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    Old 11-24-2004, 06:41 AM   #1
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    Hello all....I am just wondering if I may have IBS or need to go to the doc and get tested for something else. Some mornings my stomach hurts with just about every movement I make. This inly happens occasionally. But almost every day I get sick from eating. I just had the leep conization done for cervical cancer and at the time I found out about this cancer I started eating healthy foods. No more hamburgers and french fries...no more grease. I tried to eat nutritional foods to prevent the cancer from spreading or coming back after the leep. Well before I started eating healthy I thought all my stomach pain was because I was choosing an unhealhty diet. But now that I have started eating healthy (for about 3 months now) I still have the same symptoms...sometimes even worse. Everything makes me sick and bloated...orange juice, fruit, meat, sandwiches...everything. I started drinking low acid orange juice and it helps a bit, but it still causes some pain. My boyfriend always thought that the reason I was in main was because I over-indulged in food, but I really did not. When I sit down to eat I have noticed that I ALWAYS eat less than wanyone else. I am a college student and my dorm has a public restroom for all the girls to share. It becomes rather embarassing when I am in there all the time either trying to have a bowel movement, or experienceing diarhea. My stomach is always bloated, but the amount of bloating varies. Some days I cannot fit into a single pair of my jeans because my stomach is so bloated. I only have a real bowel movement about once every 1-2 weeks. Once I went a month without one. I just feel like I am falling apart. I am a 19 year old girl who has had cervical cancer, had arthritis in my back, and always had gas and bowel problems. I really do not think this is normal. I also have a problem with my wieght. I am 156 and 5'5, the only places that my fat stands out are my stomach and my breasts. Could my wieght be caused by IBS? I have always thought that my stomach just does not digest my food in a proper way. Like this morning it had been about 2 weeks since my last bowel movement and my stomach was hurting so bad I started crying. It was worse than the cramps I had from my leep procedure. I tried using the bathroom but couldn't and the cramps just kept getting worsre...it felt like my stomach was in overdrive trying to digest food...I didn't even eat much yesterday...I was really busy and forgot to eat so I had to eat junk food (cheesesticks and a cookie for lunch and 1 slice of pizza for dinner at around 6 o'clock last night.). But after so long I could not take anymore pain and decided to take one of the lortabs my doctor gave my for my surgery to relieve the pain. I took the lortab and then went to the bathroom and after some time (forgive me for the graphic details) it all came out..appearing like diarhea. So basically I am asking should I just eliminate all inorganic foods from my diet (I know that this sudden change will cause some bowel problem because of the adjustment) and eat an abundance of fiber, or should I go to the doctor?

     
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    Old 11-24-2004, 08:38 AM   #2
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    Re: i think i may have ibs? could you help me?

    Hi--

    I have some of the same issues as you--I didn't get the leep done but a few biopsies then finally lazer surgery.

    Regarding the IBS I think I can relate--I too have been trying to eat healthier but it does depend on how long ago you started this--when your body's getting used to a new diet you can get stomach issues..but a healither diet at least w/ more veggies and stuff (think Raw veggies) is suppossed to help you stay regular...

    But I too still get constipated at least once or twice a week and depending on what itme of the month my cycle's in as well..

    Maybe you should get evaluated for IBS? My Ob-Gyn told me I have it but just from symptoms I gave him, so who knows, I could really have something like a digestive disorder--my stomach--(not my colon i've learned the difference) burns a lot after I eat certain foods, not like heartburn but a sick achy burning feeling. This is a new symptom that I never used to have, not even after drinking carbonated drinks. Oh, they say that carb drinks will hurt your tummy and make IBS symptoms worse but you know what? They only do this to me when they come out of a can--only the canned drinks...I wonder if this is due to the aluminum content? Anyway I hope I've helped clarify what some of your symptoms might be...I know it's tough to deal with!
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    Re: i think i may have ibs? could you help me?

    Scared in College,

    If I were you, I'd take daily psyllium (like Metamucil). The additional soft bulking helps lots of people. Why not start with 2 doses a day (morning and eveniing.)

     
    Old 11-27-2004, 09:23 AM   #4
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    Re: i think i may have ibs? could you help me?

    That is an interesting reply. I remember when I was about 15 going to the Doctor for a sports physical. The doctor told my mom that I should be seen by a thyroid specialist because it was enlarged on my left side. This is areound the time I began gaining weight also. So you think I should get tested for hypothyroidism?

     
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