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April 19, 2016

IBD or IBS – That is the Question

By Kanaaz Pereira

Many people are confused between two distinct gastrointestinal disorders: inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Jean Fox, M.D., gives us a primer on the key differences, and similarities, between IBD and IBS.

For more information about IBD and, visit mayoclinic.org/IBD.

Dr. Fox is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.

Tags: gastrointestinal disorders, IBD, IBS, Jean Fox, Tips from Clinicians

I had Ulcerative Colitis for many years and it was under control with medication then in May 2014 I had a pacemaker put in. Months later I started bleeding and was told they did not want to put me on a blood thinner while I was bleeding I bleed for four months and then I stopped. I went to see my Gastroenterology & my Cardiologist and was told with Ulcerative Colitis they wouldn’t put me on blood thinners but are concerned I will have a stroke so they had me see a Dr. about a Detecting Blood Coagulation On-Chip.
No one seems to know too much about this and I am very uncomfortable with this procedure and was told I would have to stay in the hospital for a couple of days so they can monitor me.
I am sure others have my condition and there are other solutions.
I will be 77 years old in October,

Any advise you can give me would be appreciated. Desperate, thank you.

Sincerely,

Patricia

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I had Ulcerative Colitis for many years and it was under control with medication then in May 2014 I had a pacemaker put in. Months later I started bleeding and was told they did not want to put me on a blood thinner while I was bleeding I bleed for four months and then I stopped. I went to see my Gastroenterology & my Cardiologist and was told with Ulcerative Colitis they wouldn’t put me on blood thinners but are concerned I will have a stroke so they had me see a Dr. about a Detecting Blood Coagulation On-Chip.
No one seems to know too much about this and I am very uncomfortable with this procedure and was told I would have to stay in the hospital for a couple of days so they can monitor me.
I am sure others have my condition and there are other solutions.
I will be 77 years old in October,

Any advise you can give me would be appreciated. Desperate, thank you.

Sincerely,

Patricia

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“We cannot give medical advice over the Internet but suffice it to say that patients who need anti coagulation for cardiac issues are prescribed these and just more closely monitored.”–Dr. Sunanda Kane, M.D.

I have suffered since my 30s and I'm now 65 with swelling of the abdomen pain and just all-around miserable when it comes to eating. But it doesn't just end with that when I'm stressed out like for example I have a family member dying right now, and I have an adopted daughter that is mentally ill in a facility so my stomach seems to be bloated every single day. My ribs dig into my stomach. I have constipation chronic along with PKD which is polycystic kidney disease so I'm limited on medication that I can take. I have tried taking antidepressants hoping that it would help my belly from swelling so big whenever I'm upset to no avail. I don't enjoy eating out which is something that I've always enjoyed before but now I know that if I go out to eat I'm going to be so miserable that after 5 minutes I'll be full and I'll be bloated and feel like crying because I'm so miserable. I have been admitted to the hospital after passing out in my home when I had a severe pain and like a blockage where I couldn't have a bowel movement. Before passing out I had the sense to pick up the phone and dial nine-one-one but couldn't speak as I passed out and I woke up to my dog licking my face and banging on my door. I was admitted to the hospital for 5 days bleeding the whole time with some kind of a white spots in the blood and I was told that it was a nice emic colitis attack. They didn't have a gastrologist doctor on hand and wanted to transfer me to another hospital 25 miles away but I was scared as they were telling me that I might need surgery and blood transfusions and then getting mad at me because I seem to be anxiety. So I declined after they had given me fluids and antibiotics for the 5 days and went home with someone taking care of me. Then I couldn't get in to see a doctor for a month later and when I did he just stared at me and said there's nothing they can do for that type of colitis. I try to be my own advocate as I've had polycystic kidney disease since my early 30s but I get the run around whenever it comes to my intestinal problems. My last colonoscopy they removed a small cancerous cell and I was told to come back in 5 years but they still couldn't give me any answers to why I'm miserable every single day of my life with my swelling of my belly and the chronic pain that I go through. I have arthritis also and I'm My Own Advocate on that also as I can't take inflammatories because of the kidneys. I guess I'm not on here to complain because I'm not a complainer I'm on here to see if there's anybody else that has suffered any of these problems and can either recommend a physician that will take my my intestinal problems serious as my mother had a colostomy bag I'm not sure why as it was never explain to me why she had to have one but I don't want to get to that stage without trying my best to get help. So anybody at all that has suffered they say with irritable bowel, that I have seen others with irritable bowel and their belly does not blow out so large that you can't sit or stand without being so miserable. I don't know what kind of doctor to go to I do have insurance with Medicare and a supplement but I need to find someone that will take me serious before I do end up having a colostomy bag. I know that people live okay with them but I'm scared to death of them and I feel like why should I have to get to that point without someone finding out what my problems are before it is too late. I have a lot of issues I realize that but the biggest one is not knowing what's wrong with my stomach. After the colitis attack that colonoscopy doctor told me that after the exam that my intestines were shrinking. What the heck is that mean,? I don't get any answers there either. I realize that so many people have problems getting answers as I've lived it for so long. Any suggestions at all will be appreciated. God bless

