Anyone who has IBS- HELP!!!!!

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 7/1/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am literally beside myself. I am 22 with a two year old to take care of and was supposed to start working as my boyfriend is unable to bring in enough money. In the fall I am going to start school and hopefully be admitted into the radiology program next year. My plans are up in the air now do to horrible stomach problems. I first felt I was having gall bladder problems and acid reflux- which both have disapeared as quick as they came and now I am left dealing with diarrhea (will refer to as "D") that is so bad and unpredictable that I am unable to leave the house. It started bright yellow and hit as soon as I put a bite of food in my mouth. If I didn't eat it wouldn't be too bad. The color returned to normal but only after two weeks. It was a little better after those two weeks and strangly enough the same day I started my period it dissapeared all together, and the day after I finished my period it came back for one bout and has let up almost to normal. It made me wonder if I was having some sort of hormone imbalance- I have gained weight even though the D was so persistent and I have been irritable. I know IBS can be broad and I am sure that people here have been misdiagnosed have been through the wringer trying to figure out what's wrong. The worst is every one thinks I am making my problems seem worse than they are. I can't function like this- I can't even go to the grocery store, sometimes just seeing the food makes me have an attack and I have to leave a cart full of food and drive home and do it all over the next night. I would say I have also been stressed out and that corresponded with when everything started to get really bad. But if someone told me that the magic cure would be to eat rice cakes and nothing else for the rest of my life I would do anything to be able to be able to function like a normal person without having to plan trips around where the toilets are located.  Here is a list of my symptoms................... "D", joint stiffness in feet and legs sometimes barely can make it up the stairs, less concentration, extremely fatigued, weight gain even though a major decrease in food, irritable, cramping when starting to eat, among other things that I don't know if related. I have tried to cut out fat and buy fat free cheese and milk and creamer. Tonight we had meatloaf which was greasy but I have felt perfectly normal today. It's the oddest thing like there is no rhyme or reason to this. I would love to hear from people and what they have been able to do to control and maintain these types of problems even if your symptoms do not exactly match mine. Thankyou so much

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/2/2008 2:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Your symptoms sound all too familiar! For the past five years I have gone back adn forth between D and C. Neither is better than the other. And the constant change from one to the other get debilitating after a while. One day, I was heading to my physician's office for my annual physical. I just barely made it to his bathroom. After one round with cramps adn the D, word. I was ready for a hot shower, and a snooze, even if it had tobe on the bathroom floor! My blood pressure was very low--the nurse took it adn it was 70/50. When I tried to stand up, I would get very dizzy immediately.
The doctor came in with something, a tiny tablet to place under my tongue. In no mood to argue, I did exactly what he said. Immediately, within 30 seconds, the cramps in my abdomen stopped. He gave me a video channer switcher adn told me to see if I was able to stay out of the bathroom. I had, for the following three days, absolutely no activity on that front at all.
The stuff he gave me is a very strong quick-acting form of an anti nauseant like Dramamine. It makes the water leave your colon all at once. Then you stop having to go, and straining not to have to be known as the "lady who follows that guy around and goes to the bathroom all the time.

But with the medicine, I was able to go about my day in comfort. From this description, maybe you can find the drug. It is a powerful anti-cholineregic.

kathy day

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/2/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Kathy, did the pill make you constipated as an after affect or were you normal from then on? Do you still have to take the pill or only when you have diahrrea real bad?

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   Posted 7/6/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I must have something like the IBS.. I can have the diahrrea one minute and the next i may feel like i am constipated.. I get a real bloaty feeling and my stomach swells. Does anyone else do that.. it makes me feel miserable.. i am like that today, so going to eat me a salad, that will usually clean me out..

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 7/6/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
PsychoP, don't you know the name of it. The only drug I know for stomach that goes under the tongue is Levsin(Hyoscomyne) and it is an anti-cholineregic in that it relaxes the muscles but I never heard that it does anything regarding the water in your colon. Actually, it is a drying agent, also.

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   Posted 7/7/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Yellow poop is usually a sign of bile in your stools. Meaning something may be wrong with your gall bladder. Mine was bad for five years before I got it taken out. It wasn't bad all the time; I'd have good spells and bad spells. Mine was diagnosed (after it was "autopsied") as chronically inflamed. So that's what it was on about--when it wasn't inflamed, it worked fine. When it was inflamed, I was miserable.

Have no idea if anti-inflammatories would have helped it or not. There's no way to know that inflammation is the problem until you take it out and cut it open.

Caffeine was my number one offender. My mother's was pizza.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/9/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
D", joint stiffness in feet and legs sometimes barely can make it up the stairs, less concentration, extremely fatigued, weight gain even though a major decrease in food, irritable - these are overlapping symptoms of several diseases. But I would suggest you to check for Yeast. If test is negative still try to follow treatments for Yeast.
I'm on this forum because I've suffered for 2 years from these symptoms. Now when I feel cured I want to help smbd. else. I know how it feels...

Pamela Neckpain
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 7/16/2008 3:19 AM (GMT -7)   
My Opinion:
C is better than D.
Do you feel like you might have ADD?
My D was cured with a dx of ADD and
Adderal for a couple of years. I'm not
right now .... but sooooooo much better.
I couldn't go out atall.
Pamela Neckpain


Rockabilly Chicadee
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 7/18/2008 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I get the back-and-forth between D and C thing too.  Sometimes the C will go on for three or four days, accompanied by the MOST painful bloating that makes my stomach swell up two pants sizes...only to be followed by D for a week and I wind up dehydrated and my clothes are falling off my butt.  It's's not bad enough that I have to feel like crap all the time, but is it REALLY necessary that my clothing NEVER fits because of it???  Rarr!!  I have to keep different sizes of pants and I almost always buy clothes that are a size or two too big just in case I'm trapped somewhere and my stomach decides to go Willy Wonka on me.
I've done all kinds of crazy food plans to try and help, but nothing is 100% right.  At best I get 75% relief, but stress is the #1 killer of a happy tummy in my world, and whose life doesn't involve stress?  The only time I got even close to feeling normal again was when I was working for my Mom and being taken care of by my family.  They stood between me and the Real World - but you can't LIVE like that.  That's just surviving, and I want to LIVE.

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   Posted 7/18/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if this helps, but I was diagnosed many years ago with IBS because I had alternating D and C, cramping, etc. I did research on IBS but it didn't sound exactly right. I also had a diagnosis of bipolar and was told very matter-of-factly that "well, lots of people with mood swings have IBS." Through my own research and haphazard experimentation I eventually found out I had severe lactose intolerance that developed when I was in my late 30s. As soon as I eliminated all milk products from my diet, no more D or C. I then had to go back to my doctor and tell him what I had. As a "side effect" from dropping milk products I also lost 20 pounds. Yippee!

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 126
   Posted 7/20/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. It definitely sounds like you should visit the doc just to check things out. I can frequently have problems before and after my period. Cramping, D etc.. sometimes it can get pretty bad. It is from what I have been told and research due to hormones. Talk to your doctor. He can check out all your symptoms and maybe give you some meds to help.

Trust me. You are not alone. I am having a "cleaning out" episode after a few days of constipation as we speak, on my birthday no less!!! The pain is terrible. It really sucks.
Always grateful for the blessings I do have!

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