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skatkat
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   Posted 1/17/2008 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I havent been to the doctor yet but i have a feeling i might have IBS
lately i have been really bloated almost like when im menstruating but worse, and also i have been having frequent diareaha like 4 out of five days, or i have a normal bowel movement in the morning then maybe an hour later i have diareaha, and more recently i have been having cramping too, the symptoms get worse after eating and at night, at night my stomach growls very loud and frequent until i fall asleep and i can feel each growl.....if someone could help it would be very nice thank you :)
 

gutastrophe
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   Posted 1/17/2008 1:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Your symptoms sure sound familiar to me!  That's all pretty classic IBS fun! 

The only way you will know is to see your doc.  It's important to rule out all other potentially dangerous possibilities before you default to IBS. 


Keriamon
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   Posted 1/17/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
According to the Rome II Criteria that they use to diagnose IBS, you have to have unidentified pain/cramping and/or a change in bowel habits and/or a change in stool amounts or shape or quantity for 4 weeks out of one year, I think it is.

How long has your bloating and diarrhea been going on? You may have some sort of stomach bug that you can't shake if it's not been going on long, and you haven't had similar problems in the past really. I know where I work, something went around a couple of weeks ago. Still worth going to your doctor if you've had D a week; even if it's just a bug (I hope so for you!), your doctor may need to give you something to clear it up.

Taking probiotics, like Activa yogurt or Digestive Advantage pills certainly wouldn't hurt anything.

skatkat
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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
the D has been going on for about a month now and my bloating maybe 2 months now im not too sure, im going to the doctor today so i hope its nothing too extreme, i have been worried about it. but the D isnt constant its maybe once every 2 days and the rest of the time its totally normal but i get pain and cramping before i have to use the washroom and at night before bed

skatkat
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   Posted 1/17/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
well i went to the doctor and he told me to get a blood test for liver enzymes, thyriod, and whatever else so maybe its not IBS but he does think its inflammatory

Sarita
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   Posted 1/18/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Skatkat and welcome, sorry I didn't post earlier! That's good you got some blood work done, it can rule out some serious problems. Another avenue you might want to pursue is a GI consult. Chronic diarrhea can be the result of about 2398235 things (only a slight exaggeration), so it takes a knowledgeable doctor to work through it with you. Best of luck and keep us posted!
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