Can you have IBS-D without the pain?

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gymrat22
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   Posted 5/22/2006 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
While im still not sure if I actually have IBS I always read about people with alot of pain that goes along with it.I dont get pain or anything just when I need to go I NEED to go and its usually a loose stool...not just a watery D. Stress and anxiety really seem to bring it on along with certian foods.but most of the time after I eat I go within the hour or less.Then I should be good for a few hours or so.Does anyone think this could NOT be IBS....I know its had to diagnos me here but just looking for a opinion.I have been like this for as long as I can remember..im 36 now and I can clearly remember being like this in my 20's but maybe not as bad.If im out doing something with my mind off of going to the bathroom Im ok its just when I hang out with nothign to do it seems like I worry about it so much I make myself need to go.I am using Metamucial,just started Calcium and 1 lomotil as needed per day for work.I am going to get some probiotics this week as soon as I get them. Any advice will be appreciated!!

Yowie
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   Posted 5/22/2006 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have an answer for you. But i'm in a similar boat. I'm 26 and i remember a few years ago i've had bouts of this. There's no pain associated, just that i HAVE to go, and it's not watery of late, it's just loose. I haven't had a diagnosis yet, still waiting on the results from various tests. Actually i'm unsure it's IBS for me at all, my girlfriend has it now too... so could it be a parasite or something that's causing this? Big question marks over my head right now.

gymrat22
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   Posted 5/22/2006 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Please keep me informed Yowie....and can you let me know what tests you had done?
Anyone else have any advice??If I do have IBS does it ever get eaiser with age...sympton wise I mean??

Yowie
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   Posted 5/22/2006 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
No worries Gymrat. I've had a lower abdominal xray, and a stool test. Neither showed anything. Now i'm having another stool test and a blood test. If they're still at a loss as to why this is happening, i'm in for a colonscopy.

Right now no diagnosis.

shelly1979
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   Posted 5/24/2006 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
My gosh, you ARE just like me gymrat.
 
I also have NO pain or bloating.  I just have diarrhea / loose stools on a daily basis for 2 1/2 months now.  Doesn't this jsut drive you CRAZY?!  You read about IBS and it says that there is pain, cramping, and bloating.  I have none of those symptoms, just the sudden URGE to go.  And after I go, I feel better.  Are you like this too???  I have also lost some weight...I'm thinking it's because I'm so worked up about all of this diarrhea.  It has me so worried, which doesn't help IBS-Ders.  I'm just so anxious and nervous and that is most likely why I have lost some weight.  My hair is sheeding more than normal to, which is also stress related. 
 
I've had all the tests (colonoscopy, upper gi, small bowel series, etc.) too and the GI specialist still says it's IBS with Diarrhea.  I should trust him.  But for us with IBS-D, we feel like we need to have a "reason" why we are having diarrhea / loose stools constantly.
 
My GI specialist put me on LIBRAX, didn't work.  Then he put me on LEVSIN, didn't work. The fiber did help a little.  
I called my regular Dr. and she put me on Evalin 25g , an antidepressant.  I'm hoping it helps the stress and anxiety. I just started it last night.  We'll see what happens. 
 
 

sami-jo
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   Posted 5/24/2006 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm kind of like this, too.
Diarrhea/loose stools for 4 months NO NORMAL BM's since then.
Have had all the tests, GI Dr says IBS-D.
Weight loss of 20 pounds. Hair falling out.
Not much in the way of pain. Lots of rumbling and gurgling. A little bloating.
Very stressed out and anxious over all of this.
Sometimes I think it's getting a little better only to have it get bad again.
Every time I go to the bathroom I am in a panic about what is going to come out. If it's "looser" than last time, I get even more anxious and depressed.
Only thing that's helped much so far is Ativan which I am taking for the anxiety.
Have first visit at psychiatrist today to consult over all of this and see what she thinks I should do.
If I could just convince myself it's really IBS-D, I think I would feel alot better. But since I don't "fit neatly" in the IBS-D criteria I question, question and worry.

Sami

shelly1979
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   Posted 5/24/2006 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Sami,
I'm telling ya, we have the same problem!  I feel EXACTLY the same way you do and we have the same problem.  I don't "neatly fit" the IBS-D symptoms and that drives me crzy because that's what the doc says I have.  We should email for support and maybe we would feel better.

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/24/2006 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
One thing I have learned about IBS: no one fits neatly into the Rome Criteria for IBS. There are plenty of people on here who are awakened with diarrhea in the middle of the night and most doctors will tell you that's not typical of IBS. But obviously it is for them, because there's nothing else they could have. There are other people on here who don't have pain or who don't usually have pain. While pain is supposed to be one of the hallmarks of IBS, for some people it's just constant constipation or diarrhea without any other symptoms.

IBS is all about functionality. If your guts don't function normally, in any way, and there's no other known cause--allergies, bacterial infection, inflammation/ulceration, etc--then it's IBS. What dysfunction your guts display is really rather irrelevant; that they are dysfunctional is all that matters. Because this is a functionality problem, not a disease, it doesn't have clear-cut boundaries of "yes, this is a symptom" and "no, this isn't a symptom". It's rather like a man being impotent. It doesn't matter in what way he's dysfunctional--all that matters is that he is. And there is no one particular reason why a man becomes impotant; for some it's stress, for others low hormones, for some fear, for some boredom, etc., etc. That's why it was an untreatable condition until Viagra came out--it was hard to treat a functional problem that had more than one source for the problem. It's not like treating strep throat which is caused by one bacteria that always causes the same symptoms. Maybe one day they will find the equivalent of Viagra for our guts--something that makes them work, regardless of how or why they are dysfunctional.

7Lil
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   Posted 5/24/2006 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Nice analogy, Keri. You made me laugh. :-)
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Keriamon
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   Posted 5/25/2006 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Won't everyone be "excited" when they do come up with the equivalent of Viagra for IBS? ROFL
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