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    Old 06-11-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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    Unhappy Digestive Disorder? Please help!

    Hey! I'm new here, I am an 18 year old female who has struggled deeply with intestinal issues for as long as I can remember. My dad had ulcerative colitis, chrons, and diverticulitis. He just a colectomy, most of his colon removed and some of his small intestine. Noted, I've never been to a GI specialist, just regular MDs. I'm seeing my dads GI doc in about a month and a half, but I wanted to see if people could shed some light on me before hand.Since I was 12, I always had issues digesting things, I get nauseated easily. But what really gets me is this shooting pain under my left ribcage, which is my main symptom. It seems to come and go and worsens after meals and during my period. It lasts anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour & sometimes spreads to my back and shoulder if its bad. It usually gets better if I lay down. After any meal my stomach recently gurgles like CRAZY, no matter what I eat. It sounds like I'm starving but its really just my stomach. I never have normal bowel movements, they are ether too solid or too liquidy, there is never an in between. & I know this is disgusting but I always have gas, I can't get rid of it, its non-stop. I have chronic UTIs, I'm not sure if thats relevant. I have keratosis pilaris, I know skin rashes can be from digestive problems. I also get chronic mouth sores, usually one every two weeks, like cold sores. Those are all my main physical symptoms. Mentally, I have been diagnosed in the past with depression & anxiety, and it comes and goes. I also am constantly fatigued and I try everything to help that but it remains. I know some of these may be unrelated, but the more specific the better.
    I've been struggling with this for so long now and I really highly doubt its IBS. I'm doing the dariy and gluten free diet for the past 3 weeks but it hasn't seemed to do very much.
    Please let me know if you have any input!!!! Thanks a ton!

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    Re: Digestive Disorder? Please help!

    Hi aksmu, Welcome to healthboards! Im really sorry that you have been battling these symptoms for such a long time! I am in remission from ulcerative colitis so truly understand how hard it is to deal with. Did you mean you are certain you dont have IBS, as in inflammatory bowel syndrome or IBS, irritable bowel syndrome? The best thing that i ever did concerning colitis is go to the gastroenterologist because i first had irritable bowel syndrome then the disease worsened & i could never have gone through all i did with colitis without my gastro's help, care & guidance & i also had gastritis occasionally & had left upper quadrant abdomen pain & gurgling ,the swollen stomach lining obliterated the lumen of the gastric sphincter so my stomach couldnt empty into intestine & digested 24/7 ,& had gastric ulcers too & all of this was mostly caused by taking NSAIDS, prescription & OTC & you mentioned the pain worsens during periods & i wondered if you take ibuprofen or aspirin? Irritable bowel syndrome, the syndrome of symptoms is often alternating constipation & diarrhea, intestinal cramping & pain from very slight to very severe depending on the person but with a strong family history of crohns & UC my gastro would want to do bloodwork & endoscopy just to be certain there is no colitis or autoimmune disease. Some anti anxiety medicines can relax smooth muscle & so they can relax the bladder & it cant really contract as hard to empty bladder fully & may be hard to start urine & weak stream. Ulcers or cold sores are usually caused by a common virus that once contracted lives in our body until the immune system, period, illness, stress cause an out break & so painful but can be treated with a couple of different anti viral medicines that the dr can prescribe & in a maintenance dose if they are frequently occuring, my son had iulcers everywhere in his mouth when he had an infected impacted wisdom tooth & the oral surgeon prescribed him the antiviral medicine. What are you the things you are trying to help constant fatigue? I hope that you & your dad feel much better soon & less anxiety after your dr appt & that he will get to the bottom of this so you can feel 18 again & young & healthy!! Take care & God bless you!

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    Re: Digestive Disorder? Please help!

    Welcome, and I'll add a little to Gmak's good advice in previous post. I would first try calling the GI Drs office every couple of days, asking about a cancellation to move your app't up. With your family history, you definitely need a thorough work-up for IBD and other autoimmune disorders. The mouth sores can occur with many AI disorders, and I think they are related. So is the fatigue. Gluten could be an issue, but the blood tests won't be helpful after being gluten free. No worries, though, as I am sure they will want to do a scope and will biopsy looking for celiac disease, Crohn's and UC as part of that (you will be asleep). With left upper quadrant pain, it could be related to pancreas inflammation, so blood tests for lipase and amylase should be done. I would also ask for an ANA for lupus, and anti-thyroid antibodies for the fatigue, as lots of AI disease occur in multiple. The left abd pain may be just gas trapped in bowel at the splenic flexure, a high point that turns a sharp corner. Some simethecone tablets may help with that. It would be best to get in before that app't more than a month away. Offices get cancellations all the time, and I'll bet something will open up for you sooner. Good luck, and let us know how you do with the tests. I know all of this is scary for someone so young, but finding out and getting proper treatment will make your life so much better-like an 18 year old should live.

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