thanks 7Lil. I'd have to greatly disagree with your doctor for giving an age like that! I am 34 years old. I am not going to wait till I'm 50 to get better!
I am going to be settling back in my my home (I had tenants for a year), so hopefully that stability will help with the IBS. I will also be going on a trip to an island in the bahamas. that will undoubtedly relax me, as well.
Is there a possibility of taking too many probiotics? I'm not sure how much to take..
The typical tests for gastrointestinal complaints vary according to the symptoms you're experiencing. Most people have the following done:
1) Blood work - including CBC (complete blood count), CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel), TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone)
2) Stool tests checking for: ova and parasites, fecal leukocytes, and fecal occult blood; perhaps a stool culture as well; and possibly a urinalysis
3) Sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and/or EGD (esophogastroduodenoscopy - say that ten times fast), which are relatively simple outpatient procedures where you get scoped and biopsied.
Some people also have radiological studies like an abdominal CT or small bowel follow-through, also known as a barium swallow.
Bacterial overgrowth tends to be discovered using a very simple breath test.
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Sarita, it is so confusing because brocolli is not good for gas and many people who have constipation have gas.
I actually tend to think now that you're right about dry veggies in general also not being good for people with C.
In any case, the good news for me is that being off of my reflux medications is making me more regular. I still have some very annoying symptoms, but for now (knock on wood) I am at least able to go! :))
That's totally true, Friendly, I forgot about the gas issue with broccoli.
Hey, at least you're going. I wonder what it's like to not go. I can't imagine that would be very pleasant...it's probably worse than having diarrhea. Man, I feel for you guys...