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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/18/2006 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am so glad i found this group. I am new here and this seemed to be a great place to find and share information.
I have been struggling with IBS or something to that affect for over 3 yrs now,maybe longer.. I had very test you can think of
CTS, ultra sounds, scopes, nucluar medicine scan, xrays, blood work, poop tests, (sorry didn't know what to call it).
I seem to have had every test but the dreded colonoscopy..
I can relate to having to rush to the bath room some days more than 10 times. Other days I deal with bloating, cramping and just plain pain mostly in my left side. I do have erosions in my stomach, almost like an ulcer. I have been tried some meds. I went to my family doc, and then to the specialist( for get what they call them.) She did a scope (down the throat) and found my
erosions in my belly , but she said they weren't too awful bad.
But, my problems with my bowels continue.
What should i do next go back to the same doctor? or find a differnt one?
I can relate to another persons post about spending the nights in the bathroom...I get woken up out of my sleep at least once a week with these bouts,  and this is controling my life.. I can't go anywhere with out wondering if I will need to rush to the bathroom.. this is not a life. I have kids, a husband and its taking a definate toll on them. If  any one has any advice i could sure use some about now. . I am sic of living off of Amodiums and pepcid...
Thanks in advance..

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   Posted 3/18/2006 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi sicofmystomach,
Welcome to Healing Well :)
I understand your frustration and I'm so sorry that you also have to deal with all of this. Did the doctor give you anything for your pain and diarrhea? There are medications available through prescription that should be able to help you. Antispasmodics are great because they calm down the bowel from frequent spasms and cramping. They can also help with the D. I too have a husband and a son and have had to stay home many times while they went out and had their fun, it is truly depressing. If you decide to do the colonoscopy, it really isn't bad. They sedate you so you can't feel/remember anything. The worst part is the prep (cleaning out) which isn't so bad depending on the type of prep that your doctor lets you do. Please know that you are not alone in this. There will be others to welcome you and as you read through the posts, you'll learn that there are many things/regimines out there that have worked for many that you may want to try.
Please keep posting and take care
Hugs, Des
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New Member

Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/18/2006 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you I am making another appointment with my doctor monday
She did prescribe some anit spasm meds but she wouldn't refil them
she sent me to the specialist.. but i am definaltey going to demand
that she refill them maybe give me a higher doseage?
well if she send me for the colon test i don't have much of a choice.
and If she doesn't give me any relief do I find another doctor in your opionion?
Thanks for the help i will surely keep reading on this board.
It seems very helpful.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 3/18/2006 1:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the site! :-)
You said your doctor sent you to a specialist, a GI (Gastroenterologist)... What did the GI say and do for you?
Are you taking anything else, like vitamins or probiotics? If you browse around this forum you will see there are many people who take calcium to control their D. The calcium also helps soothe inflamation. It may be worth a shot for you.
Good luck!
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New Member

Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/18/2006 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
well the GI doctor ordered all the most of the tests, cts ultrasound,nucular scan, she did priscribe carafate but I don't think
that was helping my IBS symptoms it was for the erosion in my stomach she found. right now I m not taking any prescribed meds.
I live off of Amodiums and pepcid.
Thanks for the advice.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 3/22/2006 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   


Sorry to hear you are having a rough time,

I went through the same trauma as you recently, all the tests, the frustration of doctors!!!
I have tried i dont know how many pills, fibredrinks that look like wallpaper paste, meditation...and so on.  It was only in the last few weeks that i have started to feel really good and dont need to rush to the loo everyday.  The reason being I eat healthier and take nutritional supplements!  I have found this wonderful supplement which you mix as a drink, its not just for ibs, as i said its a nutritional supplement, i wanted to be healthier and i did suffer with acne so was hoping it would help my skin,  I noticed the difference with my ibs after just a few days. you have to remember to take it everyday and also i did not know how long it would take before i noticed anything as everyone is different, but i feel so much better. Pills take a long time to absorb into your system and only a percentage of the contents actually go where they are needed. They may work but it is trial and error until you find one that works for you. I take a nutritional drink so its quicker.  Its weird but i feel my 'insides' are healing, if that makes any sense?!.  I really think good well balanced nutrition is the key.  Try Reliv products, they have various ones, i use their classic which is all round nutrition and innergize which is an energy drink, i mix them together and drink. 
Hope this helps.
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