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    8 years ago i had an anal fistular operation since then i have been fine.then 9 months ago i developed symptoms similar pain terrible itching and stinging bad before a bowel movement.terrible itching after the bowel movement. i have been referred to see a consultant but still waiting! it is very distressing and i have now had to go ono the sick because of the pain. please whats wrong with me before i go crazy.





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    Hi I was wondering if anybody could help me, my son had major surgery in march to perform a mitrofanoff due to various medical problems that he has. Since having the surgery his bowel movements have been pretty much next to nothing and thats with him taking latulose and movicol, was wondering if anyone knew why this is? Also since the surgery his breath has got this really horrible sick smell to the point if he breaths in my face I gag, he brushes his teeth twice a day and uses childrens mouth wash? Has anyone else had this problem with their child? Thanks in advance Lian x





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    hi, my little boy has just turned 4 and still dribbles a lot, he also has problems with his speech especially pronouncing certain letters like L,R,C,K,Th,ch etc I am just wondering if these issues could be connected. I did take him the doctors regarding the 2 problems, I got prescribed antihistamines for his dribbling which did help it a little bit but it started again when the antihistamines finished.





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    Hi, I was wondering how things went or are going with your sons dribbling? His symptoms sound very like my sons who is almost 4. He has had his adenoids removed and it has made no difference. His speech isn't very clear, although I understand most of what he is saying but others can't.

    Hello, I don't really have a solution to your problem but I can relate to everything your saying my 3 year daughter is exactly the same and I just feel like the doctors are not interested. I have tried to get them to do more test but they say she has a lazy bowel which is no good to me when she's in pain everytime she goes to the toilet. It is just nice to know that your not on your own.

    My son is 3 years old. I have CD and he often vomits/suffers with tummy pain and has loose bowel movements. He is also a little hyeractive and often gets itchy rashes on his skin. I had him tested (blood test) for CD and it came back negative. We were then discharged from the hospital (who did the tests). If it isn't CD - what can it be?





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    Hi sounds more like an allergy. Try dairy free for a week and you will see if there is a difference. My son was like that, he was diagnosed allergic to dairy at 9 months old. Hope this helps Kaz

    Hi my 4 year old has had problems with his water works for nearly 2 months now, has been given 3 lots of antibiotics, but hasnt cleared it up. Ive been told that his foreskin is to tight and maybe the start of the problem, he goes to the toilet every 5 minutes and sometimes more often than that, its exhausting. Im so worried as Ikknow it can cause long term problems, his personality has changed to, hes not the happy little boy hes always been, which is understandable. Any advice wud be great. Doctors just fob me off with more antibiotics!





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    my 10mth od son has had diarrhea for 6wks the doctor has prescribed medicines which havent worked he only drinks 5fl oz of water a day which the doc isnt worried about as he is well in himself, the doctor said hes had a viral infection which has damaged his bowel lining but that needs to repair itself and he is temporarily lactose intolerant please help





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    my 3 yr old son has a bowel problem sometimes his poo is tarry or like a paste even very watery he can even be constapated he lets wind off alot & sometimes when he lets wind it follows through i have been to his gp & they thought it was colic & they took a poo sample but that came back normal i dont know what else to do any suggestion





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    my son has a bowel condition. he suffers extremely bad from constipation and has done since he was 1, he is now 6. He can go 2 weeks without doing a poo and when he does he is in very bad pain and the poo is so large it blocks the toilet sometimes. the doctors keep giving him meds, he has had movicol and lactulose that dont work and wont refer him for tests! he gets embarrassed at school as he can sometimes soil himself a little bit but even when he soils himself , it still takes him a few days 2 do a proper poo. is there anything else i can do?





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    Hello, I don't really have a solution to your problem but I can relate to everything your saying my 3 year daughter is exactly the same and I just feel like the doctors are not interested. I have tried to get them to do more test but they say she has a lazy bowel which is no good to me when she's in pain everytime she goes to the toilet. It is just nice to know that your not on your own.

    I have had the same problem from the age of 4 and I am now 20 years old, sometimes a fibre suppliment added to an orange drink or other drink he likes may help, you can also cook it into food and treats so he wont een notice it's there but it has helped me, I have had every medication and nothing has helped. I control mine with diet and exercise now, good luck to you and your son!

