IBS / UC ... I don't even know what it is anymore.

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Akuma
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   Posted 9/6/2010 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 28 and I'm suffering from digestive system problems. I've started looking for help 10 years ago including visiting local GPs, Gastroenterologist, chinese doctors, acupuncture, chi-kung, nutritionist etc however no one could help me get back to normal state.

From my colonoscopy report the Gastroenterologist told me (around 7 years ago) I had a minor inflammatory large intestine which I took mesasal to control it, after a few months and a blood report, everything went back to normal so the Gastroenterologist comfirmed I have IBS. Ever since then he only prescribe Colofac to control my IBS, which obviously doesn't help.

My main problem is that I take a long time to have a bowel movement twice a day, it feels like I cannot completely clean out my colon (whenever there are *things* around the sigmoid colon area) and sometimes I cannot digest the food I ate. and sometimes my large colon feels uncomfortable when there are *things* in it, only my large intestine though.
Could it be my small intestine causing this problem? (Because of undigested feces)

Could it be just pure IBS like the doc said?

What could cause discomfort in the large intestine?

I'm now taking probiotic, omega-3 and Aloeride which doesn't seem to help much, any suggestion?

All you experts out there, what does my symptom sound like? confused

shawn12
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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I posted a longer responce and it got lost.

But, you might want to go get checked out again just to be on the safe side and if you haven't been checked recently. Did they say why there was inflammation there the first time?

However it does sound like IBS. IBS effects the large colon.

"sometimes I cannot digest the food I ate"

This is important though, because IBSers digest food normally, but sometimes there are issues here for IBSers. Can you explain a little more?

The reason for discomfort in the large colon is very complex, but has to do with a problem between the back and fourth communication of the bowel and the brain. Sometimes normal sensations can cause discomfort and pain in IBS.

This will help explain

http://www.hopkins-gi.org/GDL_Disease.aspx?CurrentUDV=31&GDL_Disease_id=F5E21D6B-A88E-44F9-900F-7E295C50D38B&GDL_DC_id=D03119D7-57A3-4890-A717-CF1E7426C8BA


http://www.aboutibs.org/
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Akuma
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   Posted 9/7/2010 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
From what the doc told me it's not really inflammation, there were some small red dots existed along my whole large colon which the doc said it's nothing major. From then on I took mesasal for about two months and did another blood test, the result was great even though I don't understand any of it. He told me all my inflammation were gone/normal from my blood report and he confirmed it wouldn't go the wrong way, that is UC / cancer.
 
Though all the inflammation was gone I still take a bit of time to have a complete bowel movement, when I mean I cannot digest food it doesn't happen ALL the time, it happens around once a week. Fibers & beans are the food that I cannot digest normally. But lately my colon feels uncomfortable, no pain no bloody no nothing just uncomfortable when there are stool in my colon.
 
Are you able to ask me more specific questions so I could give you more details? Appreciate your help.
 
 

shawn12
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   Posted 9/9/2010 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a newer stool test they use to seperate IBS from IBD conditions.
 

Inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or what?: A challenge to the functional-organic dichotomy.

"Many patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in clinical remission continue to have symptoms of pain and diarrhea despite minimal or no ongoing inflammation. These patients may be considered to have an overlap of IBD and irritable bowel syndrome (IBD-IBS). In this month's Journal, a proposal is made that continued symptoms in patients with elevated calprotectin, a marker of inflammation, is related to IBD."

 

The fecal calprotectin is a stool test for inflammation. Just fyi.

It could be IBS. Especially since you have had it so long and it has not progressed.

How much fiber do you eat?

 

 

 

 


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Akuma
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   Posted 9/10/2010 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   

I did some sort of fecal test a few years ago, must be that that one, maybe I should consider doing that test again.

I do believe in what you said though since I had it for so long and it has not progressed, so HOPFULLY it is IBS still.

As for how much fiber do you eat? For every meal I would eat at least half the amount of meat I eat so 50/50.

Maybe I should try something like metamucil again, it's funny because mostly it's the fibre that I cannot digest. Never had problem with anything but fibre...


shawn12
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   Posted 9/14/2010 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
That test can help detect bowel inflammation.

Fiber can either help or cause problems.

IBSers usally do better with Soluble Fiber verses Insoluble Fiber, although its important to get both.

This has some info

http://ibshealth.com/ibsfoods.htm

you might also cut back on it for a little bit and see what happens.
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