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SpacedOutKid
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   Posted 9/4/2007 3:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello. I'm not sure if my post belongs here but I am quite confused and it seems to be the right forum to ask.

I have had vomiting and diarrhea (mostly diarrhea) constantly for 5 weeks. There is no blood or anything like that. I saw my doctor today and he wants me to go on a non dairy and a non protein diet for two weeks and if things havent cleared up then he wants me to see a specialist.

I have had several tests done and the doctor has ruled out medication that I take or infection as the cause. I am a bit confused, just hoping it will go away. He also talked about a colonoscopy (sp?) and I have been thinking that seems a little extreme for only 5 weeks of this or is this the norm?

Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

shelly1979
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   Posted 9/4/2007 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   

My advice...get the colonoscopy if your Dr. is recommending it.  I have had diarrhea every day for 18 months now (not much fun!) and it started out like yours.  I had a colonoscopy.  The worst part was the prep the day before.  You are pretty much in the bathroom for 12 hours and it makes your bottom pretty sore.  The colonoscopy itself is not too bad.  You don't remember a thing and you don't feel a thing.  They put you ina kind of sleep.  It's a funny feeling when you come out of it because you can't remember anything that happened. I was really nervous, but I'm still here. :-)    Take the advice of your Dr.  Get it under control before it gets worse.

shelly:)


SpacedOutKid
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   Posted 9/4/2007 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the advice. 18 months wow thats a long time. How do you cope?

Another problem I am having is that my parents are not supportive at all.

My parents say that I am a hypochondriac, looking for attention. Whatever, I hate going to the doctors but what can you do? I saw a cardiologist because of my sister having a congenital heart defect (her cardiologist wanted me to) and the doctor sent me to test after test. I am fine though, but apparently according to my parents I am seeking attention. I am bipolar but even though I was very depressed when I was young, again attention seeking and I didnt need treatment. I see a psychiatrist now and am medicated and fine except every few months when I go back for an appointment that he sends, I am again attention seeking according to them. Seeing an ophthalmic surgeon every 2 years because I have a growth on my retina is again attention seeking even though the Dr wants me to!!!! Ok that was way off topic but I had to get it out. Im sorry.

Worst is my parents are nurses and they are friends with my Dr. arghhh.

Does a colonoscopy cost much? As I don't have much money.

12 hours on the toilet doesnt sound like much fun.

Thanks again and im sorry for the rant.

Take care.

dbab
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   Posted 9/4/2007 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I think its a good idea that your doc is going to rule out food intolerances which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Also, another test that they may need to do is for celiac disease which can be detected through blood tests or biopsies but sometimes that doesn't show up, the best way to see if celiac is the cause is to go on a gluten free diet. Vomiting is not listed as a common sx with IBS but many of us have it usually caused by the intense abdominal pain.

If you don't have insurance, a colonoscopy can cost quite a bit but I think your doc suggesting possible food intolerances first could be a much cheaper start and an easy rule out.

I wish you luck.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 9/4/2007 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Is your diarrhea or vomit ever yellow or green tinged? Do your bowel movements ever burn when you pass them? That can be a sign of a bad gall bladder.

A colonoscopy, last time I had one, was over $1,000. I hope you have insurance with all of those other doctor's visits you are going to. If you do, then a colonoscopy is a covered test and, depending on your insurance, they'll pay at least part of it.

SpacedOutKid
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   Posted 9/4/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. Sorry for the parental rant. I love my parents and my Mum is my best friend .etc. I shouldnt have said what I said.

I vomited once today already. No diarrhea yet but I have a lot of pain in my stomach, I feel like I will need to go soon.

I think I had the gluten test thing with the blood test, as he talked about it.

I do have burning sensation sometimes with the diarrhea but that seems to be only when I eat too much chili.

At the moment while taking maxolon and imodium for the vomiting and diarrhea I am going to the toilet about 3-6 times per day and vomiting once or twice a day but usually only in the morning.

