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stewie85
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   Posted 6/22/2006 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
hello, im really hoping someone can help me.  im a little embarrased and at the same time scared to even tell a doctor much less anyone else about this..   but recently i find myself going to the bathroom more often and its not for very much stool..  after i eat a meal or anything, 15-30 minutes later ill be in the bathroom.. my stool is much smaller than usual.. there is no signs of blood, but the most unusual part for me is that it HURTS on the way out and hurts for a short period of time when im done..  i havent lost weight (i think im gaining weight) and sometimes i experience a sharp pain that shoots to the testicular area, but does not start there.. i dont really know how to explain it all, but its just weird... ive experienced sharp pains in the testicular region before, and it went away , but im assuming because of the general area of where my pain is starting, it just affects the nerves in that area..   PLEASE HELP ME!  im 21 years old and im scared to death right now..

stewie85
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   Posted 6/22/2006 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
sorry, i feel i need to explain the hurting part... it hurts becuase it feels as if the skin of the rectal area is either irritated, or stretching, not sure, but it is sore after im done for a short period of time..

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   Posted 6/22/2006 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
If I were you, I would try changing my diet a bit and see if I don't balance back out. Stay away from greasy, fatty foods as these can mess you up. The usual culprits are fried meats, pizza and potato chips. Also, abstain from alcohol for a little while because this too can mess your guts up. You might also want to cut out cokes and coffee as both are acidic and a bit hard on the guts and caffeine makes them doubly problematic. You should drink at least the recommended 8 servings of 8oz of water too in order to help your guts function normally. Avoid flavoring it with artificial sweetners; if you have to have taste, try lemon and maybe a little real sugar or green tea. I drink green tea cold or at room temperature when I get tired of water with a small amount of sugar in it to keep it from tasting a wee bit bitter. Also, unless prescribed by a physician, stop any supplements, vitamins or protein/whey shakes you are on as these can all contain things that will upset your bowels. Make doubly sure you avoid certain artifical products like sugar alcohols (found in sugar-free and reduced sugar products), olestra (found in low-fat potato chips, like WOW!) and any sort of diet aid or diet product as these are known to cause frequent and loose stools.

Also, look to see if you have added anything to your diet lately that might have made an impact on your bowel function. My fiance has recently discovered that he can no longer tolerate hot peppers without encountering problems the next day; he can eat any sort of hot spice, just not hot peppers or sauce from them. He's actually been having this problem for a while, but it's taken us a while to figure out what was causing his random bouts of stomach upset. That and he was eating pre-cut lettuce/salad bar lettuce which is washed in chemicals and is upsetting for a lot of people when eaten regularly. Eating both at the same time made it harder to figure out which things were bothering him.

If you feel that you are raw on the bottom from wiping, try wiping with a wet washcloth or a baby wipe. It doesn't take much wiping with regular toliet paper, especially the cheap kind, to irritate your behind.

The other thing you can try is probiotics. They are good bacteria that live in your intestines and help you digest your food. Sometimes they get out of balance because of illness, food poisioning, "stomach flu", and certain medicines, including antibiotics. Sometimes taking them will straighten you back out. You can find multi-strain probiotic products like Digestive Advantage or Culturelle in the bowel products section of any chain pharmacy. You can also get just a single strain, acidophillus, in the herbal section. And lastly you can always take up eating a container of yogurt a day, which also contains some probiotics and also calcium, which is good for your guts as well.

Try these things for a couple of weeks, minimum, and see if you don't get better. If you aren't any better after two or three weeks and/or your symptoms get worse, then you need to see a doctor. But, according to the Rome Criteria II guidelines, you need to have at least 12 weeks of bowel problems before being diagnosed with IBS. This is because diet and "stomach bugs" can disrupt your bowels quite easily and take a while to get over or to work around them. It takes a continuing pattern of problems to lead to diagnosis of a permanent problem--IBS. So take heart, you may not have IBS.

JJur
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   Posted 6/22/2006 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
When i first started having problems i just powered through it....i feel like now if i would have gone to the doctor earlier they might haven been able to do something for me....ive had uc for 2 years and been in a flare since....basically what im trying to say here is, your body tells you when something is not right....if something is not right, go and get it checked out.

stewie85
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   Posted 6/22/2006 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the reply guys.. this all started really after a hard night of drinking and partying .. (felt horrible the next day.. didnt use the bathroom or anything, but the day after that was when it all happned..) .. basically what happens to me is when i go to the bathroom, it constantly feels as if im forcing my stools out, and im anticipating my intestines to come out.. im going to change my diet a bit and drink a lot of water in the mean time, but its been about 4 days since it started so ill give it some time to pass.. sometimes your body fixes itself. *shrugs*

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   Posted 6/22/2006 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stewie :-) .  I'm on my way to bed so this will be a quick answer but could it be hemoroids?  My other thought is a fissure.  Look this up as I seem to recall this being the same pain you're talking about
 
Also, if you do end up going to the doctor, trust me, they have heard it all and won't bat an eye at your "problem".
 
