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Rememer your worst tummyache? by Natasek Rememer your worst tummyache? by Natasek
...how would you like having it everyday?

This was made for Not a Diagnosis contest. [link]

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The major types of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Although very different diseases, both may present with any of the following symptoms: abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, hematochezia (bright red blood in stools), weight loss and various associated complaints or diseases like arthritis, pyoderma gangrenosum, and primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Ulcerative colitis is a form of colitis, a disease of the intestine, specifically the large intestine or colon, that includes characteristic ulcers, or open sores, in the colon. The main symptom of active disease is usually constant diarrhea mixed with blood, of gradual onset.

Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disease, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing inflammation; it is classified as a type of inflammatory bowel disease.


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS or spastic colon) is a functional bowel disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits in the absence of any detectable organic cause. In some cases, the symptoms are relieved by bowel movements. Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate. IBS may begin after an infection, a stressful life event, or onset of maturity without any other medical indicators.

Although there is no cure for IBS, there are treatments which attempt to relieve symptoms, including dietary adjustments, medication and psychological interventions. Patient education and a good doctor-patient relationship are also important. The most common theory is that IBS is a disorder of the interaction between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract, although there may also be abnormalities in the gut flora or the immune system.


Short bowel syndrome (SBS, also short gut syndrome or simply short gut) is a malabsorption disorder caused by the surgical removal of the small intestine, or rarely due to the complete dysfunction of a large segment of bowel. Most cases are acquired, although some children are born with a congenital short bowel. It usually does not develop unless a person has lost more than two thirds of their small intestine.
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ArtGod77 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I have Crohn's ):

Was diagnosed last October, but really had it in the beginning of August...Maybe a little sooner.

Oh my, it's hell. And not only the stomach ache's, but the behind pains :crying:
And usually Peri-anal disease tags along D:
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Natasek Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
sorry to hear that... it really changes your life, and I hope you will manage and find a good doctor.
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ArtGod77 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thank you :huggle:

I found a good doctor...Actually a few doctors, and they've helped TONS :)
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Irukapooka Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I have Crohn's disease and colitis.

It hurts really bad and scares me and haunts my dreams every day.

Thank you for posting this.
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Natasek Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
it's sad to hear that. i do wish you all the best, and i'm glad you like my post, i just want to get the word out.

take care :huggle:
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Irukapooka Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Thank you for doing so hun. It means a lot to me as I'm sure it does to the rest of the community that suffers from Crohn's. :hug: You take care as well. And thank you again. :heart:
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Kagome-Suki Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
that is a great way to get awareness across to people. It is hard to talk to people about it. Because frankly who would want to hear about how many trips to the bathroom you went today? Good job on the pic and the info. I myself have crohns disease and I hope that you are doing good these days. =]
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Natasek Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
thank you very much! :hug:
it really is hard to talk to people about these problems.
I am having some bad days, but after months of good days, so...
i do believe dealing with crohns is much harder, and i do hope you're managing okay.
I heard that Herbalife products help.
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Kagome-Suki Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
You are very welcome :Hug:
Like what you said it is very nice to talk to people about it. What I said not many people like to talk about it and its very detailed lol Thank you soo much for your support well right now I am doing good I am going to see my new gi doctor on Tuesday so excited to see how that goes. Really? so a brand of pills and such like vitamins? Sounds interesting I know I need to take some ^-^;;
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Natasek Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
yes, whenever you get to detailed they stop the conversation :)
and good luck with the appointment, hope all goes well.
well, i haven't tried it yet, but i've read forums of IBS and IBD and a lot of people have been saying that herbalife products work well with them; they have nutritional supplements, as well as herbs and fibre, which smooth the colon. if you're interested, you can find a distributor... or just try some other supplements (ask your GI doc)... like for ibs you have: [link]
anyway, don't give up. :huggle:
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Kagome-Suki Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Thank you so much and thanks for the info I might check into it.
Ofcourse I wont and you either ok?
Also if you need someone to talk to about symptoms or something you can talk to me :D its nice to talk to ppl with the same thing as you do. :huggle:
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aquagirl7 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Writer
god these all sound awful :( i'm glad though that you're spreading awareness for such maladies as these, i think it's a good idea to not only educate more people but to really expand people's minds on all the possible things we can be cursed with and to be thankful with what we have :)
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Natasek Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for your support! and reading about these disease. :) :huggle:
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aquagirl7 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Writer
no problem dear! thanks for the info!
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tmlDarkwings Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
My best friend has crohn's disease. It's insane how badly it affects her. :(
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Natasek Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
it really does affect ones life.. and people around them should know it.
hope she's feeling okay! :hug:
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ArtArh Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Auch ... to pa ni fajn, res ne ... :(
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Natasek Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
se strinjam.. :(
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Luinloth Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010   General Artist
Ouch.
It's quite funny that my newest deviation refers to an illness as well. And I had no idea about any contests ;)
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Natasek Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
illness can be an inspiration..and a way of getting people together.
:hug:
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Luinloth Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010   General Artist
yes... i hope you are better now?
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Natasek Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
you learn how to deal with it, and I am much better, thank you :)
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Luinloth Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010   General Artist
:hug:
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Diprivan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
It's maddening just how much is still not known about so many various diseases.

