Hello, My name is Poppy I'm 28 years old and I have several symptoms that are leaving me sick with fear - please can someone help me?
Here are my symptoms:
1) I have gas and bloating (all the time, not just after meals). I also sometimes get pain, but not always... it's sometimes a crampy pain, other times it's sharp. It's sometimes relieved with a bowel movement, sometimes it's not!
2) I have had problems with my bowels on and off for the last 18 months, most of the time I'm constipated, but sometimes have diarrhea, I eat a high fiber diet and drink plenty of fluids... but still my bowel movements are very erratic. I can sometimes go days (4-7) without moving my bowels. No bleeding, that I'm aware of, but my stools are sometimes mis-shaped. I also have some mucus (but not always and only a little bit). On occasion I'm left with the sensation that I've not completely emptied my bowel, it's a horrid sensation and nothing I do gets rid of it, sometimes for hours at a time.
3) I feel nauseated quite often and for no apparent reason (not associated with food).
4) I have pain in my rectum (this is new, about 7 days I've had this) I also have a 'numb' sensation down there - very weird feeling (much like when you go to sleep on your arm and it goes all numb).
5) I've lost 1 stone in weight over the past 8 weeks - for no reason. No diet or exercise change (could be stress?). I am 5ft 8" and now weigh 9 stone
6) I am exceptionally fatigued, I can just about manage one trip round my garden before I start to feel weak and exhausted. (I do not suffer from depression).
Other things that may be relevant: I have recently been diagnosed with CFS (but now I'm scared that it's a mis-diagnosis). I have no history of colon cancer in my family.
Do you think I may have cancer? My husband and I are trying for our first child and now we're petrified that I have a life threatening illness... I'm too scared to go to my GP, please help me
Do you often feel an urgent need to have a bowel movement?
Are you getting diarrhea, especially after eating or first thing in the morning?
Is abdominal pain more intensive in evenings?
Do you find the ups and downs of pain related to your menstrual cycle?
Were these symptoms preceded with some major life event (stressful period) or with some intestinal infection?
Your symptoms are very suggestive for irritable bowel syndrome (common intestinal muscle functioning disorder).
There is no specific laboratory or imaging test which can be performed to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. It's more a diagnosis of exclusion.
There are some other condition that give similar symptoms, resembling IBS.
So, it's best to visit a doctor for firm diagnosis.
Conditions that can resemble IBS are: Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis and colorectal cancer.
Gas comes from two main sources: swallowed air and the normal breakdown of undigested food -- especially sugar, starches, and fiber. I tried to make my mom healthy lunches for a week or so and she said "thanks but no thanks" because my fiber-packed meals were filling her with air. Do you eat a lot of fiber?
Marija's suggestion of IBS is a great one. Even though bloating can be caused by too much gas in the intestines, usually people who complain of bloating have normal amounts of gas. A lot of doctors think that feeling bloated is often the result of an intestinal disorder (like IBS), which makes people more sensitive to the presence of gas in their intestines. But, a pattern of gas and bloating may be an indication that a tumor is growing in the colon and occasionally causing a blockage. This is because even if the tumor isn't large enough to cause a bowel obstruction on its own, stool may periodically get hung up on the tumor while it's passing by.
A very small percentage of colon cancer is familial. I recommend talking to your doctor about getting a colonoscopy.
I too have this issue. Is it related to stress or possibly constipation ? I do have hemroids so could it be that? I use pepporation H ointment will that help? It is like sharp gas pains in the rectum. Help!!
I had the same issue for a few years. I was diagnosed with IBS varying from D to C (Diarhea and Constipation). But it got worse, I kept having to run to the bathroom and the pain was so intense. I'm only 33, live an active lifestyle, physically fit and wound up in the hospital for 6 days with Diverticulitis. It was no fun at all. Perhaps you should be on an antispasmoidal medication. Take it before you eat.
I've had a really sore tummy for a couple of weeks now. I also get trapped wind and when going to toilet I have pain shooting through my right arm a couple of weeks before all of this I had a lot of blood like a period but wasn't. Should I be worried?
I am going to my doctor tomorrow to hopefully get a referral to get a colonoscopy, doesn't sound like fun.
Am going to the doctor tomorrow because today I had red blood in my stool. This is the second time in 2 weeks. Every other time I have gone to the bathroom during this time I have seen no visible blood, as I have been keeping an eye on most of my bowl movements. My typical movements (which may be caused in part because I do have sarcoidosis (an auto immune disease) which I believe can also cause some constipation. Therefore my bowl movements have normally been more dry and dense (they normally sink to the bottom of the toilet). The normally vary from being fairly formed smaller balls (which are dense and sink too), to being 1 or 2 logs (which normally are dense and sink too). Today however I did have some abdominal gas pain before going to the bathroom, and I did have diarrhea today which I have only had for the last couple of days and which I believe is a side effect of antibiotics I am taking for a tooth infection as the pharmacist warned me it might cause diarrhea..but that diarrhea came out with blood today.
Also over the last 3 months I have had a problem with sever gas where it was so bad at times that it would go up into my chest and down my arm on my left side. I many days I have been constantly burping and passing gas out my back side. The gas pains are normally in my left side abdominal area, but it can also affect my whole abdominal area and even go into my chest and on one occasion the pain also went down into my left arm. Had an ambulance called for me on that occasion because the on call nurse thought I might be having it heart attack..it wasn't. When my gas gets really bad I also get nauseous, and at times will also throw up. When I have thrown up it has been white or clear mucus tinged with pink or red blood. (I do not repeatedly throw up..just once or twice on each occasion.)
