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   Posted 2/26/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
hello to all
i have recently been depressed due to a poor choice in choosing a sexual partner, and fear of catching something.  i did go for test and i was negative, BUT during this time i developed unusually bowels that have sustained.  i don't want to say its diharrhea because it is not coming out wattery.  its more coming out slippery somewhat solid, (i know kinda gross) but than as i flush it breaks up into pieces.  i would descibe it as a soft bowel perhaps?? i am worried as this has never occured and i am a fairly health young man.  i have changed my life around and eating much more healthy and having 4-5 small meals (red meat, chicken breast, tuna, rice) as well as whey protein within a working day.  the protein has given me problems in the past, but the problems w/ the bowels started even before i began my new diet.  does anyone have any suggestions on what this could be? is this even a form of diharrea???
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   Posted 2/26/2007 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bugz,
Welcome to the IBS forum!  :-)
I am inclined to think you don't have IBS.  There are the Rome Criteria for diagnosing IBS.  One of the main symptoms for diagnosing IBS is change in bowel habits for at least 12 weeks.  To me it sounds like your bowel change may be caused by stress.  Maybe even your diet.  Do you have any pain or bloating as well?
Either way, if you are worried even in the slightest, you should see your doctor.  Here is a brief list of IBS symptoms:

At least 12 weeks or more, which need not be consecutive, in the preceding 12 months of abdominal discomfort or pain that has two out of three features:
1) Relieved with defecation; and/or
2) Onset associated with a change in frequency of stool; and/or
3) Onset associated with a change in form (appearance) of stool.

Other symptoms that are not essential but support the diagnosis of IBS:

  • Abnormal stool frequency (greater than 3 bowel movements/day or less than 3 bowel movements/week);
  • Abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery stool);
  • Abnormal stool passage (straining, urgency, or feeling of incomplete evacuation);
  • Passage of mucus;
  • Bloating or feeling of abdominal distension.

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Post Edited (7Lil) : 2/27/2007 11:20:17 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/27/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Another young man came on here once after developing IBS-like symptoms after starting back on whey protein powder. My number one suggestion to you would be to stop taking it. You may also want to try some of the Activia yogurt for a couple of weeks to see if that helps straighten your guts back out. And, as Lil said, stress is a likely contributor.

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   Posted 2/27/2007 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   

thank-you for the quick replies

i have had no pain nor bloating...

i have had this problem going on a little over one month.  after i got the test results back, i assumed it would go away...but it continued.  this past week, i did have fairly normal bowels (like prior to my mini-depression) but i got sick with the flu which set off some alarms and BOOM, the irregular bowels came into play once again.  i still am worried about the accuracy of the test...and im planning on gettin retested within the next couple weeks.  also, sometimes it feels like i may need to go to the bathroom, and i go...and nothing really not sure if my mind is playing games on me?? is this a notmal symptom???

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   Posted 2/28/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
More than likely, your bowel troubles are due to your stress. I saw a quote from the Old Testament the other day: 'when God arrives to judge and redeem, Habakkuk is so nervous that his "bowels quaked."' See, even back in the Old Testament, they knew that stress and fear made your bowels go off!

Flu, colds, and other illnesses can definitely get your bowels out of whack, especially if they are sensitive to begin with. Get yourself some yogurt--Activia is getting rave reviews on here--and eat a container twice a day and see if that doesn't help you some.

And yes, a lot of people feel the need to go to the bathroom, but then can't go when they get there. This happens a lot, obviously, with people who have constipation, but I've had what I call the 'dry heaves' before, in which I have emptied my bowels completely, so there's nothing left to come out, but they are still spasaming and moving as if they are wanting to move stool through. So yes, you can get spasms in your bowels that make it feel like you need to go, even when you really don't.
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