NWR – Digestive issues. Too much information ahead.

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Twyla_Smith:  Ah, poor you! This sounds awful to me.

I have a question – what did your doctor test for in your stools? Is it possible that you’ve somehow picked up a parasite, and maybe they didn’t test for it?

I had about two weeks of really strange bathroom incidents after a trip to Mexico. TMI Alert – aside from having to go after every time I ate (which is really unusual for me, I’m a once-a-day gal), and having it be softer than normal and more of an urgent feeling, it was also kind of…oily. I don’t know, it was weird. I described it to my doctor, and they thought it was likely a parasite of some kind. They didn’t even test me, they just gave me a prescription for Cipro. After taking it, I was back to normal within a few days.

Post # 4
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

It sounds like the amount of fiber in your diet might have changed pretty drastically.  Quite a few people’s systems wouldn’t tolerate that well.

Post # 5
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yes, I have this as well! I went to the doctor and also had normal test results. They said it’s likely just IBS and they can’t do  anything just try to figure out what foods are the worst and avoid them. It’s been like this basically my whole life though. It sucks, I’m sorry I don’t have any advice just know that you’re not alone! I even get woken up in the middle of the night because of it. My doctor also suggested more fiber or fiber supplements. 


Post # 6
5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Twyla_Smith:  Have you considered IBS? It’s very common in women. 

Post # 8
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

How did they test you for Gluten Intolerence?  Celiac disease can be tested through a blood test, but the only way to test for Gluten Intolerence is to do a strict elimination diet, and then add it back in to see what your body does. 

Post # 9
47 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ditto on IBS mentioned already. I had similar symptoms to you, and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s (but I had extreme versions of your symptoms, so they were able to diagnose me immediately). 

Are you seeing a general practitioner or a GI specialist? The GI doc can run some more (invasive) tests that might gt some answers

Post # 11
3014 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I have IBS, started very similar to you! Keep at the doctors to make sure it isn’t some weird food intolerance you need to discover via elimination; I’d also check out for crohn’s and colitis specifically. Ask for a specialist referral. It’s been going on long enough it doesn’t sound like acute diverticulitis… but they may want to do a colonoscopy to have a look and see what’s up.

also – pepto bismol tabs bind toxins (according to my travek clinic doctor who was advising on dealing with travellers diarrhea if we come down with it travelling). Imodium doesn’t quite do that. I’m personally a fan of kaopectate, it’s active ingredient is kaolinite clay (same stuff white ceramics are made of) and so it’s low impact. Does wonders for me.

personally I don’t drink dark pop/soda, eat mint, oranges or orange juice, an I avoid beef and pork most of the time, and lamb/mutton all of the time. I’ve been sort of lactose intolerant all of my life (it comes in waves) so I’m also careful of dairy and drink almond or soy milk. For a while  I couldn’t do lemons or lots of spicy food or onions. I still can’t handle cabbage or some beans, but I’m better on well cooked cauliflower, broccoli and green beans. Red wine is out, white wine is in. Coffee and tea probably should be out but I figure unless I’m throwing up from it i’m okay. That’s quite a list, and it’s different for everyone a bit!

oh, also – keep in mind some medicines are hard on you as well. I can’t take ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for pain, and (TMI alert) when it’s the wrong time of the month and I HAVE to take naproxen because it’s the only thing that does the trick I also have to be super careful to eat lots before I take it. A banana and tea means I throw up blood with it. :/



Post # 13
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Twyla_Smith:  I had some digestive issues about a year ago.  Nothing to your extent, but DH and I went on an elimination diet.  We went on this one: http://wholelifenutrition.net/elimination-diet/

 The cookbook details the process and we found it really helpful.  Even afterwards, we changed our eating habits, and it introduced us to some new foods.

 The blog is full of awesome recipes, too: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/


Post # 14
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Twyla_Smith:  Then that means they did not test you for gluten Intolerence. I would eliminate gluten for one month and see how how it goes. 

Post # 15
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Google FODMAP Diet.

my DH went to Africa and hasn’t been the same since. It’s different for everyone, but he can’t eat apples, avocado pineapple and otehr weird things (on top of lactose and fish allergies) but his doctor told him about the FODMAP diet and it seems to be doing the trick.

Post # 16
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think you need to chart your food and drinks, as well as stool pattern, and other symptoms. I after you have a good 2-4 weeks of charting, go see a gi doc That your family practitioner recommends. 

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