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Hoosier mom of four
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   Posted 5/26/2010 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'm posting on my friend's acct since she showed me the site.  Maybe someone here can help me out a bit.
 
I have been going to my GI doc for about 3-4 years, stomach issues.  Cramping, diarrhea and just overall feeling sick.  I had tons of tests done, finally they took my gallbladder out.  That hasn't really made it better though, last 4 months it's getting alot worse.  It's to the point that when I eat, no matter if it's salad with no dressing, or bagel, or cheeseburger, etc...within 30 mins I HAVE to get to a toilet, I mean NOW.  My stomach cramps so hard I'm doubled over in pain crying.
 
I have had several colonoscopies, all normal.  2 wks ago I had the endoscopy and other "oscopy" s done.  All normal, my GI is at a loss, and I feel he's given up.  He said Prilosec, must just be acid reflux....this is NOT that.  I've tried meds for acid a million times, they have done blood work for celiac and other stuff, normal.  I'm just desperate for some answer.
 
Ruled out he said is IBS, Celiac, he doesn't think it's Crohns but not scientifically rulled out, no cancer, pre cancer, not gallbladder/stones. not ulcers.
Me:  33 yr old full time employee, part time Nursing student, full time mom to 4 children.
        Taking 100mg Zoloft since delivering my last child.   Found out hypothyroidism at
        age after tons of testing, from passing out.  3 years ago DX'd Hashimoto's Disease. 
 
DH:  34 yr old landscaper, recently laid off, in school for Biotechnology, dad to 2 bio
        daughters and step father to 2 great boys.
        History of substance abuse
        Depression
        Sexual abuse as young child (never dealt with)
        Severe sensitivity to medications of any kind.
        Recently DX'd with manic depression, Bipolar for starters.  Dr. said many more to come.
        Started Serequel and Tirlopine tonight, dropped Serequel due to high anxiety.

DS1: 14 yr old boy, classic teen, HX of depression and behavior disorder since age 6, was controlled well with Zoloft and Abilify, hospitalized for 12 days.  Now he's been med free x 4 years!!!        

DS2:  Athletic 9 yr old boy, healthy and smart, but shy.  Some anxiety issues with thoughts of death of family. 

DD1: 7 yr old blond beauty, thankfully no issues.

DD2:  Speech delayed, DX'd with Cognitive Social Disorder. No meds required.


Fayth
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   Posted 5/28/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you have some type of allergie, like a glutten allergie? I don't have it myself, but it sounds like whatever you're putting in your stomach your body digests it extremely quickly to get it out of your systeme. Does this happen with everything you eat? Do you always have diarhea? Do you get any types of rashes or any other symptoms?

Good Luck!
Fayth

shawn12
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   Posted 5/28/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
The doctor ruled out IBS?

Also are you on gallballder meds?
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honestwoman50
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   Posted 5/30/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
 
My gosh you need to probably have a sitz marker test, to show if your sm and lg intestines are working properly.  That is the one test that saved my life, and its just a pill you swallow and it leaves 28 little rings in you and then they x-ray you 5 days later.  Depending where the rings land tells them a lot.  All of mine were stuck in one spot and never moved through my colon so had them all in me.  So I was there at the doc's on a Mon. and had my surgery that friday...so it won't hurt to get it...just a thought.
 
Best of luck to you, and our prayers are with you.
 
Leslie
Leslie King
 
  1984 Tubligation  1992 Diagnosed with Thyroid tumor    
1993 Gallbladder Removed  1997 Hysterectomy  1998 Carpol Tunnel 
 1999 Spinal Cord Surgery for a Anacroid Syst
2001 Lower Lumbar Fusion L4-5  
2003 Sigmoid Colon Resection
 2006 Right Knee Replacement 2005 Breast Reduction
 2008 RE-did the Lower Lumbar Fusion/ lamanoctomy
2010 DX: colonic Inertia/ Pelvic Floor Disorder
2010 Total Colectomy ABD W/O proctectomy; w/Ileosto
 
  


Hoosier mom of four
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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 5/31/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
It doesn't really make a difference what I eat. I had all the scopes and the GI doc says no gluten in stomach, intestines look normal. never really dx'd with anything. I've been tried on every kind of meds from acid reflux, gallbladder meds, ibs meds, nothing helps at all.

It's touch and go, yesterday I felt fine and today I'm feeling fine. But tomorrow I may be curled in fetal position w/ cramping and stomach pains.
Me:  33 yr old full time employee, part time Nursing student, full time mom to 4 children.
        Taking 100mg Zoloft since delivering my last child.   Found out hypothyroidism at
        age after tons of testing, from passing out.  3 years ago DX'd Hashimoto's Disease. 
 
