Angelcake, you seem very motivated and that is great.
Have any of your DR's done blood tests to look for inflammatory markers? Taken stool samples to look for inflammatory markers or occult blood?
Palpated your belly?
Have you kept a food journal to see if some foods are more difficult than others?
I was told as a young teen that my stomach aches were due to worrying too much about
school. For years I lived with that thought, and tolerated the episodes of gastric pain and diarrhea that came along with exams, boyfriend troubles, etc. Only after I started passing blood after the birth of my first child at age 37 did I go see a gastroenterologist. A year later I learned I had an inflammatory bowel disease and started getting effective medications. And yes, inflammatory bowel disease can be exacerbated by stress.
Seriously, stress as a cause of bowel upset is really common, but should not be the first diagnosis - people will get diarrhea when they're upset, but it shouldn't be an everyday occurrence. This kind of diagnosis should come as a result of excluding OTHER diagnoses. I think an IBS diagnosis should also only be given when inflammatory conditions are ruled OUT.
So please go see a specialist (find a good one through research and/or networking).
48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.
Post Edited (kazbern) : 4/23/2011 8:37:47 AM (GMT-6)