Ask Poopreport: A Whole Mess of Issues

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Hi, everyone. I'm a 31 year-old female, and I have had chronic stomach and bowel problems for as long as I can remember. Years ago I had constant stomach pain and diarrhea every day. I've had several tests done, such as X-rays, CAT scans, two colonoscopies, and an upper GI to determine what the cause could be. I was diagnosed with IBS and GERD. A few times I was hospitalized due to inflammation. My gallbladder was also removed in January of 2005.

I still have stomach pain and gastric attacks that are similar to the gallbladder attack; however, for the last few years I've been constipated, having a bowel movement every two-to-three weeks.

Over the last two weeks I've been feeling a lot worse. I've been having a sharp pain in my rectum that comes in goes, and lasts about a minute. The same pain is on the right side of my stomach. I also get a warm sensation in my stomach that comes and goes. It's not painful and feels nothing like the burning from acid. Last Friday I took a suppository and was able to pass very little. Three days later I had a very large bowel movement with white mucus or discharge all over it. Then the next day I had the worst diarrhea.

Throughout the day I'm also having attacks that make me nauseated and vomit. I suffer from acid reflex burn, I sweat, and I feel dizzy. I'm eating but have an empty hunger feeling in my stomach all the time. I have made an appointment with a gastroenterologist, but not for another two weeks.

If anyone can please help me with these questions, I would appreciate it. I am worried.

  1. 1. Are these normal symptoms for IBS?
  2. 2. What else could this possibly be from?
  3. 3. What can be causing the warm feeling in my stomach?
  4. 4. What could have caused the white mucus or discharge in my bowel movement?
  5. 5. Why do I feel a hungry and have an empty feeling in stomach, even after I eat?
  6. 6. Is it true that IBS is a made-up diagnosis that the doctor uses when he doesn't find something wrong with you?
  7. 7. Why do I keep getting dizzy and sweaty, and why am I throwing up and having pain?

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4 Comments on "Ask Poopreport: A Whole Mess of Issues"

MSG's picture
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I'm not a physician, so my answers are from personal experience only. When I had IBS, a quarter-century ago, my main symptom was sudden diarrhea, for which I had to excuse myself from whatever else I was doing, such as teaching class. I never had the additional symptoms you describe. Regrettably, I don't know what else your symptoms might indicate. The warm feeling sounds odd; I have experienced it once or twice, but not with my IBS. The white mucus or discharge could be (or may not be) from swallowing mucus in your throat from allergies to pollen (here, at least, hay fever season is in full swing). Your hungry or empty feeling sounds like what I experienced while on treatment for a stomach ulcer many years ago, though your case might be quite different.

The diagnosis of IBS, my doctor at the time told me, was not of a disease as such, but of a syndrome, or set of symptoms from an undefined source. There were treatments for it, and I took them; they helped somewhat. However, my doctor said that my case could be from emotional tension as much as anything else, and sure enough: When I got a job I really liked, with steady pay, my IBS symptoms disappeared, and I haven't had them since. Right now I am under great tension, as my wife is in the hospital for the past 6 weeks and nearly died; and my bowels have become agitated right along with me, though not to the point of IBS. Your own doctor has, in fact, found plenty wrong with you, as far as symptoms are concerned; what he has not found is a cause or disease. IBS is, as far as I know, as good a term as any for what you have. Why your vomiting and pain? I do not know; but I am sorry you are having so much trouble, and I hope your doctor can help you find relief.

Anonymous's picture

I also have IBS-D for 16 years and no gallbladder since 2008. To answer your questions:

1. Are these normal symptoms for IBS?
No, IBS shouldn't make you vomit like that or inflame your intestine. It's a motion problem. Your guts spasm and hurt like hell, nausea is common. Vomiting isn't unheard of, but it's not common.

2. What else could this possibly be from?
You could have a gluten sensitivity/or celiac disease, but I suspect it's from having your gallbladder out. I also have this problem. Bile is dumped straight into the intestine causing irritation. Greasy foods cause the vomiting you are describing. Does this happen after you eat greasy/fatty/acidic foods?

3. What can be causing the warm feeling in my stomach?
Not sure but I get it too.

4. What could have caused the white mucus or discharge in my bowel movement?
It's a normal mucus discharge bowels make to lube up the colon to make poo pass better. IBS is also known as mucus colitis. Normal for IBS

5. Why do I feel hungry and have an empty feeling in my stomach, even after I eat?
Does this happen after certain foods or all the time? High carb meals do this to me.

6. Is it true that IBS is a made-up diagnosis that the doctor uses when he doesn't find something wrong with you?
Not so much a "Made up" diagnosis as a term used for a collective group of symptoms.

7. Why do I keep getting dizzy and sweaty, and why am I throwing up and having pain?
I get sweaty and nauseated when I have intense pain before I poo when I'm having a flare up.
But again, I really think it's from your gallbladder.

Hope this helps a bit. Be sure to take this list of questions to your doctor. (I do this too)I also take Welchol to absorb the bile.

Anonymous's picture

Your symptoms sound like classic signs of gluten intolerance or Celiac disease! Gluten can cause ALL the symptoms you describe. Have your Dr. test you for it ASAP!! Google gall bladder & gluten. See how many hits you get. Then get angry at your doctors for not figuring this out sooner! Good luck!

Anonymous's picture

Get tested for gluten intolerance & Celiac disease right away. ALL of your symptoms can be caused by gluten!! Colonoscopies don't show gluten damage. You need an endoscopy because gluten damages the small intestine. IBS is just a blanket term when doctors can't figure out what's the matter with you. If they can't give you a pill, they just tell you IBS & send you on your way to suffer for years. In my opinion EVERYONE with IBS symptoms, unexplained GERD, gall bladder disease, or any gastro. symptoms should be tested or Celiac & gluten intolerance.

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