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Debra65
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   Posted 4/29/2006 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
HELP !!
I know I have IBS-C.  I tend to get constpated easily and the gas and the bloating...MY GOD mad
It is do depressing !!! sad
 
It has been getting more frequent.  I have noticed it gets real worse if I eat things such as White Bread, Pasta or Rice...so I try to avoid that.  If I do eat any of that even if it is a little the next day I feel like I have a boulder in my stomache and I cant do to the bathroom !!  The gas and bloating get even worse!!
 
I did have a problem with Diahreah but that doesnt bother me anymore.  I had a Hyst almost 1 year ago and the Diahreah seemed to be from my Endo issue.
 
The thing is I know I sould eat more veggies which I do love, but even that gets me real gassy...What is the best foods to eat for this problem.  I want to be able to move my bowels.  Also what helps get rid of the gas, bloating, and the pain in my bowel area??
 
This is not fun at all..It realy takes a toll on yah!!
 
Thanks

mads
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   Posted 4/29/2006 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
hi i also have the same prob, every time i eat even if a little i get really bloated nad gases, i can go weeks with out having any bowle movments,
it got so bad i had a colonic irrigation!which at the time was really good, very pianful but lady said if had nornmal bowels then it doesnt hurt at all!! but it did mean i got rid of some waste!! only prob is i didnt wnat to eat after to aviod being full againg, so whan finally ate solid food, took a week(not v sensible tho) i blow out like 8 months preg and didnt go loo for 2weeks, but none the less i had anoyther one and it was abit better, just good to feel empty for a day!!
i also use Dulco-lax to heklp movement, i tend to take abit more then reccomended but my view is my bowles are not normal so need alittle more hlep!! they do work , but be carefull took 1 too many nad couldnt loeave toliet all day!!
as for food, i have no idea what to eat yet, ive cut out dairy, im also a veggie, so eat lots of veg etc, i try to eat wheat free crackers,rice cakes and bread, but bread is my weakness nad helps reduce mt stomach acid!but still i get v bloated if i eat moer then a few mouthfuls, sorry not to b much help, if u have any new ideas let us no to!!
oh yeah my partber forced prune juice down me and that helped a little, not the nicest but wortth a go!
ive got meeting with GI doc tues will let u no what he suggets if anything, also my dietticen has given me a elemination diet that cuts out loads of food and u reintroduce them weekly to see what effects u most, am starting it after GI doc! but its v restictive, ie rice cakes, no diary, fried food, meet, wheat, yeast etc!! but will give it ago!!
sorry not tp be more help
dont get to dis heartened!!
mads

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 4/29/2006 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
All the things my Dr. told me to eat make the constipation worse and he has no problem with me taking a Dulcolax. I take only one and it doesn't always work even the next day but usually the second day and it is all very normal for a couple days then. Since I have had all the tests and there is nothing abnormal about my innards he says it won't hurt and is less harmful than other laxatives.

Since I have been taking either the IBS digestive advantage or acidophaous with probiotics I have been able to get back to a pretty much normal diet with even a little more dairy such as yogurt and a little ice cream. So far this seems to be working but I still have a problem with red meat so seldom eat that. And try to keep meals small. It has really helped with bloating. If I overeat even a little it is bad.

7Lil
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   Posted 4/29/2006 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   

A handful of members here have had success with rx Miralax.  Here's a link to some info: http://www.miralax.com/

Dbab, the other Forum Moderator, has had great success with it.

The best thing for gas (for me) is Gas-X or peppermint capsules.  Mint tea and fennel tea work pretty well too.


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dbab
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   Posted 4/29/2006 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I do have success with Miralax, actually just put back on it again since the C is creeping up again. I started using it after no success with Zelnorm (although many do have success with it).

Green veggies have always been a problem for me with the constipation and gas so I have to limit my intake of those. I do take supplements also to make sure that I'm getting my essential vitamins that I cannot get in the foods that cause me problems. Fiber is really important to me as well which is contained in lots of green veggies. Just make sure that if you get on a fiber regimine to start slowly to avoid serious cramping which can be a slight problem in the beginning if you start too fast.