DH:  34 yr old landscaper, recently laid off, in school for Biotechnology, dad to 2 bio
        daughters and step father to 2 great boys.
        History of substance abuse
        Depression
        Sexual abuse as young child (never dealt with)
        Severe sensitivity to medications of any kind.
        Recently DX'd with manic depression, Bipolar for starters.  Dr. said many more to come.
        Started Serequel and Tirlopine tonight, dropped Serequel due to high anxiety.

DS1: 14 yr old boy, classic teen, HX of depression and behavior disorder since age 6, was controlled well with Zoloft and Abilify, hospitalized for 12 days.  Now he's been med free x 4 years!!!        

DS2:  Athletic 9 yr old boy, healthy and smart, but shy.  Some anxiety issues with thoughts of death of family. 

DD1: 7 yr old blond beauty, thankfully no issues.

DD2:  Speech delayed, DX'd with Cognitive Social Disorder. No meds required.


shawn12
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   Posted 5/31/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
This sounds like it could be IBS really.
 
IBS is a common diagnoses and is based on a specific cluster of symptoms, minus red flag symptoms.
 
What IBS meds did they put you on?
 
There are otherways to deal with gut pain besides meds as well or in conjunction, just fyi.
 
 
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shawn12
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   Posted 5/31/2010 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
FYI

"Symptoms Cluster in IBS
A number of symptoms that occur together characterize irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This may confuse you at first. Plus, symptoms will likely change over time. The changes may seem random. But there is a pattern to symptoms of IBS.


►The key sign or symptom of IBS is pain or discomfort in the abdomen. The abdomen is the area below your chest and above your hips.

►The other symptoms of IBS relate to your bowel habit. You’ll notice a change in frequency or consistency of stool. These changes link to the pain.

►The symptoms occur over a long term and come and go over time.


Some or all of IBS symptoms can occur at the same time. Some symptoms may be worse than others.

Abdominal pain is often described as crampy, or as a generalized ache with periods of cramps. Sharp, dull, gas-like, or modest pains are common. The IBS discomfort or pain usually feels better after a bowel movement.

Symptom Patterns Add Up To IBS
Certain signs and symptoms occur with IBS. Symptom-based criteria for IBS emphasize a positive diagnosis rather than extensive tests to rule out all other diseases. No tests confirm the diagnosis of IBS.

A detailed history, physical examination, and limited diagnostic tests help confirm the IBS diagnosis. More extensive testing is reserved for specific situations.

Other Symptoms May Accompany IBS
Persons treated for IBS commonly report upper gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. about 25% to 50% report...

•Heartburn
•Early feeling of fullness (satiety)
•Nausea
•Abdominal fullness
•Bloating
Other GI symptoms also reported include...

•Intermittent upper abdominal discomfort or pain (dyspepsia)
•Feelings of urgency (the need to find a restroom fast)
•Feeling of "incomplete" bowel emptying
Non-GI symptoms also occur. Sometimes, but not always, this may be due to an overlap of IBS with another condition. These symptoms include...

•Fatigue
•Muscle pain
•Sleep disturbances
•Sexual dysfunction
Other symptoms tend to occur with more severe IBS such as...

•Low back pain
•Headache
Symptoms sometimes seem contradictory, such as alternating diarrhea and constipation.

Abnormal functioning of the nerves and muscles of the bowel produce the symptoms of IBS. A "dysregulation" between the brain, the gut, and the central nervous system causes the bowel to become "irritated," or overly sensitive to stimuli. Symptoms may occur even in response to normal events.

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/
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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.


honestwoman50
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 833
   Posted 5/31/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
shawn12
They put me on Amitiza, Leviquin, probiotics, everything under the sun...and mine was not IBS because I no longer have any of those symptoms....Thank God for my Total Colectomy it gave me my life back...
 
Leslie
Leslie King
 
  1984 Tubligation  1992 Diagnosed with Thyroid tumor    
1993 Gallbladder Removed  1997 Hysterectomy  1998 Carpol Tunnel 
 1999 Spinal Cord Surgery for a Anacroid Syst
2001 Lower Lumbar Fusion L4-5  
2003 Sigmoid Colon Resection
 2006 Right Knee Replacement 2005 Breast Reduction
 2008 RE-did the Lower Lumbar Fusion/ lamanoctomy
2010 DX: colonic Inertia/ Pelvic Floor Disorder
2010 Total Colectomy ABD W/O proctectomy; w/Ileosto
 
  

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