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Old 01-09-2005, 07:43 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm a 26 year old male and I've been having some odd bowel movements(surprise, surprise) for a while now; these 'episodes' usually include pink/bloody mucous, bloating, gassiness, and very loose stools. I do suffer from IBS and GERD, so most of the symptoms listed above are pretty normal for me-- except for the occurence of mucous and blood.

The more exotic symptoms I've listed usually seem to coincide with the use of opiate pain killers(codeine), anti-histamine sleeping pills(diphenhydramine), zantac and high-fibre foods/laxatives in combination. Generally speaking, if these drugs are stopped, the symptoms seem to resolve themselves and have little reoccurence. Still, I've had similar experiences of bloating and mucous whenever I really overeat, but I don't remember much blood.

The particular episode I have in mind happened last week, when my girlfriend overloaded me with a flax oil supplement (I didn't realize was a laxative at the time). After having several startlingly awful bowel movements, I noticed there was bloody mucous surrounding my stools in the toilet. I had used a sleeping pill the night before, and an opiate 3 days previous. This is of course in addition to the usual zantac. I think my first experience, about a year and a half ago, was brought on by a similar combination.
I've read that diphenhydramine can cause unusual bleeding; could this episode be an example of that? How damaging is long term Zantac use on the digestive system-- I've been taking about 4 pills a day, for one year (though lately I've been trying to get by on 1 and a half pills)? Could probiotics be useful in this case?
Anyway, about a year ago, I had a double contrast Barium Enema done (oh, wonderful barium) only to find my colon/bowel was normal. Is a Barium enema accurate enough for this sort of thing? I'm considering having a sigmoidoscopy done; any advice on the matter?

 
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Old 01-11-2005, 03:35 AM   #2
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Don't wait a moment longer. See a specialist like a gastroenterologist if you haven't already and ask about a colonoscopy. I was diagonsed with ulcerative colitis back in '97 and your symptoms, blood and mucous in stools, are what I had. I was given anti-inflammatory drugs that only worked as temporary measure as I was in and out of hospital with flare-ups up to 4 times a year, for sometimes up to a week at a time. But to stop the bleeding immediately I was advised by my specialist to take Salofalk (mesalazine) enemas. They worked a treat when nothing else did. About a year ago my aunt suggested going on a wheat-free diet to see if it helped my condition. It certainly did. It's been like my cure! I haven't had any flare-ups since taking her advice. And I've gained a lot more energy and am a lot healthier. If you do discover you have IBS or IBD try cutting out wheat. I know it might sound hard to start with but you can still eat most of the same things, except buy foods with wheat-free flour and try wheat-free rye bread. Also you may want to look at dropping the anti-histimine sleeping pills and going for a natural sleeping herb called Valerian. Also, if you're suffering from stomach or duodenal ulcers or reflux or heartburn you should be still able to continue with the Zantac. If not, Zantac is of no use to you either. Hope this helps.

 
Old 01-11-2005, 06:59 AM   #3
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Man, If I were you I would be working to get off all those drugs. I have had lots of friends and relatives that starting doing much better when got off all that stuff. All of them have ending up needing just one or two of the drugs they were taking. At your age you should be able to do just as well. The folks I am talking about were a lot older that you. You might do well to think about which drugs to eliminate rather then what drugs to add.

Also working on getting stress free. Walking and other forms of non-competitive, stress free exercise really help. This may help with your IBS which seems to be your major problem. My guess is that all the other things are related to drugs, their side effects, and drug interactions.

 
Old 01-11-2005, 07:21 PM   #4
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HealthyNow,

Were your initial symptoms of IBD painful? Generally speaking, the only pain I experience during these episodes is from cramps and bloating. The blood seems to disappear quickly and/or resolve itself in about 1 or 2 days; the symptoms are not usually accompanied by diarhrea; plus they only seems to be triggered by a combination of these particular drugs(plus some sort of laxative-like substance, which puts pressure on my opiate-slowed colon; high fibre foods tend to contribute to this). My last real bleeding incident was about a year ago, when I was combining opiates and sleeping pills under similar conditions-- or at least opiates and high fat, high fibre foods.

My GP doesn't seem too concerned; he's merely told me to flush the drugs in this case(which I thankfully have-- I really don't know what I was thinking before?!!!!). Still, should I press the issue and get a referral? Does anyone know if abuse of over-the-counter medications can lead to IBD, or IBD-like symptoms? How accurate is the Barium-enema test for detecting IBD, or the beginnings of IBD?

thanks,
Steerpike

 
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