Hi, this is my first time here and i need some help from you guys. My boyfriend has been sick for 7 weeks now, his stomach always has hurt him after eating but when he started to get really sick his stomach started hurting really bad, then he got bad diareaha serveral times a day, then these sharp stabbing pains started (right under his belly button), he still has these pains and they have gotten so bad he has fell to the floor, then after that he started throwing up 5 times a day, he would throw up everything he ate minutes after he'd eat it, some days they were so bad he would throw up 7 times a day, and still throws up during the night. He gets dizzy and headaches sometimes too. His dad is friends with a specialist in digestive orders, they have done every test possible and everything has came back fine. They think it is IBS caused by stress of graduation. Graduation has now passed and he seems to be getting better, but he still doesnt feel good, but he still gets his sharp pains, throws up (but not as much as he used too) and he still cant sleep at night (his sharp pains wake him up all thru the night.) Can someone please respond to this, does he have IBS or does this sound like something else you have heard of? Does stress even if you dont feel stressed out affect you to this extent? Please respond b/c i love him very much and i am very worried about him!
If your b/f has had tests that have all come back negative, then IBS is very likely. IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion of all other more serious causes.
Yes, stress can cause all of these symtoms and although he may not think he is stressed at the time, the subconscious mind will stil be thinking about this. He needs to try and rest and relax a little now that graduation is over and hopefully, these symptoms should resolve.
At college graduation time and the preceding exams(sometime in the 1600's if I remember correctly ) I had the same symptoms....I even had flouroscopy where they showed a moving image of what's going on...and exposed me to a THREE MILE ISLAND worth of X-rays (found out later.)
Anyway, it was diagnoised as an "irritable duodenal valve"- stress related. Cute memory of the time: during the procedure the doctor said to me "rare Porterhouse steak"...and he told his colleage, "look at that sphincter twitch."
They gave me some stomach muscle relaxants and the situation passed, never to recur.
I guess college is tough!
[This message has been edited by zip2play (edited 06-07-2003).]