I have been dealing with bowel issues since the summer of 2010. I went from totally normal to a complete mess with bowel movements. I am 33 years old.
My signs/symptoms: Diarrhea - 3 to 7 watery stools some days. Urgent need to use the bathroom. Sometimes after I eat I only have minutes to make it to the toilet. A lot of times it is almost explosive. When this happens I usually have 2 - 3 more episodes like this in a couple hours till it stops. Pencil like stools - consistency of toothpaste. Undigested food is common. Stools are usually brown or green in color Sometimes have burning watery bowel movements. Gas/Bloating.
I never have any pain from these symptoms. Sometimes I will go a few days to up to a week with normal bathroom signs and then all of the sudden it hits me. My mom has IBS (constipation) and has just been diagnosed with diverticulitis after spending several days in the hospital.
I also wonder if my GERD diagnosis could actually be gall bladder issues that cause digestive/bathroom issues.
This is such an embarrassing subject and I don't have family and friends to discuss it with so I feel as if I am the only one experiencing these things.
I do suffer from health anxieties so these problems don't help that out any. The pencil like stools automatically make me think cancer.View Thread