Doe's this sound like IBS !!!I

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kyhurst
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   Posted 4/24/2006 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I recentily had gallbladder surgery 8 wks ago. I do feel a whole lot better. It was so bad I was literally planing my death!! The last week of waiting for doc's to decide if the surgery would help I started hurting in my large bowel area .(my hida scan was 12% go figure.) I had to have colonoscopy before they would do my surgery. I hurt so bad when I drank the half litely I could actually feel it go down my large bowel !! My Doc said he found 1 polyp ( nothing to worry about ) and internal & external hemi's. Nothing else. I have been plagued with hemi's all thoughout this. some are internal & some on outside get thombrosed & have to be lanced. I had the gallbladder surgery & within a week was constipated to the point I became impacted. Doc's told me to take fiber which was bad ideal for me wound up impacted again! I now am on MIRALAX it seems to work OK. Sometimes I have to take it twice a day & then I just want to stop having bowel movements. My problem is even on the MIRALAX it hurts to have bowel movement at times. I feel as though my rectum is swollen shut! I am scheduled for a surgeon to do something with the hemi's the first of may. The surgeon never looked up inside me the ones on the outside was so bad!! I do not hurt in my large bowel area all the time I think it's when something does'nt agree with me . I mainly hurt under my left rib & down around belly button. The belly button area wakes me up in the middle of the night. Any Info would help please.
 
 
 
 
 
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kyhurst
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   Posted 4/24/2006 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to mention primary care doc put me on bentyl. It done no good so I stopped taking it. I was also on protonix. 5 yrs ago another GI doc said I had acid reflux. The new GI said I had no signs of acid. My primary care doc said it must have been because I was on the protonix when the GI ran the scope that it must have been clearing it up. I also stopped the protonix because I was afraid it might be doing more damage than good. I do sometimes have acid but I try & control it with over the counter meds. The GI doc I seen 5 yrs ago also told me I had spastic colon but he never even done colonoscopy. 
 
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Keriamon
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   Posted 4/24/2006 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Some people get constipated after having their gall bladders out because they don't produce enough bile to break down their food enough. I have heard that bile salt--which you should be able to find online and in health-food stores--can help replace the bile that you need. Make sure you do a little reading up on it since it's been a while since I checked it out, and I never looked at it a whole lot.

I also found through personal experience that a low fat diet after having my gall bladder removed gave me SEVERE constipation. If you are on a low-fat diet, you might want to slowly add more fat in and see if that helps the constipation.

And some people have acid reflux after having their gall bladders out because the bile they do produce runs up into their stomach, not down into their colon. So it may be that you do need some medicine to try and cut that. I noticed you said you were put on antacids before your gall bladder came out--so was I. It seems doctors can't tell a bad gall bladder from acid reflux nowadays. I never had acid reflux and since having my gall bladder out I have never had acid reflux. However my mother does have acid reflux since having her gall bladder out, so everyone is different.

And don't feel bad about the fiber--I tried fiber pills when I was constipated because of my low fat diet and I ended up WORSE constipated. I tried the same pills when I had diarrhea and ended up with WORSE pain, gas and diarrhea. I've just decided that I can't tolerate fake fiber. Normal fiberous foods don't seem to bother me one way or the other.

kyhurst
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   Posted 4/24/2006 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much & I would like for you to know you have really pulled me though my low points throughout my ordeal !! Now one of my major concerns is this pain I get in around my belly button . Is this normal with IBS ? When I need to have a bowel movement I also sometimes have cramping there. I guess I'm a little freaked because I was looking at the crohnes site. doe's IBS & crohnes mimic symptoms ? My doc said he found nothing else but I am having hard time believing IBS could be this bad for 8 wks. Sure I've had some good days but few. IT usually hits me the worst in evening. PLEASE let me know what some of your symptoms are . My doc has never really talked about them he is too busy taking vacations!!!!!

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/25/2006 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it is very common to have pain around the belly button due to gas. IBS can be a very painful, even debilitating condition; you don't have to have anything worse wrong with you to feel horrible right now.

Since these problems have started since getting your gall bladder out, that's where I would lay the blame. Doctors today want to call everything under the sun IBS. You burp, you have IBS. I think hiccuping will soon be a symptom of IBS. To me IBS really means a motility problem of the intestines that has no known cause. Either your intestines dump things out too fast or they empty out too slow. Food allergies, post-gall bladder problems, bad bacteria, parasites, etc. really shouldn't be called IBS because we know what causes those problems and we know how to fix them. Theoretically IBS has no known cause or cure. But doctors lump everything in together, which is a real disservice to those of us who have treatable problems that doctors don't want to treat because they've convinced themselves that we have untreatable IBS.

I think you hurt because of the constipation. Between having stools backed up in there and gas that can't get out because of the backed-up stools, you hurt. I think if you could get your bowels moving again, you'd probably stop hurting.

In addition to looking into the bile salts, there is a product called Equalactin. It is located in the bowel products section of most major drug stores (I've found it at Walgreens and I think CVS too). It can be hard to spot, but it's in a white box with a red tab top and red sides. It is a type of calcium that's supposed to be good for IBS symptoms because it both soaks up excess water and draws water into the bowels. I have always tended to be slightly constipated, and when I took it (chewable tablets--they don't taste bad at all), I had, as Sarita would say, "picturesque poops", lol. You may be too constipated for it to fix you, but if it helps, that would be an improvement. You might could combine it with aloe vera pills or prune juice and get yourself regular again.

Oddly enough, I found that letting the Equalactin pills dissolve in my mouth cured my sensitive teeth. If nothing else, they're great on that account!
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