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Smiling_Sara
08-25-2010, 10:57 PM
I have talked about bathroom stuff in here before and got great advice on things to try, including going to a doctor. For as long as I can remember, I've had stomach "issues" of not being able to go to the bathroom, pain while going, etc... so, seeing a doctor is on my short list of things to do, esp since yesterday/early this am I had a unusual scare. So, I had my dinner, some chicken stir fry. I go to sleep at a normal hour for me. About 10 or so. I wake up at 2am with some strange stomach cramps. I walk to the bathroom, and all of a sudden I start to break out in a cold sweat, and I feel dizzy. I feel as if I need to go to the bathroom, but nothing happens. I drag myself back to bed and roll around from the cramps. It wasn't unbearable, but was semi uncomfortable. A few minutes pass and I decide to try again, since I feel like I need to use the restroom. I end up having diarrhea pretty badly. ( Sorry, I know TMI ) I still feel a bit dizzy and sweaty. I did drink a big glass of water to try and hydrate myself.

Any ideas on what this could be? I've heard maybe ulcer colitis? Yes, I will be making a doctor appt, I was sopose to have a colonoscopy done in Dec, but time got away from me, and fear. I"m kind of scared that if I get dizzy from one episode of this, how will my body be able to handle hours?

Sorry, just have a lot of stuff running through my mind right now. Anyone ever have these symptoms? I also had the same ones when I would have to take an over the counter laxative. The cold sweat and getting dizzy. I wonder if the doctor has any other ways of prepping for the procedure?


Purrceyz
08-25-2010, 11:56 PM
edited to add more info

My 23 yr daughter has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and her symptoms sound like yours. However, it's wise to see a doctor to be checked out and to make sure (IBS is usually the diagnosis after they rule out the other things.) Although my DD gets cramps, dizziness and shakes with IBS diarhera, it could also be food poisoning due to spoiled chicken.

If it is Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it is manageable. my DD finds if she avoids certain hard-to-digest foods (corn, cabbage, brocolli), takes probotics and avoids stress & processed foods (which are full of corn), it is much better. (My DD tells me that people can have different triggers; although both her & my mom can't eat corn or brascia veggies, others find spicy food a trigger...although she doesn't).

I'm having a colonoscopy myself next week (my mom has just finished chemo for colon cancer.) I understand that the prep (drinking clear fluids and laxatives the night before) is harder than the actual procedure. I'd discuss your symptoms with the doctor for the laxative.

Nikki6kidsmom
08-26-2010, 12:06 AM
I agree with Purrceyz it sounds like IBS. Do alittle research and try limiting certain foods and see what happens.

I had a similar issue with too much salad awhile back. I hope you get to feeling better.


Purrceyz
08-26-2010, 12:17 AM
My DD wanted to mention that she's also found apple cider vinegar (a tsp at a time) very helpful when she's having a bad bout. (It has pectin in it.)

mandalinn82
08-26-2010, 12:24 AM
The fact that you woke up in the middle of the night with diarrhea means this episode, at least, wasn't likely IBS-related (it's actually considered a "red flag symptom" that something isn't IBS-related). The rest of your symptoms might be, but if you woke up with stomach cramps, it's likely something else going on.

What did you eat before the chicken stirfry? Any continuing stomach symptoms, or were you pretty much fine the rest of the day? Did you have eggs for breakfast :)

Smiling_Sara
08-26-2010, 10:29 AM
Thanks for the replies. I have always had issues with things of this nature. It drives me crazy.

It's funny you mention eggs mandalinn, I did have 2 hard boiled eggs for b-fest. I also had a peach, a big salad for lunch, that had fresh garden tomatoes and pepers in it. For supper the stir fry. I think the chicken was cooked through, cause it was a frozen bag stir fry, that you just heat up, so I'd think the chicken was already cooked, but I guess you never know.

I was fine the whole day, worked out for 90 minutes, got home, cooked dinner, watched some tv, went to sleep, and woke up at 2 with that. I was pretty much fine after the episode too. Just scared cause i hate feeling dizzy like that.

