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   Posted 11/6/2005 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I am new to this site, and am thankful that there are people out there that i can talk to about my IBS problems. I was recently diagnosed with IBS, and trust me i was shocked. I tried to diagnose myself at first, and that didnt go over so well. So i went to see my doctor, and he told me about IBS, and said it was very common and i had nothing to worry about. I have the alternating kind of IBS which switches from constipation to diherrea. Some days it is really bad, but others are alright. I have numerous questions about IBS and im glad that i now know of a place where i can ask them.
 
It was really hard at first for me to cope with it, but i find myself turning to Imodium which seems to help at the moment. I am wondering though, if there is any other medication that you can suggest, because i have read on others blogs before about Imodium affecting them in the long run. Any sort of insight would be appreciated. I am planning within the next couple days to make an appointment with my doctor and see what he thinks about the medication.
 
Thank you for taking your time to reply to this, I really do appreciate it.
 
- IBSdiagnosed

Sarita
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   Posted 11/7/2005 1:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey there and welcome!  As always (you'll find out) I have some questions for you that might help us offer you some advice.  Bear with me here!  If I sound like I'm grilling you...I am (forgive me, I'm pre-med and, in the past year, have become all too knowledgeable about bowel disorders and diagnostic testing!).

What kind of doctor have you been seeing for this problem?  Have they run any tests whatsoever on you?  How long have you been experiencing the constipation (C) and diarrhea (D)?  How severe are your symptoms (i.e. do they prevent you from any normal daily activities, or wake you from sleep)?  Did they come on suddenly or gradually?  Do you have any other symptoms, like abdominal pain, gaseousness, bloating, fevers, or bloody stools?  Can I ask how old you are?  Any family history of inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, or any other significant health problems?

It does sound like you have classic IBS symptoms from what you wrote.  For your alternating D and C, I don't think Imodium would be your best bet, at least not long-term...only for those days you can't get off the toilet and need to be somewhere!  One of our members, dbab, can attest to this; as I recall, years of Imodium therapy didn't end up being a good idea in her case.  Have you tried fiber therapy with an over-the-counter powder or pill like Citrucel or Metamucil?  This can help both D and C.  If you have abdominal pain, there are anti-spasmodic medications like hyoscyamine and dicyclomine that can help minimize stomach contractions.

Welcome to the site, and I hope we can be of help to you.


dbab
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   Posted 11/7/2005 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to the site!!!

I'm so glad you found us, I hope that we can be of support to you here. Sarita has asked you some really good questions... these are usually the questions that the doc will ask you so its good to keep current on all of your symptoms to note something out of the ordinary. Alternating bowel habits are what I am also having now. I started with my IBS when I was 14 and had very bad IBS-D. I never ate during the day because once I put anything in my mouth, I would be knocked over with pain and in the bathroom soon after. I mostly ate at night and I took Imodium during the day just in case. I abused it. It has caused a lot of problems for me as my doctor suspects. I have diverticulosis that is caused by pressure from your bms and my doctor believes that was caused by my Imodium abuse. Its not meant to be used as a long term medication unless specifically directed by your doctor. Antispasmodics work well, I was just put on Nulev and it seems to be working really well.

I would also highly recommend keeping a food diary that lists the foods you eat (include all ingredients) and list the effects it had on you... increased gas, D, C, cramping, nausea. This will help you determine what your trigger foods are since our systems are very sensitive to everything and food seems to be #1.

Please keep posting!! :)


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Keriamon
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   Posted 11/7/2005 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I suggest Pepto Bismol pills for diarrhea (provided you're not allergic to asprin). I used to alternate between D and C because my bad gall bladder gave me D and then the Immodiums I took to stop that gave me severe C the next day. The Pepto, I found, worked pretty well to relieve the D and didn't give me C the next day. They will turn your stool black, but that it's a harmless side affect.

IBSdiagnosed
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   Posted 11/7/2005 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you very much for your replies, I am seeing just your average doctor for this. I have had a colonoscopy and my doctor said that he thinks I have IBS. I do have the symptoms of IBS, the alternating between C and D. I turned to Imodium at first and it would work, I didn’t mind the constipation the next day because it allowed me to carry out the day with no hesitation. If you don’t mind me asking what is diverticulosis? I have tried to take Pepto- bismol and it has helped. My symptoms aren’t that severe. But on some days I have experienced times where I’ve had to rush to the bathroom relatively quickly. That was not nice. The fact about family history is I don’t know, I am adopted and haven’t had the chance to look for my parents yet. I am in school and I am really busy. So it is difficult for myself to take time and actually find them. I do experience some bloating and cramps in my lower abdominal area. I know that spicy foods can trigger and aggravate it more. It’s hard though to avoid eating them, but I’m getting better. I am thankful that I can finally talk to people about this. I still am a little reluctant to tell people in my life about this, because I don’t like the idea of people thinking that there is something wrong with me, when I know that it is a common diagnosis. Thank you again for the welcoming to this site. It is very comforting to know that I can relate to others who are going what I am going through.

 

-IBSdiagnosed

dbab
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   Posted 11/7/2005 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
You definitely sound like you have the classic symptoms of IBS. Knowing what to avoid and weighing out if the pain is worth it is up to you. I brought this up the other day that I do cheat occasionally and I KNOW that I will pay for it and in this case you do take the good with the bad.

Diverticulosis is a condition where you have "pockets" that protrude on the outside wall of your colon. The most common area of your colon affected is the sigmoid. It is becoming more and more common in younger people (I was dx'd in my mid-twenties, I am now thirty) as this used to be known as an older person disease however with the poor diet in developed countries such as the United States, fiber consumption is poor. In my case, the added pressure from blocking myself up with the Imodium is what my doctor believes is what caused this for me. If these pockets get inflammed or infected by waste, it is called diverticulitis which can be serious if not treated. I have had two cases of diverticulitis already however they were successfully treated with antibiotics and a liquid diet.

Not wanted to share this with people is understandable. A lot of people don't like talking about this kind of stuff especially if they don't understand. Poo is taboo!! I have shared this with all of my friends however because I wasn't up to doing all of the stuff that they wanted to do. Sometimes they wanted to go shopping or go to lunch and I didn't feel like it. I had to tell them so they wouldn't think that I was just blowing them off. That was my choice to do and we all make our choice of who we want to discuss this with but above all else you need to feel comfortable talking with your doctor about this.


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