Hello, I'm a 27 year old male who has been suffering with abdominal issues since the age of three. As the years went on it was noted by my pediatrician that I was suffering with stomach migraines (at the time) and was put on some type of migraleve. I do not know wether or not this drug was effective for me. As I enterned my early teens and was a round the age of fourteen, I was suffering with bouts of diarrhoea and pain in the pelvic region I was told by my Gp she believed I had IBS so she prescribed me with buscopan. As the years went on I was able to manage these symptoms and go about my day to day life. Going to school, meeting friends etc but I would have the bad days but those types of days were very, very rare to happen. As I reached the age of eighteen that's when my life had turned upside down..
I came home from my sisters engagement party and I went to bed as soon as I arrived home. In the early hours of the morning, I had the most violent stomach ache in my entire life and the most violent diarrhoea and as the year progressed these episodes of violent diarrhoea would continue. As anyone with chronic abdominal disease would know, having non-stop diarrhoea is bound to take it's toll emotionally and physically and I lost a serious amount of weight. I was nine stone.
I had a gastroscopy that showed I had inflammation in the esophagus and stomach and as well as the duodenum. I was put on antiacids to treat this but it doesn't help relieve the inflammation straight away.. as the years went on the stomach pain got worse as well as the diarrhoea and it was time for me to have a (2012) sigmoidoscopy. This operation showed no inflammation in the sigmoid part of the bowel, so I was referred back to my Gp and as the year went on (I'd say summer time) I remember having very dark and tarry diarrhoea. So I went to my Gp and he believed it was caused by my stomach and he referred me back to my gastroenterologist. The gastric-doctor had me do another gastroscopy that showed the same findings, the inflammation of the stomach and throat. But something new was discovered. Multiple peptic ulcers! So when I returned to the gastro-doctor he put me on PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitors) I saw a Chronic pain management specialist that told me my nerves have become somewhat sensitive because of my stomach problems, so now I find pain generally difficult and I should not, especially a man of my age! I was then put on Codeine paracetamol effervescent tablets by my Gp to help me manage the pain. The relief effectively lasted for a short period so my Gp prescribed me Tramadol and a nerve relaxers. I've tried all the conventional medicine that a "IBS" patient has to take and none of them have worked, at all.
I'll cut to the chase; I'm still suffering with the gastric pain and the pelvic pain (As the years have gone on) this constant pain is starting to take it's toll on my emotional state. I can't live a normal life like a young man should. I have to stay home because I'm too afraid to leave my house because of the pain and diarrhoea. The medicine I take has no response. I had to cancel a colonoscopy because the Move prep they gave me made me violently ill.
I'm at my wits end. Does anyone think I may have some type of IBD? My doctors seem to think most of this is contributed by my mental state because I suffer with Aspergers Syndrome.