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So I used to think I had IBS. I mean I still might have it but I think I’m just sensitive to certain food triggers
and going to a gastroenterologist helped me with that. What I’ve noticed makes a big difference is my stress level.
I never thought stress levels would be related to my past issues (ulcers, gastritis, extreme constipation) until I got diagnosed with CPTSD.
The doctors explained to me that my amygdala is larger/hyper active so I get into a fight or flight mode almost daily sometimes with even small stress triggers
, and that this could possibly explain why I used to have more of these issues more when I lived with my shitty family vs now (alone).
So if you have similar anxiety/stress issues it may be making your GI issues much much worse. I’ve noticed now that when I feel stressed out I tense up and even with a healthy diet I will have issues but nothing compared to from before. Meditation, centering and grounding myself has really improved my gut Heath. Crazy thing how our bodies work.
Also I’d like to add some general things that have helped me
-cut out milk and dairy besides sometimes cheese. For some reason I tolerate the thick fresh style cheeses better than sliced cheese.
-cook only in light olive oil but I still avoid extra oil in general.
-air fryer has been awesome! I can eat fries and other types of food now that I would have had to previously avoid. You don’t even need to add any oil which is great.
-avoiding red things. So tomatoes, peppers, strawberries (occasional is fine). This is something my gastroenterologist told me to do. Avoiding certain fruits like lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, pineapples. They just hurt long term so it’s not worth it for me. If you can keep them though then it’s cool.
-adding certain fruits like papaya, watermelon, and mango to my diet has really helped me feel more regular and healthy overall.
-no coffee ever pretty much. I get my caffeine from matcha if at all. Coffee messes up my stomach sometimes. No alcohol either. I don’t really drink anyways and it just makes me feel more dehydrated which is bad anyways.
That's so crazy to think about but I'm glad you finally figured out what it actually was. I don't really have an issue with anxiety but definite issues with stress just because of work, and I'm really bad at letting myself relax. I've had issues with bleeding (mostly super light bleeding) when I go to the bathroom for a few years and hemorrhoids as well and I'm barely 20 years old and its super frustrating and I know this stuff can happen at any age but it makes me feel old and gross, and now self conscious because its resulted in a pretty sizable skin tag that I'm not sure would even be a good idea to try to get removed in the first place. I'm about this close to buying a bidet just to help minimize any unnecessary irritation.
I've never really formally asked a doctor about it all though, only my gyno as a one off "hey what's that thing on my asshole and should I be worried about it". I know I need to get it checked out by someone who actually works with that part of the body, its just a matter of finding a doctor now.
Yeah it was honestly like a “wow this makes so much sense moment!” As silly as it sounds because , like you, I’m also young (early 20s) and my worst GI issues happened when I was younger than now.
Even weird things like straight up peeing myself even though I don’t have any incontinence Issues made sense! Due to anxiety, I would either pee either 24/7 or just go and not be able to hold it in. Since I’ve calmed down and gone to therapy this has stopped.
It sucks feeling old and gross like this, I really feel you. But you’re neither trust me. A lot of people struggle with these issues. I even have that skin tag like thing you mentioned due to a particularly bad case of constipation one time. I think the only way to fix it is a physician visit but I don’t really care to have a doctor look at my asshole right now unless something was seriously wrong. I asked my gyno about mine actually but she said it’s not an issue unless it’s causing pain (in my case) but it’s definitely removable but likely benign.
Wow, I feel like this advice would help me a lot. I have issues using the bathroom like some days I won't pee or poop and other days I'm like a race horse every other hour.
I still deal with stress and general anxiety despite having a healthy diet, little to no sugar and caffeine, and exercising and I also have CPTSD. The fight or flight mode thing is also daily for me as well so I think I'm gonna invest in an air fryer and avoid those certain foods you listed. Thank you anon!
I also am the same way! Some days I pee 24/7 and horrible diarrhea and others cannot go to the bathroom at all and other days I have normal urination. I think stress is a HUGE aspect of it. At least for me, definitely and it has been a game changer to try to relax. Something that has also helped me is sleeping regularly and also taking power naps as well if I have time. I use an app for this that wakes me up in a relaxing slow way and I feel so much more calm.
