Posted 10/4/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)
I am a 22-year-old female diagnosed with IBS 5 years ago. I find my IBS is best controlled by a gluten and dairy free diet, but that celiac disease runs in my family, so that could be why. "Normal" for me now I guess is ~5 bowel movements a day, sometimes diarrhea consistency, but never persistently, several times a day, for two months straight.
Very early in August I came down with a fever of 102+, diarrhea, and nausea. I was taken to the ER for IV fluids since I got so dehydrated. The fever and other symptoms improved, but the diarrhea did not. After a couple weeks I went back to Family Medicine where a doctor (not my PCP) deemed my diarrhea infectious. I was given a week of Cipro.
Then my diarrhea became very watery, which was abnormal for me. I went back to the doctor and a stool test confirmed I had C diff.
I took 14 days of Flagyl until September 10th or so. But the diarrhea continued, several times. So did abdominal pain. Though it was no longer as watery, for a week or too is was very soft, ill-formed, pale with bits of green and orange, looked like undigested food. very strange, and not normal for me. Then for a week or so it was a solid brown color, but still very soft and long, thinner than normal, still frequent, still with belly pain.
Now it's back to the paler, orange-ish color.
I've been really tired the past few weeks.
And starting recently started having rectal bleeding and low fever of 99.5 or so.
Any advice for me? I have an appointment with a GI doctor in two weeks, but is that too long to wait, given my symptoms?
I went to the health services at my university and they did a blood test, and my RBC count was low, my RBW was high. They referred me to the GI doc, but GI docs are hard to get an appointment with soon.
oh, also Flagyl gave me bad acid reflux. I have NEVER had acid reflux before, but my sister has. It went away when I finished the antibiotics, but it came back on Wednesday (just that day though).
Additional health history: had my appendix out when I was 9. it was technically unnecessary though: my lymph node near the appendix was what was swollen, but they were unable to tell until they operated. still, the surgeons decided to remove my appendix then anyway! may or may not be relevant in this case. But yes, I'm a bit concerned about Crohn's..