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Hi everyone I am new here and after reading some of the topics here thought it would be good to see if anyone can relate to the experience I am going through, offer thoughts, opinions or advice.
I am 33 years old and it seems that the pieces are begining to slot together that show symptoms I went to the drs for since a child and in to my teens were in fact part of something going on in my gut. I always had "morning problems" as I would call them; stomach cramps, diarhea and nausea and later devloped psoriasis and chronic tiredness (i only found out recently that these can be related). Over time, all of these symptoms I learned to treat as "normal" as the Drs never made a diagnosis and somehow didn't make a connection between my various complaints. Then a few months ago I had what I thought was a stomach flu; Heavy fever, chills, diarhea, nausea and passing what seemed like quite a lot of blood. Health proffesionals advised to watch out for any emergency signs until I was able to see a Dr, which I did. It all started to ease off after about 5 days - 1 week and I had blood tests carried out. The results showed dvericulitis, which the Dr said quite casually without expressing any concern, explaining that it was because I had an underlying case of diverticulosis.
Since this bout of Diverticulitis, I have had much worse stomach symptoms. It has really begun to interupt my normal routine and I have had to take time off work because of it. I went to the Drs and after some more blood tests to rule out other more serious conditions (such as celiac disease), the conclusion was IBS. I was happy enough with this conclusion although I just can't help think that there must be a link between the Diverticulitis and my symptoms, which at times (especially recently) are constant from the moment I wake up until I sleep again; constant bloating and gas, quite a lot of discomfort and some occasional cramps/sharp pains, some nausea and frequent diarhea (the last 2, especially in the morning).
Something else on top of this, is that last week I found a lump in my groin which the Dr diagnosed as a hernia. I am scheduled to see a surgeon next week who will advise me on the procedure to fix it. I don't know if this is related to all the above, but something tells me it quite possibly is.
So thats a brief description of the problems I've been having and I just wonder if other people may have any simillar experience that might help me work out what is going on and what I should do. Should I be asking the Dr to investigate the diverticulosis more thoroughly or is a more relaxed approach OK? I'm also interested if anyone has tips or advice on diet. At this stage it is all fairly new to me and I just want to get my life back in control.
One last thing I'm curious about is the following. I have had 2 examinations now where the Dr pressses on my stomach in various places and on my right hand side it is always very painfull when he puts pressure on and/or taps. I have a high pain threshold but during the last exam I was whincing and my eyes watering from the pain... is this normal?
Thanks for taking time to read this.
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