Stool sample

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Hi,

So for the past 6 months I've been having what would seem to be IBS flare ups. These flare ups generally coincide with when I'm on my period, or if I go through a period of eating unhealthy. I'm in my last year of college, and have my exams in a few weeks, so throughout most of this year, my stress levels have been through the roof! I've tried keeping a food diary, but generally something that can give me a flare up one week, can leave me feeling absolutely fine the next? My doctor wants me to take a stool sample to see whether or not my bowel is inflamed. If this test comes back positive, is it likely that my problems are due to some kind of intolerance/bacteria? And if it comes back negative, is it more likely that its just stress related? (Kinda hoping it's just stress related!) I'm 18 years old, and am already quite slim as it is, and I don't want to get into a habit of restricting my food if this is something that isn't going to help. What do you guys think?

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    Hi Meghan, exams, being female, unhealthy eating, 1 on top of the other will make you feel awful. Stress will kick this off, I hope for yoursake you get some sort of diagnosis. Let us know when you do. When this is bad you can try imodium if you're bowel is loose or something like fybogel if it's the opposite. You need a definite diagnosis. Good luck!

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      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for your reply! I agree, the sooner I get a diagnosis the better. Im just confused as to how I can treat my 'condition' if it is stress related? Surely this is easier than treating something that could be based on food intolerance etc? And I take imodium now, and it does really help! Thanks again.

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    Stool sample is hood to do for checking.    Yes stress can do alot to the body. Try getting Probhotics drink or you can get gummie or pill fourms .. depends how you eat try changing your diet eat more healthy stuff .. it takes time but a Site called FoodMap look that up it guves alot of ideas of different foods to try.   Hope ur test come back negative. But still try to change ur diet   Good luck to you 
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      Hi Dom,

      Thanks for your reply. I really hope the test comes back negative too! If this is the case, then surely it should calm down after my exams? (and once I get back into healthy eating) If the test comes back negative, does that mean that my symptoms are based on stress and nothing else? I'm confused! Thanks again!

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      Yes stress can cause the body to molfuction ..try doing yoga or go for walks try sitting and breathing with soft music.  If something is bothering you talk about it or write it down to get it off ur  chest .. or just come on here to talk.  Hope it helps you. Im sure you will do great on ur exams dont stress about it
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    If all tests are negative, it is likely to be IBS.
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