doctors don't know why there's blood and sickness
My boyfriend oftwo years has been having problems with his bowels and colon for most of his life. He goes to the bathroom at least four times a day, and complains about blood in his stool. When he first raised the issue with his doctor he was told he was lactose intolerant. He stopped consuming anything with lactose in it, but to no avail -- he was still having the same problem.
Each flare-up lasts for weeks or months at a time, to the point that he can barely eat anything. He has had numerous colonoscopies and tests of that nature, all coming up clear. Last March he became very ill with high fevers and weakness -- he could not eat and practically lived in the bathroom. Finally, after four-and-a-half weeks and twenty-five pounds lighter, he began to feel better. The doctors checked his blood and his stool and found nothing. They then tested him for leukemia but was cleared. They told him to take irons pills because he is severely anemic as well.
He has an uncle who was just diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, but the doctors assured him that is not what he has. We are all very worried about him because he is growing worse and worse. If you can PLEASE HELP US, I would really appreciate any answers you can provide.
Boyfriend is on the right track by having already seen a doctor about his problems, but he needs to be encouraged to continue seeking treatment until a cause for his problem is discovered, addressed and remedied. Apparently lactose intolerance has been ruled out as the culprit, but how about other food allergies such as wheat? He could try a gluten free diet for a while to see if celiac disease could be the cause of his troubles.
Keeping a very detailed intake and output diary for several weeks could be very beneficial in finding a "trigger" or some other clue. Imbalances and/or deficiencies in something may not be obvious to you, but careful review by a medical professional such as a nutritionist or doctor could reveal a deficiency in a particular vitamin or mineral or imbalance or lack of some vital element such as water or fiber.
Probiotic products like the fortified yogurt and cheeses might be beneficial in colonizing his intestines with something he may be lacking in or missing altogether. The most important thing however is to make sure he consumes enough water and fiber to promote good pooping health basics.
Thanks for asking Motherload!
Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.