can this be ibs?

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Rob.
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   Posted 12/18/2006 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
hi guys,
 
i have a question for you all you learned people! but a bit of background first- i've had the squits for the past 6 months with little sign of it letting up, i've also had some other symptoms such as malabsorbtion, depression, serve mood disturbanses, some mental hormal action!, fatigue.
 
anyway i was sent to a gastro doctor and given test for bowel inflamation with all proved negative and i was diagnosed with post infectious IBS. anyway i'm beginning to question this diagnosis due to the time that this has been going on for. and as you may have already clicked my symptoms sound a lot like a thyroid condition.
 
anyway can i have IBS without stomach cramps? as i don't and these seem to be a major part of IBS from what i've read.
 
Thanks
Rob.

7Lil
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   Posted 12/18/2006 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rob,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
Yes, it is possible for you to have IBS without cramping. I hardly ever get them. Usually I only get cramps if I hold "it" in too long. Then they go away soon after a BM.
Have you been to an Endocrinologist and/or through a battery of hormone and thyroid testing? If it is your thyroid you might have other symptoms like being too hot or cold, having excess body hair or having hair fall out, or being hyper or fatigued.
Are you on any medication for depression, mood, etc., that might be causing your D?
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Rob.
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   Posted 12/18/2006 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the reply!
 
in answer to your questions. I haven't had any testing for a thyroid/hormonal condition. and the only medication i'm on is immodium and codine, both to control the BM's. Unfortuntaly the otehr questionable symptoms seem a little confused! as i did have a tendancy to be hyper before what evers wrong with me took hold, now i get quite fatigued. i quite a hairy person although am losing the hair on my head! I have though started feeling the cold alot more.
 
I'm going to give the IBS soluable fiber diet a go as i believe this will tell me within a few days wether it is or isn't IBS as i'm told that after a few days of it i should feel notiacably better.
 
i also hear that depression is a symptom of IBS, is this due to the reduction in quality of life or is there some actual hormonal interferiance? that could minic a thyroid problem.
 
and as a side note, i have for the last 2 weeks already been on a similar diet to that projected by the IBS soluable fiber diet (taken from www.helpforibs.com) and this has shown an improvement in my symptoms although not a remission. The differences in the diets come from me keeping to a rice and protein diet to elimate any food intolences or problematic foods, as opposed to a diet of purely soluable fiber. 
 
thanks for reading guys, i know i can ramble on for a bit! helps me a great deal to have these thoughts and feelings evaluated by people in sympathic positions to myself!

Keriamon
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   Posted 12/19/2006 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
One thing you can do if you wonder about the thyroid is to check your blood sugar. A doctor's clinic or health clinic can do this, and even a lot of pharamacies will have monthly health fairs where they will pre-screen people for diabetes. Check with the ADA to see where you can get you blood sugar checked without having to invest in a machine (of course, if you have a family member with diabetes, use theirs).

I was just reading yesterday that thyroid problems go hand-in-hand with blood sugar problems. Sometimes people who appear to be diabetic just have thyroid problems, while at the same time, true diabetics have a higher instance of thyroid problems. As Lil suggested, an endocinologist can help you figure it out. My husband was just diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and he's on medicine for it, but now his blood sugar is way high most of the time, even though he doesn't eat any carbs and is on diabetes medicine. He's going to see an endo to see if he can get his thyroid and diabetes medicines sorted out.

7Lil
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   Posted 12/19/2006 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Rob,
I didn't mean to confuse you.  There are 2 common types of Thyroid problems: Hypothyroidism & Hyperthyroidism.  Here are symptoms of both to help you understand IF you could possibly have a Thyroid problem (info taken off Bupa.com):

  1. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Tired or sleeping excessively
  • Frequently cold
  • Dry skin
  • Coarse and/or thinning hair
  • Sore muscles and/or slow movements
  • Depression or memory loss
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Fertility problems

   2.  Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)

  • Feeling nervous or irritable
  • Tremors/shaking
  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Overly hot
  • Weight loss
  • Tired or weak muscles
  • Increased heart rate
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of hair


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Rob.
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   Posted 12/20/2006 3:14 AM (GMT -7)   
think i may have just cracked it! a few days ago i re-introduced gluten back into my diet (when i realised i had a problem i stripped my diet bare). Low and behold i spent the next day in bed! with lots of malabsorbtion symptoms! shame you guys don't have a caeliac board! *cough*Hint*

cheers for your help though guys!

Keriamon
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   Posted 12/20/2006 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you got it solved! Better to have to avoid gluten than to have to take thyroid medicine for the rest of your life.

There are a number of other people on here with Celiac's Disease or some other form of gluten intolerance that doesn't show up on the Celiac test. If you ever have a question about it, post; I'm sure others will come in to give you advice.

7Lil
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   Posted 12/20/2006 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Rob, that's great you think you've pinpointed a gluten intolerance. Like Keri said, don't be shy to post any questions about it.
about adding a Celiac Forum.... Peter, the site Admin, doesn't have the resources. It costs a lot of money to maintain the site he currently has, and there isn't much coming in via donations. Adding a new forum will add cost and time he doesn't have to spare. BUT, he does have a list of possible forums he will consider adding IF he ever gets the resources. Thanks for the suggestion!!!
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Keriamon
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   Posted 12/20/2006 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Speaking of gluten-free products, I just read that there's a new beer coming out that's gluten free! Lol.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16300459/

Of course, beer made from honey (and I would think sorghum molasses too) is actually called mead(e) and has been drunk for thousands of years. It was THE alcohol of choice in the middle ages.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 12/20/2006 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Rob, glad you figured out the IBS problem but I think I would still be tested for thryoid as the other things you mentioned including the depression can be from thyroid such as hair loss, feeling cold, etc. See above list. I would not discount it at this point as those things probably would not be affected by the gluten problem

Rob.
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   Posted 12/22/2006 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
out of curiousty 7lil, how much of a donation? i got paid a stupid amount for my last two days of work so am be feeling generous!

7Lil
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   Posted 12/22/2006 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rob,
I am not quite sure how much funds would be needed to start another forum. If you would like further information you could contact Peter, the site Admin, directly via email: admin@healingwell.com  (please note, Peter is on vacation for the holidays and may take a few days to reply to your question)
You are very kind for such an inquiry.... Happy Holidays!


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