I've been to two doctors now, and both have given me literature, and told me I have IBS. And I've read everything they have given me, and it just feels wrong. I am 18 years old. I have to leave school because of the pain, and my symptoms. I know alot of people are just going to say to go with my doctor's diagnoses...but it...just feels so wrong.
[b]constant abdominal pain[/b]
-all over, but focused on the lower part of my abdomin down the sides, sometimes one side is worse, sometimes the
other usually depended on my position
-the pain only goes away when I sleep
-it is generally better when I am lying down
-pain killers don't help
-started about 2 months ago
[b]almost constant nausea[/b]
-again, medication doesn't help
-it gets so bad I can't move
-not very often
-pain isn't any worse than usual
-vomited a lot for no reason over the years, more than the average person. several occasions concerned about
pregnancy, because it would happen every morning for a few weeks
-on one recent occasion, I vomited about 1/2 a cup of blood
-first time for me (blood) there was no straining, only the second time i threw up on that occasion
-blood was bright red
-no matter how much/how little I sleep
-worsened about 2 months ago
-so hard to fall asleep
-some days not until 5 am, even 8 am earlier this week
-blood in stool about 50% of the time
-occasionally, after several consecutive bowel movements the stool will be 90%+ blood
-one incident happened right before the vomiting blood incident, the last 3 bowel movements were 90%+ bright red
-i was checked by the doctor, there were no external tears or anything like that
-uncommon, but has happened in the last 2 months
-was unable to have a bowel movement for about a week, then I did which lead to the blood in vomit incident, and
the blood in stool incident which happened the same night
-frequently different consistency
-usually orange/yellow in colour
-has been almost like mucus in it
-often completely unformed, powdery/liquid
I have always had a sensitive stomach, but the last 2 months have been unbearable. I have had problems with my menstrual cycle since I started it 5 years ago, and now skip periods with my birth control because I cannot afford to be in bed a week out of each month. I have been battling depression and anxiety for about 6 years now.
I have had the following tests (in order)
[b]Blood work:[/b] came back normal
[b]Ultrasound:[/b] (everything but internal) came back normal
[b]Allergy testing:[/b] only a sensitivity to milk, which I already knew
[b]Urine test:[/b] normal, negative for pregnancy
[b]Upper GI study:[/b] results came back normal
[b]FULL blood workup:[/b] low B12
[b]Stool test:[/b] unknown
[b]Blood Pressure:[/b] low
No ulcers, no celiac disease, nothing obvious.
During all this, I have been on Welbutran (antidepressant) and Yazmin (birth control). Since starting I have tried 2 different antacids (for ulcers) neither had any effect. Buscopan had no effect. Just started on Dicetel, too early to tell.
Everything I've read lists foods that cause flare ups:
I ingest minimal to no caffeine (no pop, no coffee, no tea).
I do not eat spicy food.
Minimal dairy products.
Little processed food.
Very rarely have alcohol, never caused a problem when I have.
Red meat is infrequent.
Everything I eat upsets my stomach. The thing that upsets it the least, is fast food of all things!
I think I eat healthier than a lot of people my age.
One thing that really jumps out at me is how little food my stomach can hold. I've never been big on eating huge amounts, I've always maintained a fairly healthy weight (never over 135ish, at 5'6"). I used to be able to eat a normal meal and feel comfortably full.
For about 3 months now I know how people who have had gastric bypass feel! I can eat less than half of what I used to be able to eat before I feel full. My appetite has been greatly reduced, most days I only eat because I know I have to. I also maintained a steady weight of 135 for a long time (I gained the weight from another medication) and recently lost 10 pounds.
I don't exercise more than walking, because I'm too tired for that most of the time.
I know I put a lot of information here, and I'm sure I've forgotten things...but I need help. I'm 18, I have to drop out of University...I don't want to have another problem I will have to live with for the rest of my life. I already deal with my depression, anxiety and a headache 24/7 (had all the tests for that, I'm just one of those unlucky individuals who has to deal. no treatment, because there is no diagnosis).
I just want help...I don't know how long I can live like this...I'm so tired. I hope someone here has some advice...