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   Posted 1/11/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with IBS 6 months ago after all the tests yielded nothing.  I try and stay calm about it but sometimes the pain,and the fact that I have to live with this forever really gets to me.  I gave up eating altogether last week and found that a water only diet doesn't ease the pain.  Is this normal? Surely if I have no food in my stomach I can't have IBS????? I'm not planning on doing this long term (I will die obviously!!!) but I thought it might give me some relief.  Any ideas??
I alone can do this, but I cannot do it alone. 

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 319
   Posted 1/12/2008 2:19 AM (GMT -6)   

It's not unusual at all.  My IBS symptoms are present regardless of how or when I eat.  Many folks, myself included, WAKE UP in pain and distress, after at least an 8 hour fast from food. 

Eating CHANGES my symptoms.  I abstain from food all day but I still have pain and discomfort.  The difference is that at least the BM's are somewhat controllable.  After I eat, all hell breaks lose!  I may spend the entire evening in the bathroom with D or I may spend it on the couch with a heating pad on a gas-bloated, spasm-filled, snarling and twisting belly.  Either way, there is always pain and discomfort.

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