Hello and welcome to a great support Forum!
My pain actually started last August. I was diagnosed just a few months ago after going through the colonoscopy,Upper GI/Lower Bowel Study and three blood panel thing. No endoscopy for me, but I was worried that it was maybe a paralytic illeus, because of my Constipation,and going once a week with the help of that "Liquid Dynamite" Milk of magnesia.
My Regular Doctor prescribd Zelnorm ,but without insurance,a 60 pill supply was about $200.00. As a guy, I read on Zelnorns's website all the side effects,and then read that it has never been tested on men. Ok.....Ummmm. She also prescribed Belladonna(Donnatal) A phenobarbituate for the Cramping. That, so far helps. But other stuff that didn't was the Bentyl-alergic reation to that. Zannax for anxiety and help sleep..addicting,and Librax (Librium and a anti-spasmotic) which is mild,but at least I can do daily fuctions without drossiness,for me anyway. Everyone is different as meds go, and I do not like taking them,but,,when i have the loud stomach gurgling, and the pelvic and the deep excrusiating,rectal cramping..I find relief where I can.
IBS (from what I've been hearing) has alot to do with stress and anziety,and some foods make it worst to live with. I was talking to someone just yesterday that said she is in remission, but had it for a few years,what helped her was a book about positive thinking that got her past her dilemma. "How Full is your Bucket" by Tom Rath. I haven't got it yet,but wondered if anyone else read it to any advantage.
I am afraid of experimenting with foods that I used to love to eat. There are alot of variables with each person. Some swear by Brown or White Rice or Bread. I can't eat the rice or potaotes because they are bulking,and I have C,which stops me up. TRIAL AND ERROR is the key!
So, I have a Shaklee protein Drink woth SILK or 8th Continent, Little organic Cherry juice,bannana, and some ice in a blender,along with a piece of Sourdough or White bread toast. I tried the LUNA protein bar for lunch, so far, so good. Then for Dinner (what a joke) Chicken Broth ans fat- free Saltine Crackers. Went to trader Joe's tried some SOY Pretzels,but I think the wheat flour made me cramp alittle bit. TALKING about WINDED,DRAWN OUT STORIES!
Now I'm alittle normalized,but very weak. I've lost 32 LBS, in a few months, primarily from not eating for fear of those cramps! ...Chocolate, Pizza, Beer,Dairy including cheese and yogurt . not sure if having IBS automatically includes having lactose Intolerance or not...A LITTLE HELP HERE?
I still don't know what Christmas Eve Dinner will be like...Lean Turkey,or Ham? Potatoes,all the fixin's will be hard not to sample. Thankgiving was a nightmare! I also need a food plan to breakfast,lunch,and dinner..I wish there was a across the board food plan to follow for all of us.
Somehow pizza with Soy,or lactose free cheese (that doesn't melt very well) doesn't cut it for me. maybe alfreado white sauce...Well good luck to you, and sorry about my ramblings on.
Can someone tell us if having IBS, automatically assures you will also have lactose Intolerance? And if so, Does taking those over the counter lactose Aid medicine help us to have cheese, chocholate, and regular milk,pizza,from time to time, without the painful cramping? Thank You and good Luck!