HI, I'm Kay & a 22 years old female college student from Wisconsin.
I have constipation mainly with mucus. I've had the constipation problem with urges to go but can't since December of 2009-Feb 2010 (along with nausea and vomiting plus abdomen pain -not pregnant!!). Some history: If it helps I was a premature baby born at 5 months; a miracle baby. I noticed pain around my navel, but mainly pains in my chest (the pains in my chest are worst while laying down) for years before 2009 since I was around 18 or 19 years old. I will also add that I've been Anemic since I was 19. Once I was so dehydrated and low red blood cells that I was having fainting spells. One time I fainted after getting out thr shower and had to go to the ER and be treated with IVs in my arm to gain back some strength. I had stomach issues since my junior year of high school too where I would get diarrhea and a low-grade fever from time to time (like the stomach flu a lot).. It stopped after I was like 20. I have mild scoliosis of my lumber spine as well. I never took things seriously until NOW..
I don't think the probs these days are from no exercise because I walk at least 4 days a week 8 blocks or more on average, and I was very active in high school (played 3 sports). Even played college softball for a year until I got sick.
I was okay with constipation after February of 2010, but now I have Constipation AGAIN, & this week it got worst to where I went a whole week without a BM and even strained , seeing more mucus over three weeks!! At a point within 3 wks I even had soft pale stool with mucus. I can't even see my doctor till another week. Pain around my navel travels to the right area of my abdomen and my left, but mainly near my navel on the right these past couple weeks. I have a hard time sleeping on my back for long periods of time b/c of my scoliosis sometimes, & when I get pain in my abdomen, even in my stomach I toss and turn in the bed. I even have to sit up for a while. They're very sharp pains sometimes like today... Today I got an attack of pains near my right navel area and had to lay on the couch where I was for 30 mins or so. I didn't want to move much...
It was bad. this sense of something being wrong came over me, and I think it could be a gastro-matter.
Mainly because I can't keep a lot of food on my stomach. I'm losing weight because of that. When I went to the doctor's last month I was around 106 lbs. Now I weight 99 lbs. I never weight that low unless I'm sick with the stomach flu or something. My height is 5' 2, so I'm looking thin! I'm still bloated since Dec. though (especially after meals). I get pains in my chest more now, even when I eat certain things like saucy/spicy (like tomatoe pastas/pizzas/hot sauce) and greasy foods (I break out). I def can't do breakfast sausage, even the smell! Those foods are harder on my digestive system. I get nausea daily, especially when I wake up (remind y'all I'm not prego). The nausea and pain is the most frustrating. I have to eat bland stuff now until stuff is under control. I eat the right foods because I can't eat certain stuff and I drink a lot of fluids like water and juice. I used to drink alcohol for a year (liquor and mixed drinks), but I noticed in November pain in my abdomen while sipping a drink
...couldn't even finish one mixed drink! I had stop b/c of the pain. I haven't picked up a drink since Nov. I don't drink sodas or a lot of coffees. And I use soy milk for my fiber cereals and oatmeal. I don't drink whole milk.
For the past year my Anemia has been regulated but slightly up and down. I keep getting inflammation in my cartilage though, and sinus probs. I developed migraines in a year too -mainly from light sensitvity and found out I have far-sighted astigmatism. I have to wear special poly-lened medicated eye glasses & take migraine medication with caffiene in it.
I went to a GYN for irregular periods and my primary doctor that thinks I could have Acid Reflux, but I ultimately don't think Acid Reflux causes all the mucus in stool or bowel probs like this which I have been going through for yrs. They haven't done complete tests so far. I was put on an anti-acid (prevacid) which worked for a while, but Now it don't after months. I stopped taking my iron pills after last month. I regurgitate...almost like the meds are an irritant.
I have overall concluded that my main symptoms are Constipation, Nausea & Vomiting, and Pain (chest, navel and side area) stomach too thought.
These symptoms seem to intensify at the same time on and off.
I'm starting to wonder if it's an IBD or IBS problem, and which one does it seem like if any?
Could it even be Diverticulitis? Should I get a referral to see a GI doctor?