None of us here will be able to diagnose you. What I would suggest is to journal--write down everytthing you're eating, the time that you eat, and when you have the diarrhea. Also note the color of the diarrhea. If there's any 'solid' pieces--notate color/shape of that as well.
Make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will ask what you've been eating, what symptoms you've been having--and he/she will ask you the color/shape/consistancy of your stool--the journal will really help. He will also want to know if you've done any international travel as well.
Your doctor will have you do a myriad of tests, including blood tests, stool tests, and other more intensive tests like colonoscopy, endoscopy, and others if the blood/stool tests come out negative.
You are doing more than what most people are willing to do. Just continue to be there by her side, continue with the back massages, and so on.
I've been struggling with my condition for the past 4 years...it has gotten so bad and such that I focus on the pain/symptoms so much that I can't 'see' or 'feel' the support/love that my friends/family show me...only when I "look back"--I can see/know that support. So just continue doing what you are doing....your girlfriend's at a spot where all she can see/feel is the pain. Just continue voicing your concern/love for her and let your actions show it. Deep down, she is thankful for your support/love...even though she can't express it or acutely aware of that at this moment.
She needs to get her focus off the pain/symptoms--the focus on the pain/symptoms can actually aggrivate the condition, as it does mind.
It is important that she does go to counseling...they have the training/techniques/etc. to help her deal with the pain/symptoms/etc. It has helped me a lot.
It's great for you to be supportive and loving of her--and helping her deal with her condition...but you can only do so much. It will become a big strain on your relationship (as well as her other relationships--such as with friends or family) if she doesn't go to counseling.
Continue to support/love her all you can...but I would get her to counseling and also go back to the doctor (or find another) and look into other conditions that it may be.
If your girlfriend has a Faith (like Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.) she can can get help thru her church/synagogue/temple/etc. too.
You are doing more than the 'usual' and your girlfriend is lucky/blessed to have someone like you in her life.
One thing a counselor will tell her is to look at today as 'today' and not worry about 'tomorrow'--to take it one day at a time. That is helpful for both the person in pain and the person who supports.
Most of us have had to go to multiple doctors to get an accurate diagnosis. "IBS" is often diagnosed as a catch-all dianosis...there are many out there walking around with IBS when they really have something else.
You need to go to a GI specialist. He should have done all kinds of tests on you--including bloodwork, fecal tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, upper GI, and ultrasound (of your upper abdomen area). If all these tests come out 'negative'--then your GI (if he's a good one), will do further tests on you...including using a pill cam, food allergy testing, and other more specific tests narrowing in on your digestive system.
If your doctor hasn't done these...and won't...you need to go to another doctor. It's a pain in the butt (literally and figuratively), but it's a struggle we all have to go thru.
My doctor has prescribed this for me to deal with the cramps and such. I've been on it for 6 weeks...I don't notice anything different as far as change in bowel movements/diarrhea/etc. I have noticed that I am more 'emotional', and have moments of light-headedness/dizzyness.
I have an appointment with my doctor next week and am going to discuss this with him.
Have any of you tried this medication? Does it take more than 6 weeks of being on this medication to see its benefits?
I know how much fun travel is with IBS...I work for an airline and I thought my life was 'over' when I developed it. I hardly travel anymore--only to places where I have family/friends. I have discovered Cruising--going on a cruise is a great vacation cause on the cruiseship--you have your cabin with a bathroom, as well as bathrooms thruout the ship, and then at the ports...you can decide to either stay on board or go off if you're feeling up to it. I "worry" the most when I'm on roadtrips--the drive from Tucson to Phoenix is very rare for me to do...but when I travel, regardless of method, I really restrict my diet and I don't eat on the actual day of travel--when I don't have much food in my system--it helps ease the fear a bit. I do bring books/mp3/etc. to get my mind off the 'topic'. You should tell your boyfriend about your ibs...not so much in 'detail' but enough where he will be supportive of you--like he can help you get your mind off the 'subject'.View Thread
You know I had to go thru 7 or 8 doctors before I found one who didn't pass me off as having IBS when the 'standard' tests have all come out negative.
This is what my GI tells me--most gastroenterologists, including himself--are trained to look at the colon and the stomach. When all the tests (i.e. colonoscopy, stool tests, blood tests, etc.) come out negative, then they say you have IBS and then you get treated for the symptoms. However, most of the issues originate in the small intestine...that the small intestines need to be examined.
My doctor knows the insurance game--the tests/exams to look at the small intestines--insurance won't approve of right after the bat--so my new doctor has me repeating most of these tests--including endoscopy and colonoscopy--and then he can get the insurance to cover the other exams.
So you got to keep looking. Also ask your friends. If you go to church/temple/synagogue/etc.--ask people you see there for recommendations. You got to keep searching until you find the right one.
I highly recommend you to go to a different doctor. My current doctor (5th one) told me that most doctors find the 'subject' of 'diarrhea' as 'boring' and don't really want to spend much time with it--if you're lucky, they'll run blood/stool tests and if that comes out negative, they'll diagnose you with IBS and send you on your merry way.
"IBS" is the catch-all diagnosis for when tests for parasites/celiac/crohns/colitis/diverticulitis/etc come out negative.
You should be having these tests--colonoscopy, blood tests, stool tests, ultrasound (of abdomin area), pill-cam, among others to diagnose it properly.
Keep on searching! We're there with you in spirit!View Thread
Does/Did anyone have problems with diarrhea, and then, when gall bladder taken out, that was the end of the diarrhea?
An ultrasound shows that I have gallstones and doctor wants to take gallbladder out. Everything I've read indicates that diarrhea becomes a problem with it taken out--and I already suffer enough with diarrhea that I don't want to ask for more.