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shawn12
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   Posted 8/4/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
any specific questions or information or resources anyone needs let me know. There is a steep learning curve with IBS. It can really help to know somethings about it all. Some of it is very complex, but also knowing somethings can really help alot.
 
 
 
 
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   Posted 8/5/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I think the basics are useful tools in trying to understand IBS. Such as:

1. Diagrams or drawings of the entire GI tract.

2. Simple, laymen's terms of how the GI tract works.

3. Diet suggestions are helpful (low fiber vs high fiber, eliminating gluten for some people, etc.).

4. Finally, fiber supplements, medications, probiotics would be another useful area to list these in.

I know I didn't quite understand how a GI tract functions until I had a colon resection, cancer, temporary colostomy, etc. While I don't always have the correct medical terms for parts of the tract, I know where the colon starts, ends and points in between, when my stomach is doing it's heaving and rolling dance, I know what's coming - gas and bm's. So I make sure I'm near a bathroom.

Again, I wanted info so I searched for it. One of the most foolish things for me would have been to take one colon surgeon's advice - "eat anything you want, take Immodium, enjoy life!".........I have thought of his absurd suggestion many, many times over 11 years. How foolish it would have been for me to throw caution to the wind and take his advice. Sigh.....I'm a firm believer in helping each other.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily

shawn12
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   Posted 8/5/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Marsky, I will work on all that and I agree, there is important things people should know and understand that can really help.
 
I have to do this a little slowly as I have friends in town and a busy month, but I will go after what you posted here.
 
Thanks for the suggestions.
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shawn12
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Lets start with this one first. This is an excellent site.

Pathophysiology of the digestive system

http://arbl.cvmbs.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/
 

If there are specific questions I can actually answer on some of this let me know. Also something to know is there is NOT malapsorption in IBS, because its mainly a problem with the large intestines, and foods are absorbed in the small intestines. So the foods are basically absoirbed before it reaches the large colon.
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shawn12
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
which is one reason weight loss is a red flag in IBS if a person is eating normally.
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shawn12
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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Foods/diet and IBS

http://www.ibshealth.com/ibsfoods.htm

http://www.ibshealth.com/ibsfoods2.htm

http://www.aboutibs.org/site/about-ibs/management/ibs-diet

"Many people report that their symptoms occur following a meal or when they are under stress. Eating causes contractions of the colon. Normally, this response may cause an urge to have a bowel movement within 30 to 60 minutes after a meal. In people with IBS, the urge may come sooner and may be associated with pain, cramps and diarrhea. One reason may be the gastrocolic reflex. Gastric distension stimulates colonic activity to make room for an ingested meal. Volume, fat content and other more difficult-to-digest items make the gastric reflex more intense. With a spastic colon, there is an overreaction of this reflex. The colonic muscle stretch provided by fiber, such as cereal fiber, lessens this response.

The strength of the response is often related to the number of calories in a meal, and especially the amount of fat in a meal. Fat in any form (animal or vegetable) is a strong stimulus of colonic contractions. Many foods contain fat, especially:

•Meats of all kinds.
•Poultry skin.
•Whole milk.
•Cream cheese.
•Butter.
•Vegetable oil.
•Margarine.
•Shortening.
•Avocados.
•Whipped toppings.

http://www.gastro.org/patient-center/digestive-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome


This is also an excellent over view site on IBS

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

IBS Information

http://www.hopkins-gi.org/GDL_Disease.aspx?CurrentUDV=31&GDL_Disease_id=F5E21D6B-A88E-44F9-900F-7E295C50D38B&GDL_DC_id=D03119D7-57A3-4890-A717-CF1E7426C8BA
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shawn12
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   Posted 8/28/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
probiotics and ibs

http://www.aboutibs.org/site/about-ibs/management/gut-flora/

This is an audio

Interview with Y. Ringel, MD on Probiotics

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/collateral/ringel.mp3

How Effective Are Probiotics In Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081006092656.htm
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Joan M
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   Posted 9/1/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
idea  finally got a new medicine idea amitiza.  hope it works.  zelnorm worked well for me.  Am very busy...have to rush.  hope you are doing well, Shawn

shawn12
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   Posted 9/1/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Joan and hopefully that helps you out. There are other new ones in the pipeline as well. Let us know. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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Joan M
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   Posted 9/3/2010 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
did not work out, very harsh had diaherria (flushing) all day! back to the drawing board. zelnorm is the only thing that has worked for me.

shawn12
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   Posted 9/3/2010 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
As soon as I can I will ask the experts about other possiblities.
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shawn12
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   Posted 9/3/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I just tried calling them, but there out right now. Please remind me next week.
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shawn12
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   Posted 9/3/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
controlling Gas

http://www.aboutibs.org/site/about-ibs/management/controlling-gas
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