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Possible Tapeworm? or IBS Mystery Diagnosis
rikp87 posted:
I have been really sick the past year. I have been having extreme constipation on and off with diarrhea. All of this has been accompanied by an extreme excess of painful gas. I do become nauseous when my symptoms are worse, but I am never not hungry. I have not lost a considerable amount of weight and I would consider all of these things tolerable as I have not considered admitting myself to the ER yet. I am displeased not knowing exactly what is causing all of this. I was recently diagnosed with IBS, but I do not feel like that is an adequate diagnosis because it seems more like a general diagnosis to keep me form complaining.

I am now considering that I may have a tapeworm.
Can anyone tell me if this is in fact a tapeworm?
This is my second bowel movement in a row producing this strange rubbery chain.

Graphic photos follow...

CalGal37 responded:
If you feel you may have a tapeworm, it's time to have some stool testing done. But with that form of problem, you'd typically have problems with weight loss.

What tests did you have done that ruled out all other conditions and resulted in a diagnosis of IBS? Were you checked for food intolerance issues. Many with problems resulting from the ingestion of dairy can have constipation issues - not the diarrhea that is so often heard about. Those who are unable to tolerate casein - the major protein in diary - end up with diarrhea. Lactose, the sugar that most are familiar with, intolerance results in diarrhea.

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