I have been sick for about a week now with bowel problems. i haven't been to a doctor because i was diagnosed about 10 years ago with ibs. I was assuming the recent sickness had to do with a bout of IBS. However about 10 days went by before i had a bowel movement. i did end up going with the help of many laxitives. Ever since i have gone to the bathroom, i have been very sick to my stomach and "sick" feeling. ALso within the past week, a knot has become visible and is very painful where my lymph node is on my left side groin area. i am a 29 year old female and have, for the most part, been very healthy. could this possibly be just a coincidence that it all has happened at once or possibly something serious? i am laid off work right now and cannot afford regular visits to the doctor, but am very concerned.
IBS does have a way of cropping up again. IF the following answer seems off the mark, or you feel worse, see a doctor, somehow.
Your description does not seem typical of IBS. If the sick-to-your-stomach feeling, and overall "sick" feeling, go away after you have a bowel movement, and you are now more regular, after the ten days of constipation, then you might try eliminating triggers for IBS. If you go to a doctor, she or he will tell you to take Metamucil. Instead, I would suggest that low, low, beginning doses of Fibersure be used, and gradually increased to the recommended amount. Gentle laxatives to use only if necessary are Miralax or the very inexpensive Equalactin (with lots of water).
You don't need to be able to afford regular visits to a doctor. You do need to see a doctor for diagnosis. I have no idea what the groin/lymph node pain might be: that's one reason to see a doctor. A doctor can't rule out IBS -- IBS becomes the diagnosis when other things are ruled out. Since you were once diagnosed with IBS, a doctor *might* agree to a trial of dietary changes and an increase in fiber. Peppermint capsules that are coated so they don't dissolve until they reach the intestines are also helpful, and have been endorsed, together with fiber, in a major study in the British Journal of Medicine.
In summary, even with a diagnosis of IBS in the past, and current troubles in your gut, it is not safe to do your own diagnosis. Let the doctor pat you on the head and rumble, "Just IBS, my dear!" and feel stupid and all that. BUT go see the doc!
Advice on self-help for IBS is available at my blog, http://www.formytummy.com/ and at http://www.helpforIBS.com/. I assure you that neither web site thinks there's anything simple or trivial or minimal about IBS.
I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM IN THE PELVIC AREA MY RIGHT HIP WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN..NO DR COULD FIND OUT WHAT WAS THE CAUSE..THIS WENT ON FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS..AFTER IF FELL IN SHOWER I BROKE MY HIP...IT TURNED OUT TO NON HOSKINS LEMPHOMA CANCER....I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD HAVE THE BIG C ITS JUST NOT IN MY FAMILY....PLEASE GET THE NODES CHECKED OUT TO BE SURE....BY THE WAY I AM CANCER FREE FOR 5 YEARS AND FEELING GREAT..GOD BLESS YOU
I have minor bowel issues with enlarged lymph node plus fatigue & joint pain. I saw a chiropractor who has been doing adjustment & he recommended me to get off gluten. I'm a new women!! No more fatigue no more joint pain!! I'm thinking either I have an intolerance or allergy(celiac disease)(No wheat flour, rye, or barley). Now that I'm off gluten if I get tested (tTGA) or (EMA) both blood test, they may come back to be a false negative. I really wish the medical field would wake up. The lymph system is such an important part of our body & they don't even recognize it as a system. Do you know any lymphologist?? haha Hope this helps
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