The air fryer is awesome because you can cook so many things in it and it’s super easy to use. Enjoying foods you can’t normally eat is really nice, since I love fries but the oil makes me sick so now I just cut up my own potatoes and stick them in there and they come out so yummy. I’ve also made chicken in here, super toasty . I got one for 40 bucks on amazon.
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I've had issues with anal fissures for a while, if it's bright red blood either in the toilet (just a small amount) or when you wipe along with a sharp splitting feeling when you go to the bathroom then that's most likely it. More fiber and water should help
Also if the skin lump just looks like a ridge of skin then that's normal, a good amount of women have that. NSFW image but if it looks like this then you have a perineal raphe and it's nothing to worry about, this happens during fetal development so it's normal for those who have it
For me it‘s the complete opposite of what >>114321
I used to ignore my butthole but ever since I found out I like when my bf does stuff to my butthole, shaving it together with everything else has become mandatory. I love the smooth feeling and it’s not an effort that’s worth mentioning to me.
I also never got a moist feeling or itching. I have to admit though that this area is a lot more prone to razor burn, so that can be a problem (but I can avoid it by using coconut oil and disinfecting my razor).
For the few ppl that I’ve talked to about it, it’s 50/50. Some do it, some think it’s unnecessary.
I personally only do it because I enjoy the soft feeling of it. Never felt insecure about it or anything. Insecurity or pressure from your boyfriend/friends/media should never be the reason for you to shave. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t do it.
Extreme swelling sounds kind of abnormal but the weird poop is probably mucous that lines the bowels. Some people poop it out when they are constipated or have issues like IBS, UC or Chron’s.
Are you having your period at all too? When I have my period I usually get constipated occasionally with gas/bloating and it hurts a lot. I found out recently that certain foods really set my stomach off, like coconut water. You might want to look into FODMAP or see what things could be triggering
But overall the best thing is to continue seeing a doctor if it is really affecting you.
Could also be low bile levels. Did the doc go into any detail about your liver function results? Sounds like something isn't letting bile flow the way it should. That can cause white and yellow feces. Bile is what gives poop its brown color, if your poop is pale, it could mean that there's an issue with bile levels which means it could be an issue with your liver, gallbladder and/or bile duct.
But it could also be food intolerances, or malabsorption, I'm not a doc. But the fact that you did have abnormal liver function tests tells me its more likely to be the former.
You need to see a gastroenterologist soon OR if the pain is getting worse OR you see your skin or eyes turning yellow, go to the ER immediately. Call a gastro soon (as in today) and make an appointment ASAP but if you notice any new symptoms, go to the hospital.
Yea the swelling is really squishy and makes me look like i have a fupa even tho I'm relatively thin.
I had my period two weeks ago. They've regulated (i never used to have periods..or at least barely) since i had an abortion last year, but they are also heavier, longer, and more painful. I'm seeing a nutritionist next month and I'm going to try and weed out some foods until then to see if anything is causing it.>>115776
Hmm i don't know about low bile levels. I have lately also had bile come up my throat and shit. But what I've noticed along with the pain and the poop stuff I've been nauseous every day, have trouble regulating my temp, and see dots and overall feel like shit. Always groggy and in pain. I'm a little worried. I have no insurance at the moment and the doctor i see is at the only place in town that sees people with no insurance. I still have about 20 days until my next appt and they can't move it up. I've called the nurses station two days in a row but they're so damn busy i always get sent to voicemail. Ugh i went septic before and ugh just UGH. Sadly i can't just waltz into a hospital because as i said, no insurance…and no money.
Thanks for the information though nonnies, i will see if the swelling goes down by tonight. The pain levels are ridiculous. And btw no they didn't specify what liver functions were abnormal, they gave me the results over the phone. I've also had my gallbladder removed so really idk at this point the google results that match this don't look optimistic so ehhh. I'll try calling the clinic for the second time in an hour. Thanks again!
