Posted , 6 users are following.
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.
0 likes, 10 replies