Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

IBS

FortKnox (169099) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 33

If you are squeamish, you prolly shouldn't read this.If you are squeamish, you prolly shouldn't read this.

I've had stomach problems ever since college. In High School, I could eat anything without duress, but once college hit, it all came crashing down. Indigestion, and other stomach problems (I won't gross you out on the details). It happened every month or so, so it was bearable. But the past month and a half its been getting much much worse. I'm afraid to go to bed on an empty stomach or a full stomach cause the amount of pain and stuff that's involved.

Eventually my wife got fed up with me whining, so she forced me to go to the doctor. Went yesterday. I'm officially diagnosted with Iritable Bowel Syndrome.
Chalk that up, and it looks like:
1 Mental Neurosis (ADD)
1 Biological Syndrom (IBS)
Looks like I'll have to watch my stress level and try various things to help calm myself down (fiber supplements and stuff). It'll never go away, apparently, but at least I can make it hurt less and stuff.

So, if you made it all the way here, you either have something similar, or are VERY VERY bored. So tell me about it.

cancel ×

33 comments

chalk me up as very very bored (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 10 years ago | (#8669759)

but the wife does have similiar symptoms.

I mean, she's a nut, and has a iffy stomach.

So, I feel your pain. Or I bet she does.

Either way, here's to you never getting the 15 seconds it took to read this back...since I can't get my 30 seconds back from you ;)

And now for the serious part:

Uh, ADD can cause stomach issues?

Re:chalk me up as very very bored (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8670254)

ADD and IBS are mutually exclusive.

I just included it to have a running total of whats wrong with me that I can't fix.

Re:chalk me up as very very bored (1)

einstein (10761) | more than 10 years ago | (#8670676)

I believe you are missing a not in there somewhere. I hope so, anyway, or you'd be a case for textbook studies

I have it too (1)

ellem (147712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8669786)

but I like farting

Re:I have it too (1)

Organized Konfusion (700770) | more than 10 years ago | (#8673220)

I think you have irritating bowel syndrome.

yup (2, Interesting)

Blackneto (516458) | more than 10 years ago | (#8669866)

been dealing with that for about 10 years.
just a note.
Baby wipes are cheaper and smell nicer than Tucks.

Dude... (1)

DaytonCIM (100144) | more than 10 years ago | (#8669875)

No Tommy Burgers [originaltommys.com] for you!

I think I need something for stress... maybe a glass of this [johnniewalker.com] ?

Re:Dude... (1)

Safety Cap (253500) | more than 10 years ago | (#8672644)

If you have to give up tommy's burgers and chili fries [dyndns.dk] , then LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING.

Re:Dude... (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8673731)

If you can still eat In-N-Out, life is *definitely* worth living. :)

Welcome to the club. (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8670162)

Ulcerative Colitis here, diagnosed in '94. Almost died in '95 (well, was VERY anemic). Got better (or on the road to better) that same year. Still dealing with it today.

There are others here with similar things. I won't out them, though. I'll let them do it on their own.

So...could be better, and could be worse. Just like life, day in and day out. I used to HATE onions as a kid, but liked onion rings. As I grew older, I grew to like onions, especially on hot dogs. Especially on hot dogs with mustard. Especially on hot dogs with mustard and bacon. Now, onions KILL me. Actually, it's the "insoluble fiber", like celery strings, popcorn husks, etc. non-digestibles that most humans pass through just fine. I get tore up from the inside. And then there's the spicy stuff. And the alcohol. And. And. And.

Welcome to the club. It's not fun here, but it's here, and we're alive.

Dude! A fellow sufferer (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 10 years ago | (#8671629)

Ulcerative Colitis here, diagnosed in '94.

I was diagnosed with that, too -- in 1980 or so -- then later re-diagnosed with Crohn's disease (very similar to UC). Been operated more times than I can remember. Even spent our "honeymoon" in the hospital (wheeeee!).

