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Old 01-29-2008, 05:20 PM
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I've long suspected that I have some sort of undiagnosed stomach issue. I don't think it's as serious as Crohn's but it could definitely be something with a name and scary symptoms. I don't have health insurance right now so it'll be another few months before I can do anything about it. I know that sounds incredibly irresponsible but I'm between jobs right now, about to relocate for the new job, and basically in transition...so it's not that I don't want to do anything about it right now, I just can't afford it.

In the meantime I'm just curious...how many people here DO have some kind of existing bowel disorder or ulcer...how did you find out...and what do you do besides medication to make things better? I'm sure that stress definitely plays a part in this but I'm curious about natural remedies and the effects of certain foods. I know everyone's different too...I just wanna get some ideas besides crackers and ginger ale, which I'm a little bored with... :sigh:
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:28 PM
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Ok, Im sorry but my health is the #1 most important thing in my life.

I know there are some programs out there for free or low cost health care.

Please dont put off a checkup because you dont have any insurance They will take you in and then just pay whenever you can or file for some assistance.

nobody should have to go without healthcare because they dont have insurance.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:06 PM
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Are you comfortable explaining what your symptoms are?

If you really, really insist on not seeing a doctor yet, at least keep a diary of your food intake and symptoms to look for triggers and perhaps commonalities?

If you think it is IBS, check out this website: Irritable Bowel Syndrome ~ Help For IBS Treatments & Education.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:11 PM
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You may have become lactose intolerant. It happened to me overnight. One day I was drinking my latte and the next day, I was in the ER with massive painful cramps in my stomach. I read that almost all Asians will become lactose intolerant at some point in their lives.

Cut out all dairy products for a week and see how you feel. If your stomach settles down, you have found your problem. I drink soy latte instead now.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:17 PM
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igawtscammed is right- if you are this worried, you need to see a physician.

i personally have a serious anxiety disorder, and when that flares up or i don't take my meds, my stomach is the first thing to suffer. (there are actually some very interesting studies on the brain/guts connection and seritonin levels, to put it simply.) it's been happening since i was five, so i know how to deal with it, but if you don't know the root cause, there isn't much you can do in terms of management.

it literally could be a million things, and without symptoms, it's hard to point you in the correct direction.

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Old 01-29-2008, 09:16 PM
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I get tummy/digestive problems quite often. Usually its just pain or cramping. I did a bunch of tests with a naturopath, and ruled out pretty much everything, other than the possibility that my stomach may not be producing enough acid to digest my food properly. Also, the levels of "good bacteria" in my intestines were almost zero. I was advised to take plant-based enzymes and probiotics to help. I do think they helped for a while, but I slacked off on taking them properly and some of my symptoms have returned. I also think I may have a mild food allergy, and really need to try an Allergy Elimination Diet to help pinpoint what may be triggering my symptoms. So, if you don't have the $ to see a doctor, you could try taking probiotics (or eating more yogurt) or try an allergy elimination diet. It couldn't hurt.
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If you aren't having an emergency, the doctors will run a few tests and go from there. I had battery of tests done in the ER and they told me everything was fine. Yeah, except this knife like pain in my abdomen. I really would recommend cutting out dairy from your diet for the next several days if you are not insisting on seeing a doctor now.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:36 PM
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I went thru a lot of gastric problems for 6-9 months...indigestion, gas, bloating, pain, constipation, acid reflux..you name it I had it. I went to the doc several times and even did some ultrasounds. At the same time I was really stressed out and had anxiety so I went to a psychiatrist and he gave me some anti-anxiety meds and within a few weeks...ALL my stomach problems went away. I thought I had cancer, ulcers, etc...you name it...stress really messes your body up

You really need to see a doc to rule out any medical issues and then if it isn't that, then maybe it is stress. You could try dealing with your stress and see if that helps. I don't know what you can take because I'm not sure what your symptoms are. Have you tried using one of those symptom checkers on WebMD?
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I get pretty severe acid reflux. At first I thought it was a food allergy, but many people have told me I actually have symptoms of acid reflux- still need to see a doc about it, though I get serious stomach bloating, like my stomach is so bloated it hurts to breath and I can't move, that awful thing where I sort of barf a little bit every few minutes, like it comes up out of my stomach (sorry for grossness), and stomach burning/cramps. I just started taking zantac (sp?) and that seems to help since I haven't had it nearly as bad recently...stomach problems really suck- go to a doc!!
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:42 AM
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I used to have IBS pretty bad, but finally figured out some of the "triggers", and then just kinda "grew" out of it (Thank GOD!) - I think that was due to my life getting more settled = less stress and anxiety. It still comes around every now and then, but nothing unmanageable.

It's hard to take a stab at what yours might be without any symptoms, though
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Old 01-30-2008, 07:04 AM
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In the meantime I'm just curious...how many people here DO have some kind of existing bowel disorder or ulcer...how did you find out...and what do you do besides medication to make things better? I'm sure that stress definitely plays a part in this but I'm curious about natural remedies and the effects of certain foods. I know everyone's different too...I just wanna get some ideas besides crackers and ginger ale, which I'm a little bored with... :sigh:
I am assuming that you are not in any sort of pain, am I right?

There are specific remedies for different kinds of tummy issues. You can't be too sure to apply some ideas to your existing condition without knowing exactly what it is.

