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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/30/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   

I was told I have IBS by a dr. last fall based on symptoms of diarreah alternating with constipation and was told to reduce stress through exercise and deep breathing to assist with this. Things have gotten a lot worse since then and I keep getting nervous to go to the doctor, fearing she will say it is just stress again. I rarely poop, and when I do it is claylike and narrow. I have to push quite a bit to get anything out and it makes my rectum pretty sore. I have frequent backaches and feel fatigued very often. I have no idea where to begin and know I need to head to the dr. I tried taking Fibercon every morning and ended up with HORRIBLE gas and no poop results. Please help me IBS experts!

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   Posted 11/1/2007 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome!  Narrow stools are typical IBS symptoms.  Make sure you are drinking tons of water.  The number one reason people become constipated is because they are not drinking enough water.  FiberCon may not be the best thing for you.  With IBS C, it's important to be careful with the type of fiber you take.  It may be that Miralax would work better for you right now, until you are having more regular BM's.  When you are ready to introduce fiber into your diet, it's always best to get it through foods.  If you require a fiber supplement, Benefiber is a soluble fiber which works quite well for folks with C.  Good luck!

IBS newb
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 11/1/2007 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I incorrectly said Fibercon, I am taking Benefiber. I will try Miralax.

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   Posted 11/2/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I find taking Metamucil capsules daily helps me, in the beginning I did have excess gas but that lessened as I kept taking it.  I too suffer from lower backaches and wonder what's up with that. 

Take care, Softy

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   Posted 11/2/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Lower back pain is actually the #1 reason for doctor's visits.  Little tidbit I learned in a few classes recently.  It may have very little to do with the GI issues, but then again it may - there's a lot of nerves coalescing in that area and sometimes they course together and you can get referred pain.

Any fiber supplement will give you some initial gas but after a while it should ease up a bit!

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   Posted 12/14/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Activa is for both C and D and I can tell you it really helped me.

I would go 3 days of no BM and then 3 days of D. It was horrible. My body was not digesting food properly. THe docs said I had IBS/Ibd, and the gave me prescription pills for the pain and cramping I would have every single time I ate. I suffered for almost 2 years. Every meal I ate felt like I was food poisened. could not eat much for food. Everything had to be bland. Like white rice and baked chicken for the last 2 years.

I tryed Activa and the first 3-5 days I did not notice a difference. BM were still loose. I still ate one everyday and now I have been on it for 1 month. I feel like a million bucks!!!! I go the same time everyday now and its normal and there is no pain associated with it. My mood has improved and I am ten times happier then I've ever been. I can finally go out to restaraunt with my boyfriend and eat from the menu without worring. Just only regret I tried this sooner so I would not have to suffer.

And I can eat anything I want now. I might gain alot of weight at this rate. The foods that I would have to avoid before I can now eat with ease....

Like Pizza, ice cream, soda, chocolate, pudding, chips, sandwiches, an occasional beer OMG the list goes on.....
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