ibs is extremely debilitating

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purdylady
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   Posted 8/3/2007 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I was wondering if I could have some opinions regarding ibs. I have looked at some of the ones written in forum. It has helped. Ty. The doctor has me on bentyl which doesn't seem to  be working all that well. I know for me stress is an issue. I sometimes have excruciating pain in abdomen n along both sides of rib cage and in tummy. I do take anti anxiety meds and depression meds. I can't stay up late. I feel so drained already in the afternoon. I have changed my diet. I only drink clear liquids, mostly water. I try to eat dried fruit and sometimes get v8fusion for vegetables. I work p/t and most of the time I lay around. I do try to do other things, but sometimes it just hurts so bad. I am trying to be optimistic, but I have had it for a yr now. I know some have had it for a much longer time. I even started rubbing my tummy in car. I do not have a puta where I currently live, but I have access to one. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you

dbab
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   Posted 8/3/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi purdylady... Welcome :-)

It maybe that the Bentyl is not the right med for you. Fortunately, there are many antispasmodics out there so you may ask your doc if there is something else you can try. What bowel problems are you having mostly? Diarrhea or Constipation? Sometimes that makes a difference in what foods are best for you and what could be causing problems for you. Juices are good but too much is very acidic. Dried fruit is okay but I think if you can eat fresh fruit, it is much healthier for you. Have you tried probiotics? They are good for replenishing the good bacteria in your gut and helping to fight off the bad bacteria. Many with IBS have had success with it, including people with diarrhea and constipation.

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purdylady
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   Posted 8/3/2007 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for replying so quickly and the welcome dbab. I am normally constipated and have been prior to ibs. Sometimes i do have loose bowels. gi doctor ran bunches of tests and came to the conclusion of ibs. my lower back hurts to, but when i take anti anxiety it helps. I do eat high fiber cereal for breakfast. I have not tried probiotics. Is this found otc? Thanks for other info too.


gutastrophe
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   Posted 8/3/2007 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Purdylady!  I too suffer with with IBS predominant C with alternating D.  I was prescribed anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs nearly 20 years ago for the "stress" which all the doctors at that time believed to be the primary cause of IBS.  I found the anti-anxiety meds very helpful until I started taking them by the hands-full.  The problem with those drugs is you begin to quickly develop a tolerance for them and need to take more and more for them to work.  My only suggestion would be to try to avoid taking them except in really extreme situations.  It could be that your exhaustion is partly due to this drug (and the bentyl which can tire you out).  They are quite good at making a person feel very wiped out.
 
Because of my C, anti-spasmotics only made my gut worse.  I had the same experience with probiotics.  Everyone responds differenly, of course, but the bentyl and drugs of that type pretty much shut down all peristalsis in my tummy, hence rendering me constipated. 
I use a product from a clinic I go to for hydrocolon therapy.  It's a blend of chinese herbs and it is the only thing I've found that consistently works for me.  Here is a link to the product if you are interested.
I can't believe I am going to say this, BUT it sometimes help to force yourself to get up and get moving.  There are some days where that is absolutely impossible for me (like when I am running with D to the loo every 10 minutes or bound so bad that I can't sit down) so I completely understand about wanting to just lay on the couch.  But I also know that for me, if I get into this habit, it leads to a sense of depression and hopelessness which does my gut no good either.  Often, if I manage to get through some daily activity in spite of the pain, at least emotionally I feel better. 
 
Hope that helps!

purdylady
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   Posted 8/4/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gutastrophe, Thanks for replying. it's really weird I am normally c, but last night had d and felt like throwing up. maybe it was simply due to end of week n tummy was really hurting. not really sure to b honest. I understand about the laying around part. I know it's not good for me mentally or physically. I appreciate your information and will look up that site and see what i can find. Once again.. thanks.. :o)
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