I think the prep itself doesn't scare me half as much as the possibilty of getting dizzy while going through it. How will I be able to handle that....

time2lose
08-26-2010, 10:52 AM
I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and I have episodes exactly like you describe. Time of day varies with them sometimes it is in the middle of the night, sometimes it is daytime. They are always preceded by a long spell of constipation. However, just because I have similar attacks does not mean the problem is IBS. You need to go see your doctor.

StarvingPoet
08-26-2010, 10:53 AM
My Uncle has IBS, and that definitely sounds familiar. I'm glad you're making a Doctor's appointment. *HUGS*

Cassie8236
08-26-2010, 10:53 AM
First, get your booty to a doctor!!!! and keep track of everything that gives you "problems" after eating it, the doctor might be able to see a pattern.

Oh, and second, get your booty to the doctor!! I worked for a GI and the worst part of a colonoscopy per everyone there is the prep....but the drugs they give you during are worth it....:spin:

KatMarie
08-26-2010, 10:54 AM
Instead of going to a general doctor, go to a gastroenterologist. I messed around with a general doc for almost a year with no relief.

lovemyboy
08-26-2010, 05:48 PM
I get exactly those symptoms but from food allergies. Sorry you are dealing with this.

althepirate
08-26-2010, 06:52 PM
Were the eggs part of the recall going on?

Smiling_Sara
08-27-2010, 09:59 AM
I have no idea if the eggs were a part of the recall. This is what the package looks like,

http://i38.tinypic.com/vgoa4o.jpg

I bought them already hard boiled and packaged. Exp date 9/4/10

Yes, I know I need to get to a gastroenterologist doc, I had a consult with one in Dec, where he suggested the procedure. I put it off and put it off. I know it must be done, but I'm scared about these dizzy spells, if I get dizzy after one episode, how will my body react to an all day thing. :o

Trazey34
08-27-2010, 03:22 PM
hmmmm I've had food poisoning ( a mild case ) and it woke me out of a sound sleep and i spent the evening on the loo (hey poo and loo rhyme!) and it was chicken related!

envelope
08-27-2010, 04:12 PM
I recently was very ill with symptoms that were very similar from what I think was food poisioning (that is what I get for eating chicken in the parking lot before the Jimmy Buffett concert).

saram
08-27-2010, 04:31 PM
Something just like that happened to me about 3 years ago. I felt like I had to go to the bathroom but couldn't. I broke out in a cold sweat and was dizzy and crampy. I was at work and they took me to the ER and it turns out I had a kink in my colon and it was preventing me from going to the bathroom. The cramps were bad because my body was trying to make me go. My dr told me to hydrate and eat high fiber for a few days and if I need to, laxative or enema. It worked itself out and I have not had an episode since. A simple x-ray showed the kink and it was all good. It is best to go to the dr and let them diagnose it.

Smiling_Sara
08-28-2010, 11:52 PM
I don't think it was food poisoning, as it was just one trip to the bathroom. I don't think it was anyway, but I've also never had food poisoning before. :?:


I just wish my bathroom habits were freaking normal. Somethings always going kind of screwy in that area :o

Petite Powerhouse
08-29-2010, 01:33 PM
I get exactly those symptoms but from food allergies. Sorry you are dealing with this.

^This.

Bunti
08-29-2010, 01:47 PM
Certain foods I am sensitive too give me the symptoms you describe.

I think if the eggs were the tainted ones, you'd had a longer duration of symptoms than you describe.

L144S
08-29-2010, 03:41 PM
EVERYONE should know that a clonoscopy is no big deal. The prep is not fun, mostly becaus it is usually 3 days of a resticte diet and then clear liquids and aybe dulcolax before the solution you have to drink.
ANY good GI doc will give youplent of sedation so you won't feel a thing
my advice is to schedual for first in the morning so that you can basicly skip breakfast.
A colonoscopy can give you a base line for the future and if there is irritation, depending on where the dr can tell you what might be causing the irritation.
I have had crohn's and colitis for over 25 years. when I am in a full blown flair up, i get the cold sweats, dizzy and I vomit and it has nothing to do with the time of day.

