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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/6/2006 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I was just diagnosed with IBS last night in emergency.  I've had incredible stomach cramping for the last two weeks and thought it was a flu or virus.  The pain got so intense I was scared I had something seriously wrong(ie cancer, appendicitis).  Apparently this is just an"attack" of IBS.  Man does it hurt.  They put me on Colfax and pain killers and sent me home but what do I do from here? 
 
What do I eat, or not eat? I've been subsisiting on soup for over a week and it's dull.  I don't want to aggaravate this, but I haven't a clue.  Any suggestions or advice would be awesome because I'm sure you guys are the experts as you LIVE with it.  Thanks in advance
 
Meg

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   Posted 11/8/2006 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Meg,
Have you seen your regular doc (or a GI specialist) about your symptoms? It really irks me when docs give the IBS diagnosis without running several tests (blood, stool, scope). If you haven't seen a doc outside the ER you really should. IBS symptoms mimic many other ailments symptoms.
What is Colfax? I tried to Google it but all I get is a city or person, no drug. Is it helping you?
If you do have IBS you'll have to learn stress management and how to eat properly. Low fat diets are a must. Lots of IBSers have trouble with raw veggies, especially apples, caffeine, fried/greasy foods, carbonation, and dairy.
A lot of us on this board use a heating pad and drink tea to help with the pain and cramps. Many people on here take calcium as well to help with diarrhea (D). Do you have D???
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lnape
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   Posted 11/8/2006 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Meg,
Lil,

They have not done a proper exam to see if that is really what it is. It could be many other things and until you have some test like colon exam and gall bladder test and others mentioned above you do not really have a true diagnosis.

Linda


nervymeg
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   Posted 11/8/2006 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the advice guys.  I am on a waitlist to see a doctor to discuss what to do.  I've had a colonoscopy and that was how they determined what I had.  Is that enough? I have a heat pad!! I actually have a permanent burn mark on my stomach because I have it on my tummy All the time.  I will steer clear of apples and I've just given up caffiene.  The wierd thing is I have a really low fat diet already because I have an anxiety disorder and can only eat small healthy meals or I panic and throw up.  The Colfax is a generic anti-spasmodic.  I don't have D, just constipation.  Does alcohol aggravate????

Cheers


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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/8/2006 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely alcohol is bad for it or for any stomach problems as a rule. Usually one is diagnosed after every other test is done. What helped me the most was acidophalous before a meal or once a day to get my stomach back in balance. I believe that sometimes we eat something and it just messes us up, maybe tainted food or something too hard to digest or something like that and we have to get our stomach back in balance and it takes a while. IBS is strictly a (we can't find any reasons so you have IBS) and it seems for each person the answer is different and for some there is no answer. Trial and error appears to be the best way. Keep a food diary. Good luck but do stay off  the boos.

nervymeg
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   Posted 11/9/2006 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I'll try keeping a food diary.  I think this "attack" was set off by a flu bug and now I'm right out of balance.  I'll stay off the booze!

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   Posted 11/9/2006 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Probiotics should help get your flora back to normal (or as close to "normal" as before).  Are you taking any? If not, I suggest buying a supplement or stocking up on Danon Activia.
Good luck! :-)


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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/9/2006 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lil, I'll go out and get some right now!!

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   Posted 11/9/2006 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Be prepared for gas and bloating at first-- especially if you get Acidophilus. I take Kyo-Dophilus and Culturelle, and neither of those hit me with near as much gas as Acidophilus. Let us know how it goes.
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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/12/2006 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking acidopholous for three days now and small amounts of yoghurt, but too soon to see a change.  I'm also still taking strong pain medication and I think it's making my constipation worse.  Do suppositeries (can't spell!!!) make things worse or better???

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   Posted 11/13/2006 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Pain meds will definitely cause constipation. While you're on them, you may want to try and combat them with mild laxatives like prune juice or aloe vera capsules. You can also try soluable fiber, but that, like probiotics, can cause gas and probably, for that reason alone, shouldn't be taken in conjunction with probiotics until you have adjusted to the probiotics.

nervymeg
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   Posted 11/13/2006 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
The constipation has gone (taking herbal laxatives) but the bloating and cramps won't quit.  I hope this ends eventually...I'm getting very depressed.

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