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Hey everyone, I am new to the board. I thought I'd come here to see if anyone might can help cause I don't know what is going on with my grandmother and not even her dr knows. At around the beginning of December, my grandma began to have cramps at night at around 12am and she would have to run to the bathroom, it was not upset stomach but just a really loose bowle movement, she felt like she wasnt finished but couldn't do anything. Every night it would do this and she didn't know why, she went to her dr and she had an x-ray and her dr said she had symptons of divaticulitis but that wasn't it. She gave grandma medicine but that didn't help. So, she couldn't take the cramps anymore and cause of her going to the bathroom so much, she became extremely dehydrated and went to the hospital. She was there for about 4 or 5 days, she had all kinds of tests, colonoscopy, cat scans, x-rays and drs found nothing wrong with her, no tumors...no blockages, but they did find out that she had scar tissue that blocked some of the colonoscopy which was divaticulotis but said that wasn't causing the cramping and bowel movements. They couldn't do a full colonscopy cause of scar tissue so next day finished the proecedure by doing a barum enema and even the results from that didn't pin point the problem...the dr said he THOUGHT that it might be blood vessel not flowing properly and he put her on some meds and put her on asprin a day and sent her home. She felt fine last week but the cramps started back night before last and today she's gone to the bathroom 7 times and Friday she's going to a specialist and see if she can get a second opinion. I really hope that he can find the problem so she can get the proper treatment. If there is anyone here that may have experienced this or knows someone, please let me know. The family is just confused about this, we don't understand. Confused
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replied March 27th, 2008
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She is probably allergic to something in her diet...some allergic reactions only happen when people get older. You can try eliminating foods one by one to find out what it is. Some older people can't handle whole grains, so you could start with something like that.
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replied February 5th, 2009
stomach cramps and diarrhea at night
My mother is 81 years old and is experiencing the same problems as your grandmother. She's been tested for everything and nothing is wrong except she is up all night with diarrhea and sometimes even vomiting happens too. I would love to hear more about what you learn to help your grandmother. Maybe we'll find a cure for them.
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replied April 1st, 2009
diarrhea, cramping
I feel your pan kirstyj! And thanks for caring about your grandmother so much. I am in my forties and started having intermittent chronic diarrhea about 1 and 1/2 years ago and tried to ignore the fact--didn't see a doctor or anything. Well, over the past month it has become on occasion urgent and explosive and life-altering. I see no blood or mucus, though. I went to my pd and did the standard stool sample (egads)--nothing was found to be wrong. I was referred to a gastroenterologist but I am afraid to go for a gazillion tests and then still not knowing. I have read many blogs and posts about that happening and hate to go through a litany of tests to be told to eat more fiber and control my stress. I eat very lightly and healthfully and hate this. I have cramps in my lower abdomen that are sometimes pretty severe. I have had a history of anorexia and I hate to think it may be related. I am not anorexic now but afraid to eat many solid foods before being in public as this can exacerbate the issue. I don't have the exact symptoms of any disease I've read up on (not Cronh's or IBS or gardia or pancreatitis or any of the gazillion others that are scaring me), but I come closest to ulcerative colitis yet with no blood or mucous in the stool. Help! This is horrible. I am starting to think my stress is coming out my rear, and I am a refined woman. Embarrassing and almost shameful-feeling:(
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replied September 21st, 2009
Cramps & Diarrhea at 5 am every morning
Cramps & Diarrhea at 5 am every morning


MY 82 mother wakes every morning at 5 am with cramps and diarrhea and spends the the next 4 hours making frequent trips to the toilet. This has been going on for the last 3 years and she has seen numerious specialists and has had every test in the book and no one has a clue what is causing it.
My self I wouold be dead by now, she has lost weight and has absolutly no enrgy. This is a woman who 3 years ago was gardening sun up to sundown and now does not leave the house.
She has systematically eliminated every food from her diet with no sucsess.
I feel your pain and your worry. I have the same feelings for my mother and am desparate to find the problem.
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replied October 19th, 2009
Diarrhea every night.
Have any of you been checked for parasites? I just started having diarrhea for the past 3 nights and thinking of getting checked as I eat a lot of leafy greens which can contain them. Always having the fear of cancer though.
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replied December 1st, 2009
Upset stomach for the past 6 months, please help!
I am 20 years old, almost 21 and have had really bad stomach problems every night. I have had the problems since May 2009 and it started with being awake every night feeling like i had to go to the bathroom many times. I would go like 6 or 7 times a day, not much but it was very loose and i kept going. I have lost 20lbs and had my gallbladder removed, how is it that im still sick? i feel nauseated all of the time! im ready to be normal and stop loosing weight...i feel like im going to die sick. please help!
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replied September 20th, 2010
stomach cramps
i have a history of ulcerative colitis, but it has been controlled for a number of years, however over last few months, i have had severe intermittent cramps, alongside diarrhea and vomiting. i had some tests, had steroids and anti bs, but it is still happening.
My dad died of bowel cancer 3yrs ago, he was the fourth in his family to do so. as you can prob imagine I am very worried.
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replied December 1st, 2010
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likely a uti proteus vulgaris or lamblia intestinalis; a lot of this is transmitted in hospitals and long term care; only thing i know of is a para cleanse and to take lots of liquid auto-immune and anti-viral drops from health food store. if the infection is that bad, it may take a while but anything helps
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replied April 11th, 2011
I am getting rather scared looking through this. I understand everyone's pain, I really do.