I do use beano when I'm eating foods that normally cause problems especially when we eat out. Restaurant foods tend to cause more problems for me than when I cook.
Hugs, Des
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Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, UC 2005, Sjogren's 2006
Meds: Sulfazine EC 1000mg, Mesalamine Enemas, Chlorzoxazone 500mg, Naprosyn 500mg, Symax SL .125mg, Protonix 40mg, Xanax XR 2mg, Miralax 17g, Supplements
 
 
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Keriamon
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   Posted 5/1/2006 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you been tested for Celiac's Disease? That is an allergy to gluten, which is found in all grains and the vast majority of processed foods. I noticed you said grain products make you worse. I was thinking that Celiac's Disease gave you diarrhea, but it may go either way. And, as always, people's guts react differently to different things. It will certainly make you gassy and feel terrible.

It's always a good idea to get tested for food allergies when you have gut problems because that's easy enough to fix if it's the culprit. When you don't eat what you're allergic to, your guts are fine. Some people don't have full-blown allergies, but rather an intolerence, which generally means the more of something they consume, the worse it affects them. So if you are gluten intolerant you can still consume it, but only in small amounts and not on a daily basis, because the more you eat and the more often you eat, the more you will aggrevate your guts. People with an allergy eat a small amount and immediately and always have a reaction.

Debra65
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   Posted 5/3/2006 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for replying to me !! I do appriciate it !!

about 2 years ago I was realy sick. My gastro doc sent me for constant tests to rule things out including a Colonoscopy. I was in alot of pain and diahreah. I had some bouts with constipation but it was alot of diahreah. I was put on Nu-Lev but it did nothing. He then also tried Bentyl. Also nothing.. He felt I did have an IBS problem but felt my true problem was Endometriosis. He was right and had a hyst 1 year ago. That changed my world..NO MORE PAIN.
But like I said I have been dealing with this gas, bloating and constipation, and discomfort in my bowels, yet not all the time. I had a real bad week last week.
I spoke to his office yesturday and they put me back on Bentyl. I am to take it 3x a day. Actualy it is the generic form Disoclomine SP? Has anyone else been on this med and have any results??
I should look into Miralax since alot of people had success with it. I will also try Dulcolax too.
As for Celiac, I was also tested for that as well and it was neg.
This is not a fun condition to be dealing with !!

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/3/2006 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you on hormone replacement therapy now that you don't have a uterus? We have a lot of women on here with IBS who have some sort of problem with their reproductive tract, and I can't help but think that a hormonal imbalance messes up the guts too since they are controlled by hormones also.

The didn't put my mother on any hormones after her hysterectomy because they left her ovaries in. No one thought to check to make sure that her ovaries were functioning normally. But in addition to her endometriosis, she also had overaian cysts and other problems and basically her ovaries weren't producing anywhere near the level of hormones she actually needed. They ended up taking them out about 10 years later for other reasons, and then they put her on hormone replacements. When they got her combination figured out, she said she felt better than she ever had in her life; she had been having to live with insuffcient hormones for ages when she didn't need to be.

Debra65
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   Posted 5/3/2006 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I am on Hormone replacement. 0.05mg of Estrderm. I had my hyst on May 9th 2005 at the age of 39. Everything removed but my cervix. And Yes I have always had a hormone problem. It turned out I just didnt have a Endo issue (actualy it was Adenomyosis of the uteris, that is internal Endometriosis of the uteris) My Uteris was so damaged. I was also dealing with constant ovarian cysts. I had my 1st one at the age of 18 and always suffered. It turned out I was also PCOS. My overies were so enlarged and full of cysts so thje doc at the last minuet decided to take them out along woth the uteris. I was dealing with massive cysts and clusters of small cysts. I was in such horrible pain continuesly for 1 year strait then finaly I saw another OB and he was a god send !!

I totaly understand what your mom went through and agree with her about feeling better then she ever did in her whole life !!! I have never felt so good...EVER !!
Honestly this IBS thing is NOTHING compared to what I went through!!
Meds that I am on:
Estroderm 0.05mg, Xanax 0.25mg, Bentyl


dbab
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   Posted 5/3/2006 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Gosh Debra, sounds like you went through lots of pain... so glad that you are feeling much better after your hyst and thats one less thing for you to worry about.
Hugs, Des
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Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, UC 2005, Sjogren's 2006
Meds: Sulfazine EC 1000mg, Mesalamine Enemas, Chlorzoxazone 500mg, Naprosyn 500mg, Symax SL .125mg, Protonix 40mg, Xanax XR 2mg, Miralax 17g, Supplements
 
 
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kyhurst
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   Posted 5/3/2006 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Keriamon, I was wondering how do they test your ovaries to see if they are working? I am 38 I have had cysts on both ovaries. Last summer my gyn wanted to do hyst. then all my other problems developed, she refuses to give me one now after my cyts. Me & my husband joke about she must have needed the money last summer! She keeps telling me I'm peri menopausal whatever that is.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/3/2006 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
They do have a blood test for Estrogen production called a FSH test. Maybe that is how.