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    Im a girl aged 38 over the last 6 weeks i have lost 2 stone I weigh 8st 11lbs I was 10st 14lbs before, I couldn't eat anything for 4 weeks and have just started eating now but not very much, the doctor said i had a infection in my vagina that was caused from bacteria that lives in the bowel that had got there, I got treated with metronidazole oral 250 three times a day..Could the infection of made me lose so much weight?





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    Hi my 2 year old son only has a bowel movement on average twice per week and it would not be a full bowel movement...bits here and there smell is quite bad for how little is in the nappy. He has also started to vomit when he tries to poo. I have taken him to doctor who is not concerned, prescribed movical which works short term then back to slow bowel movement. Can anyone help?





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    My son is eight years old he was born 10 weeks early and we were told his bowel was nderdeveloped. He goes to the toilet for a poo maybe once a week when we have nagged him to sit down and when it comes out we need a plumber to unblock the toilet because it is huge. In the lead up to this we have have days of messy pants and after eight years of this we are all at the end of our tether. I am concerned that he will be bullied. He also wets the bed every single night and I wonder if the bowel problem affects the bladder. He has had a scan recently which showed no problems and I am due to go to an enuresis clinic but I am worried that they will just say he will grow out of it. It is a major source of tension in our house. I sometimes feel like I live in a public toilet. Please Help!!!





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    Hi Sarah, My son was born on time with a normal bowel but we are suffering exactly the same problems as you... my 6 and a half year old only goes once every 10 ten days on average and then its because we are getting the soiled pants, not eating business (its gets to the point where the poo is obviously trying to force its way out and he ends up touching himself then leaving smears of it on walls etc) and we have to force him to sit on the toilet. His stools are so big I'm amazed he hasnt torn himself open sometimes! We have been taking him to the health visitors and GP for years and nothing changes, they've done scans etc and had him on lactulose then a very small dose of movicol for a while but this caused chronic diaroehh so we had to stop that. He also has to sleep in nappies which are soaked through by morning, a friend mentioned to me that if his bowel was always full then this would mean his bladder was being squashed as a result? My husband and I are at the end of our tether and I am beginning to think this is a physological problem and he needs some sort of counselling...

    Thank you for your comments this sounds exactly like my son's problems - It is actually good to know that somebody else is having the same problems as us. I am wondering whether we need to go down the counselling route aswell I am really aware that in a couple of years time he will go to secondary school and if we haven't sorted it out by then he will be bullied. All the doctors say not to get stressed etc but sometimes I just want to shake him cause it feels like he's not going because of laziness, it's really difficult to know whether we should be strict with him or is it actually a medical condition that we need to be tolerant about

    Hi Sarah, My son was born on time with a normal bowel but we are suffering exactly the same problems as you... my 6 and a half year old only goes once every 10 ten days on average and then its because we are getting the soiled pants, not eating business (its gets to the point where the poo is obviously trying to force its way out and he ends up touching himself then leaving smears of it on walls etc) and we have to force him to sit on the toilet. His stools are so big I'm amazed he hasnt torn himself open sometimes! We have been taking him to the health visitors and GP for years and nothing changes, they've done scans etc and had him on lactulose then a very small dose of movicol for a while but this caused chronic diaroehh so we had to stop that. He also has to sleep in nappies which are soaked through by morning, a friend mentioned to me that if his bowel was always full then this would mean his bladder was being squashed as a result? My husband and I are at the end of our tether and I am beginning to think this is a physological problem and he needs some sort of counselling...

    my 8yr old son has bowel problems its been going on for around 5yrs he is on laxative for it as won't use the toilet i have to throw away pants sometimes its lose and messy sometimes solid i bribe him to use the toilet have tried everything i don't know what else to do any advice would be great.

    My son is now 4 years old he was 3 months early and always had trouble with his bowels maybe once or twice a week. He complains of tummy pain, goes very pale and has been sick. Been to the doctor they have no concern just tell me to buy calpol or change his diet, he has a good balance of food. There is bowel problems in the family. Don't know what else I can do, help?





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    my daughter as had constipation/bowel problems for 7yrs she is now 10. she as seen the doctor when she was 4 and was given lactolose and is now on movical again.the problem has never gone although she uses the toilet now and again she stil says it hurts and soils under wear every day.she has never had blood tests or scans. could she have the same condition as the girl which was on tonights show.as i think she could.i will also mention this to her doctor.





