IBS sufferer, I am glad I found other people like myself.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/15/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am a fellow IBS sufferer.
Let me give you a little background on myself. I was diagnosed with IBS in college in 2000 by my GI doc.
My previous years my stomach has been alright, when I started taking antibiotics for random bacterial infections (strep) is when my stomach went to HELL.
I started taking ammodium every day to control my BM. It worked a year a so. The side effect of taking ammodium every day is that you cannot control your anal spincter muscles (leakage).
I stopped taking ammodium when I noticed I could hold my BM less and less. I tell you drugs are a great miracle to help you with the immediate problem, but the long term side effects are terrible.
I stopped taking anything and just lived with the D. I tell you I have to keep gatoraide on had b/c you loose so many electrolytes at a given time and it destroyes your day.
One thing that is starting to help is a probiotic, I have been taking Activia (strawberry fruitista) and I see that it is starting to help a bit.  I need to establish normal flora again, b.c these antibiotics have wiped out my flora.
Glad I found this forum,
Take care.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey welcome to the forum,I think that is where most of my stomach and digestive issues started from antiboitics for strep.I remember having strep once or twice in high school and having to take antibiotics.After taking them I notice little weird changes in my system but thought nothing of it but I was still able to function and move around in my day to day life.After high school had strep two more times then got really sick when I ended up eating or drinking bad water or food and contracted five different types of bacteria and parasites.That was the last straw for the antibiotics stripped any good bacteria I had left which led me to IBS the enemy lol.I've been dealing with this for seven years now and are going through a hard time,I too just came off a medication which I've been on for years which was causing me bad side effects.Now my system is worse off without it I guess getting used to not having a medication in it.I am thankful that I do not experience this bad side effect anymore but I need to find something that will balance things out for me and make feel better.Your not alone at times I feel like I am when I'm going through this thing but I'm able to come here and see that there are others I can relate to and share my sometimes embarrassing stories without feeling ashamed and be able to find strength in eachother.I wish you luck and hopes your issues improve have a nice night take care. :-)

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/8/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Was diagnosed with IBS almost 20 years ago after years of suffering and told to just deal with it. I then moved to south america, where the problem continued. I ended up getting worse and worse and eventually saw a doctor in Buenos Aires. He looked at me and within 2 minutes said he suspected i had some form of parasites or amoebas which i must have picked up years before from some food/water goodness knows where. I was told to take stool samples every day for 10 days (that's hard when you've got IB!!!) as the reproductive cycle of these little blighters can be more than a week, and when the results came back, hey presto, it was amoebas, supposedly hiding in my liver or somewhere, and playing havoc with my intestines which no longer could absorb nutrients etc, and thats why antibiotics hadnt helped. I was put on a course of medication for 2 weeks, and then on a fat-free diet for 3 months (so as to help the intestines recover from the damage done by the parasite, said the doc). I have never looked back. I just wish the docs i'd seen before had taken the trouble to really investigate and not simply write me off after 1 stool sample and my list of symptoms.
Sorry, cant remember the meds i was given as so many years ago, but maybe its worth checking the stool samples again, or going to a tropical diseases doctor. One stool sample is not enough, you need lots and in sequence. trouble is, many docs in developed countries dont consider possible 3rd world illnesses as a cause of whats wrong, and you can pick up these parasites anywhere, either on holiday or even in your neighbourhood from badly prepared food.
take case
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