Hi. I've been having one heck of a time lately, seems my IBS is in full swing and I can't quite figure out why. I also seem to be getting new things to go along with it. Here's what's happening: (pardon the length).
I've just spent the past month having my gallbladder ruled out for the new stuff as I have been having what feels like (almost) muscle cramps in that area (right under my ribs on the right side). I have chronic constipation...I've had that for years. It seems it's been getting a lot worse though and the spasms that I have (rectal) are beyond worse.
I can go 5 days without a bm (this is happening with alarming frequency)...I then end up taking 4 senna capsules which sometimes work, most times doesn't. Then I'll finally go and we start the cycle all over again. Lately it seems nothing is working and the pain and bloating is just unbearable. The urge to go is horrible when nothing happens, then the spasms start and I'll sit there and literally cry as nothing is coming out.
When I'm not thoroughly stopped up (!), I generally will go "marbles" and "mucous". (ewww). That's it, nothing else. I eat a low-fat, low-carb type of diet -- lots of fresh fruits and vegies, whole grains, lean chicken, fish and pork. I haven't eaten beef in over 15 years. I don't eat fried foods, drink milk or eat foods with gravy. I rarely eat anything "white" and limit my sugar/salt intake to practically zip. I am at my wits end and I'm in pain like noone's business.
I have a couple of auto-immune diseases and I'm HLA-B27 positive. I've never been tested for IBD or Crohn's, I've just had my doctor tell me it's IBS.
Any suggestions, ideas or help you can provide is appreciated. My PCP is referrring me to the Gastro for an endoscopic look-see. What on earth will they be looking for anyway??? I finally got a prescription for Lactulose last night...waiting for it to work.
Thanks for reading and again, I apologize for the length.