I have had lower abdominal pain since I was 15. The intensity of it fluctuates. During periods of great stress, it is severe and constant. I also have Complex PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes Type 2, Migraines, and mild osteoarthritis in my knees. I have tried many food allergy, food sensitivity diets over the years. I have learned and practiced many relaxation exercises. I do not feel like I have control over this at least 50% of the time. Sometimes I can eat anything I want and have no ill effedts. Other times I eat as well as is possible...and still have great pain, tension, bloating, fluctuating bowel movements. I have been told that I have IBS. I have tried to accept this.
I have recently read a new book on women's stomach health and it has led me to ask if there is a missing diagnosis. I am female, 55 years old, in full menopause for 3 years, 5'4", 200 lbs. From age 15 to 50 had various forms of ED-NOS...mostly anorexia binge-purge type. I used all forms of purging. (over exercise, vomiting, enemas, laxatives.) Any input would be appreciated.
I know that my case is "complex" so maybe there are no clear answers. More importantly I am looking for help on how to reduce the flare-ups once they have begun. Thank you.
How tall are you (feet and inches)?: 5'4"
What is your weight in pounds?: 200
How old are you?: 55
How long has this been going on?: More than a year
Check all symptoms you are currently experiencing:
Please list any chronic medical problems and also list any prior surgery (lacerations don't count!): polyps on bladder twice, cystoscopies 4 times. tonsils out at 4 years of age.
Check all conditions present in your immediate family... :
Please list any medication allergies that you have : : mould and sulpha based antibiotics...cause very severe gastrointestinal upset and headaches.
Please list any medications you are currently taking (and dosage if known) :: seriquel 400 mg
Nexium 40 mg
atenolol 50 mg
zanaflex 8 mg
Lyrica 225 mg
When was your last menstrual cycle?: I no longer have a menstrual cycle
Are you currently using or do you have a history of tobacco use?: No
Are you currently using or do you have a history of illegal drug use?: No
Please describe your alcohol consumption :: Never
How can I lessen the intensity of "IBS" flareups when they occur?
Do my symptoms really match up with IBS? Is it possible that there is another condition happenning that is not yet diagnosed?
Would I maybe also have Endometriosis?
First of all let me give you some good references.
THIS is good on Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
THIS is good on Endometriosis.
Past this, and I say this with kindness, your complicated medical history makes it impossible, without the aid of testing and examination, to try and untangle your problems. Your issues simply do not lend themselves to an online discussion. Again, my apologies.