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abf_p
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posted 02-14-2000 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for abf_p   Click Here to Email abf_p     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm so glad i found this site! I am 25 years old and have had "stomach problems" for about 3 years now. I don't know what it is but i'm scared. These are my symptoms: Bloating that literally makes me look as if i'm about to give birth. Heartburn that sometimes feels like hunger pains. Sometimes i'm constipated, but not often. I have bowel movements atleast 4 times beore noon, but not diarreah. When i have to go I HAVE TO GO or i will be constipated the rest of the day. Also when i need to pass gas, which is a welcome relief no matter where i am , the bloating and heartburn decrease substantially. But if i ever need to pass gas and hold it in instead, i will be bloated and constipated the rest of the day. My symptoms are worse when i get up early in the mornings but if i sleep until about 8 i do much better. I also have what feels to be an airpocket or something on my left side directly under my ribs, i can feel it when i push on it. I can only feel it when i lay on my left side, i think it's all the gas trapped inside that won't come out. When i am able to pass gas i feel ten times better. I don't know where all the air comes from that gets isnside me. It doesn't seem to matter what i eat or even if i eat. I went to the doctor and he told me i had gastritis and ibs, he gave me prilosec for the heartburn (which i knew wouldn't work because i can livee with the heartburn it's the bloating thatt makes me crazy) anyway, the prilosec made me go to the emergency room with severe abdominal cramps and spastic colon, which by the way was the worst pain of my life. These problems have really had an effect on my social life and my sex life. When i am bloated i feel a dull pain righ under my sternum, it feels like a bunch of food and air is trapped in there and can't get out! I also have a constant ache in the right side of my lower back. This is embarassing, but i also get severe jolts of pain in my anus, this doesn't happen often, but often enough for it to concern me. Please, if anyone has any of the same symptoms or knows what the heck is going on with my body, let me know. Thanks so much.

ShellyAnn
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posted 02-14-2000 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ShellyAnn   Click Here to Email ShellyAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi abf_p, welcome to the board. I get the sharp pains in my bottom as well. It sucks! I think you should get another doctor who will help you and not just give you meds.

Keep your chin up!
ShellyAnn

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lucky
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posted 02-14-2000 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get to a Dr. you could have a twisted bowel, or anything, I'm Not saying this to scare you but you need to know & diagnosing IBS you need to eliminate other problem, GB disease, spastic colon, you can continue on the fear of the unknow, we're here for you, most of us have had most of the test & we can offer guidance. GEt you help & we'll get you on the road to dealing with it.

abf_p
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posted 02-14-2000 10:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for abf_p   Click Here to Email abf_p     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've gone to the doctor and he told me i had ibs, but i didn't believe him because he didn't do any tests. But my x-rays came back normal, blood normal, what other test should i ask for? thanks for the reply

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Originally posted by lucky:
Get to a Dr. you could have a twisted bowel, or anything, I'm Not saying this to scare you but you need to know & diagnosing IBS you need to eliminate other problem, GB disease, spastic colon, you can continue on the fear of the unknow, we're here for you, most of us have had most of the test & we can offer guidance. GEt you help & we'll get you on the road to dealing with it.

lucky
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posted 02-14-2000 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well they usually don't tell you that you have IBS unless thet have done a colonoscopy or flex sig, sometimes gallbladder tests, stool samples for parasites, upper & lower GI's. now I am not suggesting you run out and demand all of these, but all article tell you to diag IBS is the process of elamination, have you gone to the ibsgroup bbb, and read here & there for links to go to read up on this, there are threads where posters tell what tests they have had. Start slow, diets are often the culprits to a certain degree, for me lessing my intake of sugars, carbs helps the cramping & gas. Caltrate & Fibercon help me too I'll let you know if I think or see something else

silver
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posted 02-15-2000 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you chew gum or drink alot of cola? That can cause alot of gas. Sugar, beans, sorbitol can also cause alot of gas. Keep a food diary and see if something in there makes it worse. It's not hard to do and might be worth your efforts. As for what test to ask for, I dont really know, but if you have a good doctor he will do a complete work up, with stool samples, barium enema, that sort of thing. Good luck

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