I eat and instantly have to go to the bathroom

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Confusedgrl
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   Posted 12/31/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
sad  I eat and I instantly have to go to the restroom. This sounds so gross but sometimes its like a slimy clear flim comes out, or diarrhea, or reg bowel movement. I will go to the restroom at least two or more times after eating one meal.My abdomin hurts usually. I don't know whats wrong with me this has been going on for two weeks now. I am starting to think maybe my gallbladder? anyone have any good advice?

7Lil
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   Posted 12/31/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Confusedgrl,
Welcome to the site! :-)
Have you seen a doc yet? Anytime your bowel movements change you should consult your doctor.
It's actually not that strange to have to go to the bathroom right after, or even during, a meal. As soon as the food is put in your mouth, your brain triggers a response to the digestive system to jump into gear. For some people it can cause almost an immediate BM. It happens often to those with IBS. I think most doctors attribute it to having an "over sensitive digestive system."
The clear film you're talking about sounds like mucus. That too is common with IBSers. However, if this is new to you, you should definitely see a doc.
The pain in your abdomen could be spasms. Again, that too is common with IBSers. Yet again, if this is new, you should see a doc. There are many antispasmodics on the market your doc can look at prescribing. In the meantime, many of us have found relief by using a heating pad. Between menstral cramps and IBS pain, I use mine a lot.
Some signs of gall bladder issues are burning poops, or heartburn, or even chest pain. I'll see if I can find the Gallbladder post and bump it up for you.
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Lady Frog
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   Posted 1/1/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Confused. I second 7Lil about seeing the doctor. What you described happens to me all the time. Try the heating pad and another thing that helps me is to eat smaller meals. Helps with the tummy discomfort. I probably eat nothing more then a small bowl of food for each meal but I'm also eating every two to three hours. I think it's the Japanese that have the saying only eat till you are 80% full. Works for me.

Marsky
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   Posted 1/1/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, I eat very, very lightly these days. I no longer overwhelm my gut with a large meal (that's in the past).

I feel so much better when I eat this way!

For examples - if dining out, I order half a sandwich and a CUP of soup. Not a bowl (although they will sometimes try to upgrade you to this size unless it's a pre-set half sandwich/cup of soup price). Or I order a SIDE salad (not dinner sized salad) and a baked potato (without all the fixings, just a small amount of butter and sour cream). Or if these options are not available on the menu, I look for a sides section, ordering from there. Usually 2 or 3 items - a hot vegetable, mashed potatoes, cottage cheese. And if this option isn't available, then I order what I think might be the smallest entree (not according to price but amount), and I eat 1/3 to 1/2 of it. I even take my knife and slice a portion off and eat only that, asking for a to-go box. I used to cave to peer pressure to eat all this food but no more. I call this the Half Diet (my wacky way of eating has several nicknames!).......

It's all a change in attitude, change what and how you eat and I think that's half the battle.

Restaurants are obsessed with huge portions. With more and more people having gastric surgery, I've been expecting menu's to reflect this, but it hasn't happened yet. I just no longer fall for appetizers, a full meal, adding a salad a la carte (waiters will of course try to upgrade you to this too), then coffee and dessert. My gosh, if I ate all the food, my gut would explode on me! I'd never leave the restaurant's bathroom!

My 2 cents on the matter anyways..
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


Confusedgrl
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   Posted 1/1/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Does your tummy feel upset or has a burning sensaation inside with IBS? I also feel like acid reflux in my esphogus (Spelling issues). I literally feel like I'm full of poop as much as I am going. I tried making a Dr appt monday but they told me to call back after the 1st of the year. So as soon as I can get an appt I will go.

Marsky
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   Posted 1/1/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I occasionally have heartburn, in particular while driving (that sitting position induces belching), but no burning. I've heard that yogurt is good for the stomach too (in addition to the entire GI tract). I have yogurt everyday. Two brands I prefer are Stonyfield Farms (Vanilla) or Brown Cow (again, Vanilla).

My husband used to have a lot of heartburn but we've eliminated large post-dinner evening snacks and he takes 10 mg of Pepsid everyday, usually with dinner. He also drinks a lot of water and chews his food thoroughly. He no longer eats fried foods either.

One website I refer to is WedMd, go there and do a search. You will find lots of useful suggestions I'm sure.

I would think that most doctors' offices will not be up to full schedules until next week. They'll be booked though, so keep pushing for an appt. Tell them you're in a lot of discomfort.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

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