I think I have IBS, but Im not sure!!!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 10/9/2006 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone
Since I was 13 years of age I have been suffering with this stomach issue but Im not sure that it is IBS. I get really bad episodes that consist of really bad lower abdominal spasm while Im having a bowel movement sometimes I feel like I have to vomit at the same time I never do throw up though.The cramping is really bad. It will last for a few hours like 3-4 hours and I will go to the bathroom like 4-5 times. My stool is not diarrhea and its not hard either. It happens at least once a week and its interfering with my everyday life. I had one doctor tell me he thought that I had IBS but I never got a true diagnosis.I had my last episode on wednesday and I didnt have a bowel movement until today.I also thought that it was maybe that I was Lactose Intolerant but I have been taking Digestive Advantage Lactose intolerant pills and Im still getting episodes. I also take Benefiber because I dont go everyday. Could I have IBS?????????      If anyone has any suggestions they are more than welcomed              Thanks       

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   Posted 10/9/2006 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like IBS to me...I was diagnosed when I was 10. I've been told that IBS is really a lack of a diagnosis, more of a lump-all category dealing with abdominal pain that cannot be isolated. Some people experience cramping, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, or a combination of any of these. A lot of people attribute their IBS to certain foods and can do well by reducing them from their diet. I found that I had flare-ups when I was stressed. Unfortunately for me I also suffer from anxiety...so, not a good combination since these two conditions play off each other. Mine IBS has improved with age (I'm now 25), but I can usually feel an episode coming on more quickly and am able to settle myself before it gets really bad. My problem when I was younger is that I obsessed over it, and that stressing in turn caused my condition to worsen. I've found that a medication called Hyoscyamine (0.125 mg) works wonders for me when I feel the cramping starting, and it's really inexpensive. Hope this helps.

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   Posted 10/10/2006 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Try keeping a food diary of everything you eat and drink, medicine you take, and when you get sick and with what problem. After two or three weeks you may start to notice a pattern. If you have suspicions, then try eliminating those things from your diet to see if your symptoms improve.

I will warn you of this: the lactose pills don't work for everyone so you can't rule out lactose intolerance until you eliminate all dairy with lactose in it (i.e. only drink the lactose-free milk) and see if that helps. Also, there are two levels of dairy problems: the inability to digest lactose and the inabilty to digest or even actual allergy to all forms of dairy, including the milk protein casein, which is a common ingredient in pre-packaged foods.

Some other things you might want to try eliminating are gluten (the main allergen in wheat), meat (starting with red), artifical sweeteners, and all forms of real sugar (including fructose from fruit). You can also try an all-organic, dye- and preservative-free diet. Some people are hyper-sensitive to dyes, preservatives and other chemicals. This is especially likely if someone else in your family has a similar problem.

You may want to try a different fiber supplement; certain ones seem to work better for certain people than others. You may also want to try a month's regimen of probtiocis, like Digestive Advantage; some people have gotten help from it.

While you probably do have IBS, there are some tests that doctors can do to see what may be causing your IBS. You should try and see a G.I. and at least have a breathalyzer test to see if you have a bacterial overgrowth. Some early studies are starting to point to that being a very common source of GI problems. It seems to be very hard to treat, but antibiotics and probiotics can help. Also, if you see a doctor, you can, as vetchick suggests, try an anti-spasmodic to help relieve the cramping and the multiple trips to the bathroom. They are a lot like fiber--some work for some people and some don't. The hyoscyamine that vetchick says works for her doesn't do a thing for me; I might as well drink water. But there are a lot of them out there, so if you get one that doesn't work, go back to your doctor and ask to try another one and keep on until you find one that does work.
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