I am a 31 year old woman, who has had "episodes" since my teens. Every month or so, I will get cramping, an urgent need to go the bathroom, excessive diarrhea, burning pain in my stomach, sweating, shallow breathing and I look very pale. After about 10 minutes, when I am through going...I feel better. About 2 years ago, I had an episode that contained blood. I went to the hospital. Subsequently had a colonoscopy and was told I had a bout of ischemic colitis. Since then, I have had about 10 episodes without blood and I just would like to know what it is. I have done research and have been tested without an answer. If this sounds familiar to anyone, please let me know what you have found out. Thanks
Hi. I am a 44 yr old woman and I have those same symptoms sometimes. I used to stay constipated all of the time, now I go from constipation to having one of those "episodes". I have talked to my gastro about it, but have not had any luck finding out why or what to do. I have had several colonoscopies and they never find anything wrong. Hopefully someone who knows what this is will respond.
Jirhodes11, how was the ischemic colitis treated? It is possible to have on-going bouts of the same issue if blood pressure changes occur or if small clots continue to occur. Do you make sure that you're well-hydrated? Do you have any unusual clotting issues? Could any meds you're taking contribute to clot formation? What else have you been tested for? The symptoms you're describing could unfortunately cover a number of other conditions.
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