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Newmother
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   Posted 1/10/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with IBS a while ago.. the only thing I haven't had done is a colooscopy..Im 22 years old, just had a baby in August.. since then, my problems have been here. It all started out with shortness of breath then lead to "IBS" After all the tests, the only thing they found was a slow-emptying stomach so I eat small frequent meals inside of 3 big ones, so I try... :p Lately though, I've been a bit constipated, and my upper stomach/adb area feels incredibly weak/numb/loose like and m tentioaakes my breathing funny..like dim-ish.. my breating gets slow because of this.. I dont know whether it's anxiety or IBS.. I sit there, not Anxious..not anything..not scared...just feeling the weird feeling in my stomach and noticing my breathing getting weaker... it's strange, never felt this weird feeling before I ry to eat to relieve it sometimes it helps sometimes it doesn't.. Is this a symptom of IBS? I get pinching pain on my sides alot, a bunch of gas that seems to never want to leave, lol... the only thing bothering me is this weird numb/loose/emptyish feeling in stomach...even thought i ate alot..still feels emptyish.. Please, anyone who knows what this may be or have similar symptoms please share? I also started a new birth control tri-vora and it's making my hair fall out... maybe hormones messing with ibs and making these symptoms appear? I dont know.. Also, aftergiving birthi have this line across my belly, it kinda divides the upper from the lower part of my belly and aove the line is where all my problems are.. the weak feeling, etc....I never paid much attention to this "line" because I know it's jst body changes after giving birth, but it's weird how right above this line is where I get these weird feelings.. IDK... maybe i'm thinking too much

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   Posted 1/10/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone done a HIDA scan on you? Some of your symptoms sound like a gall bladder that might be on the fritz, and something about pregnancy blows a lot of them out. My mother had a slow emptying stomach as well--which is why it took them too long to figure out that her gall bladder also emptied too slowly. Did they give you reglan or something like that to help? A lot of your problems could be a manifestation of indigestion, caused by the slow-emptying stomach. Besides reglan, I think there are other meds out there to help speed up your stomach.

Secondly, have you had your hormones tested? Depression is not the only symptom that moms can have post-partum due to hormones not leveling themselves out. The shortness of breath might be related to some sort of anxiety attack (even though you don't think you feel anxious--mentally anxious and physcially anxious can be two different things; your mind may think everything is all right, while your body is saying everything is wrong) brought on by hormones beign out of control.

Yes, hormones can cause bowel problems. There are a number of women on here who found that their BC made their IBS worse, so if you can get off it, do. The Nova Ring insert is what is popular among the ladies with IBS problems because it keeps almost all of the hormones contained to the uterus and really doesn't affect the rest of the body.

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   Posted 1/10/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, they've checked my gallbladder....idk about the HIDA scan.. i dont have any gallbladder probs in my family. My hair has been falling out, and my skin has been dry lately..I called my GYN, and she said to get my thyroid checked so I'm guessing maybe thats my curse all along? I dont know, we'll see. I have an appt. on the 14th, the ob/gyn said my hair falling out shouldn't have anything to do w/my bc... so i'm still on it. I've been on this bc before and it was fine so I dont know how it wouldall of a sudden cause hair to fall out anyway? My mom had problems with her thyroid after she had my sister, so it's starting to make a lil sense that this could very well be that. People also get IBS like symptoms with problems w/their thyroid.. I'm starting to get spasms in my stomach upper and lower and fluttery feelings in my upper left abdomen..kinda freakin me out a bit, but guess it's normal w/ibs.. I pray I find an answer!! thanks for replying, i'm goin crazy over here until my appointment! lol....

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   Posted 1/11/2008 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd second a thyroid panel to check for autoimmune disorders like Grave's or Hashimoto's. My hair started falling out when I was diagnosed with autoimmune hyperthyroidism. Can't say I ever had the weird breathing issues, but my rate rate would jump to >100 bpm at rest and that certainly was no fun. My guts have always been bad so I couldn't make a correlation there. Best tests to request: TSH, anti-thyroid antibodies, free T4. A specific pattern of findings among those three will easily rule in or rule out a thyroid disease.
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Newmother
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   Posted 1/11/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll let my doctor know thanks:) Well, it's my first appt. with this doctor...lets hope he's good.. i'm having some spasms almost feels like a baby kicking in my lower ab area and upper... it's quite annoying.. the most uncomfortable feeling in the world is the feeling of numbness like..almost like a very weak core.. i'm going to try and do some yoga to strengthen my core area because that's where most my doscomfort comes from.. maybe my mucles are just weak? I dont know.. it strangely feels better after a big meal..when really i should be eating small frequent meals im always hungry...and somehow a big meal helps my weakish-loose-numb ab area feel better. i dont know why? This may sound crazy but I feel like maybe I have endomentriosis and it's growing on my colon or something..? i guess having anxiety and just reading about that, is going to get my mind thinking something right? lol... I just hope whatever it is, it's not getting worse....and hopefully my breathing gets better...i'll let u guys know how my appt. went. any suggestions on what this could be? what if this is all anxiety, than again i haven't found one person w/my symptoms with anxiety....

