Lower GI Disorders

Hello - I had an umbilical hernia repaired at age 5. I remember having constipation issues my entire life, and remember screaming whenever I had a bowel movement. My mother's sister had a twisted intestine at age 22 and died during surgery while having it repaired. I am now 45 and still have major issues which include chronic constipation, bloating, gas, pain, fatigue, depression, and sometimes blood loss. Due to a previous lack of insurance and embarrassment, I have never been treated for these issues. Sometimes laxatives relieve the constipation, but not always. It seems that most...


Gastroparesis the beginning.
I believe my journey began in 1989 with the first migraine, but I didn't realize it. The first migraine I had was a reaction to Indocin.
I thought, at the time! And it may very well have been!
What you also need to know? Is that I was an avid exerciser, biker, jogger, and really worked at being healthy. Always had sinus and constipation issues but did my best to get around those without slowing down and you would not see me near a doctors office~~ until it interfered with my life!
Which one winter it did with pleurisy... My Dr just...

In my early 40s I had episodes of stunning "gas pains" in my lower left gut which I later realized were episodes of diverticulitis. I also began to develop a tendency toward constipation, but never due to hard, dry stools. I also had a very serious lactose intolerance since childhood. The smallest amount of milk or yogurt in some sauce or other would leave me doubled over in pain.

Throughout my life I was athletic and careful to maintain a good diet, heavy on fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains and got most of my proteins from beans and complex carbs. Never processed food. But often...



I've came across this website by doing research on the symptoms and issues I've been having.


A couple of years ago, I started to have bouts of constipation.  I didn 't think much of it.  I would just treat the symptoms with a laxative as needed.  Then over the past year, it's gotten a lot worse.  It doesn't seem to matter what I ate, I would balloon up like I'm about 9 months pregnant.  I'm a petite person, I eat healthy, unprocessed food and exercise several times a week.  The...

Hello I'm jan I am 51 and going through the menopause I have sinus problems ibs shaking anxiety an depression an loads more I cry all the time please tell me that some one is going through this it's driving me crazy and I don't no which way to turn if any one as got any of these symptoms please let me no " thank j x

I am a 47 year old woman who suffers from severe IBS and diverticulosis, (I have had 3 bouts of diverticulitis. I am healing from one now). My problem is since this all started I now suffer from anxiety. I am so afraid every time I get even 1 twinge, I wish I knew how to relax and not get stressed out from this but I don't have a clue how to. I don't like to go to far away from home because I feel more comfortable in my own house..if anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate any input.. Thanks

I am a female who has been suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome for 35 plus years. In the last two years my symptoms have gotten much more severe. I started having stomach problems at age 14. By the time I reached my mid twenties, the IBS had a major stronghold on me. I have had several tests to rule out cancer. Now I am in my late middle years with the IBS still plaguing me. I have no quality of life, because I am afraid to leave my house. I am afraid I won't be able to find a bathroom quick enough. The symptoms are so severe that I have wanted to die. Here is a list of my symptoms:...


This is actually a story about my late husband , who just passed away on June 17, 2013 at 50 years of age. He had wasted away to 94 pounds, he used to be 210 pounds, 5'11".
He literally died from having chronic diarrhea for over 15 years which led to wasting sundrome, malabsorbtion syndrome. He also was diagnosed with Pancreatitus, Diabetes Type 1, Hyperthyroidism, COPD, Congestrive heart failure, ( he had 3 stents), SMA syndrome, anemia, bouts of ketoacidosis and gastroparesis.
His symptoms began in the late 80's with the symptoms of Diabetes, drinking large amounts of pop...

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