Test results - no parasites buts still have issues

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Annabelle15
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   Posted 2/2/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, so the parasite test and blood test was negative. Whew! But I'm still having major issues. My IBS was ALWAYS a constipation thing, and it would especially flare up near my periods. The whole really long or pellets thing, the whole shibang. It was annoying, but I could deal with it. This past month has been terrible. It starts with an episode, to say the least, of D, and I mean crazy, then nothing for two days or so except serious gas pain which was somewhat alleviated by gas-x. Then I'd take some fiber pills and things would seem somewhat normal. But after one big meal of anything its like I could feel my stomach say not so fast, and then the cycle starts over again. The thing is that I just feel like this isn't working its way to being gone. Its a cycle. A terrible one. And it literally came out of nowhere. Does this happen to anyone else? This horrible turn in symptoms from constipation to D and major gas issues? Any suggestions would be great.

The other thing is that I just can't shake what that holistic doctor told me when she read my pulse and said I should be watching my gall bladder. Maybe I should get a scan?

Any thoughts?

Thank you so much.

7Lil
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   Posted 2/2/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Anabelle,

I know exactly what you mean by everything being one big cycle.  My IBS was the same way… I’d have C for a few days and then when I was finally able to go it would be D.  Then it would start all over again with C and then D.  My doc told me that if I could just get regular the C & D episodes would subside.  I started taking Zelnorm to regulate my BMs.  Soon enough I was pooping regularly that my body didn’t have time to build up and get D.  I also gradually began eating yogurt and taking fiber and probiotics.  Once I got on a good dosage of fiber and probiotics I stopped with the Zelnorm and all was pretty “normal.”  I still get C & D sometimes, but it is no where near as often as before (before was about once a week or once every 10 days).  I think the key is having all that good bacteria in there.  Dannon Activia has done wonders for so many of us on this board.  Every day I eat at least 1 yogurt and take 1-2 probiotics.

If you are still worrying about your gallbladder maybe you should have it checked.  Have you already had an ultrasound?  If so, your next step would be to ask for a Hidascan.  Hidascans are the best way to detect malfunctioning gallbladders.

Good luck!


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Annabelle15
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   Posted 2/5/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
7Lil,

Thanks so much for your reply, I hope this doesn't come off as stupidity, but can you tell me some examples of pro-biotics? I get that the yogurt would help and I'm going to start on that today. But are pro-biotics pills or something?

Thanks so much for you reply.

7Lil
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   Posted 2/5/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Annabelle,
There are no stupid questions here.   tongue

Probiotics are "good bacteria" our guts need for proper digestion.  Most yogurt has a type of probiotic in them (especially Dannon Activia).  You can buy the pill supplements at most drug stores... You for sure will find a couple types of probiotics at a nutrition store.  The most common probiotic is Acidophilus.  However, I take Kyo-Dophilus and Culturelle.  Acidophilus causes me too much gas.  You can also look online for probiotics.  I buy mine over the internet as it is much cheaper than going to a health store.


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