 
Take care, Softy
 


stewie85
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   Posted 6/23/2006 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
but arent hemoroids caused when lifting heavy objects? i dont think ive exerted enough energy to get a hemoroid... im going to google it and do my research.. thanks for the suggestion though.

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   Posted 6/23/2006 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
No, hemmroids are not only caused by lifting things. They can be caused by straining too hard during bowel movements too--like when people have chronic constipation. You said your stools were small and you are straining to make them pass--sounds like simple constipation to me--which all normal people experience from time to time. Alcohol can be very dehydrating, so that may be why this happened after you had a big party. Drinking extra water and cutting down on the junk food a bit should help. You can also try drinking that classic de-constipating drink: prune juice. Or eat a couple of prunes if you're not fond of the juice. My great-grandmother used to have both and I would have some juice or prunes when I visited her and liked them. And when I was a kid I didn't like ANYTHING. Just don't go overboard with them or you'll go to having soft, mushy stools that come out a little too easy.

For future partying reference, you need to drink one glass of water (8oz or better) between every alcoholic drink. This will not only help keep your guts from getting so messed up again (if this is indeed the cause of your current problem), but it's supposed to keep you from getting a hangover. The headache and dizzy, bleary-eyed feeling after drinking is supposedly caused by dehydration and if you drink water between every bottle of beer/shot/glass of wine you won't get a hangover. It will, of course, dilute your buzz somewhat, which is why a lot of people won't do it, but you just need to ask yourself which you want more: a clear head and functioning bowels the day after or a temporary buzz. I've had my bowels messed up pretty bad on occasion, so I always err to protecting them over any temporary (and false) feeling of elation. Of course I've never drunk enough alcohol to have a buzz, much less be drunk, so I can't exactly understand whatever one else sees in it; all I see are normally rational people acting so goofy as to be intolerable.

JJur, I have never heard that there is any sort of preventative treatment or cure for UC, so going to the doctor earlier wouldn't have prevented you from getting it. So don't blame yourself on that account. Even if they had found you had UC earlier, they couldn't do anything more to help you than they are doing for you now--which probably isn't a whole lot. I hope you can find some way to come off your flare. Have you seen the posting on Remicide being tried in people with UC now too? Pb4 posted the info on it.

stewie85
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   Posted 6/23/2006 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for being so helpful.. but my only question right now is whats UC?

as for the hemroids, i was reading symptoms and i dont really fall into that category.. its amazing for me to even think that ive strained enough on the toilet to get a hemroid (although possible, but there are no signs of bumps)... i think im just experiencing some constipation issues and irritation around the rectal area which is causing the burning as a result of how many times im on the toilet OR the toilet paper OR becuase of the straining... and will try taking the prunes.. thanks for all the advice though, you guys have been great help

softy
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   Posted 6/23/2006 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again Stewie. UC stands for ulcerative colotis which is an inflammatory bowel disease affecting the colon.

If your pain continues, google "anal fissures" and you will find that it hurts while you are going to the bathroom and for a short time afterward.

Also, please don't be afraid of going to the dr. and talking about this. They deal with this topic daily. You could also write your symptoms on a piece of paper and hand it to him if you can't say it.

Be well :-)
Take care, Softy
 


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   Posted 6/23/2006 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually, a lot of people have hemmroids, but they are mostly on the inside of the anus where you don't notice them. I found I had some when I had a scope done, but I don't ever know they are there unless I have a really bad bout of constipation or have it for several days in a row and I cause them to bleed a little--and after they bleed a little they itch while they are healing up.

And Softy's right: doctors have heard it all before. After all the cats and cadaviers they've dissected in medical school, nothing grosses them out.

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   Posted 6/23/2006 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Keri,
Although I don't believe there is anyway to prevent UC, it can spread if not treated. I have ulcerative proctosigmoiditis which is limited to my rectum up to my sigmoid colon. There are different areas that can be affected by UC (from proctitis (limited to rectum) all the way up to pancolitis (entire colon). Even though the disease spreading through your colon can occur with or without meds, the meds may be able to reduce that risk. That may be what JJur is referring to.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 6/23/2006 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I wasn't aware they had much to treat IBD, much less keep it from spreading. Learn something new everyday.

