update on the update - he went to the doctor this morning, the stomach pains went away as the day progressed, and his doc just told him to increase fiber intake, rehaul his diet (i must admit, despite the fact that i usually cook dinner for us and try to be healthy, his diet SUCKS), and take magnesium supplements. if things don't get back on track then he wants to do a "scope"- now what kind of scope he's talking about i'm not sure, i would assume a colonoscopy, but it could be that sigmoidoscope (sp?) or something like that, i don't know. all i know is i don't think my husband has the will power to change his diet - he lives for mcdonalds/taco bell/wendys (its so bad, i know), which if he has IBS, those things probably make it worse.
anywways, if you IBS-Ders out there could give me good advice on fiber supplements to buy for him i would appreciate it. thanks :)
Hi Ali,It baffles me that your husband's doc told him to take magnesium. Magnesium usually makes D worse. Did your husband ask him why he suggested magnesium, and what it will do?If your husband indeed has IBS, he will learn the hard way to stay away from fast food / junk. After a few months he will feel so bad that he'll have no choice but to eat healthier. BUT, he will find that sometimes it is worth it to splurge.
I really hope the doc is talking about doing a colonoscopy. Frankly, in my personal opinion, I think sigmoidoscopies are a waste. They only see into the descending colon, the patient gets no sedative, AND they have to "prep" none the less. Colonoscopies, on the other hand, see into the whole large bowel. Prep is a must, sedation is customary, biopsies are done, and the results are more accurate and broader. Besides, if the doc sees anything abnormal while doing the sigmoidoscopy he will order a colonoscopy anyway. I'd go straight to the colonoscopy.
As for fiber, that varies with each person. I had lots of D and gas with Citrucel so my doc told me to go with Psyllium. She said Psyllium is much easier on the gut. You will, however, find a lot of people recommend Metamucil and Benefiber. Your husband will just have to try 1 at a time until he finds the 1 that suits him best.
Has he considered taking probiotics? What about eating yogurt daily? Danon Activia is fabulous!
Alrighty, so I got the details on what went on at the appointment. He was told to take magnesium when he gets the stomach cramps only. As for the scope, he said the doc said he'd do a 60" scope, which I assume means the sigmoidoscope. My husband has had this before a few years back (before I met him) and does NOT want to do it again. I agree with you that it doesn't make sense to do that and not a colonoscopy since anything found with a sigmoidoscope will need to be checked out further. Plus, if a scope has to happen, at least my husband can be knocked out and not remember it, lol.
I looked at the notes that the doctor wrote for him. The doc is an MD, board certified in family med, but relies heavily on homeopathic treatments. So my husband was told to take metamucil and benefiber, excercise for stress relief, and quit smoking (yes, he's a pack a day smoker, ugh). Apparently this doc recommended he let him do accupuncture to help with the smoking cessation, so he might try it as he's been trying to quit forever. Anyways, he also said no more dairy (probelm, hubby loves milk!!!) and no more fast food. We are going grocery shopping tonight to buy fiber rich foods that are ready to eat bc thats the main reason he gets fast food - he doesn't feel like making anything himself when i'm not around.
Also, we bought him acidophilis about a year ago and still have it in the fridge (does it expire?) so I will make him start taking that again. Basically, the doctor said he pretty much has "undiagnosed IBS".... since he hasn't ruled anything out, but he does suspect IBS.
I think its really up to me to get him to change his diet and take these extra supplements... what a fun task! Thank you all so much for your help with this, you're all awesome :)