IBS terribly underweight

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   Posted 7/27/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been suffering from IBS-D for many years now. I am 33 years old single male, my height is 182 cm, I weigh only 48 kgs
1. I pass stool 2 to 3 times and pass gas through anus(which is also associated with smell)
2. I have offensive breath most of the time, not able to go even near and talk to people
My confidence is completely shattered, along with offensive breath and being terribly underweight is really worrying me(stool is relatively better for some time now). Is there any way how I can gain some weight safely and get rid of my offensive breath.
I really really appreciate any help I can get, Plea...se help.

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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Before being diagnosed & was going 6-8 times a day & lost 50 lbs.I had to learn how to eat different for me.No greasy foods,corn,gassy foods.Eventually I was able to eat corn again but the rest I leave alone.........I'm doing very well now as long as I watch what I eat........

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   Posted 8/20/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
You need to make some changes to your Diet routine as rightly pointed out by SnowyLynne. You need to take extra precaution to do well while having IBS.

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   Posted 8/20/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   

A good diet is certainly a must. It can be supplemented by dietary supplements and additions of Vitamins and Miners through IV. If that still doesn't compensate for the weight loss, there is always medication.

Don't know anything about the breath though.

Keep us posted.
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Brenda K
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   Posted 8/23/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Sorry to read what you are going through, as I can certainly relate.  I am 5'3" and weigh about 94lbs on a good day, and am 45 and have two grown girls who weigh much more than me (that is just wrong!) and look so healthy, but I do not.  I am asked constantly if I have an eating disorder.....or people gasp and say, "wow, you have had two children, are you kidding me?"  Not what I want to hear at my age.  I would love a good 10-15lbs on me.  My arms are horrendous looking, toothpick like really.

Are you not seeing a doctor for your issues?  Even just a GP to get you on the road to a specialist, perhaps a GI specialist?  I am surprised you have come on this forum with all you are dealing with, including the lack of self esteem, which just breaks my heart for you.  This is a wonderful forum, with wonderful, warm supportive people, but you really need to ALSO be seeking some professional advice.

Please take care....and seek some help from a GP or specialist, it can't hurt, and will probably help you immensely.

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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Bad bacteria problems are often associated with bad gas AND bad breath (and oftentimes diarrhea)--especially a yeast infection (which can happen anywhere in the GI tract; it's not just a woman's problem). I can tell from your post you're not in the U.S. I don't know the availability in other countries, but here we have access to a breathalyzer test. A GI doctor will have you breathe into a machine and it can tell by the gasses you expel if you have something in your guts causing gases to come out that shouldn't be coming out. The doctor can then prescribe the appropriate course of antibiotics to try and wipe the bad bacteria out.

If you can't get that kind of test, or can't find a doctor willing to work on that premise, you can try taking probiotics, which are good bacteria. They are not nearly as effective at combating bad bacteria as antibiotics, but taken in large doses for a long time, they can sometimes successfully crowd out the bad bacteria and get it back in check. Probiotics are over-the-counter, don't interact with any other medicines, and their only side effect is gas, which usually goes away after you take them for a week or two.

The other thing you should be tested for is Celiac's disease. Celiac's is an allergy to gluten. Food allergies of any kind are prone to causing gas and are sometimes associated with weight loss (because you stop absorbing food properly). Celiac's is becoming more common, and is often the first thing doctors look for. But if that comes up negative, you might also look at dairy products, fish, and nuts. And, I should warn you, food allergy tests aren't totally accurate, so you might get a false negative. You might want to try eliminating things from your diet on your own and seeing if you notice any improvement. Even if your test comes back negative for an allergy, if you find eliminating something takes care of your problem, then go with it; either your test was wrong or you have a non-allergic reaction to food which is still just as bad as having a real allergy.

If either of those things are your problem, then treating them should take care of your gas and bad breath problem, not to mention you should then be able to regain weight normally, simply because your guts will be funtioning correctly again.

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   Posted 9/22/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been suffering with gerd for about three to four years and ibs for about a year and a half now.  I know how you feel about being underweight.  I am 41 and had my gallbladder taken out when I was 20.  It got to the point before my surgery, that everything that I ate, came back up.  I used to weigh about 120-125 pounds before my surgery.  When I went in to have my surgery, I only weighed 99 pounds and haven't been able to put hardly any back on.  My gerd has been giving me such bad problems with my throat that there are days that I can hardly eat or drink anything.  I was able to get up to 107 pounds but then fell back down to 102.  People are constantly telling how bad and skinny I look.  I know that i am way under weight and can't find anything that will help.  I refuse to wear shorts in the summer because of how thin my legs are.  There are so many products out there for people who want to lose weight, but what about the people who want and need to put on some weight that they have lost due to health issues.  If anyone has any info that they feel could be helpful, it would be really great for you to share it with us.  My gi doc is trying to get my gerd under control and maybe that will help me to be able to eat better and maybe help put on some weight at the same time.
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