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50 year old woman with an extreme amount..abdominal cramping..stomach

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I am a 50 year old woman with an extreme amount of stress in my life right now.
I have been having severe abdominal cramping with small amounts of diarrhea that is oily. Also bloating in my stomach that is very uncomfortable and causes my clothes to be tight. What is going on and could this all be stress related? I've never had any of this before
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 4 years ago.
have you had a colonoscopy yet

due at 50?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 4 years ago.
you are due
So this can kill two grasshoppers with one stone
This is most likely irritable bowel.
But a colonoscopy rules out
microscopic colitis
and inflammatory bowel disease.

Until you see a GI doctor, the current condition can be treated with a nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory, bowel stabilizing diet.

The diet, in order of preference in quantity, should look like this
leafy greens
green veggies
other veggies
whole fruit, beans and peas
Whole grains no yeasted breads, dry cereals or anything refined
Seeds and nuts, but cut out seeds if you have any diverticulosis.
A little tofu or tempeh daily
A little high quality soy or coconut milk yogurt

The soluble fiber in this strategy will stabilized colon function in about 6 to 8 weeks, then about 2 or three helpings of animal foods a week, preferably fish, can be added back.
See the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, for instructions on this type of diet.

Also, finally, have 3 stool samples sent for parasites as well.

good luck

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