Wow those tests cost a lot.

Thanks again and take care.

dbab
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   Posted 9/4/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey... we all get frustrated at times with our parents when we are young... I know I did on more than a handful of occasions. Its alright, I can tell you love them a lot. I love my husband a lot too but I know that he doesn't understand half the stuff I go through so I usually feel like pulling my hair out at times. :-)

You may want to just see about avoiding gluten because sometimes those blood tests aren't very accurate. Actually for Celiac, the blood test is the least accurate, the biopsy a bit more accurate, but the real test is if the sx go away when you avoid the foods.

I hope you can find out whats going on sooner rather than later. Vomiting and nausea are horrible.
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Marsky
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   Posted 9/5/2007 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a colon cancer survivor, 8 years now. Because of the portion my surgeon removed (sigmoid) and also my gall bladder, I am now left with multiple bm's per day, and IBS like symptoms. I had been eating the cancer prevention type diet after my surgeries - fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, high fiber (whole wheat bread, bran cereal), etc. Only to find myself having 3 bm's during each meal and often times - full blown D. A found a colon cancer message board (1999), and someone going thru chemo experiencing severe D, asked for help. His symptoms mimicked mine and another patient recommended going on a Low Residue Diet. I looked at that diet and it make complete sense to me - all the foods on it were the very foods I wasn't eating! And the ones I was eating (fresh strawberries, blueberries, etc.) were the very ones that should be avoided!

Long story short, I went on this diet and within 48 hours I was a new person. I could actually get thru a meal w/o a bm. I could get behind the wheel of my car and actually go somewhere. Now granted I still had plenty of bm's, but they were formed, not loose or all out D. I had to know where each bathroom was - at the mall, grocery stores, parks, schools my kids attended, etc. By now I know where every bathroom is - when we go on vacation, I know where each hotel lobby's bathroom is just in case one of my family members' is using our room's bathroom. In other words, I've had have plan B, C and D in place. LOL!

Can I smile now - yes, but it took a while to get here.

What I am trying to say is this - we are what we eat. How well I know that now. I can tell when I've eaten a food that irritates my colon walls - they become inflamed and swollen, and downright irritated. The stool burns when I go and I become bloated. But if I follow the Low Residue Diet, I do pretty darn good.

I would ask your doctor if this diet would work for you. I would also suggest you keep a Food Journal or Diary. Just any small notebook will do. At the top of each page, print the date. List all the foods you eat that day, down to how many M & M's you might have, or how many soda beverages you might have. List any meds you take that day too. If all of this helps you, then you can look back on good days and make sure you eat those foods that helped you the most.

This is how I have to live my life now. I cannot have chili, or spicy foods. I can have candy, in moderation, but my two pat foods are - bananas and Stonyfield vanilla yogurt. If I had to choose 2 foods that I could live on the rest of my life they would be bananas and yogurt. They are what I call my "magic" foods. You will find your magic foods too.

You could also have an intolerance to certain foods such as dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat.

But I caution you to look at WHAT you are eating b/c it is so true - we are what we eat.

I wish you my very best.

Keriamon
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   Posted 9/5/2007 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Des that, especially if money is tight for medical testing, try eliminating gluten and see what you get. Sometimes people don't have a true allergy that would show up on a test, but they do have a sensitivity to something all the same. Make sure you read labels on things carefully to see if it contains gluten or warns of having a wheat product. International foods are actually better labeled than foods in the US because places like Britain have already gone to mandatory warning labels on foods with certain common allergy-inducing ingredients.

Lay off the chili. ;-) See if you still have burning poops after that. If not, then chili was probably the cause. In any event, that's not good on a sensitive gut anyways.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 9/5/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree a Colonoscopy is the way to go.I had to wear depends for a long time until the right dr diagnosed me.The right gastroenterologist that is.
SnowyLynne

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