Hey, it's nice to see a support board. I have suspected IBS, onset after a traumatic death in my family....
I have on/off D/bloating/severe cramps… I haven noticed some mucus in my stools. I also have immediate urges to have a BM.
Some of my history....
It started after my grandmother's death. I was 19 years old. I would have up to 10 explosive bowel movements a day. I thought it was just from being stressed, but they continued. And were sporadic. Some days I would be fine, others I would spent half the day in the bathroom. I had severe cramping (that sent me to the ER a few times) and bloating, which, once I had a BM, would go away.
It's been 4 years now and I'm just going to my doc about these symptoms. I have made appts, but cancelled them simply because my cramps and diarrhea would go away, (and then re-appear!) and I didn't feel justified in making an appt. I think I was in denial.
Has anyone had dumping syndrome w/ IBS? Occasionally, about 1-2 hrs after I eat, my food comes right out of me. It’s the same food that I just ate. Clear as day. I know this is a symptom of dumping syndrome, but was wondering if anyone else has experienced this as well? It probably only happens a few times a month, but enough to “notice” it.
Right now I suffer about twice a week w/ the "D" and horrible, horrible stomach pains that have me running to the bathroom. Some weeks it's better, (w/ none) some are worse. Some days it's 4 times a day, the next none, the next 1, the next week none, etc etc.
I am going into my doc next week to continue discussing this with her. I know they can do a gastric emptying scan to test for the dumping syndrome, but are there any tests for IBS?
edited to comment: my father has collitis (sp?), my 2nd cousin has spastic colon....... does anyone know the % of this being hereditary?
Post Edited (mdgirl) : 12/1/2005 10:53:51 PM (GMT-7)
Good luck with your tests and hope they find something :)
IBS is basically a cop out for not being able to find a problem. Basically after all tests are exhausted and they still can't find a prob they put the IBS label on it.
Welcome to the board!
My IBS started pretty much the same way yours did (except for the grandma part). After years of dealing with sparatic D I finally went to a doc. I had all the tests done (blood, stool, scopes, ultrasound, etc.). When everything "looked" normal I got the IBS diagnosis. It was/is frustrating that there is no cure, but you learn to deal. Some days will definitely continue to be worse than others though. It is a struggle dealing with IBS, but that is why we are all here.
My aunt (on mom's side) has IBS and I believe my father does too, but he hasn't been officially diagnosed. My grandpa must eat loads of fruits and veggies to "go" and he has had ulcers too (not sure if that is related). One of the first questions my doc asked me when I saw her was "does anyone in your family have digestive problems?" I don't know the percentage of passing on GI troubles but I know it does happen. I would say most people on the Crohn's and UC board have a family member with it as well.
Anyway, I am glad you are finally getting in to see a doc. I hope you find the answers you are looking for. Please keep us updated.
Post Edited (mdgirl) : 12/2/2005 10:37:14 AM (GMT-7)