In fact, FK's symptoms immediately made me think of UC or Crohn's.

I have the same diet problems -- I love popcorn and nuts, but will regret it if I eat any (it was torture growing up -- we had a nut roasting plant nearby, and it fairly reeked of roasted nuts all the time). Technically I'm not supposed to eat spicy food, but I just can't resist...vindaloo curry, anyone? ;-)

Cheers,

Ethelred

Re:Dude! A fellow sufferer (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8672073)

I was going to JE about it a while back, sort of a "stand up and be counted" thing. Got me thinking tho, how many people with GI diseases choose computer careers because they are somewhat stationary and close to "facilities", WC's and the like. It didn't play that way for me at first, but now it does. Couldn't do sales again. All the sales calls and traveling - no way.

And re: the spicy foods - just had me a burrito from Qdoba [qdoba.com] . Ground sirloin, pinto and guac with a side of red salsa, if you must know. :)

What Sam said but with bells on... (1)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#8672035)

Diagnosed with what turned out to be chronic UC in mid 1997, was treated by prescription (six different drugs simultaneously, up to 30 tablets a day) for 18 months during which time my condition detoriorated and my UC got increasingly more severe.

Towards the end of that 18 months, my life consisted of being physically exhausted to the point where the only four things that I did were lie/sleep in bed, eat next to nothing (just watermelon for about two weeks if I remember correctly), puke up and go to the bathroom.

In late 1998 I had an ileostomy, which took care of most things, albeit in the most drastic of ways. The decision to have the operation was a no-brainer (have the op or die isn't much of a choice) but in many ways it was still the hardest decision of my life.

In mid 2001 I had a second operation, to give me an internal pouch, which freed me from the constraints associated with having a stoma bag. I'd recommend the procedure it to anyone who's had an ileostomy, but life with an internal pouch is still nowhere as easy as life with a fully-working and healthy digestive system.

I've had the best medical care in the world throughout my time (this is no exaggeration: my surgeon for my first op was a colleague and student of the best man in the field, and my surgeon for my second op was the best man in the field, the very man who invented the internal pouch procedure) but I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

Some free advice off the top of my head:* eat organic food where possible to avoid food additives, avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague (they cause intestinal/bowel problems and flare-ups for IBS/IBD) and cut out as much stress as possible (especially at work).

Above all, take care of yourself, because if you won't nobody will. And good luck.

(* I gave Sam a whole load a while back; perhaps he or someone with a subscription can find it for you.)

(P.S. for Sam: Thanks for being considerate enough to let everyone tell their own tale of woe. I'd buy you an imaginary beer for being such a nice guy but, given your circumstances, I don't think that would be the most appropriate gesture.)

Re:What Sam said but with bells on... (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8673692)

(P.S. for Sam: Thanks for being considerate enough to let everyone tell their own tale of woe. I'd buy you an imaginary beer for being such a nice guy but, given your circumstances, I don't think that would be the most appropriate gesture.)

Well, I had trouble remembering how to spell your "handle" because I was going to mention you, but also thought about how personal/private of a thing it is. You and I have discussed it, but never as the subject of a JE. And I agree, it's not something I would wish on anyone. My wife is extraordinarily patient. It's interesting to see my kids grow up with a daddy that has to use the bathroom all the time. And I don't know about you, but I'd never heard of UC until I got it. I imagine there's lots of health conditions like that out there.

And *you* can't drink beer, can you? 'Cuz I've been struggling with the realisation that I should probably just flat cut out all alcohol, and it's killing me. I love the drink. :)

Re:What Sam said but with bells on... (1)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#8674642)

Actually, I can drink alcohol. Having a beer or two or three (or even half a dozen probably) doesn't seem to do me any harm now because virtually all the diseased tissue is gone. In fact, there's nothing I can't eat or drink at all, although some foods (such as spicy indian meals) come with higher prices than others.

