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I am 27 years old male.
I have been suffering from digestion related issues since last 3 years.
Some key points that I would like to mention about my daily routine:
1. I work on laptop from my home (highly inactive lifestyle).
2. Have to take rest (sleep) 2-3 times in daytime as I feel tired, sluggish & lethargic till the sun sets. I feel quite fresh, active & energetic in evening & night.
I consulted with 3 doctors (Allopathic, Homeopathic & Ayurvedic) regarding the issue & all of them told me that it is IBS. But I suspect that it isn’t IBS & might be something more serious.
So, I researched about digestive disorders/diseases, went through their symptoms & made a list of symptoms that I have, I don’t have & I have no idea about. One thing I have observed that most of these symptoms are short lived. They appear for few days or weeks, then disappear & some other symptoms appear in their place.
There are almost 50 digestive diseases/disorders, all have nearly same symptoms & I think that accurate diagnosis is must in order to get right treatment & that’s why I have made a detailed list of symptoms.
I HAVE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
1.Usually I have to go to the loo 3-4 times in the morning. Mostly I don’t feel need to defecate after morning but sometimes have to go in afternoon, evening or night as well.
Stool types & consistency:-
First time in the morning:
The faeces are sausage shaped, smooth & soft. Mostly brownish-yellow in color. Since I drink lukewarm water before going to the loo, some mushy stool also appears.
Second time in the morning:
Mostly loose motions. Sometimes stools have some form & are not too loose but sometimes it is watery.
Third time in the morning:
Usually I have to sit for long as I don’t get pressure to empty the bowels. Sometimes I have to put pressure to get the stools passed or defecation happens on its own after sitting for long time. This time usually defecation happens in the form of blobs & sometimes mucus or candida (some white stuff) appears with stools. Sometimes when I feel that I have passed stools & when I look into the bowl only mucus appears over there.
After meal or in evening:
Brown colored sticky stools which doesn’t float on water
2 Feeling of incomplete evacuation after defecating in the morning. (Usually I have to go to the loo 2-3 times in the morning to get the bowels completely emptied. But sometimes even after passing stools for 3-4 times, I just can’t clear the bowels completely)
3 Difficult & painful bowel movements (sometimes I have to sit for long to empty the bowels & sometimes even after sitting for long time if I am unable to pass stools, I have to put pressure to empty the bowels forcefully & this causes pain while passing stools. This happens usually 3rd or 4th time I go to the loo in the morning)
4 Change in frequency (ranging from 2-7 times a day) & consistency (sometimes a little bit watery stools, sometimes solid etc.) of bowel movements
5 Sometimes stools are narrow (not pencil width though)
6 Bright red blood in the stools (sometimes; it is occult or hidden blood sometimes)
7 Fat in stools (Sometimes I get to see faeces floating on water. Sometimes they seem to be greasy & sometimes drops of oil also are seen in the water inside the bowl. Though the faeces aren’t that pale or foul smelling.)
8 Some symptoms are alleviated by defecation
9 Dark urine (rarely). Its usually white when I drink enough of water
10 Abdominal pain (I feel some mild pain very rarely in the upper left abdomen at the place of spleen, usually for few seconds.
Had extremely severe abdominal pain one morning a few months back where I had eaten more than my capacity last night. I feel it happened because of trapped gas.)
11 Abdominal swelling/bloating (only if the bowels don’t get emptied completely.
A few months back used to suffer from bloating after sunset without eating anything or even after drinking small amounts of water. It doesn’t appear anymore.)
12 Used to feel full even after eating a fruit or drinking a glass of water at evening, a few months back. The situation has improved much now. But still at night I feel full earlier than I should be.
13 Sometimes I feel my abdomen to be stiff (not sensitive at all) on the left side of lower abdomen. I think this is what is called as abdominal rigidity or abdominal guarding
14 Growling stomach (very rarely; mostly at afternoon after lunch)
15 Very mild burning in stomach (very rarely)
16 Belching (used to belch a lot a few days back, now since I have reduced my meals, the situation has come under control, I belch but not that much)
17 Wind/gas. (Used to pass a lot of gas for a period of few days, a few weeks back. Now the situation has become normal.)
18 Mild pain in the rectum while passing gas (very rarely)
19 Poor appetite (might be because of my inactive lifestyle & sometimes incomplete evacuation)
20 Enlarged spleen (I feel so because of some symptoms)
21 Fatigue, Sluggishness & Lethargy (I don’t feel the same though when I am outing or at a function etc.). I feel completely fresh only when I take a lot of rest, say 4-5 hours in daytime.
22 I feel hungry & the food consumed gets digested properly when I am travelling or am outdoors. Inactive lifestyle worsens the symptoms.
23 Weight loss (I have lost weight but I think it is because I have reduced my diet.)
24 Presence of excess saliva or some bitter liquid in mouth (this might be acid reflux), usually at daytime (I think that is what causes bad breath)
25 Heartburn or acidity (only when sometimes I get up at mid night at around 2-3 AM)
26 Regurgitation of food (very rarely)
27 Headaches (very rarely; usually when I am not able to empty the bowels completely)
28 Joint pain (very rarely get pain in the wrist. I feel it happens because of trapped gas.
Used to have feeling of uneasiness in the ankle joints for a long period, don’t have any more.)
