(Closed) I need advice, TMI for sure

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

In all honesty, if I were you I’d go to the ER.  You have a history of polyps, and it’s worse this time…you need to see a doctor ASAP.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Have you changed your eating habits with the holiday?

I dont have IBS but I have been a little *ahem* backed up since Ive been endulging over the holiday.

If I were you I would go see a doctor just to get it checked out since you have a history.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@SunriseMidwest: Even if you don’t have health insurance they can’t turn you away, and paying off medical bills is interest free and they’re usually very flexible.  If it is as bad as you say it is, you need to get to a doctor.  Everything you’re describing is a red flag for a big problem.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I also have IBS and I agree that it can be downright nasty but what you have definitely does not sound like IBS. I , like you, can tell the difference. I recently had the stomach bug that sounds a lot like what you are describing. First I was throwing up and had diarreah then I was painfully constipated.

Many hospitals have free care. If you do not start feeling better soon, I’d recommend going. You said your stomach feels firmer than usual, that scares me.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Drs tend to kinda suck with IBS. I’ve had it my whole life and no one has done anything to make it better. Go to the ER.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@SunriseMidwest: I had a colonoscopy when I was 23 and the doctor told me that everything was fine and that I only had IBS. I personally thought that some doctors say patients have IBs when they can’t figure out what is actually wrong with them. I think that I have severe allergies to certain foods that cause similar things that you mentioned. But I also have friends who have polycystic ovaries and complain about similar pain. My old roommate was in horrible pain every other month because she had a problem with cysts bursting on one ovary when she was ovulating.

I wouldn’t suggest going to the ER simply because you don’t have insurance and the ER is extremely expensive. It would probably be best to schedule an appointment with a gyno that you trust and tell them that you are in extreme pain because they need to know that it’s not just for an annual exam. The fact that your stomach is more firm than usual is cause for concern.

Whatever it is, it’s always a good idea to drink LOTS of water and stay away from alcohol and caffeine because they will dehydrate you.

I hope you feel better VERY soon!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I don’t know much about IBS so I can’t really help you there.  I would second the advice about making an appointment or seeing if you can go to urgent care versus going to the ER instead though.  You can also try calling the ER to see if they can recommend some place you can go for free or low cost medical care.  When I didn’t have insurance, one of the people at the ER recommended I use a Los Angeles based medical clinic that offered free medical care.  It took the better part of a day to be waiting around to see someone, but it was much better than the bill for the initial ER trip I took.  Good luck and I hope you feel better! 

I found this place after a quick google search for low cost Chicago medical care: http://www.communityhealth.org/

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@SunriseMidwest: Where in Chicago are you?? I’m an ICU nurse, hubby is a doctor….we maybe able to point you to a low cost clinic in the Chicagoland area. 

I agree….this does not sound like IBS.  My first thoughts….bowel obstruction, PCOS, endometriosis, peritonitis (though no fever??).  Get checked out ASAP.

Feel free to shoot me a PM.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@liciabelle: I totally totally agree. My doctor told me I had IBS because he couldn’t figure out what was going on. When I point blank told him it was anxiety he told me I was wrong. Ummm no actually…. I went to see a naturopath and she had me back to myself (bar a few small flare ups maybe a couple times a year) within a month. Sooooo thanks Mr Doctor for saying I had IBS and treating me like I was nuts, but you were wrong.

@SunriseMidwest: I think an urgent care or going to see another doctor for a second opinion is a really good idea. It sounds like you have something going on, and you know your body best. If this doesn’t feel like IBS or any of your previous experiences, listen to that gut instinct and get it checked out. I hope you’re feeling better soon!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

I have IBS (and PCOS, that I don’t think has anything to do with my pain).  It’s so bad when I have a flare up, like I need to go to the Emergency Room but I don’t b/c I don’t want to incur that cost..I just cry in agony.  I think you should explore other possibilities, like endometriosis.  My GP said once everything with my PCOS is on track, they’re going to look into my IBS and possibility of having something else since IBS is an exlusionary diagnosis.

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