I don't have endo but I think it can grow back sometimes after being removed, which could explain the pain and swelling and to some degree the diarrhea, I'm just kinda concerned about the color of it. Yellow (chronic) diarrhea alone could mean a gut issue like >>115772
said especially if it comes out greasy or mucousy, but white poops are puzzling. Also the liver is pretty resilient, one of the most resilient organs in the entire body (kinda has to be when its essentially one big filter), but I don't think a drug induced liver injury could be ruled out, at least not until you get more details on your liver function tests and see your doctor again. I really can't say.
I wish I had better answers but just make sure you're getting back all the fluids you're losing because of the diarrhea plus some and I know you don't have insurance/money but if the pain gets worse, you noticing any yellowing, or anything else concerning happens go to the hospital. Your health is way more important than any bill you might get in the future. Keep us posted anon!
if it's bothering you, you should probably have it removed
I'm not sure I understood you correctly but don't be embarrassed in front of your doctor, they see this kind of stuff every day, it's their job
I don't really have advice but I wanted to say that I think I've got a few external piles due to the general sudden lumpy and off color appearance of my butthole.
I'm also going wtf because there's nothing obvious that would have caused them for me either.
It's not weird, I look every time I wipe just to make sure.
But how do you wipe while still sitting down? You're supposed to go front to back, but how do you reach if you're still on the toilet?
I don’t sit all the way back, so my crotch is almost at the front of the seat. If I bend forward a little, I can easily fit my hand behind me and ‘into the bowl’. (It’s not really inside the bowl, but slightly below seat-level.) Some people are entirely grossed out by the idea of their hand going that far down but tbh I never touched the bowl (or anything I didn’t intend to, really) in my life.
I’m also quite petite though so I can see how this would maybe not be an option for someone with a bigger bum. Just another thing I never really thought about prior to hearing about it.
Coffee and a big glass of water in the morning always makes me go.
Also why not just flush the toilet, line the seat with toilet paper, then toss a layer of toilet paper into the toilet to prevent splash? That's my public toilet strategy.
I hate having IBS so much.
I have a very important exam coming up and I'm more worried about when/where to go to the toilet than I am about the actual test.
Today my friend drove me to uni, I got motion sickness and boom, got diarrhea. Last week it was hot, I was sweating and of course again diarrhea. On thursday I wore a skirt, meaning there was a tiny bit of pressure on my belly and it immediately triggered it again, I had to run out of class like 3 minutes after it started, so everybody probably think I'm a weirdo (and rude) now.
I get diarrhea because I am nervous and because I'm so nervous I get diarrhea, it's a vicious cicle. I wish I could leave the house without having to worry. I constantly panic and have to find a way to sneak away from friends, class, etc to find a toilet. Had it since 10 years already.
Recently I found some pills in my local drugstore, but it's so expensive, 10€ for just 1 week, I can't spend hundreds each year…
Do you think that birth control might make it worse?
For some reason I poop regularly every day only if I have a smoke in the morning. I literally finish my cigarette and run the fuck to the toilet.
Research is not really solid on that one so I don't even know if it's a common thing. I haven't smoked for a long while and I was constantly constipated and I honestly don't want to keep smoking now that I have quit for almost half a year since if I get something like colon cancer regular pooping wouldn't be my biggest problem at all!
The vomiting is what stands out to me here. I had ibs flare ups from ages 20 to 30 and never experienced vomiting no matter how bad I was
Maybe other anons will have your experience but I would think the vomiting indicates a different problem
Thanks anon. I haven't been able to find out whether vomiting is a common IBS symptom but had a suspicion it probably wasn't.
Out of interest, you said you had IBS between 20 and 30, does this mean you stopped experiencing flare ups? Do you know why?>>123313
Also, I forgot to mention that I keep getting feverish when it's really bad. I don't know if that's normal either.
I stopped having symptoms a year ago right after I got out of an abusive
relationship and once I'd moved out of a big city and to a small town. I've had generalised and social anxiety forever so anxiety was the cause of mine and I needed a huge lifestyle change more than a diet change personally
The vomiting and fever are not ibs symptoms I've ever heard of, makes you think of an immune system reaction, some autoimmune disorders cause bouts of vomiting
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Try propping your legs up. You don't need to buy a fancy stool since you probably have something already that you could use.
