Well, been a while since I've been here. I thought all this HA nonsense was behind me but it appears it decided one last fight was in order! Anyways, I was curious about I.B.S. or other more sinister issues. This is a bit of a read so bare with me. I try to find humor in all this so my apologies if you get offended.
I was DX'ed back in 2008 with gastritis and full blown GERD. I asked about IBS then and the doctor said I very well could have it but he didn't want to send me through more anxiety inducing tests when he thought my anxiety was causing everything but the GERD (literally, everyone in my immediate family has GERD). Told me to relax or I'd be dead by 40 (I had just turned 32 then). I still get the flare ups of GERD and the gastritis. I avoid the triggers I know will aggravate things (chicken, tomatoes, certain nuts, extremely greasy food, alcohol, etc.) but the HA flares up and back to square one despite diet change.
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Well, last Thursday, I felt like my GERD was acting up (that burning, gnawing sensation in the stomach and he golf ball in the throat). Then I felt like I had to make #2. I had a feeling it would a real loose one but it seemed fairly solid but it did "fall apart" in the water. I then noticed I had this feeling like I didn't finish up business but other than some gas, nothing. I went to a benefit dinner that night and on the menu was brown beans with cornbread. Normally, beans cause no issue. Well, Friday, I woke up and felt some pressure in my backside (like I had to poo). I make my way to the toilet and other than a toot, nothing. As the afternoon went on, the feeling was still there and I went back. Had some action this time but noticed it was less compacted than normal. Started freaking and worrying. Couple hours later, the gates opened and spewed forth an awful water/stool combo that stunk bad enough to gag the dog. Needless to say, straight panic set in. By Saturday, I just felt horrible despite no fever, no blood, the stool trying to form something solid but still felt like I was going to have the wet poops. Sunday, I noticed this gargle in the lower part of my ab area. Like water is moving through. Yesterday, had some toots and made a pretty solid #2....until I saw what looked like mucus. I've had the mucus before because of the hemmies. Today, still ab discomfort, feel like I got to poo, poo is "flaky", and my rear feels like somebody is trying to shove a hot poker up there.
I've just turned 37, worried to death about the big C due to weird poo, I sit for LONG periods of time....mostly hunched forward or bent at the midsection because of the way some genius sit this whole computer up (I do get up to stretch every hour because of blood clot fears), stressed and thinking about this poop thing almost nonstop since Thursday (I mean literally, wake up and first thing on my mind and that goes on till my head hits the pillow and its the last thought I think of), dealing with the cat dying (that was a couple weeks ago so not for sure if that is still stressing me), have full blown GERD and gastritis, funny sounds in belly and lower guts, no blood except some on the T.P, have both internal and external hemmies (sometimes REAL bad flares), feel like I have to poo alot and it will be of the wet variety but usually nothing comes out, had a terrible diet since Wednesday (wife was gone so I ate at my parents or wherever...had kielbasa that night, beans Thursday, nasty pizza Friday, hot dogs Saturday, a steak Sunday but other than a small dinner, haven't really ate anything), zero history of colorectal cancers in any family member that I'm aware of (going back to my great-great grandparents), constantly clinching/tightening my lower nether region because a fear of diarrhea, and did I mention this is all I think about while I'm awake (and I had a dream about it last night so it's now on my mind 24 hours a day).
Is this typical I.B.S./HA/stress/anxiety or should I start back on making those payments to Our Sister of Perpetual Sorrow cemetery?