But, as I've no doubt illustrated, there's a whole lot of pain between where you are now (or where I was then) and where I am today, so I don't recommend putting yourself (and your family) through all those hoops just so that you can enjoy a beer without suffering the consequences.

One thing's for certain: UC and its aftermath have completely changed my life, and not just health-wise. In many ways I feel like I've lost six or seven years of my prime, and that I'm only just beginning to live my life again.

That's why I refuse to take anything for granted, especially the pleasures of life, from now till the day I die.

Re:What Sam said but with bells on... (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8677029)

That's why I refuse to take anything for granted, especially the pleasures of life, from now till the day I die.

100% agreed. Nothing more to say. :)

Re:What Sam said but with bells on... (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8693775)

Hey, do you know anything about SCD [scdiet.org] ? It sounds good, but I'm just learning about it and don't know if someone who's further down the road has any cons or anything about it.

Start keeping notes on what you ingest. (2, Insightful)

Interrobang (245315) | more than 10 years ago | (#8670380)

Start looking for correlations between attacks and various foods, drinks, and other substances (dyes, additives, preservatives) you've ingested. One thing I've noticed is that a lot of IBS sufferers compound the problem with undiagnosed/untreated food sensitivities. YMMV, but the Usual Suspects are: dairy, gluten, nightshade (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers), sulfides (onions, garlic), eggs, glutamates or iodine (MSG, seafood, seaweed), and various of the dyes and preservatives. You may (perhaps not, but...) be able to reduce your symptoms just by changing your diet somewhat.

Since you already have ADD (and probably migraine, too, right?), and since I've noticed that these things often come in clusters, I would be absolutely unsurprised to find out that you have a food sensitivity/allergy/intolerance of some sort.

Good luck!

Re:Start keeping notes on what you ingest. (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8670593)

Actually, I've been doing this for a while (well, not on paper), and I have been completely unable to pinpoint it. The only thing I definately knows keys it off is stress.

Re:Start keeping notes on what you ingest. (1)

Zork the Almighty (599344) | more than 10 years ago | (#8674316)

My wife was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, which is a weakly inherited genetic allergy to wheat and gluten. Prior to her being diagnosed, she had many of your symptoms and everyone (doctors included) thought it was stress related. Since wheat an additive in all sorts of products, it was impossible to trace. You should definitely consider getting tested for it, it's only a simple blood test.

celiac (2, Informative)

SolemnDragon (593956) | more than 10 years ago | (#8680356)

I'm your expert. Seriously, i've got it and i've got links to everything on the planet regarding it.

Celiac is inherited but consists of a couple of different genes. One is for an extremely abundant immune system, the other is the weakness that prevents digestion of the gluten by way of a missing enzyme- and then the part that IDs it as an attacker kicks in and we have celiac. They're working on the enzyme part right now out in the midwest, among other places.

Also: Don't just get the blood test. Really. Try a three-week (at least) elimination diet, and i'm available by email or IM to go over the specifics, including the list of what's still safe.

Zork, for your wife: Where to find the company info, [delphiforums.com] to contact various companies and start building up your safe list database. There are a heck of a lot of things that she can still have but doesn't know about because the morons don't label their products with he words gluten-free. Vlasic pickles and tootsie rolls among them.

And as for you, upset-tummy-boy, YOU NEED TO TEST FOR CELIAC. i know a number of men who've got it, and it can spare you a whole lot o' upset to know what's going on. (Alcohol in the form of beer will upset your bowel terribly if you've got this, too, but do you really want to feel better?) Blood test, diet elimination test, maybe even a biopsy, and know for sure.

Zork, say the word and i'll start posting or sending links.

Re:celiac (1)

Zork the Almighty (599344) | more than 10 years ago | (#8684447)

Thanks for the generous offer of help, but we've done lots of researching already and I think we've pretty much got things figured out. About the only thing I have not been able to find locally is condensed mushroom soup in a can. I really appreciate your offer though.