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/4/2006 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
As far as I know, they draw blood and test your hormone levels. If you're unusually low on the hormones produced in large part by the ovaries, then that's how they know the ovaries aren't functioning properly.

So Kyhurt, your doctor wanted to do a hysterectomy on you, but then when you got cysts, she decided not to? It's my understanding that polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the reasons why they DO give you a total hysterectomy. They don't like to do that on young women, especially those who want to try to have children--but if they cysts get real bad, it's all that's left to do. And there are a number of women on here who only developed IBS after they developed problems with their reproductive tract, so I'm convinced there is a link. I don't think leaving messed up organs in there will make your IBS any better--it may make it worse since some people who develop scarring on the uterus also end up with scarred intestines. Of course, getting them out is no guarantee that you will get rid of the IBS either. But getting rid of painful cysts is usually reward enough in itself.

There is a condition that's known colloquially as pre-menopause--I bet that's what she's referring to. It can come on up to 15 years before real menopause. Something about your hormones changing and lowering and you may even get some of the symptoms of menopause, but they're usually very mild and don't happen real frequently. I think your fertility lessens as well. I'm sure you can find a lot of info on it online; it's a pretty hot subject right now for women's magazines and talk shows like Oprah, lol.

Debra65
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   Posted 5/4/2006 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ladies,
Yes I had it rough, but the hyst was worth it !!
As for testing hormone levels...you should be seen by a Endocrinologist. But if you are on the BC Pill, the tests realy dont work. Some hormone levels can be normal yet you still have symptoms regarding your ovaries. There are different variations. I am still confused with the whole thing.

I know I always suffered with bad Diahreah during my period. Then it got continuess for a whole year(not just during my period) along with some constipation. That is when everything came to a head with my severe pain and massive and clusters of cysts. I had cvysts as big as 8cm to clusters of cysts where both my ovaries were loaded with them. They kept changing my pill and nothing worked. I changed my OB and ended up with a Laparoscopy and finaly got some answers. Over a month after that I ended up with the hyst, and during the surgery the doc at the last minuet decided to take the ovaries out. He was concerened because of my age, but relized when he saw how big my ovaries were there wasnt any other option.

I have to say once everything came to a head is when the IBS realy started to pick up.
Meds that I am on:
Estroderm 0.05mg, Xanax 0.25mg, Bentyl


Mattsmom81
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   Posted 9/25/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hormones and IBS
This is an older thread so I don't know if anyone is still following it. I have had IBS -type symptoms for years which i think was aggravated by stress and my periods were always the worst time...mine was primrily c and i would get bouts of D around it, etc. Now i am at menopause and WOW I just got super consipated and didn't even realize it!!! i was slowly getting impacted. Now found out I have an ovarian cyst 9I had one when i was 20..gues its back...doc says its a returnof my dermoid/teratoma,(also something ?adenomyoma? in my uterus, and wants to take it out) I was so impacted and was straining and due to weakness in my vag wall from mentalpause and big babies and a prior tear I suddenly prolapsed everything (sigh). Gawd does that hurt!!

Now I know I have adhesions and this aggravates the pain. surgery will cause MORE adhesions so I'm unsure what to do, ya know?? Sooo anyway, I KNOW that hormones play a role here!! I suspect the male hormone if out of whack might aggravate for the men with IBS too so guys, get your testosterone levels, thyroid levels, cortisols, etc checked by a doc who is interested in hormonal balance., anti aging medicine altho they are pricey. BTW I am also hypothyroid and my doc just switched me from Armour to synthroid as she says I am 'a little high' and Armour is too unpredictable now. All these hormones wreak havoc in our body I feel. but...I must have the thyroid hormones cu a surgeon took out my thryoid due to a tumor, unfortunately. what can we do, eh?

Best wishes to all, Deb (mattsmom81)
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