Bad stabbing pains in stomach after eating

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Hi, I could really use some help. I'm 22/F. 

I posted a while ago on here about an endoscopy I had. I had the h.pylori bacteria so took the the antibiotics/PPI combination for that and the throat burning sensations went away (or so I thought)  but not the (previously unmentioned here) problems I've been having with my bowels. 

So to give a bit of background, I (until about 6 weeks or so ago till I gave up using them) frequently took ibuprofen for severe headaches I get at night and in the morning. Some of them are definitely migraines as I've had those since I was a child and they always come over one eye and I am fatigued etc. However these night headaches don't feel like migraines somehow, and they were what started me using more and more ibuprofen (they don't even work on these stupid night headaches) but I carried on using them regardless and now I am worried I have trashed my stomach and have an ulcer. I was suspected of having an ulcer and had some gastritis in my oesophagus beforehand and my Dad and Grandparents have all had ulcers. The pain I get is usually soon after eating, a stabbing pain, at the right hand side of my navel. I also get back pain on either side of my lower spine. The navel pain is sometimes accompanied with pain in my chest (behind my left boob) where it feels tight. It is really painful and I have to lie down or else I feel I will throw up. 

On top of this I get (this is so embarrassing so I apologise in advance for TMI) my poo has had on 3 or 4 occasions (about 2 weeks ago now) and on previous occasions had blood mixed into it, and a lot of the time I have what looks like a layer of undigested fat in the toilet. My Dad has RA and I have a family history of bowel disease/inflammatory diseases/bowel cancer. (Just for the record I'm not suggesting I have cancer.)

My GP seems to think that I have IBS, (I haven't told him about family history)  I'm not so sure I have IBS as I never get constipated, I just have weird poo, occasional bouts of severe diarrhoea  which makes me tired and weak feeling and stomach/back pain. GP is aware of the stomach + back pain + occasional diarrhoea and has felt my tummy today/on previous occasions. I've had a stool test which I'm not even sure what was tested for, but the Dr said was "fine". Today he told me about a drug I would be able to take to relieve bowel spasms, but I'm really not hopeful, I don't want to take a drug without knowing for sure what is wrong.

I don't really know what to do as I wish I could explain it this well when I see the GP but I can never remember time frames or get my words out properly unless I think and write them down. I'm also wary of coming across as a hypochondriac and mentioning the blood mixed in would probably mean someone would want to stick their finger or a tube up my arse.. I guess if it meant I could get some clarification? Do you think it would be worth asking for a referral for a colonoscopy? I had this mentioned by GP  before but I said no, as I don't want anything stuck up my arse. (Endoscopy was bad enough). 

If anyone has any suggestions/advice that'd be good.

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    Don't worry about a colonoscopy as I have known several people who gave had this procedure and there was nothing to worry about. Have you tried  colonic irrigation, I have a friend who suffered bowel problems for years and several specialists were unable to help. She tried c.irrigation which she was concerned about but said it was a mildly leading experience. After two treatments  she started to feel real benefit, they say it cleans the bowel to a degre not possible naturally, the second time she passed a tooth which she remembered swallowing as a child!  You need to take pro biopics to replace good bacteria afterwards. Good luck with your recovery
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      Hmm, I am a but dubious about a colonoscopy as I thought the endoscopy would be fine and ....it wasn't. If I could be assured I would be properly sedated I'd do it, but I have a high tolerance to any sedating or painkilling medication, even my dentist said he'd never had to give anyone so much local anaesthetic before it took effect.

      if it meant I could stop these stomach problems I would probably do it, I think I just need to get my head round it first. 

      I've never tried colonic irrigation but I don't think I would. I'm a pretty private person, I don't like the idea of a complete stranger poking around in my orifices! Besides, I have a healthy diet, I don't think my colon is clogged up as I don't eat meat, and I eat a lot of food that is easily digested and doesn't fester in the gut. 

      Thanks for the reply. 

      Ive

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    By the way, tell your doctor everything as your general symptoms could be many things, anything  that's unusual. Should be noted down so you don't forget to mention it when you are there, even small things may help make diagnosis easier.
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      Well I mentioned the headaches to him and he thought they were tension headaches. Again I don't know, but on balance of probabilities, that sounds likely. Although, the migraines I get have always been brought on by going too long without food and I now am careful to eat regularly and enough, which is why I mentioned it in the first place as I thought it was unusual for me. These night headaches tend to make me feel very lightheaded. Ah well, they'll probably just get better by themselves.

      thanks again for the reply

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    Do what they suggest it's for the best in the long run. If you need more sedation ask for it
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    To me, ir sounds like a gallbladder problem. Have you had an abdominal ultrasound? It is nonevasive, they just rub some jelly on your tummy and press a wand over it. Very easy test and can check for problems with gallbladder, appendix, liver etc
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    I have the exact same symptoms I feel miserable
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    There seems to be a lot going on with you.....some in your head which is understandable

    Please ask to see gastroenterology and let them decide what tests etc You need to mention your family history

    Antispasmodic are harmless but can slow gut down.. I take Dicycloveliness 10mg

    Keep posting good luck

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    I have ibs and had taken the antispasmodic years ago, i would not recommend it bc it made it impossible to hold in gas and it smelled worse than anything before so very tough to be around people haha. I hope you found out what was causing the headaches and stomach pain, i had migraines and neck pain and they are better now that i am lifting weights 2-3 times a week. Good luck!
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