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    I have Coeliac Disease, it took 3 decades of constant ill health from birth (gluten in diet from being a very small baby). Symptoms include: balance problems, severe exercise intolerance, catching every virus going around and struggling to get over infections before getting another viral infection, dreadful flu like symptoms, recurring tonsilitis - sore throat, pins and needles sensation (ice burn sensation), breathless, anemia, feeling sick, retching after eating, hungry all the time but yet feel over full and sick after eating, bowel symptoms, hypertension, tachycardia, concentration problems, high temperature all the time, very emaciated, swollen abdomen after eating, sometimes completely swollen with oedema, glomerulonephritis chronic, tremor, dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, headaches, ATAXIA. But alas 3 decades it took for a diagnosis, I was told I would grow out of it, that I was weak and of poor stock ! and that I was female thus it was attention seeking, mental and all in my head and told not to worry majority of females have mental problems, I was told to go and get a husband and have a baby as that would give me a focus in my life and my symptoms would just go as my focus wasn't on my symptoms !!! Many doctors and decades later minus any self-esteem and confidence I had in myself and the medical world, my medical file was accidently put on the wrong desk, that person's desk was a gastrointestinal registrar researching the connection between anemia and coeliac disease, and at last I got diagnosed. Within 4 weeks I was 100% healthy at last (naturally not eating any processed food), unfortunately I started going down hill again after eating processed foods and I found out the prescription food and other gluten-free items had too much gluten in them for me (I wasn't aware they had any gluten in them, they have since reduced the amount of gluten permitted in the gluten free food), my neurological problems returned and never left, I have moderate ataxia caused by the gluten disorder coeliac disease, the damage has been done, I am strict with my diet, but sadly I am unable to reverse the 3 decades of damage. I am unable to have children because of the health problems. And have osteoporosis also caused by coeliac disease, eyesight problems (blurred vision, double vision, paresthenia, muscle weakness, pyramidal signs, hypertension/tachycardia, low ferritin levels. I urge people to not just think bowel problems for Coeliac Disease or other Gluten Disorders you can have myriad of symptoms mild to severe at anytime, and the sooner you get diagnosed the better, we should not underestimate the damage caused by any Autoimmune disorder including Gluten Disorders. It is quite misleading when the symptoms of Coeliac Disease seem to be bowel only, maybe embarrassing bodies can help by describing that their maybe a myriad of symptoms not related to bowel?





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    I can totally relate to Rachel's problems my 3 year old daughter has been suffering the exact same symtoms since she was 18 months old. The doctors keep prescribing the same but nothing works, they keep telling me that she has a lasy bowel which doesn't help when your childs in pain when their trying to go to the toilet. I think she is getting afraid to go now which is making it worse. I would like to try and sort this as she starts nursery in September, any tips





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    My daughter who is nearly two has just had a positive result for coeliac disease. We are lucky to have had a relatively quick diagnosis. Doctors did keep saying it was just constipation and prescribing laxatives but then the consultant did a test. Her symptons were constipation, very bloated tummy and then sickness every few days and some weight loss. I would urge anyone to get a test as I was beginning to think I just needed to accept it was just constipation which she will grow out of (as the doctors were telling me) but it turned out to be coeliac disease.

    my son is 2n half an he's always had bowel problems going from watery to realy hard stools n i've seen the gp many times just get given diolylite or lacsative witch never help we have mentioned weat intoralince to the dr as we hear the symptoms and they sounded like his symptoms but the dr always dismissis it stait off but after watching the show and then reading more on this it sounds much more like what my son could have but i know my gp wont listen it would be great to actully know whats going on with him and get some answers. laura what was your daughters main symptons and how did you get it diagnosed? plz help





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    Her main symptoms were sickness nearly everyday, massive weight loss and a really bloated stomach. (the usual symptoms are toilet problems) She was diagnosed after being refered to the hospital by the GP which took a very long time. If I look back now I wish we had been a bit more pushy with the GP. We were dismissed a lot too. She got really poorly before anyone listened!

    definatly get this looked at my daughter has been suffering for years and is only resently being diagnosed. Give the gp your suspicions but be firm. they are too quick to dismiss things by prescribing laxatives. we are under a professor at the hospital and they should do a series of tests for your son...good luck..

