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nopeppers
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   Posted 6/29/2006 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
For Anyone with IBS,
I would ask you to look at yourself and write down all of your symptoms not just the stomach one. Do you feel weakness all over before suffering from gas, stomach pain and diarrhea (sometimes with blood).  Do you get a rash on your chest the next day or sooner?  Also, write down what you ate.  Food allergies and intolerances can cause some/many of these symptoms.  You can also develop an allergy to something that you never were allergic to before.  Now Doctors tell new mothers to introduce their toddlers to new foods one at a time to see how they react because they could have an allergic reaction.  But what about adults?  We too can get allergies and have reactions.  It may even take a few times of having something to really start having reactions.  I have learned this by my own experiences, reading medical books and some bits and pieces of things Doctors have said and my spouse a nurse.  I am new to this site, but decided I better say something because I didn't like the idea of so many people suffering from "IBS" when I used to suffer but rarely do any more.  Was it really IBS that's what they may call it when they don't know. So is yours really IBS? 
 
Tests I've had -
Stool sample - positive - from foods causing bleeding
Barium x-ray - neg
Colonoscopy - neg. - Visual examination of the colon
Gastroscopy - neg. - Visual examination of the stomach
 
So what was going on?  I was having all of the problems listed above in bold letters.  However, the possibility of a food allergy was never addressed.  I mentioned on a previous reply to Sami of the foods that I finally figured out that were causing these problems.  Now about 2 years later I rarely have these symptoms. I will mention the foods again in case you haven't read that post.
 
Citric Acid - A preservative (pesticide) added to to many foods (over kill). Also, used to clean soap scum off your shower wall (or intestines).  (Citric Acid is in almost all sodas except A&W Rootbeer, Shasta Rootbeer, Sam's Club Rootbeer, and Caffeine Free Coke - I can actually drink these with no troubles - Yes!)
 
Peppers - Red and Green not Black pepper
Pineapple - High in Vitamin C
Oranges & Orange Juice - High in Vitamin C
Melons
Beans
Oatmeal
Metamucil - was sand paper for my already raw and burning intestines
 
Well, if you have a bleeding issue you do need to check with your Doctor, but you can at least try to avoid these foods and see if you improve.  You may have other Allergies such as milk, so you'll have to keep your own diary or remember well what you had to eat. If I accidentally eat something that bothers me, biting off a 1/4 of an Imodium tablet helps and also Benadryl (but Benadryl also makes causes sleepiness so I have to be sure I'm not driving any where). You have to do what works for you and you can only take medicines that you don't have an allergy too or other health or medicine issues with. I hope this helps someone out there that's suffering. 
 
My Mom died from what a Doctor called Colitis.  The medicine that he gave her ruined her liver.  She had all the symptoms I have mentioned.  Was it Colitis? I don't think so.  She used to break out with a rash on her arms and had lots of sinus infections too.  I also have sinus problems, but less when I watch carefully what I eat. Time to get off my Soap Box. 
 
God Bless,
NoPeppers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Post Edited (nopeppers) : 6/29/2006 7:30:23 PM (GMT-6)


dbab
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   Posted 6/29/2006 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks nopeppers... very good reminder. A food diary is so important and I can't stress enough how much you will notice what affects you that you may not have even known about. Allergies and intolerances do cause a lot of problems and can be avoided if people know what to avoid in their diet.
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nopeppers
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   Posted 7/1/2006 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
dbab,
Thanks for noticing my post. I'm not sure how to get anyone else to notice. All I can do is try.

nopeppers

pb4
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   Posted 7/1/2006 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I do agree with alot of what you are saying....taking into consideration, your mom very well could have had colitis (I am sorry for your loss), but you do have good points, things arn't always what they seem and although it is very good advice to get people to really think about what is going on with their bodies and not trusting any doc 100% with DX and taking it at face value until they have ruled out any other possibilities....it's equally important not to be overly skeptical about everything because that can be bad for ones health as well.... when many people are DX with a chronic illness, they choose to live in denial and that ends up putting them in a worse place down the road...I believe that your mom really may have had colitis, breaking out in rashes, having sinus problems (both of which I'm experianced with as well as crohns disease, lactose intolerance and IBS) are also related to the immune system and IBD being associated with the immune system, it's very common to have more then one autoimmune disease...keeping in mind, I do still see your point and think it's a good idea that it's brought to people attention.

:)

nopeppers
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   Posted 7/2/2006 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
pb4,
I am wondering why you think my Mom had Colitis? I really only briefly mentioned her. From what I have read about people with Crohns disease they are very thin, have constant diarrhea, and are usually diagnoised as a child. My Mother didn't always have constant diarrhea nor was she thin. In the beginning of her life she didn't have this problem with her intestines. Also, her later year weren't all bad either but she did deteriorate after years of being on Azalfadene (for Colitis) and it gave her liver disease. Some of the rash she experienced was related to liver failure, but not all of it. When she was diagnosed with Colitis the Doctors didn't even use the term IBS. She died 10 years ago and she was diagnosed probably 15 to 20 years before that. Also, I hope you didn't get the impression I don't believe Doctors at all. They have their place, but I do feel that they don't have the time to really treat people as a whole and completely because they're to busy rushing people through their offices. At least where I live they are and also I have been told by a very good Doctor (from out the L.A. Area) that saved my spouses life, that in the area I am from there are frequent stories of Doctor mistakes. It makes it hard to find a good Doctor here and now I only have catastrophic insurance since my spouse had to stop working for health reason. But in the past I have had all the tests and I was told everything was fine, so the Doctor have to call it something when you have symptoms. But now that I don't eat the stuff that bothers me I am fine. Also, I didn't mention my mother was allergic to milk and avoided it. Anyway, she thought she was. But I really think she was allergic to citric acid because she was very allergic to aspirin. The problem is citric acid is an additive not a specific food which makes it harder to figure out. It was a miracle I figured it out. Nice talking to you.

nopeppers

pb4
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   Posted 7/2/2006 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm just saying that she very well could have had colitis...it's easy to be under the assumptions that CDers/UCers are all thin and deathly ill looking, but thankfully that's not always the case...infact many have 3 different sizes of clothing in their closets because weight for many can fluctuate often....if you go to the CD or the UC forum right now, you'll see one of the CDers (vietvet) posted pics of himself with a few other crohnies and not one is sickly thin and yet they do suffer....suffering doesn't always include the big D either, with CD it can be either D or C (like with IBS)...I've been put through the wringer with docs/surgeons in my 15 yrs experiance with CD so I don't hold all faith in them either, that's for sure, unfortunately we have to rely on them somewhat, as you know.

I'm not really sure with what you mean about not mentioning your mom and being allergic to milk though, I didn't make any references to that, I did mention that I myself have lactose intolerance though as well as IBS. Also, the way you mentioned her having rashes and sinus infections, but didn't really clarify until your last post that it was from the meds they gave her, in actuallity from what you wrote, it's the meds that killed her as a result of her colitis (or suspected colitis).

Anyways, like I said, you do bring about good points, it's irresponsible for anyone to hang off every word a doc tells them and researching info for ones own safety is the way to be.

take care :)

nopeppers
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   Posted 7/2/2006 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4,
I agree to do the research. I don't think Doctors have the time to figure out all the problems on everyone. It is time consuming and they can barely handle all the patients they have. They do make mistakes sometimes too.

Later,
nopeppers

pb4
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   Posted 7/2/2006 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Boy I'll say they do, but I guess they're only human too.

:)
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