases into a lesser cramp. see the hard mass isnt there all the time.
im really trying with healthy diets, im eating wholegrain cereal and fruit for breakfast, drinking water with peppermint and any sweets i have are gluten free and low in cals and fat and sugar free. i also bought an exercise mat for the mornings i thought id stretch a bit and do a few excersises i found for IBS. im off fizzy drinks now and am eating soup with veg in it. and im still doing my walks.
is there anyway to diagnose IBS without something going up my lower regions??
Well, you can certainly GET a diagnosis without a colonoscopy but, for me, it would not be settled without one. There are many other GI problems whose symptoms mimic IBS and personally, I would be insecure with ANY diagnosis unless the doc had really seen what's going on inside.
OTOH, depending upon your age and family history, it might be enough to have your family doc (with whom you hopefully have some history) come to this conclusion by just doing a physical and maybe x-rays. I didn't have my first colonoscopy until I was in my 30's, even though I'd been diagnosed with IBS at 18. Back then, they didn't do those tests as freely as they do now (and they were a bit more brutal back then).
I understand your fear about having the colonscopy, considering your history. I have issues with certain tests myself. But it will probably come up at some point, if you continue to have problems with your guts. Most specialists will want you to have this test done so that they might have all possible info for making a good diagnosis and coming up with an effective treatment plan.
You might want to think about seeing a naturopathic doc. They do not require invasive testing and focus more on diet, nutrition, and herbs to treat GI problems. It's definitely a "kinder, gentler" approach.
I havent talked to you in so long, I just came across this thread and saw your name.......
Things are very different on the board now......I never see you posting on the Depression board anymore.....I hope you're doing okay.....
I dont post very much anymore, but I still check in and out.
Anyways, I wanted to say hi.......I really hope things are going better for you.