    Although I am a grown up I can really sympathise with these stories as for the past fifteen plus years I've had bowel issues. As a child I was really sensitive and would either be completely constipated or suffering with diarrhoea. My parents took me to doctor after doctor who used to say & do nothing other that prescribe movicol, senna and lactose to help me go and loperamide to stop me going! At my worst I was practically taking both types of medication simultaneously!!! Then aged 19 I happened to be talking to a friend of a friend who was a nurse in am allergy clinic and was telling her my problems. She gave me a list of common triggers and suggested I try cutting them out my diet to see if it had an impact. Wheat/gluten had no effect, however dairy did, interestingly not only did by bowel habit improve but so did my eczema! I changed gp and on explaining my 15 years of hell and then improvement with a dairy limited diet my new gp was very supportive. It turns out I was lactose intolerant, just because not all the avenues were explored initially. I really would urge patents to push medical professionals to seek the root of the problem, other that just treating the symptoms as aged 4 had time been taken to do this I could have avoided years of taking medications I didn't need!





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    Hi I am 14 years old and I have been born with constipation and through out my life Kettering hospital have just given me every medicine out of the bnf book I have the same medicines over and over again.I have not been for 2 months .Now I have Been referred to Leicester royal hospital and I had to wash outs daily with 4 sachets of movicol to soften the poo .I have recently had a biopsy for Hirschsprung's disease,which is to do with the nerves of the bowel,but my results came back clear but I am going up surgery for an hour for a operation called a mace which is the same of wash out but you injecting water from the top because they have proven my large bowel doesn't work but my small bowel works a mace stands for 'Malone ante grade Colonic enema' or some people call it an 'ace' .What have during the operation well they bring you appendix and stitch it to the wall of the skin and they place a small balloon for heeling and they leave catheter for eight weeks after eight week and they remove the Catheter and the balloon they give you an stopper which you leave in every day just to stop the hole from closer .The nurses teach the patient and the parents how to perform the wash out with he tube through the hole and how to inject water through the tube and into the bowel .when you do the treatment you sit on the toilet and all the poo of comes out in one motion .Basically it another version of what health freaks have but your doing it through the top end of the patients bowel.The negative side of this operation is that if you DO NOT PUT IN THE STOPPER THE HOLE WILL CLOSE.But your patient will still have to take movicol .Hope this information is very useful from my experiences.

    my son has had difficulties with his bowel since birth he is 12 now he has been on lots of laxatives such as picolax and sodiaum picasulphate which work after he takes them for 4 or 5 days but he then has to take time off school as he loses control of his bowel which is embarassing to him they tested him around 5 yrs ago for coeliac which was negative but the only time he had any respite from it was when he was having a wheat free diet but the dr said as he had a negative test he couldnt justify him being on wheat free diet





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    I have often heard about kids testing negative when they are very young but then they are diagnosed later in life. Perhaps you could talk to your GP about getting him tested again. Also its good to bear in mind that someone who has CD can get a negative blood test if they are not eating enough gluten or just as there in only a 90% chance of picking up CD from the blood test. If a further test is still negative it might be worth getting them to do an endoscopy to be sure.

    hi he did have and endoscopy but that also came back negative although he was on a wheat free diet when he had it not sure if that would cause a negative test??

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    hi. im 17 and since i can remember ive always had problems with my ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) lately its became worse, I cant go to the toilet sometimes for weeks on end. my stomach feels really tight and ive had awful stomach ache all week. recently whilst going to the toilet ive been passing blood and mucus, and after checking earlier im sure I had worms in my poo. is this tight feeling in my stomach the worms moving around? is it just my ibs? what do I do? can my boyfriend catch these through sexual intercourse? HELPP?!





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    Hi, I have IBS too and thought that the itchy feeling was that too, but now I think it is worms and have taken medication. For your IBS, look up FODMAP diet devised by Dr Sue Shepherd. It has been working for me. Eat lots of yogurt for your stomach if you can eat dairy, and see a gastroenterologist for more advice. Good luck!

