Gastroenterology Community
Distressing GI Issues for 9 weeks
About This Community:

This forum is for questions regarding Gastroenterology issues such as Acid Reflux (GERD), Barretts Esophagus, Colitis, Colon/Bowel Disorders, Crohn's Disease, Diverticulitis/ Diverticulosis, Digestive Disorders and Stomach Pain.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Distressing GI Issues for 9 weeks

Hello all!

This is a bit of rehash of symptoms I reported in the "Undiagnosed Symptoms Community" - there are some new developments and info, however.

For the last 2 months, I've had this vague tenderness/discomfort and bloating in left mid-lower abdomen. Unrelieved by bowl movements or OTC gas/antacid medication. At present, the sensation has a evolved to a palpable cramp, and I constantly sense this gassy, gurgling, churning sensation in lower gut. The sensation is more pronounced lying or sitting, and sleeping on my left side is very uncomfortable.

Stools have been an orange/brown, tawny color, rancid smelling, and ranged from extremely loose and "floaty" (not quite diarrhea, but damn close) to soft and formless. In the last week, I've experienced severe constipation, and I feel like I'm only emptying a fraction of my bowels each day, and the results are loose and mucous-y  (note: this did coincide with my taking an SSRI for the first time). No blood. The bloat or "fullness" makes me a bit nauseous from time to time, real or perceived.  

Alongside these symptoms, I've been experiencing a general flu-like malaise/fatigue (sans fever, headaches, chills) and all-over body aches for about 5 weeks. Is it reasonable to think that these symptoms are somehow related to the GI issues? Will this information be of use to GI specialist in diagnosing me?

My PCP did a full blood panel: everything looks great, except Vitamin D levels were low. I've been advised to take 1000 units of Vitamin D daily to help with malaise and fatigue. I'm seeing a gastroenterologist soon, and also have a abdominal ultrasound scheduled next week. I just have this nagging feeling that Vitamin D is not culprit.

Sound like anything familiar? IBS, mild colitis? Maybe some autoimmune, as by body recoils from all the stress (which has been ample in the time frame noted.)

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Bump
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Some of what you're describing - the orange color, rancid odor - sounds a bit like fat malabsorption. Have you had any stool testing done for that issue? It can result from problems due to the pancreas or in cases of celiac disease. You may want to discuss it further with your doc. If you consider doing a blood test to check for celiac, make sure to do IgA/IgG gliadin, total IgA, and transglutaminase. Body aches and fatigue can accompany celiac issues or other food intolerance issues.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Update: I've lost 6-7 Ibs in the last 8 days. Granted, my appetite is not all there (I've been consuming daily 700-900 calories less than usual). The thought of putting food in my stomach in light of all these GI problems makes me queasy....
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Gastroenterology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Digestive Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
CalGal
CA
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
remar
st. louis, MO
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Morecambe
Weybridge, United Kingdom
168348_tn?1379360675
Blank
ChitChatNine
974371_tn?1364538460
Blank
Margot49
Central Valley, CA
Avatar_n_tn
Blank
cnoevl21