Post # 1
I have always had normal #2s until recently. In the last few years I started having small pebble like stools here and there. I read that it was constipation. Ok. Now I can go days of a small about of pebble stools and have eaten normally. Its like its staying inside me. I use the bathroom every morning. Sometimes I wake up with back pain and its usually cause I have to poop. After I poop I feel so much better.
I have been eating normal but have been gaining weight which is unusual for me.
Now, the last few weeks my stomach has been killing me after I eat. Well, not really pain related but really full feeling and uncomfortable. My stomach as been expanding too. I have always had a small waist and its been slightly larger, like the weight I am gaining is in my stomach.
I have been drinking for coffee than usual the last few months so I am cutting back today. I didnt have any.
I want to go to the doctor but my health insurance hasnt kicked in yet and it wont until February.
What do you bees think? Anyone been diagnosed with IBS?
Post # 3
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@jesssamesssa: I have not be diagnosed, but i swear i have it lol but it sounds like you have the opposite problem from IBS. There may be 2 sides to it, but I thought IBS consisted of mostly loose frequent stools. Sounds like you may need more fiber in your diet, and make sure you’re drinking a lot of water. Maybe even a change in diet would help.
ETA: yup looks like it goes either way. And change in diet is usually the first thing suggested to do something about it- http://www.webmd.com/ibs/guide/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs-symptoms
Post # 4
@theEguarantee: Yeah, I get loose randomly for like 3-4 days and then its hard again. Its almost never normal now. I used to drink a lot of diet coke and I stopped almost 2 years ago and I drank only water. No coffee, no tea. Just water. Now I drink 1 coffee a day, 1-2 waters a day and maybe tea and maybe milk.
Post # 5
IBS is extremely painful and dehibilitating. It doesn’t sound like your case is that severe as of yet. A change of diet is a good start.
Post # 6
@jesssamesssa: I have IBS. I have had it for years now. Mine is so bad that I had to cut out sooooooooooo many things from my diet its not even funny! I dont even eat out at places anymore because my stomache is that bad! There are different levels of severity with IBS and I think mine is by far the worst. I dont drink any aclohol ever and definetly not coffee!!!!
Post # 7
I haven’t been formally diagnosed but I’m pretty positive that I have it. I kid you not, if it weren’t for coffee, I would poop probably once a week sometimes. I have colon cancer that runs in my family too so it definitely freaks me out. I have constant stomach aches usually everyday and when I DO poop it’s like either hardly anything or tmi… diarrhea. I also do have a mild lactose intolerance but I’ve concluded that my diarrhea stems from foods that are also not dairy and it usually happens when we eat out for some reason. It sucks because I feel like I can never enjoy going out to eat without being afraid that I’m going to blow up the bathroom LOL.
Post # 8
@sweetchiquita12: Gosh, yours sounds like Chrons. My boss and best friend both have Chrons. Its horrible.
@ThinkingOutLoud: I hate when its hardly anything and its all I poop ALL DAY! I dont want all that old poop/food to stay inside me. I cant help but think its just building up.
Post # 9
@jesssamesssa: I was tested for Crohns but luckily I do not have it. I jsut have a bad case of IBS mixed with some food allergies which make it worse
Post # 11
@Westwood: It ranges. Breakfasts can be 1/2 a bagel or english muffin, usually those since that is what we have at the office. Lunch – ranges the most from $1 frozen means, to $4 frozen means, to left overs, to 2-4x a month either fast food or take out somewhere. Dinner – I always cook dinner. I dont fry anything. I used to be a really heavy diet coke drinker almost 2 years ago but I stopped. I now drink a coffee in the morning, water through out the day since we keep it at the office and milk, water and occasionally tea at home. Sometimes gatorade too. And sweets. I love me some of those. I will bake here and there but lately I dont want anything sweet since when my stomach hurts I just want to lay down.
Post # 12
These were a lot of my symptoms before I was diagnosed with Gluten Intolerence (we never got through all the testing before cutting out gluten so I can’t officially be Celiac). If you’re heading to the doctor anyway, a simple celiac panel blood test can help to rule it out – make sure you ask for the full panel.
There are hundreds of symptoms but HORRIBLE constipation that would randomly become super loose and then right back to constipation, HORRIBLE bloating, fatigue, HORRIBLE cramping, etc. were pretty serious for me. I had some other super weird symptoms, but those were my main ones.
Post # 13
Based on your diet, I’d say that probably has a LOT to do with your issues. I wouldn’t right off say it’s IBS. Since you can’t get to the Dr until february try some things at home first. You can try an elimination diet, you may have an issue with gluten, or the high fats in the fast food you are eating, etc. You also may have an issue with the frozen meals, those come with a high price with the large amounts of sodium and fake shit in them.
Start with a change in diet and trying a few different things that way. Of course getting more fiber always helps with constipation
ETA: Try keeping a journal for a week of your food intake and then what days you feel bad and have the worst stomach issues, that may also help you make some connections between what you’ve eaten and your reaction.
Post # 14
I have IBS and Lactose intollerance.
I have the pebble poops too. I eat a lot of fibre and drink a lot of water and it didnt make a difference.
I did an elimination diet to see what the triggers were. For me its white bread and pasta.
My stomach swells up like a baloon and i get real intense cramps and back pain. I usually feel better after going to the toilet.
I take tablets called buscopan and pepto bismol is great too. (not sure if you have those)
With the lactose intollerance my sympoms are totally different. Thats a pain that is 100x worse than my labour with my daughter and diahorrea and vomiting 3 hours after eating lactose.
Post # 15
What is an elimination diet? I defintely dont have horrible pains that cause me to cry or bend over or anything like that.
Post # 16
I’m not a doctor, but I’ve had similar problems all my life, and I’ve been to the doctor about them. my problem is that my stomach basically stores the poop and doesn’t send a signal to my brain that I should go. He had me taking Miralax 2-3 times per day (after meals) to ease the constipation, which did help. It also gives your intestine a bit of a break from the stretching. He said many people have stretched colons which cause bowel issues because a lot of people wont use the bathroom outside of their home. The Miralax is available over the counter if you want to try it.
I also suggest you strt keeping a food and bowel movement journal now because you will visit the doctor in February and they will have no answers for you and just tell you to journal for a few weeks and come back. This way you can be one step ahead.
also be prepared to get a lot of crappy doctors who won’t listen to what you have to say. You may have to get really snippy with the doctor to get him or her to listen. A lot of doctors Assume that women make up these stomach issues in their heads.