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Syrup
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   Posted 4/23/2007 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have finally been to the Doctors and have been diagnosed with IBC - C.
 
I am in the U.K. I wanted to mention that incase it changes the advise I am given, I was given Buscopan to help with the spasms and told to call back if they don't get better within three weeks or indeed if.here is no change.
 
I wasn't offered laxatives or anything but did manage to go once I got back and manage to relax enough. My rectum was not examined, only my stomach.
 
Can one still have IBS without the spasms. What happens if I get rid of the spasms but still can't go? I do very occasionally get bouts of D.
 
Can one have IBS forever? I personally believe I've had it since I was 5 (now 17)
 
Doctor was reluctant to send me for tests (thank god) as I'm quite scared of them, didn't want any rectals today. Had I not been so nervous I think I might have been asked to have one. 
 
Just very confused at the momnt. I hope someone can answer some of my questions. I am sorry there are a lot but I'm so confused. I think I was told to take 1 tablet (muscle relaxant) three times a day and more when the pain comes.
 
many thanks in advance, again very sorry
 
Syrup

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   Posted 4/23/2007 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Syrup,

I'm so sorry that you were diagnosed however happy for you that you have answers and now on the way to treatment. Buscopan is an antispasmodic which these types of meds do help with the pain. I am IBS-A however I tend to lean more on the constipation side. I also take an antispasmodic called Symax-SL and it works good for me when I get those sudden spasms.

IBS usually comes with discomfort and even though you treat your spasms, you are not curing your IBS, just helping with the pain. There is no cure for IBS but thats not to say that you will have it forever. Some people do and some don't, as your body changes it opens the possibility that you could get better or in some cases (unfortunately) worse.

Most of the tests really aren't that bad, but can be a little intimidating. They are necessary in some situations so I would definitely listen to your doctors. If they suggest a certain kind of test, you can come here and get our opinions and experiences with these tests as many of us have gone through many of them.

Did your doc suggest a diet change as well? This will not get rid of your problems entirely but may make a difference on your day to day quality of life. I am on a fiber regimen and I have also changed my diet to take out my "trigger" foods that I have identified using a food diary. This is important because you can start noticing what causes you grief and change accordingly.

I hope this helps a little and I hope you keep posting.

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Syrup
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   Posted 4/23/2007 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you Dbab for your reply.
 
It wasn't so much that I was saying no to further testing and more that I was clearly nervous of these being suggested and also anything more than my stomach being examined and the Doc was very aware of this, nice with it and decided it would hurt me more than decide anything for him.
 
I'm a bit eugh er though because by the time he had gotten around to explained how I was to take the meds ( also took my other half along) I had switched off or my mind was spinning.
 
All I managed to make out was that some people take 2 three times a day ( in my case might be a bit too much) and it was suggested I take one three times a day and then whenever I get spasms.
 
I'm just really confused as I was told to call him in three weeks if I either felt worse or had not improved as far as the spasms are concerned. How do I tell if I am taking the meds to stop them?  If the spasms are eased with the tablets then he wants me to stop taking them? Isn't this defeating the object?
 
The spasms are not the whole of the problem I get constipated too but didn't want to become laxative dependant so he never suggested this.
 
What is my Doc getting at? Is he saying, try the Buscopan and if they ease the spasms stop taking them? As for the C well live with it! I get this impression. Don't get me wrong he was very sympathetic with examining me but ..confused
 
He did mention diet and water etc....I drink plenty of water and eat well. I mean, I have the odd 'bad' food but who doesn't?
 
A very confused and most probably annoying Syrup!
 
 
 
 

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   Posted 4/23/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Syrup,did you have a Colonoscopy??
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Syrup
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   Posted 4/24/2007 12:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Didn't have a colonoscopy - no tests at all. I'll have a look at gastroparesis Indersonu, thank you - never heard of that of that before.

It just confuses me, what do I do with these anti - spasmodics? It sounds as if I'm supossed to take them and stop them if they work..yes you can see why I'm confused.

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   Posted 4/24/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Syrup,
Anti-spasmodics are to be taken on an as needed basis. Only take them when you feel the cramps. I don't know about stopping them when they work... that doesn't make sense.
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Syrup
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   Posted 4/24/2007 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
7Lil I was told by my Doc to take them three times a day and when I feel the cramps. Currently taking twice a day and when I feel the cramps.

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   Posted 4/24/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never heard of anyone taking anti-spasmodics when not spasming. But hey, if that's what your doc said to do... ???
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   Posted 4/24/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Lil; mine were prescribed for when I got cramps. But if you know eating something will give you cramps, or you cramp a lot before you go somewhere or do something (like take a stressful test), then I can see taking one as a preventative. A lot of them can cause drowsiness, so I'm surprised at him having you take them all the time. The only other reason I can think of needing them that much is for D, since some D can be caused by spasming and overactive intestines, which they may calm, but you have C.
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