I don't mean to scare you, If you are lucky this is nothing and you can have a baseling for a colonoscopy for the future, if it does turn out to be something, the colon ususally does not heal itself and the right medications can do wonders and go a long way into solving some if not all of your issues.

Smiling_Sara
08-30-2010, 09:48 AM
EVERYONE should know that a clonoscopy is no big deal. The prep is not fun, mostly becaus it is usually 3 days of a resticte diet and then clear liquids and aybe dulcolax before the solution you have to drink.
ANY good GI doc will give youplent of sedation so you won't feel a thing
my advice is to schedual for first in the morning so that you can basicly skip breakfast.
A colonoscopy can give you a base line for the future and if there is irritation, depending on where the dr can tell you what might be causing the irritation.
I have had crohn's and colitis for over 25 years. when I am in a full blown flair up, i get the cold sweats, dizzy and I vomit and it has nothing to do with the time of day.

I don't mean to scare you, If you are lucky this is nothing and you can have a baseling for a colonoscopy for the future, if it does turn out to be something, the colon ususally does not heal itself and the right medications can do wonders and go a long way into solving some if not all of your issues.

I do realize that one is not a big deal, but like I said in the orig post, if I ger dizzy and cold break out in a sweat over one episode of diarrhea, how will I be able to endure a whole day of prep? It is my understanding, that you basically have diarrhea for half a day? So, I'm basically terrified of being in the process of this, and getting all dizzy and passing out or something. Pretty much my worst fear.

I realize I need one done to see why I go from constipated to diarrhea, have blood in my Bowels more often than not, etc. It's just so irritating.

cestlavie22
08-30-2010, 09:53 AM
In my experience, the kind of clean out most people get with colonoscopy prep is not like the diarrhea you get when you have food poisonning. Yes you will be sitting on the toilet for a while and repeatedly but it tends not to be the explosive diarrhea one gets when one is ill. So, go for it and find out what is the problem!

time2lose
08-30-2010, 09:54 AM
have blood in my Bowels more often than not

I did not catch this earlier. Blood in your stools is an important reason to see a doctor as soon as possible!

L144S
08-30-2010, 01:50 PM
the prep is not a day and a half of diarrea. It is 3 days of a restricted diet, calle a low residue diet and then usually one day of a liquid diet, dulcolax to soften the stool and then a drink (varries by Dr.) that you drink a galss about every 15 min. it takes about 2 hours to drink the whole thing (those with digestive issues tend to be told to drink until you run clear for me it was about 1/2 the solution) and then you will essentially go but it is like water. I will admit that the prep (drink) is the worst part and trust me with ACTIVE Crohn's and Colitis I have to do my fair share of tests.

But if you want answers to your problem (ok here is the attitude) you have to put on your big girl panties and do what you have to do to feel better in the end and find the answer to your stomach problem.

jessy 49
08-30-2010, 08:29 PM
the prep is not a day and a half of diarrea. It is 3 days of a restricted diet, calle a low residue diet and then usually one day of a liquid diet, dulcolax to soften the stool and then a drink (varries by Dr.) that you drink a galss about every 15 min. it takes about 2 hours to drink the whole thing (those with digestive issues tend to be told to drink until you run clear for me it was about 1/2 the solution) and then you will essentially go but it is like water. I will admit that the prep (drink) is the worst part and trust me with ACTIVE Crohn's and Colitis I have to do my fair share of tests.

But if you want answers to your problem (ok here is the attitude) you have to put on your big girl panties and do what you have to do to feel better in the end and find the answer to your stomach problem.

In my experience the prep varies with the doc. Last time I had a colonoscopy it was one day of restricted food and then the dreaded DRINK (unpleasant tasting). The diahrrea lasted an hour at most, then passed mainly clear fluid. There are obviously different protocols for prep. An experienced gastro should be able to tailor the prep for you.

Ookpik
08-30-2010, 08:44 PM
I've had something similar happen to me, BorntoFly. In my case, they were gall bladder attacks. After I had that removed, I've been okay.

