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   Posted Today 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been struggling with this lately.  My symptoms include the following: diarrhea sometimes 7-8 a day, sometimes constipation, nausea after every meal, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and lower back pain.  I have done some research and I believe that I may have IBS but I do not know.  I visited my regular doctor about 2 months ago and he did a CAT scan and nothing was abnormal.  At the time, I believed that I was having trouble with my gallbladder. He sent me home with pain killers and antacids and told me that I had a stomach virus.  Does anyone else experience these same symptoms or does anyone know what may be causing this?
Thank you!

Post Edited (Megan1) : 11/18/2007 10:29:11 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted Today 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Megan and welcome to the site...I'm sorry you've been feeling so sick.  Bear with me now, because I tend to ask a lot of questions.  Your doctor should also be asking you a lot of questions; just something to keep in mind :)  When someone goes to the doc complaining of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. the diagnosis of a GI (gastrointestinal) virus is pretty common, because that's what most of these symptoms usually point to.  But when it lasts for two months, you're no longer dealing with a run-of-the-mill GI virus.

The first thing you should do is make another appointment with your primary care physician.  In the meantime, you should begin organizing yourself so you can give him all of the info he needs to know.

Here are some questions that your doc should be asking:

1) What are the specific symptoms you have? 

2) When did the symptoms start? 

3) Do you have pain, and if so, where is it located? 

4) When you notice these symptoms, how long do they last (i.e., do you only notice that they last for a couple hours after you eat, or only in the afternoons, etc.)? 

5) How would you characterize the sensation of your pain (i.e., achey, burning, throbbing, also how severe on a scale from 1-10, etc.)? 

6)  Does anything seem to make it worse (i.e., particular foods, situations, etc.)? 

7) Does anything seem to make it better (i.e., any over-the-counter medications, foods, etc.)?

Your doctor might refer you to a gastroenterologist, who specializes in GI disorders.  This would probably be a good idea, based on the fact that you are vomiting every day and having that much diarrhea.  IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means they have to rule out other causes of your symptoms before you get such a diagnosis.  There are so many things that can cause these symptoms and it is your doctor's job to work it up for you; that's what they went to 2333974 years of school for. 

Disorders of the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small and large intestine, etc. can cause these sorts of issues and so no one will be able to really help you with a "diagnosis," but people will share their experiences and hopefully be able to help you feel a little less alone in all this.  Again, welcome.

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   Posted Today 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your fast reply!
When I went to the doctor and he told me that I had a stomach virus, I was not pleased.  I have always have diarrhea.  At least 2-3 times a week before this flare up.  But here at the answers to your question.  Tell me what you think. Do you think I may have IBS?
  1. My symptoms including nausea after every meal, some vomitting, diarrhea sometimes 7-8 times a day, abdominal cramping, lower back pain, loose colored stool, and somtimes constipation.
  2. The symptoms started about 2 months ago but I have always had diarrhea a couple times a week.
  3. I do have abdominal pain mostly lower abdominal.
  4. I have flare ups anytime throughout the day, sometimes after I eat or just random times.
  5. My abdominal pain started about 2 months ago and it was a 10 on a 1-10 scale.  I was on the floor and couldn't move but not that has subsided and it is a dull pain every now and then.
  6. I have not noticed if anything is making it worse.  I had mexican food the other night and it did seem to be more intense than before.
  7. Nothing is making it better.  I can take anti-diarrhea medication and it will prevent me from going to the bathroom at all and then in a few hours the symptoms continue sometimes worse than before.

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   Posted 11/19/2007 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could help you pin down the possibilities, but really, only your doctor can do get into sticky territory when you start seeking a diagnosis over the 'net!  So I really urge you to write those answers down and make an appointment with your doc!
Can I ask how old you are?  Are you a normal weight?  What's your diet like?  Have you ever had any surgeries or major illnesses requiring either hospitalization or long-term treatment?  Does anyone else in your family suffer from similar symptoms? 
The questions go on and on, but again, these are the things that are important for your doc to know. 
He might want you to get an abdominal ultrasound, which can check for things like gallstones...gallstones frequently cause nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.  But then again, so do a lot of other things!
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   Posted 11/19/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Sarita. You should definitely make another appt with the doctor ASAP. If you feel like that won't help, then get yourself in to see a different doctor or gastro specialist. Be very clear about all that you have experienced, and don't back down. If you are not happy with what the doctor is doing, tell him so and make sure that you are before you leave the appt. Ask as many questions as you want.

We can't tell you exactly what is going on, it could be a number of different issues and is important that someone who is qualified sees you as soon as possible. DOn't misunderstand, we have all been miserable and are hear to help you in any way we can, but making sure you see a doctor is important as well.

Let us know how things go and Sleep well.
Always grateful for the blessings I do have!

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   Posted 12/14/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Activa is for both and I can tell you it really helped me.

I would go 3 days of no BM and then 3 days of D. It was horrible. My body was not digesting food properly. THe docs said I had IBS/Ibd, and the gave me prescription pills for the pain and cramping I would have every single time I ate. I suffered for almost 2 years. Every meal I ate felt like I was food poisened. could not eat much for food. Everything had to be bland. Like white rice and baked chicken for the last 2 years.

I tryed Activa and the first 3-5 days I did not notice a difference. BM were still loose. I still ate one everyday and now I have been on it for 1 month. I feel like a million bucks!!!! I go the same time everyday now and its normal and there is no pain associated with it. My mood has improved and I am ten times happier then I've ever been. I can finally go out to restaraunt with my boyfriend and eat from the menu without worring. Just only regret I tried this sooner so I would not have to suffer.

And I can eat anything I want now. I might gain alot of weight at this rate. The foods that I would have to avoid before I can now eat with ease....

Like Pizza, ice cream, soda, chocolate, pudding, chips, sandwiches, an occasional beer OMG the list goes on.....

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 12/25/2007 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
My son, age 10, has IBS, at least that's what they are going with now , doing an endo next month, maybe colonoscopy after if needed. I have Crohn's. I just wanted to let you know that I was told the pain in my side, the diarrhea, the stomach cramping,etc was a virus. I was told that by several doctors for years. Until I went to the ER in so much pain and the CT scan showed narrowing of the ileum. My best advice, if your doctor doesn't seem to be listening to you, or you just don't think that he is getting the job done for you (nothing personal against him or her) then find a new doc. Ask for a referral to a Gastroenterologist and if he won't give you one, see another primary. You know your body better than any doc, even though some docs don't agree!
diagnosed 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 33f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bowel resection 9/07, healing well and feeling well.

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   Posted 1/1/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I like Activia too, or any probiotic for that matter. I just have to take it first thing in the morning before I eat my first meal of the day. When I'm away from home, I always take IBSuppress with me because I like to have something chewable on hand to stave off the symptoms of an impending attack!

Good luck with everything and remember, you are not alone!!!!
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