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IBS Anyone?
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toots2889 - January 26

Hey everyone! Ive been really suffering with IBS lately. The weird thing for me anyway, is one week im having bowel movements,but I feel constipated as hell.I will have stomach cramps and stuff so bad, it drives me totally crazy. Then the next week im in the bathroom on and off through out the day,having to go, and dont even know where its all coming from. Again i go throu stomach cramps. Then the cycle has been starting all over! Is this normal? I did read the post already to the left, but theres nothing in it regarding to what im going through. The other question i have is how long does this stuff last? Im really sick of it, and would like it to stop already!


Fantod - January 26

toots - This information is from the Mayo Clinic. I suspect that all the stress that you have been under has triggered this episode. YOur doctor can probably give you something to alleviate some of the symptoms.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) refers to a disorder of the lower intestinal tract. It involves abdominal pain and abnormal bowel movements. Emotional stress often makes the symptoms worse.

It is not the same as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Alternative Names
Nervous indigestion; Spastic colon; Intestinal neurosis; Functional colitis; Irritable colon; Mucous colitis; Laxative colitis; IBS

IBS involves a combination of abdominal pain and constipation, diarrhea, or an alternating pattern of these problems.

There are many possible causes. For example, there may be a problem with muscle movement in the intestine or a lower tolerance for stretching and movement of the intestine. There is no problem with the structure of the intestine.

It is not clear why patients develop IBS, but in some instances, it occurs after an intestinal infection. This is called postinfectious IBS. There may also be other triggers.

IBS can occur at any age, but it often begins in adolescence or early adulthood. It is more common in women. The condition is the most common intestinal complaint for which patients are referred to a gastroenterologist.

Symptoms range from mild to severe. Most people have mild symptoms. IBS symptoms may be worse in patients who also have stress or mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. However, it is important to understand that these conditions do not cause IBS.

Symptoms may include:

Abdominal distention
Abdominal fullness, gas, bloating
Abdominal pain that:
Comes and goes
Is reduced or goes away after a bowel movement
Occurs after meals
Chronic and frequent constipation, usually accompanied by pain
Chronic and frequent diarrhea, usually accompanied by pain
Emotional distress
Loss of appetite

Tests & diagnosis
Most of the time, your doctor can diagnose IBS with few or no tests. Tests usually reveal no problems. Some experts recommend a lactose-free diet for 2 weeks to evaluate for possible lactase deficiency.

Some patients may need an endoscopy, especially if symptoms begin later in life. Younger patients with persistent diarrhea may need this test to look for inflammatory bowel diseases that can cause similiar symptoms, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. You may need additional tests if you have blood in your stool, weight loss, signs of anemia, or you have recently traveled.

Patients over age 50 should be screened for colon cancer.

The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms.

Lifestyle changes can be helpful in some cases of IBS. For example, regular exercise and improved sleep habits may reduce anxiety and help relieve bowel symptoms.

Dietary changes can be helpful. However, no specific diet can be recommended for IBS in general, because the condition differs from one person to another. Increasing dietary fiber and avoiding foods and drinks that stimulate the intestines (such as caffeine) may help.

Other possible treatments may include:

Counseling in cases of severe anxiety or depression
Antidiarrheal medications for those whose main symptom is diarrhea
Low-dose antidepressants to help relieve intestinal pain
Medications to stimulate bowel movements for those with constipation

Irritable bowel syndrome may be a lifelong condition, but symptoms can often be improved or relieved through treatment.

When to contact a doctor
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or if you notice a persistent change in your bowel habits.


toots2889 - January 27

Thanks Fantod, for the info. If I couldve done it myself yest. i would of. I was just in to much pain and discomfort to try researching myself. I think that the stress that ive allowed myself to take to on has got to stop! Im gonna work hard on getting rid of it.


January - January 28

Most doctors don't bring up the possibility of food allergies or celiac disease which can be linked to IBS. Gluten intolerance is one thing you might want to check on. There are many other posts on here about food allergies. You can get tests for allergies. Sometimes they don't show up on tests. Or, you can try elimination diets which take at least a few months to work. If you have other symptoms, like migraines, skin rashes, bad teeth, bad bones, postnasal drip, depression, etc. -- might be allergies affecting your gut - but it's hard to find a GI doctor who will go that route with you.

Good luck to you.


alivenotliving - January 30

I feel for you! I go through this EVERY DAY :( I rarely get the constipation, But within 5 minutes of eating, my stomach starts making horrendous noise that can be heard across the growling and loud squealing...then I a in the bathroom every few minutes :( There are times when I just won't eat (which I know is not good for me) But I hate the diarrhea so much that I will just go's either that or help to keep Immodium AD in business! Sometimes yogurt seems to help.


kvc33 - January 30

It could be a side effect from a medication. One that I am on causes diarrhea for me if I don't take it with some imodium. Look into the side effects of any meds or supplements that you are taking. When it comes to diet, flour acts like glue in the intestine for some people and they simply can't digest it properly, cut out all breads and cereals and see if that helps. Be careful with fats as well. They can make a person very 'slippery'.


jrzgirl1 - January 31

I have that and have to have a bacterial overgrowth test(they use your breath to find out if and how bad it is
i had a colonoscopy done on the 12th, the dr found IBS, divertiulosis, hemmroids and colitis(mild)
he put me on librax but I go for the test on the 16th, on the 17th a D and C and on the 23rd a breath glucose test. i have had enough, not including the medical costs
has anyone had this done



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