Hi, I am 30, chronic constipation since I was 13 undiagnosed, lately I have weakness feeling all over especially in back of hamstrings, burning nerve pain legs/ back sometimes arms/ tingling in spine and face, short memory problems, I read Ibs and bit b12 deficiency are linked, does that sound possible
Before I can make any useful comments I need to know a couple things.
1. Medical history in a capsule including clarification in your reference to constipation : "chronic constipation since I was 13 undiagnosed"
Does this mean you have had this checked and there was no diagnosis,
or you never had this checked by a doctor.
What have you done to try to correct this, or what therapy/treatment was offered if and when you went to see a doctor.
Do you have suspected IBSC?
2. When you have low gastric acid levels or Pernicious anemia , there's a good chance that you have a insufficiency in Intrinsic Factor, leading to a loss of the ability to absorb B12, resulting in a deficiency of B12.
Is this what you are referring to?
IBS and low B12 could also be sharing similar symptoms, but a direct link is difficult to establish, to my opinion.
Please let me know, as I believe there are a few things you can do to improve your condition.
Note that this is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.
1. When I was a young teenager, GP / Hospital did some investigation into the chronic constipation but never found anything - I have had to live with this constipation since forever, When I see GP they generally put me on fybogel or lactose, but this does not really work so much anymore. Generally my levels of constipation seems to fluctuate over the year (from slightly constipated to extremely constipated) and I have never understood what effects / causes, I eat a healthy diet including lots of fruit / vedge etc and drink lots of water, stools are typicaly hard. It would be normal for me to use the toilet once a day, I nearly always (90%) pass some fresh blood, in the last year bowel movement frequency has slowed slightly (typically once every 2 days, meaning more constipation), in last year (never before) have noticed some yellow mucus coating on stools (happens every time). And hours after when I wipe again, tissue is wet coated with a yellow colour
About 3/4 months ago started feeling lots of wrong nerve symptoms including burning pain in spine at level with bottom rib cage - this seems to happen if I do any kind of repeated lifting / bending, since then I feel really weak in both legs, burning pain in back of hamstrings sometimes wrists, weak in arms sometimes (less common), tingling in face /lips / nose (less common), strange sharp pain on top of head (occurs every day maybe 10mins - hours), also a very great deal of dark floaters in both my eyes occurs daily
2. Yes as you describe, I was wondering if gut problem was likely leading to lower B12 absorption.
I am very interested to hear any further thoughts,
It seems that you have IBSC, not an official medical diagnosis, but rather
on the basis of exclusion of other specific conditions.
It really boils down to Gut Dysbiosis, the foundation of most disease processes.
The sequence goes something like this: gut dysbiosis-leaky gut syndrome-
malabsorption-malnutrition-deficiencies( nutritional, hormonal, neurotransmitter etc)-allergies-autoimmune like responses- systemic conditions affecting multiple systems and organs. There are many triggers,causative and contributing factors such as Candida, pathogenic infections, parasites, heavy metals and toxins, stress, anxiety and so on so forth.
When we explore all the parts of this sequence from the start as we follow it and correct the imbalances and insufficiencies as move along the pathway , the chances of recovery are greater, provided that there`s no permanent damage, and simultaneously address any causative, contributing and triggering factors.
As you can tell, the conventional medical model, does not approach anything in this manner. It is definately a challenge, for both patients and medical professionals.
Honestly, from my point of view and from what I know, I would consult a reputable Holistic or Naturopathic Doctor, if money is not a big issue.
I don`t know enough about your exact symptoms, history, lifestyle, habits,
diet, fitness levels, psychology,emotions, etc. to be able to give you specific advice, however if you`re interested in some fundamental safe
holistic recommendations, I`ll be more than glad to send them to you.
Note again that this is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.
Thanks for the comments, it is appreciated, I have been considering such an approach suggested - have even already discussed with a professional, i have a neurology appointment in a couple weeks if they don't find anything, think I will look seriously at the route you suggest
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