• T T
    November 17, 2009
    How can you tell the difference between IBS and colon cancer?
    T T
    November 17, 2009

    I am a 31 year old female and mother of 4. For a about 4 days I have been bloated, had gas, constipated and have had diarreha; I have cramps and the feeling during a bowel movement of pressure, but no blood. The only blood I see is from me wiping and it is pink light spots more like irritation from all the  wiping. I've been told I was lactose intolerent and I had IBS (never dignosed) for about three days almost 2 years ago but it was not this intense where I have to pull over or stop to use the bathroom and it did not last this long. I am getting scared, I have been under alot of stress lately and I do have a sleeping disorder; and I have also gained weight before this started.

    READ MORE

FROM OUR EXPERTS

  • Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    November 17, 2009
    Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    November 17, 2009

    Hi T,

     

    IBS can cause all of the problems/symptoms that you describe. IBS symptoms can be severe or minor disturbances. Food can cause issues for some with IBS. And stress can be a major factor for many with IBS. Irritiable Bowel Syndrome is a diagnosis made after all other GI disorders have been ruled out. You may want to read my Sharepost about IBS - http://www.healthcentral.com/ibd/c/2623/90943/ibs.

     

    Stress and diet, not colon cancer, are the most common reasons people tend to have GI distress. If you haven't seen a GI doctor then you probably should if this is affecting your day-to-day life.

     

    You also may want to keep a food diary where you write down everything you eat and drink, how you feel afterwards, etc. Keep this journal for at least 2 weeks, a month is even better, and you may actually see a pattern of what you eat, or when you eat, and when your gut acts up. You may have a food intolerance that is causing problems. Or, you may be eating too much at one meal.

     

    GI problems are not easy to diagnose, and even after you get a diagnosis solving the problem is not straight forward either. This is why I think looking at your diet and stress levels and learning how to reduce stress - yoga, light exercise, meditation - are good first places to start.

     

    Hope this helps,

    Elizabeth 

    • T
      T
      November 17, 2009
      T
      T
      November 17, 2009

      Thank-you for answering; Today I notice when I eat certain foods I can feel it cramping up and before I finish I have to use the bathroom. I also think this has caused hemrroids and it is uncomfortable to sit, I'll make a doctor's appointment in the morning. Thanks again. I notice you  said you have IBD, is that different from IBS; the symtoms seem the same.

      READ MORE
    • Elizabeth Roberts
      November 17, 2009
      Elizabeth Roberts
      Health Guide
      November 17, 2009

      IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, while IBD stands for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. They are not the same illness. You can read about them in my Sharepost here http://www.healthcentral.com/ibd/c/2623/66985/ibd-ibs-thing

       

       

      READ MORE

FROM OUR COMMUNITY

You should know Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.