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Been told IBS got second opinion and GP wasn't convinced

Hi all,

I'm a 26 y male in reasonable good health.

But the past month or so I've been getting right side abdominal pain which pretty much starts at the belly button and wraps around to the right flank and back. It's constant but more annoying than pain altho some food can cause it to get worse. Only other symptom is a change in bowel movements, I use to go a twice a day which was normal for me but now it's more little and often with my bowel movements taking on a more "thin" appearance. I've not changed my diet and don't smoke or drink. Blood and urine tests have all come back clear so GP is sending me for an ultrasound but waiting time is looking like another month. I'm pretty worried which is probably aggravating it. Appetite is the same and I don't seem to be losing any weigh but it's only been a month.

I'm convinced it's some kind of infection but not sure. Will an ultrasound pick up infections as well as malignant things such as bowel cancer (which is rare in my age bracket) but still really concerning. ?

Thanks

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Is there anything stressful (apart from this!) going on in your life at the moment or in recent years? X

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was just diagnosed stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. THAT is stressful

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I'm sorry to hear that. :(

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Work is stressful but have been there 3 years. been looking to swap jobs for awhile now. Altho I think that's the same story for a lot of people. Lol

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For months I have been experiencing nausea, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramping and flatulence. I'm having blood and stool tests. I've been searching for symptoms that match mine which adds to my Extreme Anxiety Disorder. I'm scared of it being cancer but I've been told IBS is common with anxiety. Can IBS cause Incontinence?

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I think constantly googling symptoms is the worst possible thing we can do lol from what I've learned about IBS incontinence is one of the symptoms. I use oil of peppermint tablets 100, which I bought on amazon for £3.98 they are amazing for things like nausea and bloating. I highly recommend them. Hope we get some answers soon. :)

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I've had 16 bowel movements, including diarrhoea in 7 days. Gp told me to take laxatives twice a day. I'm having blood and poo tests next. Whatever I have is interfering with my fight against Agoraphobia + other mental health issues.

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What laxatives are you using ? I was on laxido for 3 days which wasn't too hard on my stomach and did the trick. I've tried milk of magnesia and it was legit the worst thing I've ever done couldn't sleep with the pain it caused. A friend of mine gets panic attacks when in crowed places, it's pretty awful when it happens all I can do is try and reassure her she's fine until it passes. Is agoraphobia part of it as well? I've never heard the term before

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I'm seeing my g.p tomoro. I've been taking Laxido twice a day for 12 days now. It's working but I'm still having urges to open my bowels. I've been to number 2s 24 times since 19/7/17. I have Depression, Agoraphobia, Ocd, Extreme Anxiety Disorder and Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder so yes. I'm very anxious if I don't poo and very anxious if I do. I'm incontinent too. I only eat once a day cos I'm bloated and in pain.

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I was using laxido as well 2 in the morning and 2 at night for 3 days, thot they worked great. Took a day or too to start working but did the job. My Bowel movements are still not 100% but I definitely find eating something for breakfast helps a lot. I no very little with the different disorders you listed but I do understand they are probably making things 100 times worse. I'm sure the doctor will be able to recommend someone to talk to about your anxiety. My advice is to cut down on the laxido if you're having too many bowel movements and try and get some sleep as I'm assuming we are in the same time zone (UK) lol

All the best for your GP appointment tomorrow. Hope you get some answers.!

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Dear Clare,

Pooing 24 times in 17 days is really, really normal. Taking laxatives twice a day every day, however, is not. All medication of this sort takes time for the body to absorb and therefore action. Your GP knows you best, so talk to him/her about replacing some of those doses with food which you know has a similar effect. Everyone is different. For me personally, oranges, watercress or lemonade have similar effects and egg, bread and large chunks of meat all do the opposite.

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Thankyou. I only took laxatives twice daily when my gp told me to. I used to be borderline anorexic. Yes I still have a problem with food.

It takes five days before laxido takes affect.

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Hi Clare, I take Golden Linseeds, a round dessertspoonful soaked in about a 3rd of a mug of water and soaked for around a 1/2 an hour to an hour and then drink it, it works brilliantly for me. I buy organic as I feel much better buying it.

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I had a second Colonoscopy last year (I had one originally back in 1996/7 when I was first diagnosed with IBS) and it came back clear. I am a great believer, and so are a lot of people on here, that stress makes it so much worse.

I'm glad that you asked for a second opinion and are being sent for tests.

Best of luck

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I’m 21 and I’ve been having slight abdominal pain around the bottom of my rib cage, right in the centre, next to my stomach. This has been going on for around 2 months, I’ve been put on lanzoprozole 30mg which helped with boating and indigestion. I have also had blood tests done which came back normal, stool samples to check for blood which came back normal, a stool sample to check for inflammation which came back as positive, but the bacteria that is present is only very minimal and not worrying but worth checking out. I’ve not lost any weight, nor had difficulty swallowing, I also haven’t been sick or any other symptoms apart from discomfort, bloating and a gurgling sound coming from my stomach. The pain itself is very intermittent, if I’m not thinking about it, the pain goes if that makes sense. I have been referred to a gastroenterologist at the hospital for further testing to check if I have inflammation bowel disease.

I have suffered with IBS for around 7 years which was brought on by anxiety and I can say that it does cause people to go to the toilet a lot, before work I’m on the toilet at least 2 times as I’m that anxious about going, I don’t get pain with it anymore, I just get the sense of urgency to go to the toilet. This pain/discomfort more like, it may just be my IBS but we’ll wait and see how these further testing go st the hospital, I’m still waiting for my referral letter to come though, it should be down soon as if IBD is suspected, it is guidelines to see someone within 4 weeks

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