I believe I may have posted on a thread awhile ago in passing ,but never really introduced myself.
I'm 28 years old living in Vancouver, Canada and have had chronic diarrhea since I was around 15 or 16 years old.
I have spells when it gets worse than other times, and other symptoms include really bad gas, stomach bloating, cramps...a very 'warm' feeling in my backside before I have to use the john, and many others.
I'd gotten so used to having diarrhea that I just took it as commonplace and I really can't remember when I started reacting 'immediately' to certain types of food.
If I have a subway sandwich, or anything from a Mcdonalds (especially the fries) I will need to use the facilities within 10 minutes (and it will almost guaranteed be an emergency). Obviously, for this reason I don't eat those foods often anymore. I did eat subway nearly daily at my old job due to the convenience factor. (I know I should probably NEVER eat them, but if I eat them in the comfort of my own home once every 6 months or so I'm not so worried).
Now, to get to my current status. I am nearing the end of my EI benefits (employment insurance) after being laid off of work last year, and need a new job.
I have severe anxiety issues that are not being treated currently with anything but 'emergency' ativan use.
I am petrified of leaving my house and needing to use a public toilet. I have developed an embarassment of the noise created by some of my bowel movements, and the idea of crapping in a room with other people has never appealed to me. I had kids at a young age look over the short doors in the washrooms and watch me go to the bathroom 'as a joke' and that I suppose has always been a bad memory as well.
There are other childhood memories I could share, but for now choose not to.
I don't remember the last time I ever used an OTC medication such as loperamide, but have recently bought some.
I had dental surgery on Monday to remove a decayed tooth and have been on tylenol #3's off and on for weeks up to the surgery. Tuesday I had taken 3 of those tylenol 3s over an 8 hour period as it was a very painful day (and that's a lot of codeine for me personally to take).
It was also the first day in probably 10 years that I didn't have a single bowel movement. The anti-diarrheal effects of the codeine astound me.
However, I have not had any painkillers since that third tablet late Tuesday night.
Wednesday I had 2 very pleasant solid movements in the first 8 hours of the day, followed by a more loose (more familiar) movement later in the day.
Finally before bed, my diarrhea had returned.
I woke up today, and have had diarrhea bouts 5 times since I was up at 7am (it's noon for me now). I realize this is not the same as having food poisoning or something that causes one to go once every 5 minutes, or just not leaving the bowl for hours at a time...i have had that happen in the past too. But this 10-15 movements per day (composed of 80% water) is becoming too difficult to deal with.
My doctor is absent-minded and currently more concerned with my mental health (and finding me a psychiatrist) and telling me 'it's just IBS' than actually offering suggestions.
Is it a good idea for me to start using Imodium, even in the short term while I figure out what the hell is wrong with me? Or because I've had issues for so long, should I deal with the diarrhea in the interim and press my doctor for bowel testing?
This affects many aspects of my life, as it seems to go hand in hand with my anxiety and my growing case of agoraphobia....I never want to leave my house (as I fear an impending heart attack due to a ridiculous case of tachycardia, and/or crapping myself on the street with no help in sight).
I should also add that my diarrhea has gotten a lot worse since I was laid off. I used to love the ability to use the 'staff' washrooms at work when I got promoted (in a company of 1500, I really preferred the privacy of the single toilet washrooms as opposed to the very public alternatives). I feel that having that 'private' option at work helped a lot, eased some anxiety and as a result reduced the incidences I needed the washroom. Some days I didn't need it at all, but most days (at least after subway) I did.
This doesn't explain why I am in constant need at home...
Pleasure to make your acquaintance with such intimate details. "Haha".
Post Edited (flames23) : 6/24/2010 1:17:34 PM (GMT-6)