Post # 1
I don’t know if I legit have a gastro-issue or if its just stress, but for the past 3-5 months I have been experiencing serious stomach issues. Basically everything I eat is virtually immediately (and painfully) passed through me. Im sitting at work right now in pretty intense pain because I was starving this morning and ate- I actually had to cancel a client meeting because I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it the hour without needing a break.
Its not heartburn and what sucks is that it seems like a combo of constipation and diarrhea (sorry tmi) so I don’t feel like I can take anything for it. I eat a really healthy diet, high fiber, drink a ton of water (probably 100oz a day.) I am active and not overweight. I don’t know what to do- eating has become something I avoid because I know I have to be close to a bathroom.
I know I probably need to see a dr but with the wedding 2 weeks out I am totally not going to make it before then…but I can’t keep being sick like this every day. Does anyone have any suggestions?! I am totally miserable and my poor assistant at work has been covering for me when I have to bail on a conference call or something to run to the restroom…
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@bkrocks13: It’s probably stress related. Have you ntried taking any natural supplements for it? Within the last week I have resorted to taking Valerian during the day to deal with the stress of work and wedding planning.
A few years ago I started getting intestinal upset with pretty much every meal; similar to what you’re describing. I finally resorted to cutting out eating food prepared by other people (restaurants, catering, etc…) because I didn’t know what was in the food. I have the list of no-no foods narrowed down now to: Splenda, mayo, and soda fountain drinks. Splenda makes me use the bathroom like nobodies business. Mayo at stores is often spoiled so I ask for everything without mayo now. I figured out the soda fountain drink thing after I got a stomach ache after every lunch I ate in the company cafe. I wiped the inside of the dispenser one day with a napkin and it came back black with mold and bacteria (yuck!) Since I have cut out these items, I have had less stomach problems.
Post # 4
@bkrocks13: Stress can cause legit GI issues. Have you tried any probiotics? The more strains, typically the better they work.
Post # 5
Go to the doctor! If you have an issue they should be able to get you in quickly.
Post # 6
I have IBS, and the symptoms you describe are almost exactly the same as the ones that drove me to the doctor to be diagnosed in the first place. It is NOT fun and it really has an impact on your quality of life, so I really recommend going to see someone. Stress makes it worse and what with wedding planning and a stressful job, this past week I’ve been having a flare-up so we’re in the same boat! I had an appointment with the nice lady at the bakery who’s doing my wedding cake a few days ago to finalize the cake design and the groom’s cake, and about halfway through I thought I was going to die. I had to ask her if I could use her restroom and I was so embarrassed but seriously, there was no other choice. If you have a lot of pain and diarrhea, the best medication I’ve found is hyoscyamine–it takes care of both of those problems. It has something to do with calming the receptors in your colon that make it go crazy, apparently. Even if you don’t end up having IBS, I know plenty of people with “nervous stomachs”–like where they suddenly have to run to the bathroom when they’re stressed out–so don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone. 🙂
Post # 7
@AB Bride: Oo probiotics are something i have actually not tried- I did take them years ago and it actually gave me WORSE digestive problems but maybe it’s worth trying again. Do you have a specific kind that you recommend?
Post # 8
I had the same issue a few years ago when I was working full time and in school. It was a very stressful time and same as you, would pass my food within like 15 minutes of eating. I tried to limit foods that were overly processed, drank a lot of water, no coffee or juice or anything.
Is there anything you can do to minimize the stress you are feeling? List out everthing wedding related that still needs to be done and try and accomplish one thing a day. Don’t focus on food and eating…I bet you get all worked up when you eat (knowing what will happen next) and that is probably perpetuating some of your symptoms.
Post # 9
@bkrocks13: I usually go to a health place and look for the one with the most number of strains. They should be refrigerated, both in the store and at home.
The one I have currently is Natural Factors Mega Probiotic Powder. It contains 4 different types of bacteria. It worked the last time I was on a broad spectrum antibiotic. It is a little annoying because it’s not a pill, but I would just sprinkle it on some food.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
There are a ton of different GI ailments this could be, or it could be stress. Regardless, because of the multiple GI ailments which range from nothing to severe, you need to go see a doctor for a proper diagnosis rather than asking the Internet.
Post # 11
I get this when I’m super stressed too. I’ve had so many tests done because the pain has been so intense before that I’ve ended up in tears. The tests results are always the same though, there is nothing actually physically wrong and it’s all stress induced.
Post # 12
I feel/have felt your pain! I was diagnosed with IBS in Jr. High and have had to remain conscious of it ever since. The doctors I went to weren’t really able to help me much I’m afraid. They could only treat the symptoms, not the cause. I realize it isn’t for everyone, but I’m a big proponent of natural medicines. Valerian has a calming effect as suggested above, as does Chamomile (great in the form of a tea). Marshmallow root was also really helpful to me taken both as a supplement and in tea form.
Bottom line, take it easy on yourself and become aware of how much stress causes you to feel bad. It’s easier said than done (Trust me, I KNOW!) I still lose that battle sometimes, but ever since I’ve made a cognizant effort to recognize when enough is enough, it’s been 10x better!
Post # 13
I had that problem in high school. It was AWFUL!
As soon as my super stressful situation passed, I was fine! But check it out with a doctor, anyway–mine thought my gallbladder might be failing (which is actually really common in women)
Post # 14
I would see if it passes (har har) after the wedding. If not, I would probably go see a doctor if it persists this bad.
I have a very finicky tummy… similar issues to you.. that gets worse with stress, so I can definitely relate.
Post # 15
@thejucheidea: I agree with this but it isn’t always possible to get to the doctor. Sometimes it’s longer than a week before they can get me in and then if I’m busy…
Some basic home care when symptoms aren’t over the top (in this case no blood) is often worth giving a try. My doctors actually expect me to try certain things first.
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
@AB Bride: But it’s been 3-5 months and she’s still having these problems. If it had just started over the last few weeks, it would be one thing, but with long-standing problems, it’s past time to consult a physician or NP.