Is it Chron's or IBS?
Hello! I am a 22 year old female, who weighs 115 pounds and is 5'3". I try to stay healthy and eat right. I avoid fatty, red meats, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and try to lead an active life. I work a full time job, and I go to the gym 3 times a week, and my main form of transportation is buses and walking.
Three years ago I began to exhibit symptoms such as: bloating, cramping, straining to go the bathroom, diarrhea, mucus in stool, pain so severe I would wake up in the night crying etc. My doctor (without performing any tests) concluded that I had IBS and prescribed me with 50mg of Dicetel 3 times a day with meals, as well as some antacid for some recurring acid reflux. After a few months my doctor increased my dosage of Dicetel to 100mg, which still seemed to have little to no affect on my symptoms, while also causing side effects like extreme nausea and vomiting. Eventually, I stopped taking Dicetel on my own, and began to self medicate with Imodium, Gas-X, and generic over the counter antacid for my acid reflux. I took and still take on nearly a daily basis Imodium for the diarrhea and cramps.
Three years later: and still no improvement in my symptoms. In fact, I would say they have worsened. I vomit in the morning between 1 and 3 times a week. The vomit is usually nothing but a sweet tasting, white mucus, and I usually wretch for a while until I can't throw up any longer. I wake up with severe cramping and diarrhea, which has me rushing to the bathroom the second I open my eyes. I have on a few occasions noticed dark red parts in my stool, but upon collection of a stool sample, my doctor found no blood. I have lessened my intake of imodium to 1 capsule a day and try not to take any on the days which I don't work, because I really do not want to become dependent on it. In addition to these symptoms, I am almost always extremely fatigued, and I suffer from a lot of muscle and joint pain in my knees, legs, wrists, and back. I also have dry patches of skin all over my body, and sometimes I get clear fluid filled bubbles on the inside of my mouth which get bigger until they burst on their own.
Currently, my doctor says that since Dicetel doesn't work, that there are no other treatment options available to me, and he does not have any reason to believe it is anything other than IBS so I can just "live with it." He refuses to refer me to a specialist, which I have asked for on multiple occasions, will not refer me to have a barium swallow tests or colonoscopy. He has done blood tests and taken stool samples, and nothing more. What could this be? And what could be done about it? It has been a plague on my life and I need some definite information!