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Cap'n Jack
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   Posted 1/27/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
For about 3 years i have been getting many seemingly unrelated problems  my BF has had Crohn's for more than 20 years  since he was in his 20s  he was worried i might have it too since symptoms are very similar
the doc said i had IBS , possioble wheat allergy and severe aneamia she ignored nearly all the other things (other than the bowel pains) i was curious about :- prematurely greying hair (not hereditary) for a few years  bearing in mind i turned 18 last month, diarrhoea (not the most pleasant topic) run to the loo and then... nothing, constipation (sometimes at the same time), severe stomach pain which is becoming more frequent and sometimes wakes me up, constant soreness around the stomache area, very painful ribs sometimes  mainly in the right side, severe back pain, hip pain, stomache and muscle cramps, very bad joint pain (esp right knee and left wrist), recurring numbness in left side of body, arm very sore and difficult to lift, sort of locking pain or stiffness which starts at the knee then spreads down and up whole leg (becomes achy, sore and yet numb), weakness and fatigue, fingers and joints achy and difficult to bend (despite regular occasionally strenuous exersise(you know what i mean  :-) ), odd marks on my body like large burst blood vessels (about 1mm in diameter), dizziness and nausia, regular headaches and ,oddly, a wonderful feeling of euphoria.
OMG i look like such a hypochondriac  no wonder theve ignored it, nevertheless they happen and i'd rather they didnt.
 
BTW they tried to diagnose depression because of the ammount ive times ive been in hospital (for phisical injuries caused people in school, in england being able to think for yourself is like being the antichrist)

Post Edited (Cap'n Jack) : 1/27/2007 5:01:44 PM (GMT-7)


7Lil
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   Posted 1/28/2007 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cap'n,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
I must admit that I'd be a bit concerned about all that is going on and being diagnosed solely with IBS. Many of your symptoms scream IBD: diarrhea, cramps, fatigue, pain & inflammation in your joints, and constipation (usually UC related). Your other symptom, like Euphoria, can be anything from mental illness (bipolar, schizophrenia, etc.) to Hypothyroidism.
How did your doc determine IBS? Have you been scoped and through a battery of tests - stool, blood, ultrasound, upper & lower scope, maybe even an MRI? I would think getting a second option would be a great idea.
about the depression... If you indeed have IBS, being on an anti-depressant might not be such a bad idea. It can actually help with IBS symptoms.


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Keriamon
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   Posted 1/29/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
You have anemia and are getting odd marks on your body that look like bruises or burst blood vessels? That, to me, sounds like someone with internal bleeding. You definitely need to see someone else as that alone--much less your other symptoms--are NOT signs of IBS. IBD can cause internal bleeding, or you could have an even more serious problem inside. Weakness in your limbs, numbness, and joint stiffness can be signs of serious illness, like certain autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibrmyalgia, and I think lupus, much less Crohn's. Please tell me they have checked your blood work for cancer and for thyroid problems. Unfortunately a lot of people dismiss young people as being too, well, young, to get something like fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis because those are thought of as older people's diseases. I think that was part of the reason why my gall bladder attacks were dismissed--they started when I was 18 and doctors really thought I was too young for it to already be bad. I guess after 5 years I finally got old enough for it to be considered a possibilty and it was discovered that was my problem and had been all that time.

Cap'n Jack
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   Posted 1/30/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
ive had my blood tested 4 times  all normal
liver enzymes, infection, thyroid etc
they said there was no sign of aneamia  when my iron was down to 2 when it should have been 15
they said i was too young to be aneamic ... ?
 
my immune system has suffered somehow   used to get one cold a year which lasted less than a day   now ive had flu 3 times and about 8 colds in about 7 or 8 months
which lasted 2 to 3 long long days
i get 'attacks' of very bad somache pain  they happen every couple of months  and can last for hours on and off for a couple of days then back to general soreness daily
im excessively hot and sweaty then freezing despite the 3 jumpers t-shirt and warm jacket ive
taken to wearing in class
 
could be more than one allergy maybe   ive heard they can be bad   and these headaches are getting worse and lasting longer
stress perhaps?

Keriamon
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   Posted 1/31/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you need a second opinion on that blood work, because that's not right. I don't know a lot about anemia, but that could be causing a lot of your problems.

At this point, if you can't get a doctor to help you with it, you might consider doing some research online and self-medicating. Iron is dangerous if you get too much of it, which is really why it should be done under a doctor's care, but you don't see to have a doctor that cares, and surely iron levels that low are dangerous in and of themselves. First try to get a second opinion, then if you get no help, see what you can do for yourself. Like I said, too much iron can be dangerous, so be careful and do a lot of research first.

Have you tried probiotics or even simple yogurt? That can actually help your immune system a lot, as the bowels are the biggest part, actually, of yoru immune system. Also, the probiotics may help correct some of your stomach ailments.

Cap'n Jack
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   Posted 2/1/2007 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
my iron is better now  been on ferrous sulphate  
bf says i should have other tests done to make sure it isnt any serious problem
he gave my an article on cpp which seems fitting
doc says it is just ibs   gave me mebeverine and codiene
some of the pain is numbed slightly but the side affects add too much to cure any other problem
had weak chest pains for a while aswel
basically in hurting all over  there are occasions where i get it all at once which is not pleasent
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