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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/3/2007 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I mean I'm knew to this forum but not to ibs. tongue Just thought I'd Introduced myself. My name is Erica, and I almost 17. I've had ibs for a few years now. I went through the thing with the gi and the scope, and I finally got diagnosed with ibs and lactose intolerance. Im still not up to snuff yet,but hopefully soon thinkgs will start to calm down. They originally thought it was Crohn's,which I am thankful it is not that. Currently I am not on any medication for my ibs, I just watch what I eat and if I happen to have a flare-up then I deal with it. I sometimes get a little scared because I have heard so many stories of people getting diagnosed with ibs but really having Crohns. I do have a lot of the symptoms, but tests have showed nothing. So, for the time being Im just taking it little by little. This whole ordeal has inspired me actually. I would like to become a pediatric G.I. I want to help others who may have ibs or ibd or any kind of stomach problem. I feel these types of disorders are overlooked a lot because they are far worse things. However, these disorders to cause pain and disturbances of everyday life and they need to be dealt with. Anyways, i thought I would just stop by and introduce myself. Thanks For Your Time


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   Posted 2/4/2007 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Erica,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
Have you gotten a chance to look around this site? You will find lots of helpful information and tricks to managing IBS. Many of us take probiotics to help balance our gut flora. Probiotics will also help with lactose intolerance. Lots of us also take/took Digestive Advantage (DA). They even make DA for lactose intolerance and IBD. As these are all over the counter they might be worth looking into for you.
Kudos to you for being inspired to become a GI doc. There's another member on here, Sarita, who is going to become a doc... she's leaning towards being a GI as well. I think there just aren't enough GI's out there that know what their patients are going through. These experiences you are having will make you a wonderful doctor.
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 2/4/2007 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor told me most medical students develop IBs

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 2/5/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
1 in 5 people develop IBS

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/5/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Erica, nice to "meet" you. I am new to this forum as well, but I was diagnosed with acid reflux and IBS when I was 17 - almost 10 years ago now! Boy I feel old ;-) I am having a rather difficult flare up right now that I'm trying to work through... I wish you the best and good luck in pursuing a medical career!
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