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Evie
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   Posted 10/22/2005 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
I'm new on here but I'm glad that I have found this place.  I was diagnosed with IBS a couple of years ago, but have never had any problems.  The worst was a few stomach cramps.
 
The last 2 weeks have been hell for me and I have been left confused and frustrated by my doctor.  I have been having really bad cramps to the point where I feel like I could throw up from the pain, I can't seem to stay of the toilet and I generally feel really unwell.  I've even been going to bed any spare chance I get because I just want to curl up and forget about it.
 
I was prescribed some anti-biotics  a few weeks ago, which could have started this all off, so when i went back to my doctor yesterday I explained the problems I was having and was told it was just a side effect of the tablets and I would have to just ride it out basically.  I may be wrong, but I think this is more than that but my doctor wouldn't do anything.  the thing that also worries me is my father had bowel cancer, which he is thankfully recovered from, but if this is in the family somewhere it makes me a little concerned.
 
I have been looking on the internet for any information to try and find out how I can help myself.  I;m certainly not stressed - in fact quite the opposite - but I'm desperate to make this more bearable if I can't stop it.
 
I would be grateful if anyone could point me in the direction of where I could get some information, or if anyone can offer any tips?

7Lil
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   Posted 10/22/2005 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Evie, welcome to HealingWell!
How were you diagnosed with IBS? What sort of tests have you done? Given you have cancer in the family it is probably wise, if you haven't already, to have a colonoscopy. Hopefully you have already had one on your quest to getting a diagnosis. If you had one, and your doctor didn't mention any abnormalities, then I wouldn't worry about cancer. Just make sure to routinely get checked for colon cancer.
I stronglly believe that the round of antibiotics you took made an impact on your IBS. Antibiotics kill off our good bacteria (in the intestines) and shifts the balance, mainly allowing the bad bacteria to take over. Did your doctor tell you to take probiotics? Mine never did, I heard about them here. If you aren't already taking them then I would suggesting taking any probiotic (I take acidophilus) with at least 1 billion live cultures. If you take them regularly for a few months it should help you tremendously.
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dbab
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   Posted 10/22/2005 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Evie,
Lil has given you great info so I just wanted to add my welcome as well :)
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Sarita
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   Posted 10/22/2005 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Also wanted to add my welcome.  The other thing you might want to think about is having your stool tested for Clostridium difficile; a round of antibiotics preceding your worse diarrhea could point to this pesky bacteria as the cause, although it could just be a simple side effect of the antibiotics.  I definitely second Lil's suggestion to take acidophilus.  It is VERY good for your guts and can help restore their normal flora.

Evie
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   Posted 10/23/2005 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you all for your welcomes and information!

Lil, I have seen adverts for the yoghurts wth probiotics - is that the same type of thing?  My doctor is actually really rubbish.  I can't see the same doctor every time I go, you can only see who is available on teh day, so the level of care and attention you get can vary.

When I was diagnosed with IBS, I had been going to the doctors for months because I was complaining of mucus in my stools and stomach pain.  No tests were done, I was just told that is what it probably was and was given Buscopan to try and relive the pain.  I wasa fine for ages after that, and its just recently it has come back again.  I have tried the same tablets, as they are now available without prescription but they didn't work.

I will try what you have suggested though, as I am willing to try anything to make me spend less time in the bathroom!


dbab
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   Posted 10/23/2005 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
http://www.usprobiotics.org/products/index.htm
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m&ms
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   Posted 10/23/2005 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  I bet you have what I had: C-Difficile.  It will really knock you on your feet and depress you.  Ask for the C-Diff Stool Test, as it isn't standard practice to test for that first.  It is a bacteria that emits toxins and grows out of control after antibiotic use.  Some doctors believe that IBS-Diarrhea is actually undiagnosed C-diff that is somewhat controlled.  I took Flagyl and have been doing much better, except I think all the antibiotics and C-diff have given me IBS because I am much more aware of my stomach/bowel feelings and I go a lot more than I used to.  It keeps me nice and trim - that's for sure!! There is a website you should heck out: www.cdiffsupport.com .  Read over some of the case histories there and you might be surprised by how similar your problems sound. 

7Lil
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   Posted 10/23/2005 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Evie,
Dbab gave you some great links to follow to learn more about probiotics. To answer your question... Yes, yogurt does have probiotics, however, unless you eat TONS (buckets) of yogurt daily you probably won't be getting the suggested daily dose of 1-5 billion live cultures. I try to eat yogurt everyday [because it can't hurt (unless you're lactose intolerant)] ; but mainly I just focus on my pills.
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dbab
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   Posted 10/23/2005 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Evie,
I think you may be talking about the new yogurt called Danactive. This yogurt does contain live cultures however I do not believe that it contains acidophilus (I could be wrong though). It does have other cultures though that are believed to be good for your body's defense including the digestional tract.
Hugs, Des
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bunnybabe
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   Posted 10/24/2005 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
i actually just read the ingredients to Danactiv last night, i saw no acidophilus, (yeah dbab...right on...) but it had a different probiotic that i had not heard of... sorry my memory fails me
i did not get it, it contains a food starch and i am off the wheat/gluten still.
i was surprised at how tiny the bottles were, like shot glass tiny...
if you do the yogurt route read the lables, they have to have "LIVE and ACTIVE cultures", some actually say "may contain active cultures"... and watch the sugar too...it is amazing how they sneak bad stuff into something so healthy...
go get yourself some good acidophilus...

take care!!!
--bunny
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Evie
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   Posted 10/24/2005 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
You have all be so wonderfully helpful and I can't thank you enough. I'm at work at the moment and am nothaving too good a day - only 2 hours to go though and I can go home and have a rest!
 
When you talk about probiotics, am i able to buy those in those health food shops or is there somewhere I should go to get these?  I've been told to eat more fibre, so I'm really making the effort with my diet.  I'm just that fed up now and I'm getting tired of feeling so crap I will give anything a try!
 
I will let you know how I get on - but thank you all for your brilliant help! smurf

dbab
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   Posted 10/24/2005 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Evie,
I'm not sure where you are (excuse me if you have said before :) but here in the US, you can get probiotics from a health food store in the form of yogurts and supplements or at a vitamin store for the pill supplements. Make sure with the extra fiber that you are getting adequate water or else you could be causing constipation.
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