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janetlee
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   Posted 7/17/2007 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All!
I've already posted this message on the diabetes board and panic board. I'm trying to get as many diverse answer as I can. (I am a regular on the panic board.) A little extra info, for the past 4 weeks, I've had to take on a lot of extra stress because my mom broke her ankle and I've had to do our office cleaning jobs w/o her and help her here at our house. However, she's doing more for herself than she was at first, so if my nerves are causing my problems, why NOW?
Anyway, here's what I posted on the other boards:
 
I hesitated to post this as I can see no way to explain without being a bit graphic...it's not something I'm comfortable talking about but it may help any underlying anxiety about it by talking about it. If you don't want to read this (it is gross!), please STOP NOW.
For the last 4-5 days, I've been having to go to the bathroom quite frequently. Today I've already been about 5-6 times. Some of my stools are solid mixed with a lot of liquid and then other times it's like watery mud sitting in the bottom of the toilet. The color is yellow basically (no blood thankfully!). I've been feeling extremely tired all over and am sleepy all day, no matter how much sleep I get! I am overweight (I weighed last night and I'm fatter than I've EVER been!). I am "borderline" diabetic and have been being way too lax with the sugar.... nono   (I am not on diabetes meds) Thinking that my blood sugar might be too high has caused me to behave myself today as all I've drank is water and ate veg's and skinless chicken. I will continue to "be good" because now I'm freaked out by the constant diarrhea and extreme weight gain! Mom says I look puffy, so I may have some water gain as well as fat gain! I am not on my period nor is it due soon.
I lay on my bed for a few minutes just now and tried to cry cuz I feel rough and am worried. I don't want to have to go to doctor because I'm scared of colonoscopies and barium enemas and such. I don't think my anxiety disorder would let me do it!!!! I'm also leery of having all my meds washed out of my system. I'm afraid I'll have a setback with the GAD!
I am going to eat right and see what happens over the next few days. Mom says I should take metamucil like I used to do when I had a lot of diarrhea years ago to form bulk (I was diagnosed with IBS years ago and that's what the doc prescribed)
When I ate today, it wasn't very long before I was in the bathroom and I could see that some of what I had eaten was already leaving my system...
Any thoughts are welcome.
thanks all,
janet

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 7/17/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
There really isn't any way to diagnose over the internet. Most of us will say try a probiotic, if you are having diahrea you might try Caltrate Calcium and that might help but when it is all said and done, IBS is a syndrome of many different symptoms and it is diagnosed only after everything else is ruled out by testing so if you are concerned and it keeps up you need to see a Dr. and have the dreaded tests. They are not that bad. The fact that you are of a panic nature in itself can cause problem so sometimes something to calm you down will help.

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   Posted 7/17/2007 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd say your D is stress induced. But, like Canyon mentioned, in order to get an official diagnosis you'd have to go through the battery of tests to rule out anything else (as IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion).
Have you tried relaxation techniques? Yoga is great for relaxation and for weight problems.
If your D persists (for a few weeks) and/or you see blood, you should definitely go see a doc.  In the meantime, see if your trips to the bathroom involve times you're most stressed.


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janetlee
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   Posted 7/17/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanx to you both! I bought some of the Digestive Advantage-IBS tonite. All I could find in the store was the chewables. I've been taking acidophilous "Pearls", but some here good things to say about the DA-IBS product. If my IBS doesn't get better soon, I'll have to go to doctor...rats!
Do y'all stay extremely fatigued all the time?

janet
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Sarita
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   Posted 7/17/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Janet,
Sorry to hear about your diarrhea.  Have you had your gallbladder out, by any chance?  Sometimes a malfunctioning gallbladder can cause yellow diarrhea.  But the only way to check for a bad gallbladder is to see a GI and get an ultrasound and/or HIDA scan (which tests your GB's ejection fraction, or how a percentage of how much bile it ejects into the intestine).
 
Then again, it could just be "nervous diarrhea," as some members have mentioned.  You never know what color that could be (I've seen yellow, green, red, all colors of the rainbow; color sometimes isn't the best indicator of anything "wrong" because it may not indicate anything at all, except for what you've eaten).  If you're under additional stress lately, the added worry may be the culprit.  That's great that you are eating "good" foods like skinless chicken and veggies, etc.  Keep that up!
 
If I were you, I'd keep a food diary for the next couple of weeks, try not to look into the toilet too much (I know, I know - it's so pretty, it can be difficult not to stare :-) ), take some nice walks...keep taking care of yourself.  See what happens.  If it resolves, you can probably bet that it's just the stress.  If it keeps up for another couple of weeks, it might be time to visit your PCP at least. 
 
Let us know how it goes!
 
 
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janetlee
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   Posted 7/18/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I am sorta anxy...I'm so tired it's ridiculous! i just can't get enough sleep or rest even if I sleep 10 hours it's not enough it seems! Sigh!

janet
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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/18/2007 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it's probably a stress thing since you can pin its beginning on a single stressful event. Also, some of the new information coming out on diet is that it looks like stress chemicals/hormones have a GREAT deal to do with weight gain. Rats put under stress ate more, but even when their extra rations were taken away, they didn't go back down to their usual weight. Also, you can mess up your metabolism with dieting, so that it actually becomes harder to lose weight, easier to gain back even more than you lost and dang near impossible to get back down to your original weight (I'm there right now myself).