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   Posted 1/12/2008 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, newmother, it's understandable that you're anxious - after all, you are a new mom! I can't imagine being a mom!

I think it's a great idea to start doing yoga. "The plank" is one of my favorite core exercises. I also recently got one of those exercise balls and do a lot of abdominal work on that. Exercise is SO important and vital for overall health. Better stress reliever than any anti-depressant. Also, yoga will help you focus on your breathing and "remind" you how to breathe correctly. A lot of people don't!
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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Sooo... I had my appointment today with my 'soon to be' family doctor. He saw me for literally 5 minutes and "suspected" IBS.. But he referred me to a gastroinologist (spell check) just to make surre nothing else is going on. He prescribed me Librax. Which I dont feel a "dramatic" difference, but I'm not as uncomfortable as I have been alll day. The question I was concerned about...is that Librax can cause constipation and thats like my MAIN problem. I've been "backed up" twice..but he knew about it and I told him what i've tried for my constipation and said this med. should help.. I can't help but feel like everytie i'm eating i'm backing myself up more and more. lol.. It's weird, have any of you felt this with IBS .. Sometimes my stomach/ab area will feel so weakish/sluggish and when i eat i get some relief...not always... and sometimes it feels so tight/twisted up in my stomach and sseriously makes my breathing weird..and i can't help but say "this is not anxiety" it SERIOUSLY makes my breathing weakish.. idk.. I have to call the clinic tomorrow to set up an appt. with a gastroinologist (sp) Has anyone taken Librax and had constipation IBS ? I guess it also calmed me down a bit... I've only taken it once..guess it's a treatment type of thing? idk much about it.. hopefully this works or at least brings me some comfort....

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   Posted 1/15/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
You said they checked your gall bladder, but didn't know if they did a HIDA scan. The HIDA scan is where they inject you with radioactive dye and then they lay you on a table with a large camera head over you for about 20-30 minutes until the dye is in your gall bladder where they can see it, then they give you another injection that makes your gall bladder empty and then see how long it takes for the dye to get out of it (about another 30 minutes). If it takes too long, then it's not functioning properly. If you didn't have that done, then they haven't checked your gall bladder. An ultrasound will only find stones and sometimes pre-stone sludge. The HIDA scan will find out if your gall bladder is not working for some other reason--like it just doesn't want to (what happened to mine).

And if they know already that you have a slow emptying stomach (my mother had both a slow-emptying stomach and gall bladder), have they not given you something like Reglan for it? That is supposed to speed up your entire digestive tract and should help with the C problem.

Also check the thyroid and other hormones, as Sarita suggested.

Newmother
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   Posted 1/15/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply.. I'll talk to my doctor about that. Well I just started librax and I had a very succesful BM today, lol.. never thought i'd write that as a sentence. So, who knows maybe this is working? I should def. give it time though. Kiriamon, why did you get your gallbladder tested? was it hurting, I mean what were your symptoms?

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   Posted 1/15/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My symptoms were:

Pain across the diaphram and, after about 5 years, pain on the right side--including the feeling of a lump under my rib cage. Aching pains in my right shoulder and down my right arm into the elbow. These pains were not constant, but came and went seemingly at random. I also suffered from "attacks" which was a sudden onset of very bad pain, nausea, and finally explosive diarrhea.

Diarrhea with and without pain. Yellow in color (from the bile, although it can also manifest as green), and it burned and burned and burned. The more D I had, the yellower my poops/water became and the worse I burned.

Sudden bouts of nausea, even in the absence of food. I only vomited once, but vomiting is usually a fairly common side effect (I had more D and less vomiting than many). In fact, vomiting is not considered a side effect of IBS, although it does occasionally happen to some people who have true IBS. Feeling suddenly stuffed and uncomfortable, even though I hadn't even finished a normal-sized meal. This is a very common symptom.

When I was nauseated, I couldn't lay down because it made the nausea worse. It also made the pain worse if I was hurting.

