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Date Joined Feb 2018
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   Posted 2/23/2018 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I'm new here and I am looking for anyone who might recognize these symptoms. Im really not sure where to post this, because my symptoms vary so much. I was diagnosed with IBS but my symptoms affect my whole body, not just my stomach. Here they are:

1. Constipation
2. Extreme Bloating (very visible)
3. Nausea
4. Stomach Cramps in my Lower Abdomen
5. Constantly changing body temp (I get very cold, and then very warm)
6. Muscle Aches (I used to be a runner, and now I can not run more than a half mile without pain)
7. Extreme Fatigue
8. Irregular/Sporadic Menstrual Cycles
9. EXTREME cravings for sugar and carbs at night on days when my stomach is not upset
10. Unable to finish full sized meals on days when I do not feel well

Im hoping someone will recognize these symptoms. Ive been struggling for so long and I want my life back.
I have had an ultrasound, gastric emptying scan, and I am having a endoscopy/colonoscopy in a few weeks.

almost medfree
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Date Joined Jan 2004
Total Posts : 2570
   Posted 2/24/2018 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mm22,

So sorry to hear what you're going through. Because of your muscle aches and your extreme fatigue, you might want to also post in the fibromyalgia forum.

In the meantime, I would suggest that other than visiting your doctors and having tests done that you might want to try altering your diet to see if that helps. Due to my having fibromyalgia, I can't eat unhealthy carbs or any sugar. I would feel much worse.

Also make sure you're drinking enough water and getting enough fiber throughout the day to help with the constipation.

Good luck to you.

Post Edited (almost medfree) : 2/24/2018 7:59:46 AM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Dec 2017
Total Posts : 386
   Posted 2/25/2018 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi rmm22,

I'm from the Lyme forum, and I have a lot of the same symptoms. Lyme can cause a lot of the symptoms you you mentioned, and bartonella (which is a coinfection) seems to cause especially bad bloating and constipation. I also have a lot of trouble with appetite changes and changes in temperature.

Parasites also could be a cause of bloating and constipation and can cause cravings for sugar.

Of course, I'm sure there are a lot of other things that might cause these symptoms, but you might look into testing for Lyme. Bartonella tests are very inaccurate. Bartonella causes foot pain, bone pain, and strange rashes, besides GI issues. I know just extreme constipation by itself can cause a lot of problems also.
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