JJur
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   Posted 6/23/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
hey stewie, sorrry it took me so long to get back to you, yeah I know i couldnt have prevented it, but i feel like it wouldn't have spread as far (my infection is throughout the entire colon, and into the beginning of my small intestine...like i said, i've been in a flare since i was diagnosed 2 years ago....i just thought maybe if i got it in the beginning i might be in remission)  and maybe would have been easier to control....i just dont want anyone else to have to wonder if that was the case for them you know? Otherwise, I agree with everyone here....but go to the doctor and just be sure.
 
 
 

stewie85
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   Posted 6/24/2006 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
you guys have all been great and i thank you all very much.. ive decided that im going to take some stool softeners and see how that goes... after a week if im still in a flare ill go see a doctor.. thank you all so very much! ill keep you guys posted

stewie85
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   Posted 8/11/2006 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
here we go again =/

after my last post, i decided to buy Ducolax(sp?) overnight relief.. took that for 2 days straight and was definitely unplugged and working normal again..

BUT!


about a week ago, my bowel movements have started acting up again... this started happening right around the time my diet changed (since im over weight, i decided i want to lose weight and be healthy), but the conditions are just about the same as before, but i think they might be a bit worse. please correct me if im wrong on my speculation.

lately, my stools have been small and solid, or at times doesnt take much of a form (kinda looks like ground beef, sorry to be so graphic!), but more often solid stools but VERY DRY and it HURTS/BURNS A LOT when im on the toilet... i do not have blood in my stool, nor does blood drip out, but just now, i had a feeling i had to go, but didnt/couldnt (im convinced that now its all in my head and im being paranoid when i have to go to the bathroom), so i decided to just wipe anyway for good measure, and there was blood on the toilet paper.. not a huge amount or anything, but its similar looking to when you get a cut and hold a paper towel or a band aid to it..

now, i know that could mean 1 of two things.. im developing colon cancer, OR i have a rectal fissure..

someone please tell me whats wrong with me so that i can sleep at night.

stewie85
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   Posted 8/11/2006 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
also, yesterday i bought OTC medicince from "Phillips" i think it was... its their stool softener with a laxative.. took two yesterday at 3 and 2 today in the morning.. so far ive only had 1 bowel movement and it seemed to have helped.

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   Posted 8/11/2006 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi stewie,
Please remember that this is a support forum and we're all here giving our opinions through experience and research. None of us are doctors qualified to give you a diagnosis.
With that said....
I'm so sorry to read you are having a difficult time again. Have you spoken to your doctor about your stool changes? Do you think the Dulcolax could be making your bm's ground beef like?
I wouldn't worry so much about the blood on the tp... if the blood is only on the tp and it is bright red, it could just be a hemorrhoid. With all the laxatives you are taking and the dry poops and straining, it is quite possible you have a hemmie and not cancer or a fissure. Either way, whether it's a hemmie or a fissure, your best bet is to apply some sort of ointment (Preperation-H) and eat lots of fiber. However, you should really consult your doc for a concrete diagnosis.
I hope you start feeling better soon. Take care.
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   Posted 8/11/2006 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
You mention that your stools changed after you went on a diet. Have you tried going off your diet? I normally tend towards diarrhea, but when I went on a low-fat diet to lose some weight, I became severely constipated. My mother said that everyone needs some fat in their diet in order to function normally. Since I don't have a gall bladder, I'm already functioning abnormally; my guts seemed to take serious offense with the lack of fat in my diet. If you're on a low fat diet, try going back to a normal diet and see if that helps get you back to at least where you were to start with. I think dieting is a seriously big no-no for anyone with gut problems because it never takes much of a change to set a person off.

And Lil's right, you quite probably have hemmroids. I've bled a tiny bit on occasion after being constipated--especially after several constipated bowel movements. You can have internal hemmroids and never know it until you bleed a little after straining/ having a hard poop.

stewie85
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   Posted 8/11/2006 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Keriamon said...
You mention that your stools changed after you went on a diet. Have you tried going off your diet? I normally tend towards diarrhea, but when I went on a low-fat diet to lose some weight, I became severely constipated. My mother said that everyone needs some fat in their diet in order to function normally. Since I don't have a gall bladder, I'm already functioning abnormally; my guts seemed to take serious offense with the lack of fat in my diet. If you're on a low fat diet, try going back to a normal diet and see if that helps get you back to at least where you were to start with. I think dieting is a seriously big no-no for anyone with gut problems because it never takes much of a change to set a person off.