    hi victoria, i know what you mean,my son who is 10 also a lot of the time is unaware he has soiled himself,im told that what happens is when they become constipated it stretches the bowel muscle and it becomes so large and saggy that it therefore loses the sensation that you and i get to let us know when we need to go.i was told to think of the bowel as a balloon,its tight and stretchy to start with but if you fill it with air n then let it down it is shrivelled and saggy (same happens to the bowel) Once it gets stretched it can take a long time,years even for it to return to its original condition,i dont know if this will be the same situation with you as you say it has only happened since January whereas i think my son has had this problem since birth but it only became more apparent when he started to toilet train and has been on movicol since 3yrs old.All im told by the hospital consultant is to make sure he goes on the toilet regular say after every meal and he has to sit and do pushing exercises,imagine you are blowing a balloon up and do 3 sets of 3 pushes,(i have a bag of balloons in the bathroom lol)it should make them do something apparently,but it wont work everytime,they tell me its to get the bowel to start recognising the stimulus 2 push,i often think to myself its been a long road and i think will things ever get better,you are looked at as if its something you are doing that your child is in the mess they are in,but my child never has an appetite which i put down to his stomach always being full of poop. I have found you cant stop the movicol,you stop and you soon end up back at square 1,my lad is on 3 a day increasing to 6 at wkends,my friends daughter was on 9 a day! i hope you start to get some joy its not nice for the child to have to live this way i know

    I'm thirteen years old and I've had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) since I was seven. The longest I've gone without having a bowel movement was two, dreadfull weeks. These are the things I've learned/done over the years that have helped me! - Cap fulls of miralax in tea, coffee, or water. Coffee is what I chose more often than not since it boosts the miralax. - Rubbing of the abdomen while laying flat on your back. - If you have a box, or a chair, about the height of a small trash can, rest your feet on it while on the toilet. This gives room for the feces to move down and out. Hug your knees while doing this! - I personally only use this as a last resort. It is nicknamed the, "Green Bomb." Depending on your age, you drink the amount of liquid suggested. Do NOT down the drink! If you do, there is a good chance that not even minutes later, you will throw it up. Little sips! Make sure to drink water inbetween. - As for to help the pain, I highly suggest hot baths during the day between trying to pass a bowel, and at night, a heating pad! - If worse comes to worst and nothing at home works, its a trip to the ER like I will be going today. They will most likely give you and IV, some volume or lorazapam to help you relax, and morphine for pain. They may have to manually remove the feces from your body. I really hope some of these will help!





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    My son has Aspergers and has had problems with passing stools since he was a baby. He's now 13 and has had a blocked bowel 3 times in the last year. He hates going to the toilet because it causes him pain- but recently he's been soiling again at school so hes been back on the movical. His apetite is poor and has alot of abdominal pain even with the movical and recently said that it feels like he has veins sticking out of his anus- I've checked but cant see anything- also he has said that hes itchy but has also said that he's tried to pull one of these 'veins' out- the constipation nurse thinks he may have a prolapse? Incidentally I'm really disappointed since I've been watching his diet carefully since he has a limited diet (loves meat) and I give him veg that he will eat. Also peas give him diarhea and I suffer with IBS





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    My Son is 2 in July and has suffered for a year. He goes days without passing stools and 14 days the longest.When he finally does it little pebbles or diahorrea. Has been on everything from stool softeners to extra strong laxatives. He now on 2 microlax fri sat and sunday. Still gets diahorrea or paste but no nomal poos. He eats a healthy diet of fruit and veg. Has seen a dietician and very happy with diet. He strains and strains to push out little pebbles or diahorrea. Very upsetting for both of us. When he really impacted he goes off food naturally. He has had bowel capsule test and xray shows thatlower bowel not functioning properly yet doc still havehim on enemas that dont help apat from extreme diahorrea and going off food. Can anyone help!!!





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    Yes bipolar can be a comorbid of autism as can any learning difficulties or social interaction problems. If you think you have problems seek you doctors advice do not include it as a after thought go specific with this.your records may indicate problems such as any misdiagnosis for something else.doctors may be aware of a little about ASD but their knowledge may not be up to your level if you look into it in detail.if you understand what is being said then you may be autistic probably are on some level.

    Most of you should check Dyspraxia...... especially those with language problems.and...sleeping problems....it is quite common...but uncurable





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    hi i don't seem to be the only one struggling with this,, my son seems to have all the symptoms that describes ahhd, i have taken him to my DR's and all he said was (call supernanny) i dont think he understands the problems i am having trying to understand the underlying problems...please help !!!





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    i self requested a referal for my son to my local family mental health unit. he was seen on several occasions and assessed to have adhd. we then tryed things like sticker charts, and sticking to a strict routine, however this didnt help he was then seen by the psychiatrist who then put him on medication. it is a long drawn out process. if you cant self refer, go to doctors and demand they refer him to child mental health for assessment. its very stressfull and you re best getting help asap. the doctor you spoke to before behaved in a disgusting mannor.

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