Nta but there’s usually no bidets in North America which sucks
After wiping until there’s no brown stains left, I use non scented soap and wash front and back. Only the outer skin at the front (never put soap inside your vag). At the back, spread cheeks apart and get the crack/hole with soap and water using your hands. I use the bathtub faucet and squat to get the most water down there (I literally put my crack in the water stream) Showers are unfortunately undetachable where I’m from but if you have a detachable showerhead aim for the lower parts of your body after lathering with soap. Idek if this is the proper way or if it’s bad for but that was the way I was taught
After a dry wipe I wipe some TP that's wet with a bit of warm water, then pat dry. I like the idea of wet wipes but they will clog and don't actually dissolve no matter what the package says. I saw someone on reddit say they spread their ass before they poo to minimise stickage but that only applies if your're thicc>>123385
Gonna have to get one of those. Why aren't bidets popular in North America? They make so much sense and they're not unpleasant to use
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Just curious, but how common is having diarrhea during your period? i know it's sort of normal, rarely see this being mentioned
I understand and relate so much. Everytime I must leave the house, the only thing I can think about is my ibs. Lately its been so bad I end up barely eating hoping that way I wont have a flare up.
Also lots of times I end up not going to class or coming back earlier. And it sucks because people dont know whats going on, and assume I'm lazy or dont care.
I believe birth control actually helps in a way. Without it felt worse for me at least.
For travel, I just carry little Summer's Eve wipes (I can't find individual baby wipes) around and throw them in the trash.>>125257
Either don't flush them, or consider a handheld bidet. Wipe to remove bulk before using the bidet and then dry off with paper towels. A portable handheld bidet is around $10 on amazon and you can just fill it from your bathroom sink. It saves a lot of time and you'll feel so clean.
I don't know of any specific educational anecdotes but I got an enema a week ago so I could try anal
It's pretty straightforward, you lie down (hopefully you have a clean rug so you're not on the cold floor), you insert the application device, and then squeeze away
The specific one I had was premixed, so there are probably cheaper ones that need a bit of work, but other than that, I would say get a pillow and bring your phone because it's not like an instant thing
I didn't actually feel the liquid going in until I was halfway done, but I'd definitely try to make sure the application device (sometimes it's just a bottle with slightly lubed tip) is inside just deep enough to where it won't spill out
But after a few minutes, and the enema you buy will probably be more specific about how long you have to wait, you should feel it coming back out
Then you just poop for 20 minutes–it's not like a constant stream, it's a lot at first and then a little bit at a time every few minutes
Stay as long as you feel comfortable, I ended up staying for 30 to 40 minutes until my body felt that I was completely empty, so definitely bring a magazine if you don't want to use your phone
Hope that was good enough
Eat fiber, use wetwipes/wet tp
Honestly, 99% of the shit in this thread is solved by eating more fiber, you'll get no wipe shits and its great. Just dump a spoonful of psyllium husk in a smoothie and enjoy not shitting and wiping yourself bloody guys, thank me later.
My main bit of advice would be to stay on the toilet for longer than you'd expect, getting all the water out can take a while and you don't want to discover you've left some in, set plenty of time aside
I don't know if you're doing it for sex related reasons? but I did it twice for that reason and felt so fed up and unsexy after the water-shitting session that it put me off enjoying it afterwards
The only couple times I've enjoyed anal were when I happened to be having a good stomach days and could be spontaneous. That rare though
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Years ago I got a hemorrhoid from stress and straining on the rim of the anus. Throughout the years it's swelled up and deflated depending on my lifestyle but it NEVER truly goes away. A normal anus usually has many tightly coiled folds but because of the hemorrhoid one is always slightly inflated. It doesn't hurt or give me problems but it's a very big insecurity of mine.
Everybody, even doctors tells me to leave it alone and that it doesn't matter but I hate it. I want to have a normal looking butthole. Does anyone else have this? Is there any way to make this pile just go away and have the anus look like it did before?
