Constipation straight to diarrhea

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Hi hope this is not a problem posting on this group, I see the doctor in two weeks for a colonoscopy. I have not been diagnosed with any IBD but awhile back when I had gallbladder removed I told doctor I was looking up stuff on the web to help self diagnose myself. He said he didn't mind at all, as for other doctors find that disturbing. Matter of fact he incouraged it bc he said he had more luck helping his patients if they have some idea of what might be the problem and a patient knows their body better then he does. So here I am asking trying to get down to the bottom of my symptoms. A year and a half ago the symptoms started, first constipation for a week or so then diarrhea and so on for days. Left pain under ribs, left side of ribs and here just recently started on my right side as well. I can not find anything on the web for both right and left pain. I get mouth ulcers regularly sometimes 3-4 at a time and joint pain on and off, blood in fecas from time to time not very much as I've heard others. I also get what feels like a uti but test come out negative so I'm assuming my bladder gets inflamed during these times, I also have bloating an can not stop burping at times or don't want anyone to touch my stomach. I refuse to go to doctors before bc I have no insurance but after a year and half I feel as my life has been stolen from me. Everything seems to hit the symptoms of crohn's all except that I hear more about diarrhea and not so much about constipation. I get constipation more the I do diarrhea and seems to go in cycles. I don't remember last time I've even had a normal bowel movement 😳. I litterly sit on the tolite till my legs go numb. After I get past the hard stuff I get this excruciating diarrhea cramps. I also have upper mid back pain that feels like something is pushing on my spine from the inside out. It comes and goes and not sure if it's related or not but it's not my spine itself it's whatever is behind the spine. The pain doesn't seem to go off the same time as the left side pain either it's either one or the other. Anyone relate or should I be looking for something else? I'm afraid to get colonoscopy just to find nothing there, as my pain is excruciating now. Ideas??

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    I guess I wrote a similar post like this 3 months ago, now I'm embarrassed 😶

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      Hi, i understand your pain, of there is something wrong with your bowel they will see it with the colonoscopy, i have crohn and some time when i have a hard time going to the bathroom it's because i have a small part of my colon that is very narrowed because of some strictures... after i am able to pass that i have diharea. They will find out what's wrong when you have the colonoscopy. You seem to have some crohn symptoms like i had but it does not meen that it's crohn's.

      Good luck

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      Thank you Annie for your quick response. I know my post was kind of long and those are never fun to read. I just want to get the colonoscopy done with as it scares me to even get one.
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      Dont worry about the colonoscopy, i have one every 6 months and they give you medicine to relax. It usually takes about 20 minutes and its over.

      Annie

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    First of all, a colonoscopy is exactly what you need.  Until you get the results on that, I'm not sure of the wisdom of coming here and describing your symptoms--unless you want to vent.  That's good for you, and we all understand your concerns.  But no one here can diagnose you because several colon disorders present the same symptoms.  Sometimes the symptoms are just there without any physiological reason for them.  I think your doctor probably meant that, once you're diagnosed or given the clear, you could go online and find out more about what ails you.  I certainly don't believe he or she wants you to come here and become more worried as others suggest to you things you might have.  Sometimes persons in these forums give excellent advice, but you are having the real thing soon, an excellent diagnostic test and should probably just wait for that.  Your doctor will make suggestions for dealing with your constipation.  Actually, that should have happened by now already.  No suggestion of rectal suppositories or something like Miralax [you can Google that]? 

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    I think it's ok for you to come and ask questions in the forum, because some of us know how it feels to be worried... and we all need some advices and it's ok. I hope you see your doctor soon and have some answers. I know what your going threw, ive been there and it's normal wanting some answers or some advices, that's what the forum is for..keep us posted!

    Annie👍

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    I totally agree with the person who said you need a colonospy for to truly diagnose your problem . but i suggest you have some of the surefire symptoms of I.B.D . Irratible bowel disease... for example . constipation .. bld in faeces .. pain in the lefside . ie the decending colon . is where usually people will feel pain as this is where thee will be pressure from build up . and also yes definitly the other side can feel painful aswell as when the colon is infected or not relieving due to swelling then pain will be experienced all round the stomack region .. and this also causes bloating .. you shuld not be afraid to have a colonospy or any othe form of test including mri .as these will help to diagnose you r symptoms properly and the doctor of specialist wil then know how to treat your problem . there is no real other way to diagnose . you properly and the little pain and effort wil be rewarded withe results.... There are a miriad of treatments for the different irriatable bowel diesease . you may have but first you have to be diagnosed which type of the diesease you may have the three main forms are . collitis . which causes infection and pain . diverticulitus colitus ..which also causes infecton of the colon and swelling and pain ans a these usually affect the lower part of the colon of the upper colon tract only . but when you get a combinitation of these and the colon is infected upper and lower this is called chrons dieses ... and is probably the most painful and probalamatic type and all three will casue some or all of the symptoms you mention . tiredness and fatigue diarrea . and mostly constipation . gas . .  some blding inside fo from fistula s which are tiny infected parts of the usually lowr colon of even internal piles are never uncommon with andy form of ib. diesease becase of the continued effort ot pass stool..    so please make it priority to seek professional help in diagnosing you r ib problem s there are relally good treatments . and steroid treatment of help .  also the use of suppsitories will help releave the constioation from swelling and drugs like mesalizine based daily . will help greatly . you are probably in early stages so now is essential to diagnose and treat .. good luck and i hope this helps a little relieve any anxiety you may feel i know its not a very nice place to be but with treatment and help from professionals you will feel and get much better .  .
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      Thank you Mike for being very informative. I know this is not the place or expect anyone to diagnose me on here. I however wanted to see if others who do have crohn's have same symptoms and so I can give my surgeon my concerns. I don't feel yucky every day so I'm afraid that if I go in on a good day they won't find anything. I saw a forum a while back that 40% of patients who had crohn's came up negative on there colonoscopy and was able to find the disease in taking a pill cam. I have a consolation on the 15th so if anyone has any advice on what I need to pass on to the doctor would be great.

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    Crohn's would be a good suggestion to your dr. I have it and multiple other autoimmune diseases and mine is marked by chronic consitpation. It's painful. My GI suggested I take miralax once daily and it works though when I get to having diarrhea I have to stop that until I am back to being constipated. If you have this horrible disease you are in for a lifetime of this and the only thing to do is try and make yourself comfortable. I was diagnosed in 2011 then with lupus in 2012 which makes me very hard to treat because the drugs contradict each other. However, your dr will probably run tests and then refer you to a GI who will also run tests that are not fun. Hope this helps.

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      I also agree you need a colonoscopy which will be a refurral to a GI from your dr. Unless you are already seeing a GI. Wish you well.
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      I definitely will bring it up to my doctor. I just hoping I get some answers. I've actually felt good this past week but haven't had a BM for almost 10days now. I usually take laxatives but they make me sick. Think my body is adjusting to my symptoms or something, jk.

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      Nearly ten days is too long without a BM.  Have you tried Miralax?  Anyway, do call your doctor and see what he or she says about such a long time without any movement. 
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