One of the best things for controlling blood sugar actually seems to be exercise. Books are saying this now, and I have proof: when my husband and I were walking our legs off in Scotland and England, he was having a pint of beer a night and eating a fairly regular meal--meaning more carbs than he gets at home--and his blood sugar was better there than ever. He came back home, went on his high protein diet, quit walking and his sugar went back up. They say you need to add in at least 30 minutes of steady walking per day to help control your blood sugar. You don't even have to do it all at once--you can break it down into smaller amounts, like 3 10-minute sessions. Funny enough, exercise has been shown to lower stress AND boost energy, so you can win all around with it, I think. A number of people on here swear by their exercise routines for helping better their bowel movements.

janetlee
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   Posted 7/19/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info. My nerves are not good right now and I feel really bad.
about my gallbladder, it was taken out in 1992.
I go to doc at 2:15, although I doubt what he'll be able to tell me in the circumstances.
Thanks all!
janet
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   Posted 7/19/2007 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Janet, let us know how the doc apt went. Hopefully your doc is going to look into things.
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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 7/19/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
My Gastro.told me IBS goes fron diahrea to constipation.I've had both but mostly D.It's pretty much under control now,thank heavens..........I take pamine forte 5 mg a day.
SnowyLynne


Keriamon
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   Posted 7/19/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
If you're having yellow poops and have no GB, ask your doctor for some Welchol. That absorbs excess bile that happens because you don't have a GB anymore to regulate it. I take it and it works wonders for me. And yes, I have noticed that stress can make my bile production increase (don't know why). It may be that you will only need to take the Welchol until you get evened back out again. Depending on my guts and my stress and my food consumption, I take more or less of it; it constantly changes to meet my needs.

janetlee
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   Posted 7/19/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
My doc said he believes my IBS is being caused by my anxiety/stress (I am on meds for anxiety/depression). He gave me a prescription for Diphen/Atrop. I'm to take one a day for spastic pain.
I know that my mom having a broken ankle has put a lot more work on me and it can be stressful, but I was doing okay with it. It wasn't until my frequent bathroom runs that I started getting all worried and that was over the fear of being away from a bathroom! It's also an uncomfortable feeling. My depression and anxiety is worst in the early part of the day, but even though it lessens over the day, it's not until night that I feel halfway "normal" again!
He gave me a B-12 shot (his receptionist suggested it to me before he came in) at my request for my fatigue. I've been drinking water like it's going out of style cuz I'm thirsty, probably all the trips to the bathroom!
I wwish I had known about the meds y'all suggested before I went...if I don't get better soon, I may ask him on my next visit.
Oh well, thanks for all your kind words of support!
HUGS
janet
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   Posted 7/19/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Why would you be retaining fluid? If you are going to the bathroom a lot you should not be retaining fluid. I don't know how old you are but anyone that retains fluid should have a cardiac workup. Do you check you blood sugar? Both those things can make you very tired. When I tested borderline while in hospital once they sent in the diabetes coordinator. She stressed exercise. I have a number of friend with diabetes and the ones that exercise or stay physically active keep their blood sugar fine. The diet for diabetes is one of balance, so many carb, so much protein, etc. not just veggies(can be high carb) and meat. Hope you find an answer soon.

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   Posted 7/19/2007 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Janet,

If you're that thirsty, you should be checking your blood sugar frequently (I'm sure you know this).  Fatigue is such a vague symptom that it's really hard to figure out what is causing it if you are already experiencing a multitude of health problems (and, of course, even healthy people get fatigued when they are stressed). 

Can you elaborate on the med your doc gave you?  Diphenhydramine/atropine?

 


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janetlee
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   Posted 7/20/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarita, the drug is Lomotil.
thanx
janet
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   Posted 7/20/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Atropine is very drying. That is why they use it in hospitals to dry your system out for surgery or they used to. That could explain the thirst and peeing.

janetlee
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   Posted 7/20/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually haven't taken any of it yet...sigh.
janet
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Sarita
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   Posted 7/21/2007 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   

How's it going today, Janet? 

Try that Lomotil if you're having diarrhea, it works like a charm (although I found Immodium to be just as effective and cheaper).

Are you adjusting to the stress at all?

 



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janetlee
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   Posted 7/21/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarita (Love your name BTW),
I took some this morning when I got up (I get up at 11:30...heh heh). I've only been one time as I had to go shortly after getting up. I am still dealing with this feeling of depression and anxiety some, but I guess I was a little better today and for that I am very glad!
Thank you for asking about me...sometimes I feel so undeserving, you know?
Thanks again!
janet
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Sarita
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   Posted 7/21/2007 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   

That's great the Lomotil helped you out today.  You know you're certainly not alone in the anxious/depressed department NOR the diarrhea department!  It's rough and I can sympathize.  I just moved across the country for med school and am experiencing various states of major anxiety/denial/homesickness/you name it.  I had my first migraine in about 10 years last night and puked all over the place, and then had diarrhea like 10 times today.  It's been a BLAST (in more ways than one, LOL).

Just hang in there.  Remember you're not alone, you've got lots of comrades here.


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janetlee
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   Posted 7/22/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Wowsy Sarita! you do have a LOT on your plate! I know one thing, your dealing with all of this will make you a far more empathetic doctor than most! A patient appreciates a doc that listens, but especially one that seems to understand! They're more compassionate if they do!
Thanks and hang in there yourself! :)
janet
Yesterday's dead
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Use it wisely
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Remember to love
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