So many things seem to be going wrong with my body!

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   Posted 7/22/2008 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Forum readers,

I'm a 17, soon to be 18 year old female and for as long as I can remember, I've always had very sensitive bowels. I will try to describe everything as thoroughly as possible for the sake of helping you, to help me.
I measure 5"3, weight 118 pounds and have extremely negative eating habits. I was never raised with a healthy diet at home, dad was lazy and cooked whatever he had at the time. When I was younger, I would often skip out of breakfast and eat pre-made lunches from the grocery store at school. After supper with hardly any vegetables, I'd eat 2 rows of cookies from the cookie bag with a glass of milk. I'll always remember the pain this gave my stomach, along with the chronic diarrhea.

The unstable bowels continued through high school and in my senior years I somewhat took charge and started eating breakfast. A bagel every morning, with butter and cream cheese, orange juice. I'd still have the occasional unhealthy lunch, but most times I'd have a sandwhich. I've always drank a lot of water however, I'd say it's the only healthy part about my daily diet.

Within the last couple of years, I've cut a lot on food in general. The pain food gave me became unbearable sometimes, going to the bathroom was a nightmare. I'd find myself sitting there clutching my head in pain. I've had a variety of different symptoms; urinating has never been a problem. Whenever I go to the bathroom, often it isn't solid. When it is solid, occasionally I'll find myself having horrible rectal pains that last about five minutes, but feel a lifetime. I'll even have these rectal pains while I'm lying in bed, they will randomly show up while I'm trying to fall asleep.

Quite frankly, it's made me realize how most people take the simple act of going to the bathroom for granted :P

The foods I've noticed affecting me most are saucy pastas, mainly heavy in tomatoes like maccaroni, lasagna, calonini. Melted cheese as well. Warm, spicy, saucy meals kill my bowels. Before and during my menstruation, my bagels covered in butter and cream cheese are complicated as well.

This summer I've been sleeping generally from 3 am to 1:30, 2:00 pm. I'll eat my 'breakfast' when I wake up, snack and wait til 7:00 pm for supper. I try eating the least possible because the idea of having uncomfortable bowel movements isn't very appealing. Bloating and being very gassy as well. I feel tired all the time, un motivated, lazy and when I try to change these bad habbits it's as though I have no energy to do so.

Often times I feel like I'm in a dream. I fall off the face of the earth and just wonder off. My humour is off track as well. It's all over the place, from radical anger to passive and relaxed, enjoying.
I went to my first doctors appointment in 9 years last month. I told her about my humour but forgot to tell her about my bowels. She handed me a few questionaires labelled 'Bi-Polar' and 'ADHD' surveys. After thinking about it a while, It would most deffinetly make sense, however I could also be diabetic or have another blood defficiency that could cause all these symptoms.

I went for a blood test a few weeks ago and another doctor appointment awaits in august. Tomorrow, my first psychologist appointment.
I wish I could have taken care of myself earlier, now I realize how all over the place my body is, I feel it's just a matter of time before I get called from my blood test with bad news. Deep down, I'm not sad if I do. I'll be relieved, to finally have an answer.

My body and my life are upside down. I hope upon reading this long post, someone will be able to help me out as to what could possibly be happening to me, inside and out.

Thank you so much for your time.

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   Posted 7/22/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Honey,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
It sounds like you have a whole lot going on. It doesn't help to have the added stress of dealing with teenage stuff piled on.
I think you're doing the right thing by seeing a psychologist and a regular doctor. You really need to be specific in your next appointment about your bowel troubles. Many people get in a depressed state when their health declines... it's quite troubling to have your quality of life diminished. Not to mention, when you're supposed to be living it up like the rest of your friends. It sucks.
I hope you find a doctor that takes every one of your symptoms seriously and tries to find answers for all. Blood tests are a good start, maybe even going to an Endocrinologist would be good too. Can't hurt to see a Gastroenterologist if your bowel woes continue as well. Lots to cover.
Please let us know how your appointment with the psych goes tomorrow. Good luck!
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   Posted 7/22/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much.
I'd never even heard of 'Endocrinologists' and 'Gastroenterologists' before, I'll definitely be looking into those if it means I'll be able to live a life like everyone else!

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   Posted 7/22/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
You should have blood test results in less than a week. Be aggressive and call them and find out what the blood tests say and what they mean. These days you must be aggressive when it comes to medical problems and most other things, unfortunately. With the insurance companies dictating things you have to be your own advocate.

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   Posted 7/23/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Something I noticed... orange juice. I can't do any juice. Too acidic. If you have trouble with tomatoes, it's likely from acid, not from spices. So if you are still doing juice in the morning (actually a bad time of day to have it since your stomach has been empty for a while and has acid enough all of its own), cut that out and see if it's not the juice instead of the bagel bothering you. If you have a problem with diary--like lactose intolerance--then the cream cheese may be getting you, but the bagel should not. Try eating it with jam instead. Cooked fruits seem to be okay for most people with IBS.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh! Goodness, you're right about the juice. Back in high school it had become a joke that after drinking my ritual orange juice that I didn't feel so good, so my friends and I would joke around with that. It upset my stomach a lot. It stopped for a while and this year I started to drink it again in the morning. I an't finish a cup anymore, but it does not give me the same feeling. It makes my stomach feel heavy.
What should I drink in the morning to replace my juice? I can't go for milk, no juice, water? Seems a bit plain :(
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