I am 20 years old and for the last 4 months, at least once or twice a week I have been woken up with mainly diarrhea, sometimes vomiting too. I will spend the whole night sat on the toilet with my head in a bucket. Getting severe cramps from being on the toilet, being dehydrated and always tired is beginning to really get to me.

I have been to the doctors and have had multiple tests, everything has come back normal. I have given up smoking and has removed alcohol and caffeine from my lifestyle and am now considering going on the diet drinks where I literally drink nutrients and no food. I have tried cutting different foods from my diet and nothing is working.

I really do hope that this gets sorted as I have been in many forums and not one has a solution. Good luck to everyone! Smile
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replied April 11th, 2011
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I found out yesterday that 'Physcians' that deal with tropical medicine or 'travel clinics' are generally more knowledgeable on this subject than regular GI's or ID specialists. You can try looking it up in your area. I've just found one here (Ontario) that I am going to meet with this week. From what I can tell, they can check for bacteria and paras that most docs don't generally test for. A lot of what I get is clear tissue that wraps up my intestines and causes a lot of pain, constipation, cramps, inflamation, etc. but can't be seen by modern ultrasounds, etc. I've been in agony for 4 years and only recently getting results.
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replied July 24th, 2011
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The travel doc wouldn't see me; gastro's won't see me. No-one other than 2 naturo's and one chiropractor will talk about it. The chiro has an Avatar tester which diagnoses all the paras and toxins. Helps to know what your dealing with; also helps you see if you're doing something right. Colonics and daily enemas help immensely.
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replied July 15th, 2011
For some of the posts on here I would look into whether the person is suffering from anxiety. This can cause a tense stomach in sleep which loosens stools and causes a sore stomach early in the morning, at least for me! Oh and also grinding teeth. You may or may not even realize that you are anxious, but it contributes to a lot of stomach issues, often being diagnosed with IBS.
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replied July 15th, 2011
For some of the posts on here I would look into whether the person is suffering from anxiety. This can cause a tense stomach in sleep which loosens stools and causes a sore stomach early in the morning, at least for me! Oh and also grinding teeth. You may or may not even realize that you are anxious, but it contributes to a lot of stomach issues, often being diagnosed with IBS.
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replied September 29th, 2011
Corn allergy
Corn Allergy. I developed an allergy to corn. I blew it off but the doctor said years ago you didn't really hear about peanut allergies. Now that's pretty common. Then he asked if I'd like to be the first corn allergy related death. So I thought how I avoid corn in my dog's dry food to avoid skin allergy problems. Figured I'll listen to what doctor had to say. He explained that over the years corn has been altered through genetics to force the corn to grow faster and produce more. He says it is what the corn is crossed with that is causing so many corn allergy cases. He said it's been taken to Washington and it has to stop. So, you think just corn...try high corn fructose too and that's just about everything. So I had to let my system clear up and change over to organic grown corn. If I grow it myself I have to be sure the corn seeds are also organic. Food for thought when the doctor's aren't finding what's wrong with you.
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replied February 19th, 2012
Posibility
http://www.about-salmonella.com/salmonella _symptoms_risks maybe it's salmonella poisoning. I'm 15 and been having this problem for a week now... I also own a pet snake, which might carry samonella. I'm not exactly sanitary with my snake... I kiss it's adorable little head, let it crawl all over me like a jungle gym, and I dont bother washing my hands after. So I wouldn't be surprised. Check to see if you have any way to come in contact with salmonella and go from there. Maybe all you need is a shot!Razz
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