You can have nausea and indigestion problems in absence of vomiting and diarrhea, although you have to be more careful to check to make sure you don't have an ulcer, hietal hernia, slow-emptying stomach or acid reflux problems, as these all have very similar symptoms.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
well I do get that "stuffed" feeling.. well.. it sometimes feels "stuffy" in my upper ab area. It makes it hard to breath.. They did two ultrasounds of my galbladder and found no stones..said it was unlikely since I was tiny... but checked anyway just to be on the safe side. I get right shoulder pain but than again I get it mostly when carrying my daughter.. I never compain or have much "pain" it's MOSTLY and mainly discomfort in my ab area with the breathing getting weird.. I can't meditate or anything hardly ever because my ab area is so weird/twisted feeling like, that if i'm calmly sitting or not focused on anything else I panic because the crazy discomfort in my ab area. It sucks.. After I gave birth I have this line across my belly, looks like a scar (doctor even asked "where's this scar from" haha) it's just a line/indent..and that line is exactly where my discomfort is...so can this be coincidence or maybe my muscles aren't getting back together right or...i dont know. Also, if I stick my belly out like pushing it all out only the bottom half sticks out, for some reason the line and above that line, it just won't budge...like it can't stick out...kinda weird. Could just be body changes after birth but why do much discomfort along with it? I dont know what tests they do to see muscles or nerves, I've had a spinal tap before..cat scan..were normal.. so I dont know what else to do? Could this really be IBS or could there be something else... i dont know.. I dont have much pain, besides cramping if i'm on my period.. and..pinching pains on my sides..and chest pain of course.. traped wind and gas and all that.. but never any extreme or dull pain.. just extreme discomfort!!!!

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   Posted 1/15/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Tiny people get bad gall bladders. Lady I worked with was 5'7" or 5'8" but probably wore a size 0 or 2 and she had her gall bladder out because of stones. It's not just a fat person's disease. Also the ultrasound doesn't check the function of the gall bladder. It can not work and have no stones in it; that's what was wrong with mine and my mother's both. They're known as diseased, chronically inflamed or strawberry gall bladders (because when you cut it open and look at the inside of it, it's red and pitted like a strawberry's skin--that's from the inflamation).

Still, many of the problems you describe could also been from a slow-emptying stomach. A lot of that sounds like the sort of indigestion problems you get when food just sits on your stomach. My mother can't eat cauliflower and only small amounts of cooked broccoli because she says it about kills her if she does. She has a slow empyting stomach and that stuff is so hard to digest, it doesn't really digest and it gives her intolerable indigestion. She also burps up the taste of it for a day or more.

Not sure about the line across your stomach, though. Is it pink? White? More a fold in the skin than a line in the skin? I know hormones can give you stretch marks, which I have on my hips and below my bellybutton, but I can't say that I know of any popping up around the middle. They're red when they're new and the skin seems thinner when they are than the skin around them. You can also see that the fine lines in the skin indicating the direction it has stretched. Even non-pregnant women can have them (look at me). Even my husband has them on his arms (I guess he beefed up too much too fast a long time ago).

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   Posted 1/15/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
yea, maybe I'm thinking too much about this "line" it is more of a fold in the skin but soemtimes it feels like sunk in and making that area uncomfortable, than again that could just be the IBS...and my slow-stomach. I didn't get stretch marks, luckily and surprisingly since I stretched like crazy!! I want to do yoga so bad, but I guess I have to wait till i'm 'comfortable' I haven't really felt normal/comfortable since my IBS supposedly "flared up" I dont have pain most people talk about with IBS. I have just the discomfort..and dimish breathing..and constipation and back pain when I'm constipated..I just want to meet someone with similar symptoms because until then I still feel alone... Even if my breathing is from anxiety, I haven't met someone with similar anxiety... anyway I am still on Librex, have an appt. in a month w/same doctor.. I still have to set up appt. with Gastroinologists.. tried making one today but I was having problems with the medicaid office here. I'm supposedly accepted, my case is "pending" but it went through at my appt. I tried calling to pick my plan, but they said I was giving them my wrong address? Which is bull, because I haven't moved or anything and I still have the same address as last month when i applied.. I called the medicaid office at LEAST 10 times in the past two weeks and they haven't returned any of my calls.. really starting to get annoyed, so I may have to go to the office when I get some time to solve this..Thanks for your reply, again.. Have you had any problems with anything since your gallbladder being removed? I dont know if my mom has it removed... Did your mom get it removed and did it help ? Hopefully medicaid will cover all the test I def. want done. I also get rib pain on both sides here and there doesn't last too long.. and i swear on both sides under ribs something is always moving out of place, feels like muscle almost just moving out of place then I have to sit straight and it goes back.? I can't figure out what it is.. is this my intestines from IBS? I dont know..

