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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 3/29/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been a while since I've posted anything - things have been hectic since before spring break, and they're just getting busier and busier. between wedding stuff and graduation and trying to find a job, my life is crazy...

onto my question. my symptoms have gotten significantly better lately, especially in the last two weeks, to where i'm having little to no symptoms whatsoever! I'm still mildly gassy occasionally, and still somewhat constipated sometimes (but that's been there my whole life), but there's been no nausea, no reflux that i can tell, no pain in my abdomen, normal bowel sounds, no strange gurgles ... i've even eaten my trigger foods (milk products/red meat) with no trouble at all! Is this normal? Has anyone else had a somewhat extended period of relief from symptoms? And ... dare I even ask ... can IBS actually get better? I mean, I've had a very mild case to begin with, nothing like a lot of you on here have. Rarely debilitating, rarely affected my day-to-day life, just annoying and determined what i eat and don't eat. But is this possible? Should I expect for everything to come roaring back tomorrow? I'm really excited, because I ate a hamburger for the first time in ages, but I don't want to get my hopes up too high that it's going to stay gone forever.

Any ideas, anyone?

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/29/2007 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
It can come and go for some people. It does for me. I really don't know if mine is the usual IBS if there is such a thing. I think sometimes my stomach just gets totally out of whack and then if I go on the probiotics for awhile it gets back on track. I have been about 3 months symptom free now and feel so lucky.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 3/30/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Canyon's right; you could have been going through a temporary bout of upset stomach, possibly due to your bacteria being out of whack, that's now corrected itself.

But sometimes IBS does go into remission. Interesting that you seem to be under more stress now than before, because sometimes relieving the stress can make symptoms better.

In any case, go with it! If you've been on probiotics or yogurt, you may want to cut back, but still use them regularly to maintain a healthy gut. Know that your gut is probably more sensitive than others, so be careful of things that might get it out of whack again, like antibiotics. You should really work with your doctor to avoid those if at all possible, and let him know that you have a sensitive stomach before he prescribes any meds. Just be a bit cautious with what you put on your stomach and hopefully it will continue to function well for you.

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 3/30/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I was dx with IBS back in the early 80's.It came & went but I was taking Metamucil too.Never had many problems until about 10 yrs ago.My last Colonoscopy ahowed IBS very clear .I take Pamine for it & as long as I'm careful what I eat & only eat small amounts of foos several times a day I'm doing very well.
I had a craving for Mac & cheese the other nite so I ate 2 large helpings,NOT THE THING I SHOULD HAVE DONE,LOL.I always have payback the next morning after.

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