Are there any medical updates on them finding some sort of cure for IBS?

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   Posted 9/25/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone I was just wondering have there been any good medical reports stating doctors are finding the cure to rid people of IBS? All these medications to control symptoms but no pill to rid of it all together what have been the updates on something miraculous to help all us sufferers? I know there are starting to be a lot of studies which I took part in it was just a survey I'm searching for paid studies myself to take part in.I'm really trying to stay strong and the stress of trying to get my symptoms under control it's seems there is always something new with my IBS.What I really want is to be able to get back to work and school but I feel I'll never be able to some days my hope is strong other days like today it's discouraged and I'm really stressed out about my finances the Social Security that I get is not enough for me to live on.I need more money!!!!! there are things I'd wish I can purchase but do not have enough money to at all.To get more money I'm doing a medical study on cardiovascular health giving me to payments of 100 dollars with a six hour hospital visit I'm just hoping I can make it to my appointments and last through that six hour visit but I'll be alright if I need to use the restrooms it's a hospital there are many in one lol.I will let them know about my IBS so they can understand if I need to get up several times to use the restroom when going at home was not enough.I'm already getting stressed out over it but I hope I can get through it but one good thing they increased my food stamp benefits yeah!!! lol.I stay strong cause I have to there is still no improvement in me getting out and socializing again IBS still keeps me isolated some I'm really scared for my future they stay you must live in the moment but my moment sucks.I wish you all good digestive health and please keep me in your prayers I need all the prayers I can get all my love till next time. :-)

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   Posted 9/25/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
My Gastro told me there is NO cure.

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   Posted 9/25/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I really doubt there will ever be a cure because each case is so individual. Some have IBS-D and some have IBS-C and some have it alternating. I really think that each person has to try different things, different meds, including alternative meds until they find what works for them. Since it is a functional disease meaning no physiological reason for it makes it that much harder. Wish it weren't so. In the meantime every other reason for the distress must be ruled out. I am so sorry that so many of you young people are being affected. I don't understand why this is so prevalent now. I keep wondering if it isn't some food, preservative or something that was not around when I was growing up (a long time ago). I don't know anyone that had these kind of problems my entire school life thru college. I know one thing that I blame a lot is artificial sweetners.

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   Posted 9/25/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor tells me that every time I see her. "Give it time" or "When you're older it will go away" - frankly, I'm thinking it's all a bunch of hooey. I know at least a couple people on this site older than 50 with IBS.

Canyon, sorry to call you out, I know you've mentioned your age a few times, have you always had IBS or did it come on later in life?

jtaurus, I'm sorry to say that it doesn't look good for a cure any time soon.  cry
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   Posted 9/25/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always had a sensitive stomach especially bloating but no I never had IBS till the last few years and I am 71 almost 72. However, I really don't think that I have true IBS as mine seems to be more food related and I don't have the pain that you all speak up. I think mine is just a sensitive stomach. I get more bloating and indigestion than anything else now. My Dr. calls it IBS for lack of a another diagnosis, I guess.

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   Posted 9/25/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm...first I'd say they need to come up with the cause. You cannot get a cure without knowing the cause. I think that in the coming years, a lot of these mysterious intestinal ailments will be elucidated through research and we will find that "IBS" is not a sufficient diagnosis. Until then, we'll keep the toilet-paper people in business.
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   Posted 9/26/2008 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Same here. Since IBS varies so much, individual to individual, and there's even varying opinions within the medical community (high fiber vs low fiber, hollistic vs traditional medical approaches, etc.), I've never heard of one thing to manage this disease.

Personally speaking the only sure fire way I know how to manage my IBS like symptoms (induced from a colon resection, due to rectal cancer) is to drastically reduce the amount of food I eat. That's IT! I only do this in extreme cases - social events, long car trips, emergencies (we had a freak windstorm blow in my city almost 2 weeks, knocking out power to 90% of our town, over 1 million people without power, etc. so I immediately began reducing my solid intake).

In my case, I have learned the hard way - we are what we eat.

Those words are just so true.

It is the only way I know how to manage all of this - food is a huge piece of my IBS puzzle (along with reducing stress, Colace, sometimes pretending my gut is normal when it is anything but normal, making sure I have yogurt everyday, etc.).....

Sure wish there was a CURE! Wouldn't that just be so nice?

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