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   Posted 1/16/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I would go ahead and do the yoga because the stretching can help relieve cramps and tightness caused by stressed-out muscles and even gas. Someone on here laughingly confessed one day that the dog posture helped her pass gas and made her feel better because of it. The stretches might also stimulate your sluggish bowels and help you get a bowel movement going. Walking is also something people with C recommend to try and get the colon stimulated.

about your skin fold/line: what's your posture look like? Are you slumping as we speak? My posture got pretty bad when I was having gall bladder pains; I think it's natural for the body to draw in on itself when it's in pain. Of course, that can leave your figure looking different than before. Stand up good and straight in a mirror and see if the fold goes away.

Yes, I have problems since having my GB removed; most everyone does. Some lucky people have problems so infrequently as to not cause a hinderance, but many people, like me, have D as a result. A few people have C instead. And the rest seem to develop GERD. I take a medicine, though, that keeps my bowels functioning normally most of the time, provided I'm a bit careful with what I eat. In fact, I'm better off than pretty much everyone else on here with IBS-D. Even though I have D problems and had to change my diet shomewhat, I'm not in pain like I was when I had my GB, I don't get nauseated like I did before, and I don't spend a couple of hours in the middle of the night pacing the floor feeling like I'm about to explode, like I did before, so it's been a worthwhile trade-off for me.

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   Posted 1/16/2008 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Well that's good.. I'm glad you found comfort! I guess my posture has been bad, I can't sit straight because my breathing tends to get dimish like.. guess i'll have to work on that. I'm going nuts over here, I called medicaid for the millionth time, and still no answer.. I left about 10 messages and called both 1-800 numbers and for some reason they have a different address than mine so they wont help me till i get the "right" address.. I never signed up with any address but this one, so IDK what's going on? Also, the gastronologists here dont take medicaid even if i did get it.. so I'm screwed basically. I dont have the money to see a gastro it's like 100-200 just to VISIT, not including tests.. so I dont know what to do now. I can't get an appt. and my follow up with my doctor is in a month. The medicine doesn't seem to really..work? I can't tell a difference when Im on it.. I feel like I have no where to turn to and that I just have to live with this problem because I dont have money to get good healthcare.. This is frustrating and def. stressing me out which I shouldn't be doing because I have IBS!!! supposedly... I dont know what I have, I dont know why I feel so stuffy and like I can't breath good... I dont remember the last time I woke up comfortable.. If I were in Alaska, I wouldn't have to pay one penny to get tests on.. but my fiance wouldnt let me go because he has to work and he would be left alone cause I would have to take our daughter. He still thinks this is just anxiety and seeing a doctor is just for my "piece of mind" which it is.. but it's also to figure out why i'm always so uncomfortbale in my own skin.. but I can't get that here.. so I realized I'm basically going to suffer. ? why.....

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   Posted 1/16/2008 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmm, well, a regular GP can order a HIDA scan--mine did--however, if that's negative, you would have to see a GI doctor in order to get an endoscopy to see if you have anything visibly wrong with your stomach and to do a test to check to see how it's emptying (it may have gotten worse). Only a GI can do/order those two tests.

Your OB/GYN can do hormone tests on you to check and make sure your hormones aren't out of whack.

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   Posted 1/24/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor gave me Limbrex and I'm not noticing a big difference while on it. I dont feel the "anti-anxiety" med in it that he said would help w/anxiety... I dont feel nothing at all actually. My stool has been loose/watery/mucousy (sorry) lol.. since I gave birth... every now and then it's hard.. not alot.. but since taking limbrex it is harder.. kinda painful to go right now since it's a bit hard. I haven't been having alot of discomfort though. Just a little spasms here and there, fluttering feelings in upper left ab..the tense/shocky feelings throughout ab and back of head...(anxiety possibly idk?) Can anyone tell me if they've felt this....okay sometimes, well alot actually i'll feel something almost pop or move out of place below both ribs.. could this be my intestines? One doctor said it could be but idk.. It's very umcomfortable not knowing exaclty what it is.. i've been pretty good otherwise, just the tensy feelings is very bothersome! My next appointment is on the 14th, what a way to celebrate Valentines ! :) Hubby is working anyway at my appt. time so it's okay..! Hope someone can relate.... Oh and I did get approved for medicaid but it's like post partum type medicaid.. so I think it only covers birth control and doctor visits... It wouldn't cover my Limbrex prescription so I need to get a different type of medicaid... ahhh dealing with Medicaid here is a nightmare! I've called the office over 15 times and I still haven't gotten a call back. I have to plan a trip there when I Get some time. Anyway, hope everyone else here is doing good. I also tried miralax last week, went after 3 days...not a huge relief. Is it common for people with IBS to think they have something more severe? I have had chronic constipation since giving birth..and I just feel there's more to it.. then I think okay its just my anxiety thinking again....
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