New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Vegan2023
New Member


Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/19/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm from Texas but living in the UK now. Lately i've been having a problem with my bm's and it started out as seeing mucus and some bright red blood. It really freaked me out so I went to a doctor and he told me that it is probably proctitis but he was a little concerned because my dad had colon cancer and he is fine now but my grandfather (his dad) died from it. Both my dad and my grandpa had/have pretty bad diets although my dad went through periods where his diet was excellent and he was very active. My grandpa had a crappy diet his whole life and even when the doctor told him to eat more fiber, just a bowl of carrots a day he wouldn't do it because it didn't taste good.

So anyway, the doctor wanted me to see a gi doctor and he said that there wasn't anything alarming but to make sure, he wanted me to have a colonoscopy, but i'm only 27 and a woman and a vegan. I didn't want to do it because I was under the impression that i'd have the half colonoscopy and it would be done without going to a hospital or anything, but it wasn't. The gi doctor did the exact same exam and asked the same questions as the first doctor did, it was £120 to have the exact same thing done and nothing else. It made me a little suspicious because in America its kind of known for doctors to give tests that aren't really needed, so I didn't have the colonoscopy. The doctor that I saw the first time said that he was surprised that the gi doctor wanted me to have the full colonoscopy at my age and without any other indications of anything serious. He told me to wait a few months and if it doesn't go away then I can have it and even then its probably nothing.

But about a month ago I got a uti and along with the bleeding in my urine and the really horrible pain, I also got diarrhea and it happened at the same time. I'd go to try and urinate and after the horrible pain, I felt a really bad urge to also make a bm. This happened every time for the first 3 or 4 days and after I started taking the antibotics it went away but when I took the antibiotics in the mornings i'd have to use the bathroom right after and my stomach would hurt so much before I took it that it actually woke me up the mornings. From that, I got anxiety from knowing what was going to happened that I woke up at least 2 hours before I took the medicine with the stomach ache. I told the doctors this and they said that I just had a stomach bug and that it would go away. A week later it was still happening, like clockwork I woke up at 6am with a stomach pain and then I would use the bathroom and its throughout this time my bm have never been normal. Its always mushy, the last 2 days its just been diarrhea and I have no idea what to do. I was taking probiotics and that helped so much and the pain was calming down in the mornings and then last week I didn't make a bm at all and I felt uncomfortable all day so I took so flaxseed and a turmeric pill and the next day it the bm was completely normal but I went out for the day and while I was walking around I had really bad gas and something felt like it was coming out. So I checked, I was sure that it was diarrhea but it was just mucus and my right side was crampy. Since then, my stomach hurts like it did this whole time, plus after I eat. I've started waking up at 5am now after getting back to waking up around 7:30 and I can't get back to sleep because my stomach is hurting so much. It feels like menstrual pain, and nothing helps really. I tried drinking peppermint tea, and ginger tea and it doesn't help. I don't think that the stress that i've been under has really helped matters any, I was so upset all this week that I thought I could have cancer. I couldn't stop crying and on the antibiotics I was just insane, it made the hallucinate and at some point I thought I was dying or something. It was so bad, this whole thing has been so bad and i'm a very panicky person so I really don't know what could be causing this. Has anyone ever gone through something so traumatic with antibiotics before or uti's? I'm seeing a gp tomorrow and i'm having the colonoscopy on the 3rd of June, i'm more worried about the ibs than anything because I really hope that the antibiotics triggered it or the uti did. I really don't want to wake up at 5am for the rest of my life or have my bm's not be normal. Can something like this go away if it was caused by stress? I talked to my mom and she is a vegetarian and also anemic like me and takes iron vitamins and so do I. Sometimes she has to stop taking them because it makes her stomach hurt, I never had a problem before but could this be a factor? I also take b-12, 1000 mg and the iron is 20mg. I'm so nervous all the time and the closer it gets to bedtime, the more worried I feel. Lately i've tried different herbal things hoping that it would make me normal but so far its even worse and smells really bad. *sigh*

UC Momma
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 5/19/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