And Lil's right, you quite probably have hemmroids. I've bled a tiny bit on occasion after being constipated--especially after several constipated bowel movements. You can have internal hemmroids and never know it until you bleed a little after straining/ having a hard poop.
hey, i never really thought about going back to how i used to eat.. not only would it set back my weight loss, but i never considered everyone needs fat.. lol.  ive been on high protein very low fat diet..
 
do the hemmies go away after time? 
 
TBH; i havent seen a doctor or anyone else at that about this problem..
 
the ducolax definitely made me "go" but very very watery..
 
i just dont know what to do anymore..

stewie85
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   Posted 8/11/2006 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
you kow what, im not even sure what kind of doctor i should be seeing about this.... do i just go into a walk in clinic? a local hospital?

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   Posted 8/11/2006 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Most people start out with a General Practitioner because a lot of people's insurance companies require a referral from a G.P. before they can see a specialist. If yours doesn't require this, then you might as well head on over to see a G.I. as that's where you're going to end up anyways--why waste time seeing the first one if you don't have to? See if anyone you know can refer you to a good one. The other sign of a good G.I. doctor (in my opnion) is a long waiting list to get in to see him/her. It's kind of like picking out a restaurant because there are a bunch of cars in the parking lot; if so many people go to see this doctor he/she must be good.

High protein, low-fat diets are a problem for your guts on more than one level. First, there's the whole lack of fat. Secondly there's the whole lack of fiber. My fiance has done the Atkins thing and he had to take fiber supplements just in order to go--and he's got a normal gut (personally, I think any diet that requires you to take supplements in order to be healthy is a junk diet--and Atkins definitely recommends them in his book). I'd hate to think what that diet would do to my abnormal gut! I've given up trying to diet, although I have tried to cut down on my sugars and eat more vegetables. So long as I don't overeat and don't eat a lot of junk and exercise, I seem to be able to lose a small amount of weight over a period of time. But at this point, I'm content to stay my current size and have a realtively happy gut than to make myself bad sick again like I did on my diet.

I was reading recently that studies have shown that if diabetics get just 30 minutes of exercise a day (like walking at a decent pace), that controls their blood sugar better than any amount of weight loss. If you're dieting to try and help your blood sugar, you may want to just try regular exercise to see if that helps. It's not supposed to take but a few weeks to notice a difference. Also 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon a day can lower your blood sugar by a few points or so. My fiance has been spicing up his coffee with some for ages now since I read about that. And he did notice a difference in his sugars. I think his mother said it took like 30 points off her blood sugar when she started on it--but hers was running way high to begin with, so if you're closer to normal, it may not be that big of a difference.

I don't think hemmroids ever go away, but they will quit bleeding when you quit straining and having hard stools.

stewie85
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   Posted 8/14/2006 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
ive been reading up on preparation H due to the hemmoroids.. has anyone had any success with their products? also, they offer a gel, cream, ointment, suppository (which im not too sure how i feel about.. ), so im not really sure which one is best.
 
will any of these prepH products help my bowel movements in anyway?

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   Posted 8/14/2006 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Skinsfan1229 said...

The reason you might have pain in your testicles is because there are nerves that run from your rectum to your penis, these nerves getting damaged can affects erections.

ehh.. you're scaring me =/

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   Posted 8/14/2006 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never heard of IBS causing nerve damage, so I think your penis is probably safe. But some people with rectal fissures, rectal ulcerations and the like (usually in people with IBD, not IBS) may have some worry. And spending a lot of time sitting on the toliet is not supposed to be good for you (can make hemmroids worse by putting too much pressure on the rectum). You're supposed to sit down, do your business and get up again--not linger reading a magazine article or the like. Of course that's easier said than done when you have IBS and it either won't come out immediately or it won't stop coming out. But a number of guys on here have pain in their genitals related to their IBS, and haven't mentioned any sexual side affects (other than, obviously, that's the last thing you want to do when your guts are messed up).

Do your hemmroids bother you other than having a little bit of blood? It's my understanding that all those products do is help heal up your hemmies when they are burning and/or itching (a sign that you've torn one). If you don't have this problem, then I don't see that you need them because you've probably not damaged them enough to worry about it. I've never used any of these products, although on occassion I have had some itching. Just never enough to drive me to distraction. And I think the creams are for external hemmies only (you can feel them); you have to use the suppository for internal ones (all the more reason why I've never used any). And no, they won't help you have more or less bowel movements. If, however, your hemmroids are interferring with your excreting stools, they can help shrink them back down to normal if they are swollen and make it easier for you to pass a stool. They won't get rid of your hemmroids, though--just reduce any swelling.
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