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Easta
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   Posted 11/15/2007 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
In a lot of the IBS sites I have read, there seems to be the idea that a classic symptom of IBS is alternating D and C. However, I note on this site that people variously describe themselves as IBS-D or IBS-C. The thing is that I NEVER have C. The faeces are always very soft and break up as they fall. Can you have true IBS and always be D?
My pattern seems to be a strong desire to go first thing, large amounts of soft poop then OK for rest of day. I have been trying to boost my iron levels by taking prune juice and molasses but gather that these are laxative. You can't win can you?!!

Any help would be appreciated. Bloods for hormones and iron levels are to be taken Friday and should have results early next week.
Take care, all

hopeisreal
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   Posted 11/15/2007 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
You sound like me!!! My "problem" is that my stomach "grumbles/growls/is working OT" all night---sometimes it keeps me awake! Then, first thing in the morning----I go to the bathroom anywhere from 1-4 times! It is really soft loose stool-----or diarrhea-----I am RARELY constipated! If I am constipated once in 5 months-----I hate it! I'd rather go 1-4x/everymorning! I feel like that is "ME"! LOL! I don't have to go to the poop the rest of the day---but, my stomach is growling/churning/working OT the rest of the day!

It doesn't matter what I try to eat to help with this----it just happens everyday anyway! Supposedly, my iron levels are "normal"-------and so are some other tests. I haven't been tested for hormones----I don't think-----what does that look for?

I get to have a colonoscopy/endoscopy tomorrow-----JOY! to find out if anything is happening!

Good luck with your tests! Let us know how it goes---maybe I should ask for the hormone thing.......

Laurel

Sarita
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   Posted 11/15/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   

IBS can be classified as diarrhea-predominant, constipation-predominant, or alternating D/C.  Most people with IBS experience some sort of abdominal pain and excessive gas.  The problem is that since we know so little about the syndrome that it's difficult to pinpoint it's cause - it seems to vary so widely among people.  They find that some people with IBS have hypo- or hypermotility of the digestive tract, meaning your gastric (stomach) emptying is delayed or too rapid, or some people have decreased or increased peristalsis, which is the term for the contractions that keep things moving along in there.  Some people also have an overgrowth of bacteria in the colon, which can cause bloating, flatulence, etc.

The reason people try SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - antidepressants such as Zoloft, Prozac, etc.) for IBS, for instance, is because your gut muscles have neurotransmitter binding sites and those neurotransmitters can effect the movement of those muscles responsible for peristalsis.

The grumbling/growling you hear is just the effect of movement of food/waste/etc. through your intestine.  Not a bad thing in and of itself, just sometimes loud and annoying!

Hope, how is the prep going?  Feeling pretty cleared out?  What'd you take for it?  I'm starting mine today...my GI gave me those pills this time.  Weird how I am relieved that I have to take 40 pills instead of drinking that GoLytely crapola.  It's all about perspective!


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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/15/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
What pills did they give you Sarita? 40? that is a lot of pills.

Sarita
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   Posted 11/15/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
OsmoPrep.  In place of the phosphosoda, thank goodness.  It's a LOT of pills - 4 horse-sized pills every 15 minutes for an hour, and then 3 more doses at 4 a.m. (blech) - but it's better than that freakin' phosphosoda or GoLytely.

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/15/2007 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Let us know how it works. Just looked up the site and you still need to dring a total of 64 ounces of something. That is the part I hate but at least it can taste good. Mine are always in the afternoon unfortunately. Hate that.
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