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Update on GI issues and worries
« on: May 15, 2014, 04:42:25 AM »
I finally scheduled an appointment with a GI specialist for the 27th of this month. That is a way off. What should I expect with him? Are there certain things he will ask that I should write down to tell him? What tests will he probably conduct?

Some days are better than others.

Lately I've been having nausea, that is new. I've also lost my appetite. That part really sucks. T_T I miss eating, and wanting to eat. I miss enjoying food. I've been having alternating diarrhea and constipation, but I'm better than I was.... And I've been having some gasiness and stomach discomfort, but not incredible pain.

I've been scared of having bowel cancer. My aunt had colon cancer, my grandmother had pancreas cancer. My other aunt had uterine cancer... I am scared of dying. Sometimes, like today, I feel like I am. I had to cancel awesome plans because I felt so crappy. T_T

The only tests I've had so far is an ultrasound by a gynecologist to rule out my ovaries. I was worried it was ovarian cancer before. It came out well. How much does that ultrasound see? They went over my lower abdominal area?

I just want to know I'm going to be okay. This has been three months of issues, increasing from a year of GI problems. I hope its just IBS. That would suck. But I'm only 23... I just want to begin my life. I'm so scared cancer is going to kill me. T_T

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Re: Update on GI issues and worries
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2014, 05:59:35 AM »
You are experiencing irritable bowel due to diet and lifestyle. When the bowels act up that means you need a change. Of course they are irritated if you do not eat right and exercise. I hear your story all the time. I work in GI. Your story is more and more common due to all the crap they put in food these days and the lifestyle of being on the computer or cellphone nonstop with no exercise and just sitting there. People think they eat healthy but they are not. It's not good. You should keep a food journal. Also, stretching is important as it relaxes the bowels and the entire body and provides oxygen to tissues. So, to eat healthy, you need to figure out how many calories you need per day based upon your metabolic level and divide that number by 6. So now you have 6 portion controlled meals per day. Only eat fresh, whole foods and keep it diverse. Avoid preservatives and boxed and canned food. Unless if it's pasta. That is the only boxed item free of preservatives but one serving is 2 ounces which is like 28 spiral noodles. Avoid splenda and anything with sucralose as that draws water into the colon then you get the diarrhea. Avoid high fructose corn syryp as that will dry out the stool and make you constipated. Avoid alcohol. If you do want alcohol drink lots of water inbetween drinks. Avoid food dyes. Coffee will give you loose stool, that is a no brainer. Sit upright after meals and chew food slowly. Red meat is hard to digest and really it should be avoided, just stick with chicken and turkey and eggs. Sugar free gum has xylitol in it and that will give you diarrhea and you can also get gas from it if you swallow a lot of air while you chew, also the bacterium in the intestines release gas as they ferment the artificial sugars. So basically try to eat whole fresh foods and your symptoms will improve.
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Re: Update on GI issues and worries
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2014, 10:41:15 PM »
You are experiencing irritable bowel due to diet and lifestyle. When the bowels act up that means you need a change. Of course they are irritated if you do not eat right and exercise. I hear your story all the time. I work in GI. Your story is more and more common due to all the crap they put in food these days and the lifestyle of being on the computer or cellphone nonstop with no exercise and just sitting there. People think they eat healthy but they are not. It's not good. You should keep a food journal. Also, stretching is important as it relaxes the bowels and the entire body and provides oxygen to tissues. So, to eat healthy, you need to figure out how many calories you need per day based upon your metabolic level and divide that number by 6. So now you have 6 portion controlled meals per day. Only eat fresh, whole foods and keep it diverse. Avoid preservatives and boxed and canned food. Unless if it's pasta. That is the only boxed item free of preservatives but one serving is 2 ounces which is like 28 spiral noodles. Avoid splenda and anything with sucralose as that draws water into the colon then you get the diarrhea. Avoid high fructose corn syryp as that will dry out the stool and make you constipated. Avoid alcohol. If you do want alcohol drink lots of water inbetween drinks. Avoid food dyes. Coffee will give you loose stool, that is a no brainer. Sit upright after meals and chew food slowly. Red meat is hard to digest and really it should be avoided, just stick with chicken and turkey and eggs. Sugar free gum has xylitol in it and that will give you diarrhea and you can also get gas from it if you swallow a lot of air while you chew, also the bacterium in the intestines release gas as they ferment the artificial sugars. So basically try to eat whole fresh foods and your symptoms will improve.


Thank you for all the information you have provided. To give you some back story, for about two years I've had excessive gas and some strange bowel movements. But in the last three months, I had back pain, pelvic pain, leg pain. I had tension and pain in my belly.

Now the pain, when it comes, is usually under my belly button. I have coming and going appetite. Coming and going energy. Lots of constipation. Bowel movements are pretty irregular. Lots of gas still. Frequent urination. Mucus in the stool. 20 pounds of weight gain in 2 years. ALOT of bloating. That's most of it.

I do eat very healthy, maybe not as well as I need to to heal my poor digestive tract. I drink kombucha once a week, tea about every day, I drink coffee very occasionally. I drink almost no alcohol. I don't eat red meat. I eat chicken, lots of fish, lots of smoothies, hemp seeds/chia seeds/ veggies/. Occasionally I eat fast food but I really can't digest it at all. I can't digest dairy. :( I still eat alot of gluten. I eat oatmeal, things like that. Salad occasionally. Things like that. Thanks to my hypochondria, I'm actually a health freak. When my body still acts up it makes me really upset. :(
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Re: Update on GI issues and worries
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 11:13:00 PM »
You symptoms sound a lot like mine. Does your pain go away after passing gas or going to the restroom? (Mine does.) I just saw a gastro specialist today and he scheduled a colonoscopy for May 27 for me. I've been dealing with mine for about 6 weeks and lost 10 pounds because of it so far. I don't think it's anything serious, but I need some answers.

Lately I've been having nausea, that is new. I've also lost my appetite. That part really sucks. T_T I miss eating, and wanting to eat. I miss enjoying food. I've been having alternating diarrhea and constipation, but I'm better than I was.... And I've been having some gasiness and stomach discomfort, but not incredible pain.

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