Bad Week with IBS-C and New Drugs

Warning: Gross poop talk.

This past week has been a digestive nightmare. I went to the doctor last week about my recent migraine issues and we also discussed the worsening of my IBS. I used to have IBS-D (diarrhea), but lucky me switched over a few years to IBS-C (constipation). It is an ongoing issue that is made worse whenever I have to take a lot of painkillers and certain other medications (like many of the ones I take for migraines and the symptoms they bring on).

Before you ask, I do all the stuff you are supposed to do. High fiber, prunes, stool softeners, milk of magnesia, walking, gentle yoga, and I’ve tried other things like Miralax which I didn’t like and didn’t work well for me. So anyhow, the doctor put me on Linzess, which is a medicine made specifically for IBS-C.

The first day I took it, it worked well for what it was supposed to do, but it also gave me a high fever, horrible all-day nausea, extreme dizziness, stomach and bowel pain, and fighting off vomiting. At the doctor’s recommendation, I quit taking it. We are scheduling another appointment to discuss other options. So since then it was another 4 days of bad constipation and then I took an OTC laxative because I couldn’t take it anymore and when I took that it caused another day of nausea, dizziness, stomach pain, and wanting to vomit (none of which is normal for me with an OTC laxative). At least I didn’t have a fever this time.

Now I’m staring to worry maybe something more is wrong than just the IBS. I hope not, but I generally know how my body reacts to things, and it worries me when that changes.

Another Post Surgery Update: If It Can Go Wrong, It Will

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Hello everyone! I don’t want to bore you all with the continuing mini-drama of my wisdom tooth surgery aftermath, but I know many of you genuinely want to know how I’m doing, so I decided to do another update, this time I’ll just bullet-list what has been going on the past few days:

  • Wednesday I went to the dentist in the morning, where he did indeed diagnose me with dry socket. He cleaned out the area and then put a clove oil soaked material in there. It didn’t hurt much when he did that, but the incredibly strong taste of the cloves made me horribly nauseated the rest of the day and made everything taste disgusting. It was so strong, my husband could smell the cloves across the room when I had my mouth shut!
  • The clove stuff did eliminate most of the pain for a couple days, but this morning (Friday), that awful deep, throbbing ache has returned off and on. I do have more clove oil I bought, but the scent alone of it makes me so sick, I honestly don’t want to use it. Right now I am trying to get by taking the maximum amount of Ibuprofen and Tylenol, while occasionally using Ambesol to numb the area.
  • I do still have opioids left, and it is extremely tempting to use them, but I took them so much the first few days after the surgery that my bowels have become clogged pipes 😦 I hope that isn’t TMI, but it is a common side effect of opioids, and when you already have IBS like I do, I think you are even more prone to stuff like that. I have been taking stool softeners like crazy, eating mushy prunes, and even broke out a little Exlax, but nothing yet.
  • By the way, I forgot to mention that after I got home from the dentist on Wednesday, the blood clot on my other lower socket became dislodged and lost, so now I technically have TWO dry sockets. That was SO frustrating! If it was going to come out that day, why couldn’t it do so BEFORE I visited the dentist? Luckily, that side does seem to be a bit further along in healing, so it isn’t as painful overall as the other side, but it is still annoying.
  • I have also been running a fever off and on, which seems a bit concerning considering the amount of Ibuprofen and Tylenol I am taking. You would think that would knock out any fever. I can tell right away when I am running a fever because I will get these intense sweats, and become even more nauseated and dizzy than I am already. Most of the last few days I have had to spend flat on my back most of the time due to that dizziness and nausea.

Well, that pretty much covers the last few days. I hope this is over soon. I appreciate all the concern and comments you guys have been leaving. It means a lot to me when I am feeling so poorly, even if I don’t feel well enough to write long comments back.