@donnamae65

I have suffered since my 30s and I'm now 65 with swelling of the abdomen pain and just all-around miserable when it comes to eating. But it doesn't just end with that when I'm stressed out like for example I have a family member dying right now, and I have an adopted daughter that is mentally ill in a facility so my stomach seems to be bloated every single day. My ribs dig into my stomach. I have constipation chronic along with PKD which is polycystic kidney disease so I'm limited on medication that I can take. I have tried taking antidepressants hoping that it would help my belly from swelling so big whenever I'm upset to no avail. I don't enjoy eating out which is something that I've always enjoyed before but now I know that if I go out to eat I'm going to be so miserable that after 5 minutes I'll be full and I'll be bloated and feel like crying because I'm so miserable. I have been admitted to the hospital after passing out in my home when I had a severe pain and like a blockage where I couldn't have a bowel movement. Before passing out I had the sense to pick up the phone and dial nine-one-one but couldn't speak as I passed out and I woke up to my dog licking my face and banging on my door. I was admitted to the hospital for 5 days bleeding the whole time with some kind of a white spots in the blood and I was told that it was a nice emic colitis attack. They didn't have a gastrologist doctor on hand and wanted to transfer me to another hospital 25 miles away but I was scared as they were telling me that I might need surgery and blood transfusions and then getting mad at me because I seem to be anxiety. So I declined after they had given me fluids and antibiotics for the 5 days and went home with someone taking care of me. Then I couldn't get in to see a doctor for a month later and when I did he just stared at me and said there's nothing they can do for that type of colitis. I try to be my own advocate as I've had polycystic kidney disease since my early 30s but I get the run around whenever it comes to my intestinal problems. My last colonoscopy they removed a small cancerous cell and I was told to come back in 5 years but they still couldn't give me any answers to why I'm miserable every single day of my life with my swelling of my belly and the chronic pain that I go through. I have arthritis also and I'm My Own Advocate on that also as I can't take inflammatories because of the kidneys. I guess I'm not on here to complain because I'm not a complainer I'm on here to see if there's anybody else that has suffered any of these problems and can either recommend a physician that will take my my intestinal problems serious as my mother had a colostomy bag I'm not sure why as it was never explain to me why she had to have one but I don't want to get to that stage without trying my best to get help. So anybody at all that has suffered they say with irritable bowel, that I have seen others with irritable bowel and their belly does not blow out so large that you can't sit or stand without being so miserable. I don't know what kind of doctor to go to I do have insurance with Medicare and a supplement but I need to find someone that will take me serious before I do end up having a colostomy bag. I know that people live okay with them but I'm scared to death of them and I feel like why should I have to get to that point without someone finding out what my problems are before it is too late. I have a lot of issues I realize that but the biggest one is not knowing what's wrong with my stomach. After the colitis attack that colonoscopy doctor told me that after the exam that my intestines were shrinking. What the heck is that mean,? I don't get any answers there either. I realize that so many people have problems getting answers as I've lived it for so long. Any suggestions at all will be appreciated. God bless

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@donnamae65 My husband is in his mid-30s and starting to show signs of what we think may be ulcerative colitis. I’ve been looking into alternative methods of medicine, including Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. Some treatments have been clinically shown to be effective. I think anything proven effective is worth a shot when you’ve exhausted mainstream treatments. Certain herbal formulas as well as acupuncture may help. Many insurance companies now cover the latter. I’ve had similar frustrations with the medical community not taking this disorder seriously, so I’m sympathetic. Good luck in healing and getting well.

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