Changing Symptoms

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Lady Frog
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   Posted 6/4/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad that last time my IBS symptoms decided to switch things up I never fully changed my treatment plan. For the past two years I've been more C then D. I started out with pure D. Well now I'm back to just about pure D with a side of mild C some days( not to bad compared most on here, just not going for a few days then going right back to D). Now I'm wondering if the past couple years was a just a fluke of sorts since I had a horrible, low fiber diet with a side of stress. Granted the D is a nice change of pace since I just spent the last two years not being able to go for days at a time then basically going rabbit pellets. But the thing is, is how long should I wait to see if the change is more then just a blip. It's been two months now and where before it was normal for me to not go for a week without some kind of help( Tazo Tea relaxation blend, has peppermint, spearmint, tarragon and something else) now it's me going 4-5 times a day with a break of no more then two days before it kicks back in again. I'm still on what they gave me from the first go round with the daily D so that's not too bad but if it went back to D I was supposed to go to a new Digestive Guy and get a complete work up again. Bah.

And does this make any sense. I was mainly C and lost weight. A great deal of the stuff. But now that I'm D again I'm gaining weight? I've gained 10 pounds in the last two months. Not that I don't need it but still.

Sarita
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   Posted 6/4/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
It's not uncommon for IBSers to experience changes in their symptoms (annoying as that is - you get used to one thing then BAM, get hit with the complete opposite one day), but I think it's crucial during these "transitions" that you pay attention to any other changes that you've been experiencing. Physical, psychological, etc. Keeping a food diary may help you figure out the weight changes and keeping a symptom diary at the same time may help you figure out any patterns that may exist.
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Lady Frog
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 6/4/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I am keeping a diary of sorts right now. I know that my diet is playing into this somewhat as it changed when I moved out of my in laws. Stress is still there just different. I am hoping that this is a more permanent change. I can handle the meds I get for my IBS being this way rather then being C. I've always been sensitive to meds so it's nice having it a way that I can actually treat rather then just react to.

Keriamon
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   Posted 6/4/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
What you describe is pretty common for IBSers. There are many people on here who used to be C and are now D, or visa versa. Sounds like right now you might be a bit A (altnerating). You may stay alternating or move all the way over to D (by the way, alternating is sort of a weekly thing--what you are like over the course of a week; if your symptoms only change once every couple of years, then that's not alternating).

However, some people should go see a doctor when their symptoms change if they don't think they have IBS. I went through all the usual tests and nothing was ever found and I was maybe IBS with maybe acid reflux. I lived with it for several years. Then I started to hurt under my rib cage. This was a new pain location, so I saw another doctor, got a test and boom, it's my gall bladder. Well, duh, it was my gall bladder all along, but catching it in the act was a different matter. So a change in symptoms may allow doctors to finally find the real problem.

But, if you are pretty sure that you have IBS in general--as in you don't suspect a gall bladder or appendix or IBD--then I'd not worry about the change in stools unless there was blood or worse pain or you suspect that you may now have a problem with some other part of your body (reproductive organs in women can cause problems that look like IBS).

Lady Frog
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   Posted 6/4/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a very very slim chance of IBD. When they did a CT scan while I was in the middle of a flare up( pre- pain med days) they noticed some inflammation at the downward curve on the left side of my tummy. But they dismissed it because during a scope they saw no inflammation at all. Mind you the scope was just a flex and was done two years before the CT scan. I was supposed to have a full one done but I had to cancel because my insurance at the time wouldn't cover it. Then the my doc of the month( GI guy) said that I didn't need one after all because I had classic IBS. Personally I think I have a much higher pain tolerance now to tummy pains then I did before. But I do need to find a new GI guy anyways. The one my doc recommended( not the NP) makes the hair on the back of my neck go up every time I hear his name. I had an appointment but never went. Maybe I need to put in a call to the NP and see who she likes.
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