I'm so confused - IBD or IBS...both???

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Melissa H
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 5/8/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Friends,
 
So, when I was diagnosed with CD, the doc said it was a very mild case.  I'm thinking - heck if this is mild, I don't want to see moderate!!  My symptoms were 15-20 trips per day, weight loss, little blood, extreme fatigue, extreme pain.  That's gone on since November. 
 
Lately the D has gone to 2-5 trips a day, the pain has subsided probably by 85%, but I am experiencing nausea daily, acid reflux, and major bloating, fatigue, memory problems, and lot's of bubbles coming out both ends :)  Which is extremely embarressing for me!! 
 
The last time I saw my GI, I was "flaring" super bad.  He took some blood to check for inflammation, and it came back fine (no inflammation).  Of course I had a letter with the results, so now 2 months later I got to actually talk to him about it.  I'm like, how can this be?  He suggested that perhaps I also have IBS that is causing these symptoms. 
 
I'm taking the Asacol daily and omeprazole every other day (trying to stop the omeprazole because I believe it's causing the symptoms it's supposed to treat!).  He also had me try Bentyl a while back and I didn't like that -- so he's given me Levsin now for the IBS.  I've taken it a couple of times and haven't noticed any difference.
 
Anyone else in this situation?  I think I'll start checking out the IBS boards here as well.  I'm so confused!  So what symptoms are from the CD and what's from the IBS?  Probably doesn't matter really...I just want to be sure I'm treating the right thing.
 
Thanks everyone!

30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.
Suffered with symptoms for 12 years, dx Crohn's-Colitis 11/2007. Taking Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Bentyl. Flaring off and on and trying to avoid steriods.  Taking RF Plus, Similase, Cortine, Pregnenalone, Vit B shots.  http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa_Huffines/743171473


kimberlayn
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   Posted 5/8/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I seem to have the same problem. Bentyl is working for me though.
diagnosed 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bowel resection 9/07. Doc says no active disease, but flare-ups anyway. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


BillyLitt
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   Posted 5/8/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
My wife has CD and IBS.
 
My wife is in remission right now from the CD, but she still has to watch what she eats.  If she cheats from her diet, she'll pay the next day.  Milk and ice cream is her kryptonite.
 
My wife can control the IBS by watching what she eats.  She is on Humira and 6MP to control the CD.  She also is on something to help with acid reflux caused by the IBS.
 
 

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/8/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Melissa,

Here is one link that might help: http://ibdcrohns.about.com/cs/ibs/a/diffibsibd.htm

I Googled "IBS or IBD" and there were many links provided.

Sorry you are still having so much trouble. Maybe some of the others will have more info for you.

Blessings!

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pb4
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   Posted 5/8/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Melissa H (from the other board LOL)

 

Here's a link from the ccfa about IBS and IBD...BTW, I have both.

You'll have to copy and paste the link to make it work... 

http://www.ccfa.org/about/news/ibsoribd

 

:)



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Melissa H
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 85
   Posted 5/8/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your help! I will certainly check out the links :)
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.
Suffered with symptoms for 12 years, dx Crohn's-Colitis 11/2007. Taking Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Bentyl. Flaring off and on and trying to avoid steriods.  Taking RF Plus, Similase, Cortine, Pregnenalone, Vit B shots.  http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa_Huffines/743171473

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