Confused...Thoughts or answers?

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   Posted 11/29/2006 12:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, this is the first time I've really posted on any forums with regards to digestive issues I've been having, but I'm hoping that some others may have insight on what's going on with my body, cause I sure as heck can't figure it out. Hopefully none of this is too descript, but I'm really hoping to find answers.

I'm a 25 year old male. about 3 or so years ago, I started having weird changes to my digestive system. I couldn't quite put a feel to it, but things didn't go as smoothly as they did up until then. Growing up, in high school I had no problem eating whatever, but it seemed like I was more full/constipated than usual back then and had issues at times. I ended up going to a holistic gastroenterologist back then, who did a colonoscopy.

That doctor said it was mild inflammation and that I should just get on some meds that he'd recommend. Being that he was holistic (it was recommended by a friend), the dosage he expected me to take was through the roof - tons of herbal pills and powders, and after trying for a couple days I gave up and said screw it - not bothering me enough to stick with it.

So years passed, and I lived life relatively normal. I had problems at times - mainly mucus and occasionally slight blood, but never enough to really make me see a doctor again about it since it was generally mild. I suppose it so something I got used to enough to live a routine life. Fast forward to this past year. In an effort to get healthier physically and emotionally, I decided to go to a new doctor, per another co worker's recommendation. This time, the gastro doc was a regular doc, not holistic.

He initially suggested that I had not had enough fiber in my diet, and wasn't drinking enough water. I'll be the first to admit I eat pretty horribly, and diet soda and crystal light are usually what I drink, primarily since I hate the plain taste (or lack thereof), of water. After 6 weeks of no changes, I went back for a followup. At this time, my records of the colonoscopy from the previous doc were sent to this new one. He checked them out and noticed the remark about inflammation and suggested doing a new colonoscopy since he thought it may be proctitis.

I had it done and sure enough he said I had an extremely mild condition of ulcerative proctitis, that could be banged out with some meds. He had me on some suppositories. Long story short, it took some time but it seems like whatever was proctitis related is gone -- at least I think.

I now have a new set of conditions that I can't explain. While I was on the suppositories, I started to get mucus. It mainly used to be after using the bathroom. However, over the past couple months I'm having some new symptoms out of no where. It's no longer in my stool much at all. Instead, and I know this is gross, it's constantly from passing gas. On top of that I feel burning that I didn't seem to remember having a couple months back.

It's gotten to the point where I don't have a desire to go out. This sucks, being 25 and single. My doctor is convinced that it's IBS given some other symptoms (sudden urge out of no where, cramps, bloating at times, mainly constipation, sometimes D), and has me trying some new meds that I'm supposed to take for 10 days. I can't help shake the feeling it's something else though. I don't think it's the proctitis, since the symptoms aren't the same.

But I don't see how I can go from being where I was at 6 months ago, to now feeling like I'm in worse shape because I'm passing mucus just sitting in a chair lounging. The IBS wouldn't explain the burning at all either. Fiber hasn't seemed to help, and the meds haven't done much yet over the past 4 days. But I guess i'll wait and see and stick it out. I'm wondering if there's something wrong 'down there'...I scheduled an appointment with a proctologist (or whatever they call them now), but it's not until March. Anyone else ever hear of anything like this? Thanks.

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   Posted 11/29/2006 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately, UC (I assume ulcerative colitis and ulcerative proctitis are in the same family--all I know is that IBS has no inflammation) is something that never goes away; you will it have it for the rest of your life. But, it does go through remission periods where you don't have any symptoms and no inflammation for periods of time--even long periods of time--and then it will come back again. So even though your symptoms have changed, you may actually still be having a problem with the UC.

Some people, though, have IBS and UC both. This basically happens when they have bowel problems when they don't have inflammation. There are at least a few people on here who have both and they can probably better tell you how you can tell IBS symptoms from a UC flare. I'd hazard a guess that the burning sensation is probably related to some sort of inflammation, but some IBSers have burning in their genitals and anus and we're not sure why; maybe hormones, maybe nerve damage, maybe just pain radiating.

I have found that laxatives can sometimes make a bowel movement feel like the need for a simple poot--and of course, accidents result. Fiber may be doing the same thing to you, so that you feel the need to pass gas, when you actually need to do more. It is not uncommon for IBSers to pass just mucus in a bowel movement.

Try cutting out the cokes. Carbonation makes gas, gas pains and bloating worse and caffeine frequently makes bowel problems and bloating worse too. I used to not like plain water either, until I figured out that cokes were making me sick. Suddenly water started tasting a whole lot better when I felt a whole lot better. I'll go through periods of time where I will be on a green tea kick. Try making some up and drinking it instead of water. The caffeine in it is low enough that it doesn't bother me, but you can always get decaf if you think you need it. You can also drink black tea (typical American tea), but you definitely need to get it in decaf. Try Kool-Aid too. Stay away from Crystal Light and artifical sweetners as they can sometimes be the cause of bowel problems. Real sugar (including high fructose corn syrup) bothers some people, but artifical seems to be worse. Still, it never hurts to wean yourself off sugar in your drinks. Never, ever eat anything with sugar alcohol in it (all sugar-free candies, gums and mints, and most other low-sugar or sweetened diet products)
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