Bored? (2, Interesting)

Otter (3800) | more than 10 years ago | (#8670443)

So, if you made it all the way here, you either have something similar, or are VERY VERY bored. So tell me about it.

Well, bored is a given but I read it through because I have coworkers who are studying the genetics of IBD. If it's any consolation, help is on the way -- if you can hang on for a few years.

Eh, whatever (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 10 years ago | (#8670524)

IBS is one of the milder things that has been discussed at the dinner table growing up in a family with a doctor.

I was reading the JE looking for your thoughts on Bubba the football player getting bounced last night.

Re:Eh, whatever (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8671011)

Bubba? Football Player? Bounced?

Did I miss something about football (say it ain't so!)?

add (1)

lab16 (416283) | more than 10 years ago | (#8671220)

So, if you made it all the way here, you either have something similar,

Well, I don't have IBS, but I have been diagnosed with ADD.
I have been feeling sick and having stomach problems recently though. Probably because I only recently started back on the ADD medication, and my body is still trying to adapt.

Re:add (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8671258)

Yeah, ritalin and the like can wreak havoc on your system. I only took it through college (was diagnosted as an adult), and stopped afterward.

Re:add (1)

lab16 (416283) | more than 10 years ago | (#8671956)

I used to be on ritalin as a kid, but when I switched schools, they "weened" me off of it. At the new school I was able perform well enough without it (got the best grade in the entire high school of about 40 kids; and yes, it was a small school).

When I switched to college, I didn't do so well so a docter put me back on a ritalin type drug (concerta?). But that didn't work, so he switched me to stratera, whiched worked, but then I ran out. So eventually I went out and got some more, but it had been some time since I was on it, so now my body is trying to adapt to these 40mg doses.

Yes I have the problem that you speak of (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8672991)

So, if you made it all the way here, you either have something similar, or are VERY VERY bored. So tell me about it.

Yes, I sympathize, because it has been a slow day.

One of these days, I will post a journal about how very very bored I am. At the end, I'll say: "If you made it this far, you either have similar boredom, or you have VERY VERY irritable bowels."

Barrett's Esophagus here... (1)

arb (452787) | more than 10 years ago | (#8673020)

Other end of the tract.

Severely ulcerated esophagus - first diagnosed about 4 years ago. So long as I keep on my medication (Losec) and steer clear of acidic or hot foods (no more hot curries or spicy mexican food) I am fine. Diet and lifestyle changes aren't that bad and things are well under control. My risk of this turning into cancer has been downgraded from "quite likely in 5-7 years" to "probably in 15 to 20 years".

IBS sucks - I'm sorry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8673882)

When it hits it really messes up your life. There's only one thing that takes the cramps away: marijuana. Marijuana works very well, no side effects (during and after dosing like everything else I've been prescribed) and the safest.

Good Luck.

The second option.. (1)

Deamos (108051) | more than 10 years ago | (#8680764)

I am fairly bored and suddenly stressed at the same time.

Lesse, yesterday I found out my best friends grandmother passed away, and he's being very stoic right now since the whole thing seems to be a fiasco in his family though I can tell it is bothering him in at least some way.

This morning I got some very unsettling news regarding my place of employment. Yet another stumbling block for us to overcome, but significant enough to increase my stress level.

So what I am doing is looking for something, anything really to take my mind off of what its chewing on right now.

To top it all off I have been at work for five hours already and may be here another four, maybe more.

To go along with your topic, the only time I seem to have big stomach issues now is if I eat too many carbs. New development since I went on a Low Carb diet. (atkins)

I wonder if I should skip what I was supposed to do tonight and go directly to drinking when I get home from work. Hmm.

Is it time to go home yet?

I'm sad to hear that. No, I'm not bored. [nt] (1)

eugene ts wong (231154) | more than 10 years ago | (#8699216)

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...