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   Posted 5/9/2008 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a few questions for anyone willing to answer. I am one of the many millions without health insurance. I have been having a lot of problems with my bm lately. I have recently been under a lot of stress and started to have tons of mucus mixed with my stools. It was very painful, like my inside were literally going to be pushed out too. It went on for about three weeks then stopped. Now it goes off and on. I have three kids who share one room. When the older two won't go to bed and I get stressed out, I have terrible pain within two hours and have to go to the bathroom with the most disgusting bm I have ever seen. Does this sound like IBS? I know that I really need to see someone but I can't afford a doctor out of pocket. Any advice? I also have gall stones, acid reflux, and I am obese. I don't really think that any of the things are the problem because the odd bm started recently. Before these symptoms I was seriously thinking about buying over the counter fiber because my stools were too hard. Please help.


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   Posted 5/9/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Blackduchess, my advice to you would be to go to a local neighborhood health clinic that uses a sliding scale for their patients. They will charge you based on your ability to pay and offer low-cost physician services since you do not have health insurance. I agree that you should get looked at and at least find someone you can follow up with, as your gallstones, acid reflux, and obesity need to be addressed and you deserve to get some good quality care.

In the meantime, an OTC fiber supplement like FiberCon (active ingredient is calcium polycarbophil) as well as getting some strains of probiotics ("good" bacteria - found in yogurt, especially the yogurts that tout having extra amounts of these, such as Dannon Activia) or a supplement that contains strains of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus might be a good and safe course of action. I am sorry you are enduring these symptoms but there is hope out there.

Welcome to the board and I know our knowledgeable and incredibly helpful members will also have suggestions for you. Thanks for posting :)
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   Posted 5/9/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Gall stones can suddenly become lodged in your bile duct, so if you get down with crippling pain, go to the ER because that's a likely source of the problem and the GB needs to come out immdieately to prevent a serious infection.

But, without crippling pain, you're probably right the gall stones aren't the cause of the problem, especially since you notice bowel problems with stress. Whether this is IBS or not is iffy because it's actually quite normal for people to get upset stomachs and bowels with stress. According to the Rome II Criteria, your problems have to be on-going (although not necessarily everyday) for three months before you are labeled as having IBS. That weeds out short periods of stress and intestinal bugs that can sometimes linger.

Are you where you can walk outside your home, or take transportation to a nearby park or school track? Or can you afford a treadmill (find them on Craiglist cheap)? Walking is a GREAT stress reliever; if you could walk as soon as you feel stressed, you might could prevent your attacks. Walking also helps regulate bowel movements to some degree, can reduce acid reflux and it can start to help with the weight problem. Also, when the kids won't go to bed, make them walk with you. They'll either tire out quickly and WANT to go to bed, or they will get fit (a problem among kids today). Even if you can't walk, you might try yoga tapes or other low-impact workout tapes. You should be able to find some for free at the local library, although there are usually a lot of workout tapes at thrift stores too.
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