I understand your situation. When I was in Chicago, I know a lot of people could apply for public aid to be seen by a doctor if they don't have insurance and they can't afford it. Try to look at your options in the state where you are in.

And yeah, health is very important. It's either you have it checked or you might end up not being able to work at all.
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:52 AM
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Try cutting out dairy as well as wheat and see if that helps--one of my piano teachers has celiac disease and gets horrible cramping when she accidentally eats something with wheat in it. Dairy is also an extremely common allergen (I'm allergic to milk protein and if I slip, I get cold-like symptoms, but some people get more GI symptoms from it). As everyone else also said, see if there's some sort of low-cost clinic you could check out, because GI problems are no fun and you shouldn't have to suffer like that
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I was having stomach issues pretty regularly for awhile until I finally went to the dr about it. I ended up having my appendix removed the same night. Haven't had any more problems since. Don't know if that had anything to do with it or not, but thought I would share. Hope you figure out how to fix it and start feeling better soon.
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Old 01-30-2008, 11:04 AM
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Just to let you know, because I am in NY too, you should check out Healthy NY, which is government funded health insurance to those who can't afford private insurance on their own. You might very well qualify and that might be a great option for you especially if you suspect something serious!
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Do you have a low-cost clinic in your area? I once went to a "nurses clinic" for some vaccinations when I was uninsured and it wasn't too expensive.
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It can be so many different things. I had really bad stomach problems for awhile and I was just drinking way too much caffeine. My doctor made me stop drinking caffeine for awhile (and anything with too much acid...like orange juice) and now I am only allowed to have it in moderation (though I can still have it). My mother is allergic to corn syrup, which is basically in everything. So, it could be an allergy or an intolerance to something. Or it could definitely be stress!!! Stress is a monster. Maybe try checking your symptons on WebMD. It will recommend if you should go to a doctor right away!!
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Forgot to mention...
1. I had NEC when I was a baby. It's a type of colitis, I forget the long name. Long story short, I had major surgery at 6 weeks in which they removed part of my intestinal tract to save my life. I've often wondered if this fucked things up for me in the long run.
2. While they were at it, they removed my appendix...which pretty much rules out appendicitis now, I would say...!
3. I am a vegan so I don't eat dairy anyway.

Actually now that I think about it, I'm starting to suspect if it IS a wheat allergy or sensitivity in conjunction with other things. Simply because when I eat a lot of bread products, I feel like shit...Which totally sucks because wheat-free products are expensive and hard to find...and I don't want to waste away.

So....yeah. I'm sure most doctors will roll their eyes at the vegan thing and give me lectures. Now you can see why I wouldn't want to go even if I had the money. "Blah blah blah! You need protein" I'll show you where you can put your goddamn protein.... grrrr.....

As for anti-anxiety medication, been there, hated the side effects, not for me. It seems like the best place to start is my diet which is probably somewhat imbalanced anyway.
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Forgot to mention...
1. I had NEC when I was a baby. It's a type of colitis, I forget the long name. Long story short, I had major surgery at 6 weeks in which they removed part of my intestinal tract to save my life. I've often wondered if this fucked things up for me in the long run.
2. While they were at it, they removed my appendix...which pretty much rules out appendicitis now, I would say...!
3. I am a vegan so I don't eat dairy anyway.

Actually now that I think about it, I'm starting to suspect if it IS a wheat allergy or sensitivity in conjunction with other things. Simply because when I eat a lot of bread products, I feel like shit...Which totally sucks because wheat-free products are expensive and hard to find...and I don't want to waste away.

So....yeah. I'm sure most doctors will roll their eyes at the vegan thing and give me lectures. Now you can see why I wouldn't want to go even if I had the money. "Blah blah blah! You need protein" I'll show you where you can put your goddamn protein.... grrrr.....

As for anti-anxiety medication, been there, hated the side effects, not for me. It seems like the best place to start is my diet which is probably somewhat imbalanced anyway.
Sorry, but vegan diets are typically the most imbalanced. If you aren't supplementing your diet with extra vitamins or proteins, you probably are not eating properly.
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if it had anything to do w/ gluten, i'm sure you would've figured that out a VERY long time ago cause it's very hard to avoid foods w/ gluten and i would assume that you would feel very very sick.

how much water do you drink a day?

the first thing that comes to my mind is anything related to gallstones and acids.. but the big thing with that is lots of water (not just fluids.... caffiene acts like a diuretic and you will be dehydrated from it) and foods that aren't so greasy and fatty.
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I know PLENTY of very health vegans who eat a well balanced diets and their doctors are perfectly ok with it, so don't assume any doctor you went to would say something negative. Honestly, if you had issues as a young child and are now once again having issues you need to get to a doctor instead of asking us on the board here. I'm sorry to sound like a bitch - I know you don't have insurance but I even suggested something for you for low income people so get off your ass, get on the bus (it's like $2 bucks) and go to a clinic or something and get checked out. Worrying yourself with it all isn't going to heal it or make it any more bearable. You need to take care of yourself plain and simple.
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If you show your doctor that you know how to eat a balanced diet as a vegan (i was vegan for a long time), they won't give you that lecture.

I've had various digestive issues, but without knowing specific symptoms, it's hard to be at all helpful. You could try cutting out wheat and corn, but it's kind of a shot in the dark.
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Thanks for all your input, guys. I am gonna try and get to a doctor by Saturday and see what's up.
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