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got a pretty bad hemorrhoid (small grape sized), literally want to kms, feeling like an old person and constantly thinking about my fucking anus. germolene works for a bit but it always goes back to it's full sized glory. it has been a good week and a half so am pretty sure it won't sort itself out. guess this is the push I needed to finally sign up to a gp (foreign student), just wish it would have happened in a non-holiday period as now I def need to live with this for good 3 days + however long it takes to get an appointment.
literally don't even know why, my diet has always been shit and I have always been stressed by my bowel was quite happy, missing those days dearly. is this aging? I'm only 22
Same, anon! I wish I had a normal looking butthole. It's there all the time, sometimes looking like a tiny flap of skin and other times it's more inflated, but thankfully I never have any pain from it.
However, it does make me self conscious in bed sometimes.
My current partner isn't into anal sex, but eventually I would like to have it and I'm nervous it's gonna hurt or swell as a result, or turn my partner off from having anal to begin with.
I brought some Preparation H, but I haven't started applying it 3 times a day yet.
If that doesn't work to get rid of it all together/keep the swelling down forever, I was considering treating myself to hemorrhoid banding, however I'm terrified of doctors and not sure I could justify a medical procedure because I don't like how my butthole looks…
foreign student whose brain is the same size as her hemorrhoid here again with a retard update, can't print out gp application forms pr bank statement as proof of address because uni library us closed until 6th! kms time! current plan is to wait until 10am when the bank opens and print my statement there and then go get the forms in person, really want to get signed up today so I can get an appointment as soon as possible after new years. after work it seems to have inflated some more but am not sure whether that's my paranoia and expectations of anal prolapse or actual reality. fucking otc cream is doing fuckall tho besides temp numbing. it's painful to walk even but nhs website says to go to the hospital only if you have fever/are leaking pus/birthing tier pain and my ass buddy doesn't quite quality so suffering it is.
keeping all y'all hemorhoid sisters in my thots and prayers!
Absolutely same. I feel the pain.
I got my first in hs which was years ago, it was like a red almond took over my asshole. That one went away, thankfully. Then, not sure what the cause was, but like 2 years ago another one has returned, tho smaller. An irl friend has the same issue & tells me she can push hers back in. Tried it out & it works a bit until the next shit or whatever. I always find myself fingering my asshole real quick before sex with my bf because I’m insecure. I’m almost positive he’s aware of it due to the fact that we’re into ass stuff, but he hasn’t commented on the issue.
Lately it’s been deflated & less of an issue due to watching my diet, straining less & treating the hemmy with witch hazel.
One tip given to me by a gay friend (gay guys have the best advice on this issue I swear) is to soak a cotton ball or wipe in witch hazel & tuck in in your ass cheeks right up on the anus & let that chill for a bit. It actually has helped reduce!
Does the witch hazel sting, Anon? I'm greentext hemmanon and my worst one ever is FINALLY calming the fuck down but Ill def do this when it inevitably flares up again.
I'm thinking of going to get them banded or treated because now it's like a ton of almost skin-tags permanently around my ass that flare up like a lizards fucking neck defense mechanism every few days
on the days that the flare ups were particularly bad the witch hazel press kinda feels a little sensitive but not like a stinging sensation at all. I recommend it fa sho
I actually haven’t looked in to banding but if the hemms don’t eventually go away I’d be more than happy to have an operation to rid of them.
I don't think I can find wrapped tp rolls at my bfs place.. I'm also not sure that would fix my particular problem, I don't even really understand why it won't come out. Also uhm the hand bidet doesn't seem very practical..? I'm pretty unhandy and clumsy and I'm worried I would achieve being messy with that tbh
But I haven't thought of the bidet thing before so I guess I can try to find one and try it at home first..
Oh I should have mentioned you need to wipe first to get most of it. The bidet is just to clean up at the end instead of spending forever with baby wipes, further irritating your hemorrhoids. Another thing that helps is getting enough water. Fiber is important, but without water it leave you with cement.>>131125
The travel bidet has a special way of spraying out at an angle.
So fiber basically?
I do have fiber supplements but I keep forgetting I have them and I only used them for a few days so far.. Didn't notice a change when I did use them but maybe it takes longer to work?
…yes girl it does. You need to take things for at least a week if not 2 to notice a difference.
Metamucil isn't just fiber iirc it has some other things but just take something to harden your shits please. And stick to it.
Also what's your diet like?