I've also had mild hip pain which is unexplained for the last 6 months. I know it's weird but this is one of my most worrying symptoms. I had an x-ray done but the results of that didn't reveal anything abnormal. I also didn't hurt or injury myself in anyway. The pain is deep in the fleshy area between my rectum and my hip. I feel it most laying down in bed, sitting (I can feel that area deep within that fleshy area every time I sit), and when I sit with my right leg hanging off of my bed (because my right leg and hip of slightly angled outwards). It's much less noticeable when I'm standing, walking, or in general being active or moving. Has anyone else had pain like this as one of their symptoms of colon cancer??
Thanks so very much..and I'm sending all of my best thoughts, and my prayers, out to all of you here.
PS - When they thought I was having a heart attack the ER doctor said that she thought I might have a bleeding ulcer so she prescribed some medication to help neutralize my stomach acid and some medication for my nausea. This has seemed to help and my gas issue has largely, but maybe not totally, resolved itself since..touch wood). I still may get some burping and gas but nothing even remotely close to what it was like for awhile there. I went to the ER about 3 weeks ago.
I also have a consulting appointment with a specialist to have a scope done of my stomach, so hopefully I will finally be able to schedule and have that done sometime in the next few weeks.
I also should mention that the first time I had unexplained bleeding from my rectum was about 18 months ago and I was suppose to get a colonoscopy done then, however that was when I was diagnosed with my sarcoidosis, so I had to under go scanning of almost every organ in my body (and I did have an abdominal scan done at that time)..and all of my blood work came back good..except for my thyroid..because I was diagnosed with hypothryoridism about 2 weeks after I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. So in the process of all of these tests, scans, and biopsies (of my thyroid)..I forgot all about doing my colonoscopy..that is until now..which is why I am so worried,totally stressed out, and very scared now.
Is it possible that we could all have an overgrowth of bacteria in our digestive tracts instead of having IBS? I have read information on this recently, and a lot of the symptoms I have match with a candida overgrowth. At first I read about Sibo, but that seems to deplete your vitamins, and I am not deficient in anything. After reading about candida overgrowth (yeast overgrowth), it doesn't look like doctors go to this diagnosis often, but instead say IBS. I was diagnosed with IBS at the age of 21 after years of stomach issues (I'm now 33). For periods of time my symptoms flare up or become mild. Regardless, I've never gotten a real answer from my doctor as to what is wrong with me. It's unsettling to be told you have IBS b/c there is nothing else to diagnose you with. They would be better saying I am just a freak b/c an IBS diagnosis tells me nothing except, "you have stomach problems that are miserable" (yes, I already know). Does anyone else feel like there is no help? Please read about my experience below....I hope it helps you!
So, I took it upon myself to self diagnose. I followed the candida diet. I cut out all things that broke down into sugar, but not all fruits. I used to drink lots of coffee, but cut that out too. I used Coffeemate...a lot, and almost immediately after cutting Coffemate out of my diet, I felt better!. I up'd my fruits and veggies. Quinoa is amazing, filling, and soothed my stomach in some strange way. I also gave up breads, dairy, and basically anything that yeast would prefer. I did keep yogurt though (the good stuff, and plain, not the sugar kind). It sounds like there is nothing to eat, but think lots of lean meats, salads, and non-processed things. I did this for almost a month and ta-da! I saw results...something I hadn't seen in years.
Everyone, I could almost tear up b/c if you experience "IBS" like me, the pain, bloating..... it feels defeating like you just have to deal with this. I went through years of being placed on different meds that really didn't help. It's been a tough road. For now, this has changed my life. I'm an active person, I always ate pretty well, but if I do/did have a candida overgrowth, I'm hoping I have killed the overgrowth. The diet is not long-term either.... it starves the candida overgrowth. FYI: we all have yeast in our bodies to help with digestion, but for some it can get out of control. It's brought on by stress and other things. Please research it.
Well, I don't bloat anymore. However, the first 1-2 weeks of changing my diet caused AWFUL pains in my stomach, awful bowel movements, awful gas...it was as if my body was getting rid of something. I fought through it and it was more than worth it. Possibly my self-diagnosis has made me give up a food I could have had an allergy to? I don't know. The diet can be HARD to an extent. Like anyone, you get used to certain foods. It was a commitment. I miss pizza terribly, but it's just a temporary thing. In about another month I'll start to incorporate foods back into my diet one by one while charting the response. If something makes me feel bad then I'll know what it is (if a food allergy).
The biggest thing about the diet is not eating processed foods and sugary foods. I'm never ate a lot of processed stuff, but I mentioned Coffeemate before. I read all kinds of bad reviews on this. Most reviews said you might as well eat the plastic bottle that it comes in b/c the ingredients resemble plastic more than they do food. That is SCARY! Think about what you eat. If you asked me in the past if I ate bad stuff I would have said no. Did I consider a few cups of coffee with fat-free creamer in it bad, no. Is it, YES! Take control of your diet....really examine your diet, and I promise you'll start feeling better. Before I did this I felt like I was poisoning myself. That sounds odd but I didn't feel well. This has done me wonders.
Good luck everyone! I hope this post helps you as these things have helped me.