During the course of life, it seems the number of people with complaint's about >stomach and bowel< problems (or anything with the Gut) is second only to people with BACK problems and associated pains. These things are NOT NATURAL for a human being on such a CHRONIC and widespread basis - and they are largely the result of the UNNATURAL physical and mental stress (not mutually exclusive) which we are forced to endure for many hours almost *every day* - mostly in the name of our "jobs", but also in many other ways. Although you won't hear this aspect talked about very much, anyone who refuses to acknowledge it definitely has their head up their ASS (if you'll excuse the pun), having been successfully programmed through their lives simply to accept the unnatural as "normal" and something one has to "live with". Unfortunately, this would seem to be most people -- or at least enough that nothing is ever likely to change.

We were not made to STAND or SIT for extended periods of time, for example. Also, our natural body rhythms are severly interfered with; having to awaken & arise to an "alarm", for instance, rather when are bodies are naturally ready. Also things like the unnatural pressure we feel to "postpone" bodily functions - usually for the convenience of some "thing" other than our *selves* and our own well being. For instance, if one is just about to leave for work or school and suddenly feels the urge to poop, they are forced to choose between fulfilling their body's natural needs :toilet: - and therefore possibly being late for work - or "holding it". How many hundreds of millions of human beings are forced to go through this EVERY day, do you think?

Unless it is *extremely* urgent, most people will choose to put it off with the intent to "go" after they get to their work or school. Often by that time the periostolic waves have at least diminished to the point where the person decides they can (or should) continue to "hold it" until, say, their first "break" period or something. Whenever it happens that they finally DO get to the toilet - even as the urge returns - they then often end up *straining* to move their bowels (which could have been moved easily had they gone when first the need arose), and maybe will get some out in "dribs & drabs". In many cases the rest will be "stored" until they get home again when they can attempt to push out the remainder in "peace"... if they're lucky. This process becomes more or less habitual for alot of people (through perceived necessity) and creates a situation where it becomes more difficult to "go" in general, and so many people end up having their bowel movements in what amounts to unnatural
"installments". This may not have much to do with the first 3 syndromes you list, but it would seem to have *alot* to do with IBS - and "impacted stools",
constipation, hemorrhoids (from frequent "straining")
gas, bloatededness, etc. Basically what we have are sicknesses due directly to some of the "sick" constructs we have allowed to run our lives every day :wtf: as millions of bottles & boxes of stomach medicines and pack pain "relievers" continue to fly off store shelves.

Anyway, I like your drawing very much; the primitive "stick figure" like style seems to work well for the purposes of the subject. :)

:love:
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Natasek Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I think these may be "new" diseases, that didn't exist in the past, and there are many new every year probably. We all know why.

I do agree, a lot of times people actually think their "gut habits" are just fine, until the gut makes so many problems that you just can't ignore. I do agree with everything you wrote, I think. I don't remember having constipation since I was a kid, but even then it wasn't that bad. But with IBS, if I don't go to the toilet once in a day, I know I will feel constipated the next. It's just a feeling though, the gut-mind connection. And it's really unpleasant to be in a crowd of people, while having such problems... it only brings on the anxiety.

I recently came across Short bowel syndrome as well, in children, you can't imagine how much it effects their whole lives!

But don't you feel like gut diseases are one of the most common, but the least talked about?
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ArtGod77 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
IBD is actually a VERY old disease. It existed back with the Egyptions. Or so I've read.

It's just getting more common now because of all the crappy processed foods we eat :crying:

And SO many people have IBD, but no one would ever know unless they themselves go through it.
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Natasek Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't heard that before, although it's probably true and agree about the crappy food and the gut. :/
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ArtGod77 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
I could be wrong :shrug:

I think I read it somewhere though....
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Diprivan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
If by "gut diseases" you're referring to various problems with shitting, then it's least talked about because it involves the geography above the upper thighs and below the waist - a nasty area indeed. No matter that it's something billions of people do every day.

;)
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Natasek Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
exactly!
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RainInYourHeart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
uugh... doesn't sound nice...:( do you suffer from it?
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Natasek Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I was diagnosed with IBS yes.. it's not nice at all ;) but you learn what helps :)
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RainInYourHeart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Good that you can handle it. But still, oh no.. :hug:
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