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Joan M
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   Posted 6/29/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes  looked it up but don't think it would work for me.  My problem is slow motility.  The reason why I was given a antispasmatic medicine is because I was having bowel cramps.  O the whole thing is a mess.  eyes

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   Posted 6/29/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
The levsin might slow things down a bit. But it also might or might not help for pain.

Are you on any other meds?
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Joan M
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   Posted 6/30/2010 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
not for ibs, just three fiber products, konstyle, miralax and benefiber (I get substitute generics for the other two).

I am taking a slew of other meds for high blood pressure, depression, asthma, arthritis and reflux.

Read that they think the stomach is the second brain. Well to me that's unreal.

I always thought when they said "what's your gut reaction" that was your instinct without thinking.

I really do not believe my stomach is my second brain. This to me is very cave man and completely unmodern. For me, instinctive or intuitive knowledge is very important.

I will buy the "stress" angle though because my recent total knee surgery has been stressful. I had a lot of complications but the surgery itself has been a success.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Joan, what high blood pressure med is it?
 
That's quite a bit of medications already for sure.
 
With all due respect the "second brain" is called the enteric nervous system and exists in all humans and is very important in IBS, as well as physiology. It has a 100 million nerve fibers as many as the spinal cord and deveops with the embryo along with the brain and is connected to the brain by the vagus nerve. This allows digestion to run on its own without conciously having to think to digest your food. It has all the chemicals found in the brain. It does not"think" like the brain but they believe it can help shape emotions. Its also an important warning system and part of the guts immune system as well."
 
This helps explain it some.
 

 


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Joan M
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   Posted 7/1/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
well, i had the problem before the blood pressure med. it was an extremely stressful period of my life. this is also pretty stressful. what i don't get is that when the stress abates...the symptoms remain.

in both situations i let my really good dietary habits go. the first time because i did not care. this last time because the surgery has limited my shopping ability, etc.

thanks shawn and i will look at the article.

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   Posted 7/1/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I mention that because some blood pressure meds can work for IBS by blunting the bodies stress responce.

Yes take a look at the article, because its actually very important in IBS. IBS is now considered a brain gut axis disorder. Both are operational to cause the symptoms.
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Joan M
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   Posted 7/1/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
actually the symptoms came on around the time i was taking the sertaline (an anti-depressive). i read in the article that sertaline (generic for zoloft) which is a seratonin (spelling?) uptake medicine) could be a contributing to ibs. The whole thing is very confusing.

i just know that the cramping can be terrible and zelmac is very expensive and not effective for those over 65 so i take the other stuff.

well will see my gastro person in August and hope things will be straightened out for me.

so long for now and thanks again.

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   Posted 7/2/2010 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Because IBS is in part a serotonin disoder, because of serotonin dysregulation the anti-d's can either help or make it worse, even via side effects, but for 1 out of three people they may also help.
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Joan M
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   Posted 7/2/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks..for high blood pressure i take diovan 160 mg and the generic for narvese which is 10 mg.

will see the gastro-doctor July 7th...forgot about it. am really busy trying to make the total knee replacement work for me.
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