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   Posted 2/9/2007 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone.
Newbie here! :-)
I'm not yet sure but I think I may be in the right place. For about close to a year I've been having the following symptoms.
I think it may be IBS but I'm not sure and I was wondering if anyone else on here has been through this.
1. Lower abdominal pain sometimes mild sometimes severe 
usually RIGHT after a meal followed by strong desire to use bathroom
2. Diarrhea (or very loose stool with light color)
3. Burning sensation in the rectum after going to bathroom
4. Bloated and lots of gas (flatulence)
1. No constipation
So far IBS is the only thing that remotely describes what I go through. However since I've readh that consipation usually alters with diarrhea in IBS I'm not so sure.

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   Posted 2/9/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi alexm,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
It sounds to me like you might be having a gallbladder issue. Do you stay up nights with nausea, pain and D? Have you seen a doc yet? Does anyone in your family have/had gallbladder problems? How about digestive issues (IBS, Crohn's, UC, etc.)?
I will bump the gallbladder thread for you to take a look at.
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/9/2007 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi 7Lil
No I don't stay up at nights.
I have no trouble sleeping at all, I don't suffer from any nausea
no pain other than when I have to go to the bathroom. It feels like the typical pain when
your having a really bad bowel movement only it's more frequent.
I have an appointment to see a gastro doc in two weeks cause I didn't like what my primary physician was doing.
(prescribing drugs left and right)
To my knowledge no one has ever suffered from gall bladder issues or digestive problems.
I appreciate the response.

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   Posted 2/9/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
You could still be having gall bladder problems, even if you don't meet all the criteria; some people never even know their gall bladders are full of stones until a doctor finds them by accident while doing some other test. The burning stool (when you say "light", do you mean yellowish or greenish in color?) is a pretty good sign that you have a bile problem, as bile is an acid and when you have too much in your stools, it will burn you a new one. about the only other thing that can cause a burning in the rectum is a fissure, which is a tear in the skin around the anus, or a hemmroid. If you only notice the burning sometimes, but not with every movement, then it's highly unlikely that it's caused by either a fissure or a hemmroid. However, you can have too much bile all the time, so even if every stool burns, it might not necessarily be a hemmroid or fissure.

That being said, some people have excess bile problems without having a bad gall bladder. Something happens and their intestines either start rushing food through their digestive tracts too fast, or the intestines just aren't absorbing correctly. Either way, you can end up with too much bile left in your stool. Your other symptoms could be either IBS or gall bladder; they're not clearly one or the other.

When you go to the GI, you should expect (demand) that he gives you a hidascan for the gall bladder (may also do an ultrasound, but don't let him get away with doing an ultrasound only; the ultrasound just looks at the gall bladder, but the hidascan examines its actual function). He should also request a stool sample, which will determine if you do indeed have too much bile in your stool (make sure you ask him to check for that). He may also want to examine you to see if you have a fissure or hemmroid. Most GIs want colonoscopies done too, but I would not schedule that until after my hidascan had come back clear. If you do indeed have a bad gall bladder, then the colonoscopy is pointless. And if you do ahve too much bile in your stool, you may want to try medicine before having a colonoscopy to see if that fixes you up. Colonoscopies are for discovering severe problems, like colon irritation, polyps and/or ulcers; if take a medicine for bile fixes all your problems, then you don't have irritation or ulcers or serious polyps; those things aren't fixed by medicine (at least not very well).

What sorts of medicines was your GI wanting to put you on? I can only think of a med for bile, and/or spasmodics for pain and diarrhea.
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