29 Neck & back pain (rarely; I feel it happens because of trapped gas)
30 Cramping (had experienced only for a period of a couple of days, a few weeks back & that too I felt was happening because of trapped gas in scrotum or area between anus & scrotum. I used to feel pain in the scrotum & it was little difficult for me to sit)
31 Mouth sores (mild)
32 Mild chills (sometimes)
33 Low-grade fever (very rarely)
34 Mimicking heart attack (had a couple of attacks like this which were not that severe. Might have happened because of gas)
35 Itchy, red hives on skin (occur rarely; it seems like they occur because of biting from insects.)
36 Lactose intolerance (experience symptoms sometimes after consuming milk based products)
37 Stress & worries to some extent
38 Stress causes aggravation of symptoms
39 Sensitivity to light and sound (to some extent)
I “DON’T” HAVE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
1 Clay colored or tarry stools
2 Bloody diarrhoea
3 Bleeding during or after bowel movements
4 Pus drainage near the anal opening
5 Urgent need to defecate
6 Itchiness in the anal area
7 Discomfort while sitting
8 Rectal spasm
9 Pain or discomfort near the anus or buttocks
10 Feeling a bulge after coughing, sneezing or lifting
11 Feeling pressure in the rectum
12 Rectal fullness
13 Rectal prolapse
14 Redness, soreness of the skin around the anal opening
15 Rectal tenderness
16 Swelling around anus
17 Lump or painful hardened tissue or mass protruding near the anus
18 Visible tear or cut in the anus area
19 Levator ani syndrome
20 Passing excessive amounts of gas
(Used to suffer from this a few days back for a period of few days. The condition is normal now.)
21 Trouble passing gas
23 Inability to pass wind (Used to suffer from this a few weeks back, where the gas was moving from here & there inside body but wasn’t getting out. Not anymore.)
24 Abdominal tenderness
25 Abdominal cramps
26 Abdominal bleeding
27 Abdominal discomfort
28 Full, round abdomen
29 Increased abdominal size.
30 Lump or protrusion in the abdomen
31 Mass in the belly
32 Changes to the belly button
33 Difficulty belching
34 Less urine than normal
35 Inability to urinate
36 Urinary tract Infections
37 Kidney stones
39 Swelling on any other body part than abdomen
44 Used to get itchy red small boils on hand fingers, every summer a few years back. No more have these symptoms.
47 Feeling sick
49 Muscle pain (pain used to be there in the lats muscles. But disappeared after getting massage & taking rest.)
52 Chest or shoulder pain
53 Pelvic pain
54 Lump or protrusion in the groin or scrotum
55 Groin discomfort or pain
56 Pain while coughing, bending or lifting a heavy object
57 Sleep disturbance
58 Night sweats
60 Feeling that something is stuck in your throat or chest
61 Choking during swallowing
62 Pain in the throat or chest during swallowing
63 Coughing during or after the swallow
64 Difficulty swallowing (suffered from little bit difficulty while swallowing for a period of few of days, felt it happened because of swollen tonsils.)
65 Trouble forming food and liquid into a soft ball in the mouth
66 Trouble pushing food or liquid to the back of the mouth
67 Throat irritation
68 Sore throat
69 Throat clearing
71 Nasal regurgitation
72 Runny nose
74 Swelling or puffiness of the tissue directly under skin, especially in legs or arms.
75 Bone pain
77 Dry mouth, nostrils or skin
78 Not urinating as often
79 Fast heart rate
80 Shortness of breath
81 Difficulty breathing
83 Spider-like blood vessels
85 Pain aggravated or relieved by meals
86 Burning or gnawing feeling similar to hunger pains
87 Red, purple, dark or discolored bulge
88 Stretched skin (but do have some strechmarks on some parts of the body)
89 Shiny skin (Used to be oily at teenage but became normal after taking treatment)
90 Skin that retains a dimple (pits), after being pressed for several seconds.
91 Weight gain
92 Increased salivation
I DON'T HAVE IDEA ABOUT FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
1 Decrease in caliber of stool
2 Osteoporosis (I feel my bones to be weak though & my posture is usually little bit stooped.)
3 Bumps or lumps on bones of legs, arms, skull and jaw
5 Colitic arthritis, an arthritis that migrates along the body and affects knees, ankles, hips, wrists and elbows
6 Low blood count (anaemia) that makes you feel tired
7 Low blood pressure
8 Pericholangitis, inflammation of the tissues around the bile ducts
10 Severe air swallowing
11 An enlarged bubble of gas in the stomach following heavy meals
12 Water-electrolyte imbalance
13 Teeth changing color or losing their enamel (My teeth always seem to be a little bit yellowish, no matter how properly I brush them.)
I consulted with a doctor & he said that it could be IBS+Anal fissure/Hemorrhoid. He prescribed me a few blood tests like CBC, Vitamin D3 & B12, LFT, Creatinine etc. & Anal manometry.
So, should I continue with his advise or seek for second opinion?
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