Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Carolyn Earshaw, Community Member, asks

Q: my feaces is yellow and i have aching pain on right side at waistline

feaces colour has only been for 5 weeks ,pain off and on for 7 years

Was told I had IBS 20 years ago, but not by any test just Drs opinion.

Feel very unwell. I am taking fish oil. Lovan, Multi vitamin & IBS support Lactobacillus.

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Elizabeth Roberts, Health Guide
8/19/09 12:07pm

Hello Carolyn,


This is a web site for people with IBD - Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which would be diagnosed aftern having a colonoscopy and/or endoscopy and/or small bowel follow-thru.


You very well may have IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but that diagnosis typically isn't given until after all other testing comes back negative. IBS is what they call a diagnosis of exclusion - meaning, once they figure out you don't have any other GI disorders, they diagnose IBS. But, there is no test or series of tests that can diagnose IBS.


All that said, if you were given an IBS diagnosis without having any testing to rule out other possible issues like IBD, pancreatitis, gall bladder issues, female issues, etc. you may need to find a new doctor who will take your symptoms seriously and help you find an answer.


In the meantime, if you also assume you have IBS you may want to check out this specific site for IBSers - www.ibsgroup.org.


I hope this helped a bit. There's no way I can tell you what is causing the pain in your side. But yellow colored stool could be caused by too much bile or acid in your gut, which can be an IBS symptom.




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