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>tfw only times i'm not constipated is when i'm having diarrhea
it's not like i just can't shit, but i can never do it fully,most of the times feels like i only got half of it out and it just wont move
tried loads to little fiber,more water,stuff like prune juice and laxatives don't even do anything. Always feel in pain and/or bloated. Can't shit at all when i'm in a hurry or other people are staying over. No motivation to go anywhere while feeling bloated.
This really is messing with the little of a life that i have. Often have breakdowns over how not fair this feels
Tip if you down own a bidet is to slightly dampen your toilet paper so you don't need to use as much.
Unless you're english and your toilet paper is flaky shit and disintegrates in your hand.
i'll try,i eat it pretty often but not in big amounts
sofar eating a big portion of fruits in one sitting has been helping
do you eat a lot of vegetables? because those can cause you to have a loose stool due to the high fiber content.
as for the left behind stool, really the only thing that could help with that is washing after every time you go to the toilet.
Isn't fiber also being used to make it more firm..? I read it can help with both problems
And I just started using fiber supplements again and my shits were better but I don't know if that was a coincidence or not. Today it was messy again but the only thing I ate today was stuff from burger King so maybe that's why, I barely drank anything and took my fiber supplement tho
I seem to be constipated almost all the time (except for when I’m ovulating and on my period; those days always give me painful diarrhea) but I don’t mind, tbh? Is that bad?
I only poop every 2-3 days, it’s usually very firm and therefore I barely have to wipe.
The only downside is that I tend to get hemorrhoids, even tough I don’t even press hard and bowel movements take me about 2 minutes tops.
Now the solution to that seems to be not to constipated, duh. But the thing is that whenever I get looser stool it becomes a (literal) pain in the ass. It always feels like acidic diarrhea and I’ll need just as much paper as the other anons itt. I always read about how fiber makes your poops so easy to clean, apparently, but I just can’t relate.
I also get the same feeling >>131158
described about feeling they’re not getting everything out. Whenever my stool is a bit softer it will always feel like I’m not really done.
I don’t know how to feel about all of this.
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I sympathise with anons talking about their hemorrhoids. I have them and I hate them. it's been down to my ibs and straining on the toilet and now I have these two external hemms. I know people talk about them hurting but mine never did, they just looked fucking ugly. I'm glad I have no bf because I know I'd be so ashamed of him seeing them.
I'm only really posting this because recently one of them has been bleeding. ugh it's awful. It sucks because I'll use the toilet and whatever healing the 'cut' has done since my last time is just ruined cause it's stretches the lil scab/healing open again. this is so gross, I'm sorry.
I'm going to try and up my fibre and stay away from foods I know give me ibs flareups. in the past when I've eaten well the hemms have 'deflated' so hopefully I can get there again.
also, I read that witch hazel can help to shrink em. has anyone tried this?
the only thing that's worked for me is using hemorrhoid cream and cleaning with non-scented soap daily. after a week or so of doing that, it shrunk completely.
I've never tried using witch hazel though
i too have a smelly pussy anon. it is the bane of my life, but you are not alone. it's definitely not BV, or any other kind of infection, i've just got a smelly pussy.
my hygiene is good, too - i've tried a load of different stuff (though no douches because UK anon and I think they genuinely are pretty bad for you).
the only thing i've had moderate success with is this - keep my pubes short, wash vulva thoroughly with femfresh active wash and a fresh flannel (not just hands), blowdry area after shower on cool setting, follow up with deodorant designed for intimate areas afterwards.
i wash all my clothes and bedding with antibacterial cleaning agents on a hot wash so it's not my clothes either.
this is the only combo of things that gives me a remotely inoffensive pussy after years of trial and error - i've tried washing with mild soap and water, tried shaving/not shaving, i always wear natural fibres, i've tried changing my diet, i've been to the doctor.
my pussy just smells bad. i can smell it through my clothes after a particularly exerting day. i've never smelt anybody else's pussy though so maybe it's more about being hypersensitive? i don't know.
i DO know that i'm tired of trite advice that's like "it's a pussy, we've all got unique smells, it's not supposed to smell like a tropical paradise" - bitch i know! i just want it to stop smelling like metallic trash! thanks!