Advice on my bowel problems and anxiety!

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I have lived with Bowel problems for as long as I can remember. From around the time I was 3 years old. I have also suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember.

When I was around 17 I became very unwell and suffered from very chronic and severe constipation which lasted weeks and look a great deal to resolve. At the time I was told a two things: I had a sluggish bowel and that's just the way my life was (by my own gp) and that I had a complex about the toilet (by a private doctor)

I am now 24 and have began to suffer very badly from bouts of diarrhoea and painful stomach cramps on a least a weekly basis, very bad acid reflux and mouth ulcers.

This does seem to be worse at times of high anxiety but is not limited to those times, these problems are things I deal with daily and becoming more frequent.

I guess what I am asking is, do I have reason to be concerned or should I just continue to live on as I am?

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  • Posted

    ask your doctor to arrange a colonoscopy and endescopy procedure that will tell you whats going on.

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      I had a colonoscopy when I was 17, so 7 years ago now, but they couldnt investigate as much as they would have liked as my bowel was not empty enough to do a full scope, at the time there was no damage they could see to my lower bowel

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    If you are getting reflux that is giving you mouth ulcers, you should be taking medication for that, have you been prescribed something like esomeprazole? Also have you been prescribed any antispasmodics to help with your bowel irregularities? I would recommend asking your doctor about alverine. I would also recommend a daily yoghurt drink called kefir. What is your diet like? Do you drink plenty of water and get exercise regularly? If not try something like yoga or pilates. Also do you take any vitamin supplements? If not, try taking vitamin d and b complex. When all the covid 19 crisis is over I would recommend you ask to see a specialist again about you stomach problems particularly if they don't improve or get worse.

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      thank you so much for your suggestions! I have never been prescribed any medication for my reflux or for my bowel irregularities. I was told that I could not be given laxatives to help with constipation as they were worried my bowel would become more and more sluggish!

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      Ask your doctor for esomeprazole and alverine, say you are getting bad reflux and need something to help with the symptoms (esomeprazole (nexium) is the best for reflux do not let them fob you off with lansoprazole!) and say you have heard that alverine helps with functional bowel disorders and ask if you think it may be a good idea to try it. Alverine (spasmanol) is the most effective so don't let them fob you off with mebevarine. If you are still getting problems after trying this you need to see a gastroenterologist.

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