Anyone With Similar Symptoms?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-29-2003
Anyone With Similar Symptoms?
Thu, 04-15-2010 - 9:29pm

I am 25 years old. Two years ago, I changed birth control and had some nasty side effects - anxiety, changes in bowels, loss of appetite, odd pains - it took a few months to figure out that the birth control was causing it all and I switched back to what I had been using before. All the other symptoms have disappeared, except for the changes in digestion. I mentioned it to my doctor at the last physical and he suggested it might be IBS, so to come back if I continue to have problems. I am going back, but I am wondering if anybody else has experienced similar symptoms?

I frequently have mushy, poorly-formed stools in the morning about 30 minutes after I eat. I start to get hot, queasy, crampy, and anxious if I don't go. Later in the day, my stools are harder. Sometimes, I can go a month feeling bloated and full, and then I'll be fine again for the next few weeks. I don't stress easily, but my digestive habits are now constantly on my mind. I am anxious about eating for fear of how my bowels will react. I don't always eat as healthy as I could or as consistently as I should, but that is nothing new, I've always been that way. Thoughts?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 12:43am

Sorry to hear that your digestive problems have been causing you so much distress. You are not alone, believe me.

Here is some info about IBS if you would like to learn more. There is a wide variation in symptoms among people with IBS, so it can be a bit hard to figure out.

This article has some advice for dealing with IBS, if you do have it:

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-01-2010
Sat, 05-01-2010 - 12:30pm

IBS does sound appropriate, but regarding digestion...has your doctor reccomended getting a GES done? This involves eating radioactive eggs and seeing how long it takes for your stomach to digest.

Another test might be an upper/lower GI. You would have to drink some barium and the radiologists would follow it through the Small Intestine.

Good luck!