I usually post on the Ulcerative Colitis board, but I thought I would give you my 2 cents. It really sounds to me like you have IBD and not IBS. I'm so glad you are getting a colonoscopy, because that will finally give you some answers. Colon cancer also runs in my family (my aunt on my mom's side is currently battling colon cancer), and I can relate to the fear you are feeling. Please try not to stress out too much...I know, easier said than done! ;)

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2007. I too started out with mucus in my stools, then diarrhea and bright red bleeding. My symptoms went on for several months before I finally got help. I got to the point that I could barely leave my house for fear of having an "accident". You are taking the right steps towards a diagnosis. I have had a couple of UTI's since my diagnosis. My doctor said it's more common for people with digestive disorders. Antibiotics are at times necessary, but they do kill all the good bacteria in your gut. Try not to fret. If you do have IBD there are many medications that can help alleviate your symptoms. Good luck, and know that these boards are a great place to gain information. The internet is a great thing, but try not to Google your symptoms. It will just freak you out, and it's not worth the stress!

Hugs to you! :)
Diagnosed in 2007 w/ left sided colitis a year after birth of first child
Currently taking ONLY 4!!! Asacol HD per day, Align probiotic, prenatal vitamin
Dare I say it...in REMISSION after starting Asacol HD in April 2010!!!!


shawn12
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2004
Total Posts : 1293
   Posted 5/20/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Let us know how the colonoscopy on the 3rd of June goes.

If there is a history of colon cancer in your family they will screen you regardless of your age really.

There are some stool tests that can be done to look for inflamation.

IBS is diagnosed by a specific cluster of symptoms.

Let us know how your doing.
Forum Moderator
 
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.


Vegan2023
New Member


Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/23/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to the doctor, he says that I most likely have ibs since I have all the symtoms. I've probably had the worst week in my life, I haven't been able to stop crying or feeling like crying. It was such a beautiful day today and I couldn't stop thinking about having to wake up at 6am with stomach cramps and loose bm's for the rest of my life. I'm good during the day but the mornings that get me, last night I dreamt that I was getting the colonospy and when I woke up my mom was crying and the doctor said that he found a couple of things. I didn't hear what he said but i'm assuming its something like I have a giant hole in my intestines or my colon stopped working or something like that. It pretty much screwed up my day which is sad since I wasn't in much pain today. Does anyone know if this was caused by the antibiotics that I took, if it will get better? Will my bm's ever get back to normal? I'm so stressed and the doctor didn't really make me feel better at all about it. I wish I could go back to stop whatever gave me the uti so this wouldn't have happened. I was pretty ok before this, just the mucus but the surgery would have fixed that.

shawn12
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2004
Total Posts : 1293
   Posted 5/24/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Vegan2023

Moods and stress can really effect IBS.

Antibiotics, usally long term can sometimes cause something called C-diff, but that might have other symptoms IBS does not.

IF your off the antibiotics you might want to try some probiotics.

This all can really mess with a persons head.

The colonoscopy can help to figure out what's going on or if you have some type of infection or problem.

No matter what it is stress of course won't help.

Try to stay relaxed which is hard, but it can really help. There are of course things to do and try.

Symptoms NOT Characteristic of IBS
Symptoms of...

•anemia,
•blood in the stools,
•unexplained weight loss, or
•fever
are not characteristic of IBS. You should alert your physician immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Other signs or symptoms that call for special consideration before being attributed to IBS include:

•Age of 50 or older
•Nighttime symptoms that awake the individual
•Change in the symptom quality (e.g., new and different pain)
•Recent use of antibiotics
•A family history of other gastrointestinal diseases like inflammatory bowel disease or cancer.

http://www.aboutibs.org/site/about-ibs/symptoms/
Forum Moderator
 
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, December 06, 2016 11:12 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,733,563 posts in 301,135 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151272 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Toto'surprise.
341 Guest(s), 18 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
BensonHill, JaSanne, marciac12, hypoHashimoto, tickbite666, tickcheckguy, gibson00, Girlie, Toto'surprise, ChickNorris, pmm73, WORLD HEALING, Bobby Mac, ks1905, Namie, peanut307, Nosila, Tall Allen


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer