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dorricki
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/23/2009 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had ibs of different degree's since 18.  I am now 45 and i am tr=ired of it.  It is now to the point that I can tell you every store in our community and where the bathroom is.  I wont travel because Im afraid to .. (what if I need to go really bad.  or what if I need to go.. I stop and go and themn have to go again in 10 min.. where while I stop.)  If I was to go to a business function what if I needed to go to the bathroom and was in the middle of  a deal... crazy?? yes!!  I take Hycosimine every am as well as 2 loperamide.  I take Hyomax before eating and then take Hycosamine and 2 loperamides before bed.  My dr just added Lexapro every a.m.  and I carry Zanax with me in case of panic attack.. I rarely eat (yesterday my intake was 2 small cookies in a.m. Help... and nothing else all day..  I weigh 143 I know I need to eat more but I have a business function today and figure If I dont eat it wont be as bad diareha wise..

stilltiredofit51
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 26
   Posted 10/23/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   

I know what you mean. I have had IBS-D for the past 27 years. Any time I leave the house, I check out where the bathrooms are and I always take a change of clothes. I have been so bad, that it has been uncontrollable. It happened even if I didn't eat. But, after getting on this website; I have found something that has helped me. I started taking Caltrate for bone and colon health 600+D plus minerals calcium supplement (I think in August). It is in a white bottle with purple on it. I got it at Walmart. Since then, I started taking Ultimate Probiotic Formula Acidophilus (Rexall Naturals), made with bio flora. It, also is in a purple bottle. Please try either one of these.  They have really helped me ALOT. Instead of having spells all the time, I can probably count on one hand the amount of spells I have had in the past two months. I, first tried Align and it almost killed me. I had atleast 27 bad spells in only 12 days. The company told me to stop taking the pill. Again, try the probiotic or calcuim supplement.

Wish you good improved heath.


shawn12
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Date Joined Jul 2004
Total Posts : 1293
   Posted 10/24/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Just FYI

This is what I have personally found the most effective IBS treatment I have done in 39 years of having severe IBS. Not because its all in the head, but because of the connections back and forth from the gut-enteric nervous system to the brain and back. All pain is also processed in the brain and you can target it there. But I have also found it calm my brain gut axis and broke the vicious cycle.


New York Times - Let the Mind Help Tame An Irritable Bowel

The brain has the ability to inhibit sensations from the gut. But, as Dr. Gerson put it, ”I.B.S. patients tend to be hypervigilant — too aware of what is going on in their gut.” Through techniques like hypnotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, it is possible to change how the brain perceives what is happening in the body.

In hypnotherapy, patients learn to visualize their colon as functioning more normally. In cognitive-behavioral therapy or short-term psychotherapy, patients can learn to change symptom-provoking beliefs, like thinking that their colon will always be abnormal or that a given circumstance will provoke symptoms.

In a British study of 204 patients in which more than two-thirds of them were initially helped by hypnotherapy, 81 percent of those maintained the improvement up to six years after the treatment. Learning to practice stress-reduction and relaxation techniques can be as helpful as learning which foods to avoid.

New York Times, Sep 2nd 2008


BBC News - Hypnosis can heal bowel illness
Hypnotherapy could help people with severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers say.

Doctors should consider using this and other "psychological" treatments such as antidepressants to help sufferers, King’s College London experts say in the British Medical Journal.

However, a shortage of therapists could hinder this, they add.

Experts said there was growing evidence that IBS cases have psychological as well as biological elements.


US News & World Report - IBS & Mind Body Techniques show real promise when it comes to treating digestive disorders
Gas. Bloating. Diarrhea. Cramps. The digestive system has many varied and unpleasant ways of asserting itself when the process isn’t going smoothly�all well worth pondering as the holidays approach.

But while everyone suffers the occasional Imodium moment, a surprisingly large number of people wrestle every day with more disabling disorders, from Crohn’s disease to gastroesophageal reflux disease to irritable bowel syndrome, which by itself afflicts as many as 1 in 5 people.

For many, severe pain and the unpredictable need for a bathroom can mean living life as prisoners in their own homes.

Medications offer relief for a number of gastrointestinal conditions. But some drugs have been withdrawn from the market or restricted�Zelnorm for IBS, for example, was pulled because it increased cardiac risks�and side effects can be a problem.

So, researchers have recently taken an entirely new approach, focusing more on the head than on the plumbing. Studies have shown that mind-body techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and hypnosis are effective at reducing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, which causes pain and altered bowel movements

USnews.com


WebMD - All Central Symptoms Improve
"All central IBS symptoms improved substantially from treatment in both studies. In conclusion, hypnosis improves IBS symptoms through reductions in psychological distress and somatization. Improvements were unrelated to changes in the physiological parameters measured."

WebMD, 1st Nov 2002


Hypnotherapy for functional gastrointestinal disorders: a review.
Miller V, Whorwell PJ.

University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, and noncardiac chest pain, can suffer from a range of severe symptoms that often substantially erode quality of life. Unfortunately, these conditions are notoriously difficult to treat, with many patients failing to improve despite being prescribed a wide variety of conventional medications. As a consequence, the potential benefits of hypnotherapy have been explored with evidence that this approach not only relieves symptoms but also appears to restore many of the putative psychological and physiological abnormalities associated with these conditions toward normal. These observations suggest that this form of treatment has considerable potential in aiding the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders and should be integrated into the ongoing medical care that these patients are receiving.

PMID: 19459089 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


News and Web Changes
This is where we'll announce the most recent additions to our web site. If you've visited us before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first.



Welcome to the
UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders'

Evening with the Experts
A 2-hour monthly online educational video and chat session open to the general public.

This month's time and topic:

......UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders

Evening with the Experts A 2-hour monthly online educational video and chat session open to the general public.

This month's time and topic:

Nov 3 2009 at 8-10 EST

Topic- A discussion on WebMD videos and articles on interviews with Dr Douglas A. Drossman, MD

Presenter Dr Douglas A. Drossman, MD

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/

Dr. Drossman is considered a world authority in the field of functional GI disorders and physician-patient communication. He presents at numerous national and international meetings throughout the year.

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/drossman.htm

These are really worth the time if you can and exceptional chats where you can ask the experts questions on IBS and other functional GI disorders.


.......If you missed the July session, you can view Dr. Drossman's video introduction to this session by clicking here

How to participate:
Joining the monthly chat session is easy. Ten minutes before each session begins, at 7:50 PM, the button below will turn green, and you can then press it to sign into the chat. We strongly recommend that you sign in a few minutes prior to 8 PM, so that you will have an opportunity to watch the whole introductory video right in the beginning of the session.

Click here

Evening with the Experts Archive

https://uncfunctionalgi.net/ewe_archive.html






Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2009 Jul;57(3):279-92. Links

Hypnotherapy for functional gastrointestinal disorders: a review.
Miller V, Whorwell PJ.

University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, and noncardiac chest pain, can suffer from a range of severe symptoms that often substantially erode quality of life. Unfortunately, these conditions are notoriously difficult to treat, with many patients failing to improve despite being prescribed a wide variety of conventional medications. As a consequence, the potential benefits of hypnotherapy have been explored with evidence that this approach not only relieves symptoms but also appears to restore many of the putative psychological and physiological abnormalities associated with these conditions toward normal. These observations suggest that this form of treatment has considerable potential in aiding the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders and should be integrated into the ongoing medical care that these patients are receiving.

PMID: 19459089 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]




Gut. 2003 Nov;52(11):1623-9. Links

Long term benefits of hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome.
Gonsalkorale WM, Miller V, Afzal A, Whorwell PJ.

Department of Medicine, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester, UK.

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is now good evidence from several sources that hypnotherapy can relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in the short term. However, there is no long term data on its benefits and this information is essential before the technique can be widely recommended. This study aimed to answer this question. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 204 patients prospectively completed questionnaires scoring symptoms, quality of life, anxiety, and depression before, immediately after, and up to six years following hypnotherapy. All subjects also subjectively assessed the effects of hypnotherapy retrospectively in order to define their "responder status". RESULTS: 71% of patients initially responded to therapy. Of these, 81% maintained their improvement over time while the majority of the remaining 19% claimed that deterioration of symptoms had only been slight. With respect to symptom scores, all items at follow up were significantly improved on pre-hypnotherapy levels (p<0.001) and showed little change from post-hypnotherapy values. There were no significant differences in the symptom scores between patients assessed at 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5+ years following treatment. Quality of life and anxiety or depression scores were similarly still significantly improved at follow up (p<0.001) but did show some deterioration. Patients also reported a reduction in consultation rates and medication use following the completion of hypnotherapy. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates that the beneficial effects of hypnotherapy appear to last at least five years. Thus it is a viable therapeutic option for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

PMID: 14570733 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome: the empirical evidence of therapeutic effects.
Whitehead WE.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a complex and prevalent functional gastrointestinal disorder that is treated with limited effectiveness by standard medical care. Hypnosis treatment is, along with cognitive-behavioral therapy, the psychological therapy best researched as an intervention for IBS. Eleven studies, including 5 controlled studies, have assessed the therapeutic effects of hypnosis for IBS. Although this literature has significant limitations, such as small sample sizes and lack of parallel comparisons with other treatments, this body of research consistently shows hypnosis to have a substantial therapeutic impact on IBS, even for patients unresponsive to standard medical interventions. The median response rate to hypnosis treatment is 87%, bowel symptoms can generally be expected to improve by about half, psychological symptoms and life functioning improve after treatment, and therapeutic gains are well maintained for most patients for years after the end of treatment.

PMID: 16316880 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


News and Web Changes
This is where we'll announce the most recent additions to our web site. If you've visited us before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first.



Welcome to the
UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders'

Evening with the Experts
A 2-hour monthly online educational video and chat session open to the general public.

This month's time and topic:

......UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders

Evening with the Experts A 2-hour monthly online educational video and chat session open to the general public.

This month's time and topic:

Nov 3 2009 at 8-10 EST

Topic- A discussion on WebMD videos and articles on interviews with Dr Douglas A. Drossman, MD

Presenter Dr Douglas A. Drossman, MD

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/

Dr. Drossman is considered a world authority in the field of functional GI disorders and physician-patient communication. He presents at numerous national and international meetings throughout the year.

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/drossman.htm

These are really worth the time if you can and exceptional chats where you can ask the experts questions on IBS and other functional GI disorders.


.......If you missed the July session, you can view Dr. Drossman's video introduction to this session by clicking here

How to participate:
Joining the monthly chat session is easy. Ten minutes before each session begins, at 7:50 PM, the button below will turn green, and you can then press it to sign into the chat. We strongly recommend that you sign in a few minutes prior to 8 PM, so that you will have an opportunity to watch the whole introductory video right in the beginning of the session.

Click here

Evening with the Experts Archive

https://uncfunctionalgi.net/ewe_archive.html






Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2009 Jul;57(3):279-92. Links

Hypnotherapy for functional gastrointestinal disorders: a review.
Miller V, Whorwell PJ.

University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, and noncardiac chest pain, can suffer from a range of severe symptoms that often substantially erode quality of life. Unfortunately, these conditions are notoriously difficult to treat, with many patients failing to improve despite being prescribed a wide variety of conventional medications. As a consequence, the potential benefits of hypnotherapy have been explored with evidence that this approach not only relieves symptoms but also appears to restore many of the putative psychological and physiological abnormalities associated with these conditions toward normal. These observations suggest that this form of treatment has considerable potential in aiding the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders and should be integrated into the ongoing medical care that these patients are receiving.

PMID: 19459089 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]




Gut. 2003 Nov;52(11):1623-9. Links

Long term benefits of hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome.
Gonsalkorale WM, Miller V, Afzal A, Whorwell PJ.

Department of Medicine, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester, UK.

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is now good evidence from several sources that hypnotherapy can relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in the short term. However, there is no long term data on its benefits and this information is essential before the technique can be widely recommended. This study aimed to answer this question. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 204 patients prospectively completed questionnaires scoring symptoms, quality of life, anxiety, and depression before, immediately after, and up to six years following hypnotherapy. All subjects also subjectively assessed the effects of hypnotherapy retrospectively in order to define their "responder status". RESULTS: 71% of patients initially responded to therapy. Of these, 81% maintained their improvement over time while the majority of the remaining 19% claimed that deterioration of symptoms had only been slight. With respect to symptom scores, all items at follow up were significantly improved on pre-hypnotherapy levels (p<0.001) and showed little change from post-hypnotherapy values. There were no significant differences in the symptom scores between patients assessed at 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5+ years following treatment. Quality of life and anxiety or depression scores were similarly still significantly improved at follow up (p<0.001) but did show some deterioration. Patients also reported a reduction in consultation rates and medication use following the completion of hypnotherapy. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates that the beneficial effects of hypnotherapy appear to last at least five years. Thus it is a viable therapeutic option for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

PMID: 14570733 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]



Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2006 Jan;54(1):7-20

Hypnosis for irritable bowel syndrome: the empirical evidence of therapeutic effects.
Whitehead WE.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a complex and prevalent functional gastrointestinal disorder that is treated with limited effectiveness by standard medical care. Hypnosis treatment is, along with cognitive-behavioral therapy, the psychological therapy best researched as an intervention for IBS. Eleven studies, including 5 controlled studies, have assessed the therapeutic effects of hypnosis for IBS. Although this literature has significant limitations, such as small sample sizes and lack of parallel comparisons with other treatments, this body of research consistently shows hypnosis to have a substantial therapeutic impact on IBS, even for patients unresponsive to standard medical interventions. The median response rate to hypnosis treatment is 87%, bowel symptoms can generally be expected to improve by about half, psychological symptoms and life functioning improve after treatment, and therapeutic gains are well maintained for most patients for years after the end of treatment.

PMID: 16316880 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]




Dig Dis Sci. 2002 Nov;47(11):2605-14. Links



Hypnosis treatment for severe irritable bowel syndrome: investigation of mechanism and effects on symptoms.
Palsson OS, Turner MJ, Johnson DA, Burnett CK, Whitehead WE.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7080 USA.

Hypnosis improves irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but the mechanism is unknown. Possible physiological and psychological mechanisms were investigated in two studies. Patients with severe irritable bowel syndrome received seven biweekly hypnosis sessions and used hypnosis audiotapes at home. Rectal pain thresholds and smooth muscle tone were measured with a barostat before and after treatment in 18 patients (study I), and treatment changes in heart rate, blood pressure, skin conductance, finger temperature, and forehead electromyographic activity were assessed in 24 patients (study II). Somatization, anxiety, and depression were also measured. All central IBS symptoms improved substantially from treatment in both studies. Rectal pain thresholds, rectal smooth muscle tone, and autonomic functioning (except sweat gland reactivity) were unaffected by hypnosis treatment. However, somatization and psychological distress showed large decreases. In conclusion, hypnosis improves IBS symptoms through reductions in psychological distress and somatization. Improvements were unrelated to changes in the physiological parameters measured.

PMID: 12452403 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.


shawn12
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2004
Total Posts : 1293
   Posted 10/24/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
sorry some of that double posted and the chat with the experts is in there, but that is coming up and a great resource and you can ask them all kinds of IBS questions. They are leaders in IBS research.
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

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