GI appt next week

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sophieWVU
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   Posted 4/10/2006 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so frustrated with this IBS, I've had like 1 day where I didn't feel like complete crap in the last 3 weeks.  I've been trying so hard to get into shape and I was doing really well but I can't exercise anymore the way I've been feeling....I understand how people get addicted to laxatives b/c this is ridiculous and I want it gone...and at least then you don't have to think about it!  My doc wants to give me 25 mg of some antidepressent to help with the IBS-C but I just don't know about it...I want to try the new drug coming out in May (Amitiza or something like that?)...I'm just scared that I'm at the end of the road as as far as trying EVERYTHING (Fiber, Zelnorm, probiotics of all sorts, digestive enzymes, diet, exercise, drinking tons of water, Digestive advantage, nothing works!) and if neither of those options work I don't know what to do!

sophieWVU
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   Posted 4/10/2006 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
...and I had my sister's baby shower saturday and my stomach hurt so bad with stabbing pain going into my chest and right arm...I thought I was going to pass out...I wanted to sit down but I couldn't b/c I was helping...it's so hard suffering in silence because I don't want to ruin someone else's day...sorry had more to vent there.

7Lil
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   Posted 4/10/2006 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi sophie,
Vent away - that's what we're here for.
I'm sorry you are having such a tough time. Have you tried goold ol' fashioned prune juice or aloe vera juice (or pills)? Those seem to help even the most extreme cases of C.
As for the baby shower... your sis probably wouldn't mind if you slipped away to recoup. My family all knows about my "issues" and if I need to get away, they are sympathetic. And don't feel guilty about it.... You have to take care of you.
(((HUGS)))
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Keriamon
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   Posted 4/10/2006 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard some positive things about anti-depressants helping the intestinal tract. Something about you have a second "brain" that runs your digestive tract and maybe it can get depressed or off balance (crazy!) and that's why these drugs help. If you can't get anything else to work, then why not try it? Yeah, anti-depressants can have some side affects, usually weight gain and bad interactions with other medicines, but I'm betting you'd be willing to gain a few pounds if you could poop again (probably balance out, gaining weight and pooping out weight, lol). Maybe tide you over until the new medicine comes out. Of course, you may like this stuff and don't feel the need to switch.

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   Posted 4/10/2006 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Make sure to discuss all the side affects of the anti-d with your doc. Like Keri mentioned, they can interact with other meds AND some cause sexual side affects. It might be worth a shot, but know that you have options... If you don't like that one then ask your doc about another.
Good luck!
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