I'm sorry to hear about
your D attacks. Most, if not all, of us here have had an experience like yours while being out shopping or at a restaurant. D can hit you anytime, anywhere.
Tell us a little more about
you... Have you been having D just last week or has it been constant? What other symptoms are you having (gas, cramps, nausea, etc.)? Could you have picked up an intestinal virus? Have you changed your diet? There are many things that can cause D.
Here's a guideline the docs use for diagnosing IBS (info taken off IBStales.com):
The Rome II Criteria
Irritable bowel syndrome can be diagnosed based on at least 12 weeks (which need not be consecutive) in the preceding 12 months, of abdominal discomfort or pain that has two out of three of these features:
- relieved with defecation; and/or
- onset associated with a change in frequency of stool; and/or
- onset associated with a change in form (appearance) of stool.
Symptoms that cumulatively support the diagnosis of IBS:
- abnormal stool frequency (may be defined as greater than three bowel movements per day and less than three bowel movements per week)
- abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery stool)
- abnormal stool passage (straining, urgency, or feeling of incomplete evacuation)
- passage of mucus
- bloating or feeling of abdominal distension.
Supportive symptoms of IBS:
- fewer than three bowel movements a week
- more than three bowel movements a day
- hard or lumpy stools
- loose (mushy) or watery stools
- straining during a bowel movement
- urgency (having to rush to have a bowel movement)
- feeling of incomplete bowel movement
- passing mucus (white material) during a bowel movement
- abdominal fullness, bloating, or swelling.
Red flag symptoms which are NOT typical of IBS:
- pain that often awakens/interferes with sleep
- diarrhea that often awakens/interferes with sleep
- blood in your stool (visible or occult)
- weight loss
- abnormal physical examination.
The Rome II criteria are not meant to be used by patients to diagnose their own IBS, but can provide a rough guide to indicate whether a patient truly has IBS or not.
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