Smiling_Sara
09-07-2010, 11:24 AM
the prep is not a day and a half of diarrea. It is 3 days of a restricted diet, calle a low residue diet and then usually one day of a liquid diet, dulcolax to soften the stool and then a drink (varries by Dr.) that you drink a galss about every 15 min. it takes about 2 hours to drink the whole thing (those with digestive issues tend to be told to drink until you run clear for me it was about 1/2 the solution) and then you will essentially go but it is like water. I will admit that the prep (drink) is the worst part and trust me with ACTIVE Crohn's and Colitis I have to do my fair share of tests.

But if you want answers to your problem (ok here is the attitude) you have to put on your big girl panties and do what you have to do to feel better in the end and find the answer to your stomach problem.

Yes, I know it needs to be done. Appt is set for Sept 24. From what I have read when I went for the consult, it's 4 ducolax pills and a bottle of miralax. I'm not even overly scared about drinking all thsi stuff, it's mostly the idea of getting so dizzy while in the process of um, cleaning myself out. Not much worse than that feeling.

L144S
09-07-2010, 12:20 PM
Excellent on making the apt!!!
You will be fine. Dulcolax is just a softener. Recomend 2 the night before also. Remember no red, blue or purple flavor mix. It can read as blood. Also gummy bears, excluding colors above got me through my clear liquid day. Let us know how it turns out.

catowned
09-07-2010, 04:22 PM
Instead of going to a general doctor, go to a gastroenterologist. I messed around with a general doc for almost a year with no relief.

agree with this ^^^^^ :hug:

Smiling_Sara
09-08-2010, 10:27 AM
Excellent on making the apt!!!
You will be fine. Dulcolax is just a softener. Recomend 2 the night before also. Remember no red, blue or purple flavor mix. It can read as blood. Also gummy bears, excluding colors above got me through my clear liquid day. Let us know how it turns out.

I don't know, I bought some dulcolax suppositories a while back, and it even says on there that it may cause faintness? Maybe the reg pills are different. But even without anything, just having diarrhea, I can get dizzy and feel like I may faint. And every time I've taken a laxative ( other then miralax ) like corectol, I have woken up in the middle of the night with the sweats and once it starts I get very dizzy.

I must just have a very weak system or something. But I know I need peace of mind with this. It's been going on much to long. A nurse is going to be calling with instructions, and hopfully I just remember to tell her about dizzyness, and maybe they can prescible something for that at the same time. IDK.

JayEll
09-08-2010, 01:10 PM
What is your blood pressure? If it tends to read on the low side, then you could be having it drop too low when you use the laxatives. Just a thought--ask your doc.

Good luck!
Jay

Smiling_Sara
09-08-2010, 08:48 PM
Nurse called today to go over diet for the next week. I asked her about the over the counter laxatives and that they do make me dizzy, after putting me on hold for about a minute, she told me that I can do without them, and focus on drinking more miralax if needed, just make sure I'm clear.

L144S
09-30-2010, 09:24 PM
Checking in with Born to fly on how everything turned out.

AbbySinthe
10-06-2010, 04:38 PM
Checking, too. :) How'd you make out?

Smiling_Sara
10-25-2010, 09:25 PM
Thanks gals! Just saw you guys replied now.

I did make a thread about the results here: I have diverticulitis. http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/100-lb-club/213339-diverticulitis-anyone.html


They also took a adenomatous polyp from me. From what I understand, is that these types of polyps, if left in the colon for a long time, have the ability to turn into cancer. ( SCARY ) Needless to say, I'm glad I went and got checked out. They told me to make sure my siblings get checked out cause that kind runs in the family, and to come back every 3 years for checkups. Which is rare at my age, but whatever I have to do to make sure I'm here as long as I"m able, I'll do.

Thanks for wondering :)

L144S
10-25-2010, 09:32 PM
thanks for checking in!

I too am glad you went through with the apt. and FINALLY got your diagnosis! I hope you are feeling better.