IBS-Infection-or more serious?

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   Posted 2/28/2009 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I first started noticing what I believe to be stomach bloating at the beginning of this month. Since then, it has progressively gotten worse, to the degree that I no longer have an appetite, or when I do eat I get indigestion and pain right afterward. This pain can last for hours. Also, since I lost my appetite a week ago, I've lost close to 7 or 8 pounds. Additionally my bowel movements in this last week have been loose (not necessarily diarrhea) and float.

I've had blood work this week that don't indicate an infection is present and my enzymes and such for my liver and pancreas appear to be normal. I had an ultrasounds on Wednesday and an EGD on Thursday which were both normal.

I'm getting concerned. IBS was mentioned, but only in passing as a possibility. Not to mention that the symptoms I've looked up about IBS don't include some of what I'm experiencing. I've noticed some pain in my back too, but I'm having a hard time discerning if it's muscles or something more internal. There is pain when I press on my stomach area and also the area right above my navel. It also feels like my colon is tender, especially on the lower left side.

At this point, I'm just spooked by the bowel movements, weight loss, loss of appetite, and the fullness I'm feeling either in my stomach or somewhere in the GI system. I'm also experiencing chills, fatigue, and weakness, which is why I thought it was an infection...but the lab tests seem to refute that.

Has anyone else experienced something like this? I realize I'm all over the place, but like I said, I'm a little spooked. Not to mention that it's the weekend, and the only way to get any kind of medical treatment is Urgent Care or ER...neither of which is really a viable option at the moment!! (It's not an immediate life-threatening emergency and Urgent Care is really only equipped to handle acute infections and minor injuries)....

I know I need to follow-up with my Doc on Monday, but it just seems like today took forever to get through and tomorrow seems like it will take an eternity.

Thanks for letting me ramble, let me know if anyone has experienced symptoms...and/or uncertainty...like this before. Thanks for listening.

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   Posted 3/1/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiand welcome to the site! :-)
What you're describing is exactly how I felt when I first noticed my IBS come on over 10 years ago. I too had an ultra sound, blood work and an EGD that all came out normal. My doc thought the bloating and the indigestion could have been from too much acid production, so I was put on Prilosec and then Prevacid. They both worked pretty well for me... helped me get my appetite back and the indigestion in check.
about the pain you're describing after you eat... I still get that, but only when I eat a pretty decent sized meal after I haven't eaten in hours. My theory is that it's a shock to your system. My personal experience tells me that I have to eat something every 2-3 hours. If I go longer than 8 hours without eating a single thing, my guts go crazy when I finally put something in there. I get lots and LOTS of rumbling, gas and pain. Usually for me it goes away in a couple hours. Walking usually helps it - I think it gets the digestive juices going and the gases moving.
I associated my chills, fatigue and weakness to not eating. Could that be the same for you?

As these symptoms are all new to you, and you don't have an official diagnosis, I would definitely still follow up with your doc. IBS is a diagnosis through exclusion and your doc may want to run some more tests on you... (IBS is diagnosed when someone has been experiencing a change in bathroom habits along with abdominal pain and/or discomfort for at least 3 months).
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   Posted 3/8/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
good evening everyone, I wanted to share my experience too, only an hour ago, I was in agonishing pain, my colon/rectum was in severe pain, It's like a knife is getting inside my anus and stabbing my colon, the pain is extreme I could not move, could not breath and crawling and crying.
In my case I am suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Endemetriosis, Six years ago (2002) I had my left ovary remove because I am suffering from Endemetriosis, my gynecologist scheduled me for a 3 hours and 30 minutes operation, but once they open my abdomen they were surprise by what they saw, my left and right ovary as well as my uterus and intestines are attach to one another, they remove my left ovary as schedule but there is nothing they can do about the remaining parts since they didn't know that inside my belly was a total mess, my gynecologist advice me to visit the hospital for monitoring but eight months after they remove my left ovary they wanted to operate again and remove the right ovary this time, physically, financially, emotionally I know I am not ready for another operation so I asked for a second opinion, the other gynecologist told me that though my right ovary is swelling ( I, gave them my medical history, my first operation and all necessary information they need) it is not big enough to operate and we have to wait a little bit more time so it can pass the size qulified for opeartion, since then I am always having pains in my abdomen.
Four years past since my operation, in 2006, I was suddenly hit by severe pain in my rectum, it was like a knife was inside my anus, I went to my gynecologist and I was advise to see a another doctor, I had colonscopy, this time I was diagnos with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I was given different kind of medicine to make sure I can control my bowel movement, it did work, but there are times like this, when the medicine could not control the pain, and in times like this comes, I am helpless,
The pain last for about half an hour and its very extreme, even though my doctors assured me, that there is nothing to worry, that it is all part of my illness, I still do worry and suffer in pain even if I am following my doctors advice, is there someone there who experience the same thing I do? can anyone advice me on how to deal with the pain, I will appreciate it very much, thanks and more power

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   Posted 3/8/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
When my gall bladder first went bad, I had this constant, low-level feeling of nausea all the time. It wasn't so bad if I didn't eat, so I lost a lot of weight in three months. I was almost a size 16 and went down to about a size 10. Eventually the constant nausea went away, to be replaced by attacks, usually fairly severe, with periods of reprieve between them (far enough apart that I was able to regain my weight over the next three years). During an attack, I would have severe chills, and anyone that has diarrhea will get weak/tired. It's literally and figuratively draining.

<<the other gynecologist told me that though my right ovary is swelling ( I, gave them my medical history, my first operation and all necessary information they need) it is not big enough to operate and we have to wait a little bit more time >>

That seems very bizarre and counter-intuitive to me. My mother had PCOS, and her ovaries got so large and covered in cysts that they COULDN'T remove them--at least not laproscopically. And they really didn't want to cut her open at the time. She ended up with a fibroid tumor later on, so they ended up taking out both of her ovaries when they took out the tumor (her ovaries had stopped working anyways, they were so bad). So, personally, I wouldn't want to wait until they get so big they have to cut me open all the way in order to get them out. From past family history experience, they don't get any better, and they're almost certianly going to get worse. She's felt better since they were out, and she got on hormones.

You also have to worry about scar tissue on your intestines when you have female problems like that. My mother's tumor had attached itself to her small intestines and now, a few years later, she's having pain in that general area, but has no other symptoms. She's worried that it's from scar tissue from the tumor.
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