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Old 04-04-2002, 05:36 PM   #1
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Help! Could I have IBS??

Hi everyone <IMG SRC="">

My name is Cait, and I'm a very healthy, athletic 14 year old girl. I've played soccer, softball, and basketball my entire life, and I'm quite the health nut. I'm a redmeat vegetarian (I would be a vegetarian if I could avoid chicken), and I don't eat processed sugars, white flour, or drink normal soda. You'd never expect I'd have medical problems, but it's quite the opposite.

I don't have a remarkable health history, but depression and type 2 diabetes runs in my family. My older brother and Mom have depression, while my Mom, Uncle, and Grandfather have diabetes. I've been tested for both, and have come back negative (the depression survey determined I was only 40% at risk for developing it). My oldest brother had a stomach ulcer at the young age of 7, but it eventually healed. Not a very exciting family history, I know.

I write to you in desperation, after a month and a half of horrible stomach pain. I had just recovered from a severe upper respiratory infection, when I developed dull pains under my ribs. Since I was missing a lot of school with nausea and the pains, I went to my pediatrician, who put me on 15g of Prevacid a day and gave me a referral to a gastroenterologist. A week later, I was back at the office with severe pains, and also because we couldn't get a GI appointment for a month! After the doctor ordered blood and stool sample tests, which both came back normal, he was baffled.

A few days later, I switched pediatricians, and my new doctor immediately ordered a boatload of tests, mostly blood tests, but also a abdominal X-Ray. The x-ray revealed a huge impaction of stool in my intestines, so she put me on daily Fleet enemas and MiraLax. I never passed much poop, only watery, explosive diarrhea. I went back to my doctor, and she sent me for an emergency referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist.

For a PEDIATRIC gastroenterologist, this guy was a complete jerk, if I may so myself. He had no respect for me as a human seemed as though he only saw me as another $195 in his pocket. I spent the car ride home crying, and vowed never to go back to that specific doctor.

My mom called my normal doctor immediately, and she called the practice, then got me a new gastroenterologist. I had a week until my appointment, so she had me go on a bottle of magnesium citrate a day and 6 Senokot for 2 days. I continued the Senokot until I saw her, and she upped my Prevacid to 60mg a day, then ordered a whole 'nother boatload of tests, which included: new abdominal x-ray, upper gi series with small bowel followthrough, lactose intolerance test, abdominal ultrasound, 10 blood tests, and endoscopy. From what I know, all of the tests came back normal (we don't have the upper GI or blood tests back yet). She thinks the impaction of stool is a secondary condition, not the cause of the pain.

I'm going to see her on the 9th, Tuesday, and my endoscopy is scheduled for the 20th. I'm an Honors student, but because of this, all of my grades have slipped severely, and I have soo much make-up work to do. What frustrates me most is that we don't have a diagnosis yet! Could I possibly have IBS-D?

My symptoms include: upper abdominal pain that never goes away, severe nausea, loss of appetite (sometimes going days without eating), weight loss, extreme fatigue, and diarrhea. I have "pain episodes" where the pain will get very very severe for 3-5 minutes, and I honestly wish I was dead. This symptom made my doctor think it was gallstones, but the ultrasound said there weren't any. I have 6 or 7 episodes a day, and 5 of them usually include diarrhea that doesn't relieve the pain.

I'm on 60mg of Prevacid and 6 Senokot a day. I'm in so much pain..please..if anyone has any ideas, please reply. I'm desperate. My life is falling apart. Sports and school were my life, now it's a struggle to do homework and attend school. I couldn't play softball this year because I was too sick to try out.

PLEASE HELP. Could I have IBS-D?

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Old 04-04-2002, 06:12 PM   #2
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Re: Help! Could I have IBS??

Hi Cait,

My name is Raju. I suffer from IBS - diagnosed by a gastroenterologist, and the symptoms are similar to what you describe. I cannot tell you if you suffer from IBS, but if you're willing to do some detailed reading you can find out more about IBS and my opinions on what it is. I believe the doctors should call it "I'm basically stumped" - because they usually can't find much wrong with the patient until it gets complicated. I hope this helps you. The site is: <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank> A possible cure to IBS?</A>

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Old 04-16-2002, 07:43 PM   #3
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Re: Help! Could I have IBS??

How long does this take to work-i tried the bending to move my bowels a couple of times I did not have no urge.

Old 04-17-2002, 05:03 AM   #4
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Re: Help! Could I have IBS??

Hi Cait,

Sorry to hear about all your problems hon.

Anyway, it is always possible that you have IBS, as from what you have said there seems to be a lot of stress and anxiety around that will definitely affect your bowels and stomach.

How long have you been having the stomach pains and would you say that you are still constipated now, or is it predominantly diarrhea?

The long term use of Fleet enemas is not a good idea really and there are more natural ways of helping your bowels to work such as prune juice, plenty of fluids, generally, plenty of fruit and veg and taking Metamucil.

I saw from your post that you said that just before you started having the stomach pain you had had a respiratory tract infection? These are mostly caused by viruses and it could just be that rather than getting rid of this properly, it has gone further down and affected your stomach. You may have a bad stomach virus now.

Also, if you are having pains in your upper belly rather than below your belly button, it maybe worth having an H.Pylori test for the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers. I know you are a little young, but as you said that your brother had had a stomach ulcer at a young age, this should not be discounted.

Anyway, hope this helps and good luck at the Peds office when you go?

Post back and take care hon.


Old 04-17-2002, 09:21 AM   #5
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Re: Help! Could I have IBS??

Hi, Cait. So sorry to hear of all your troubles. Your symptoms sound very much like mine a few years ago. I knew I had IBS (primarily "D" type) for over 20 years, but about 5 years ago, developed severe upper right side abdominal pain, nausea, more "D", loss of appetite and loss of 25 lbs. I thought for sure I had cancer or something serious like that. I had gallbladder ultrasounds, a Hidascan (spelling?)to check the function of the gallbladder and endoscopies. I did have evidence of duodenal ulcer and GERD, so my doc tried Prilosec and antibiotics which helped for awhile. However, the pain returned, and after a second Hidascan which during the procedure elicited the severe pain again, my doc sent me to another surgeon for a second opinion. My doc was sure it was my gallbladder even though everything checked out ok. The 2nd doc agreed since in addition to my symptoms, I was running a low grade fever and was very tender to the touch in the area of the gallbladder. They arranged to have my gallbladder out; after surgery the doc told me that although I had no evidence of gallstones, my gallbladder was very inflamed and covered in scar tissue from repeated "attacks".

Hopefully, you'll get the answers to your problems. I do want you to know that if it is the gallbladder, and it is removed, you may continue to deal with digestive problems related to IBS - if that's the diagnosis the docs come up with. However, there are different remedies that help deal with this chronic condition. Good luck to you and keep us posted on your outcome.

Katie G

Old 04-17-2002, 12:19 PM   #6
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Re: Help! Could I have IBS??

Hi Spirit: The bending forward with your hands on your feet usually works instantly for me. The techniques don't necessarily work for everyone though. So I guess it may not work for you. Hope you had luck with some of the others though...

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