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   Posted 1/1/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
hello! this is my first post on here although i've been reading for the last few months since my symptoms began. i took a 5 day zpak for bronchitis back in mid october and have not been right digestively since. while i was on the zpak i had diarrhea at least once a day and the doc told me to continue taking it. after the 5 days, i somewhat went back to normal except for a few cases of diarrhea (about once a week) for two weeks or so. my symptoms since then have been pretty bad! i have abdominal cramping and stomach noises, headaches, nausia, lower back pain, anxiety, undigested food on toilet paper, "choppy" bowel movements that are a light brown/yellowish color, and also get a weird dry mouth/spacey feeling after eating. i've had two stool test that came back negative and had a colonoscopy 2 weeks ago that also checked out fine. i have been taking culturelle for about a month which is helping a little but i'm still not back to normal. the docs are still looking but say it could be ibs. any other ideas?

thanks for the help!

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   Posted 1/1/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Only the doctor can diagnose you.

Have you read up on diagnosing IBS?

It could be IBS.

You should ask your doctor about taking some probiotics to replenish your good gut bacteria which could have been effected by the zpak .
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

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   Posted 1/2/2010 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
dhiltonlittle said...
the docs are still looking but say it could be ibs. any other ideas?

Hi dhiltonlittle,

shawn12 is right, of course, in saying that only a doctor can diagnose you.

You were asking for other ideas, so here's a suggestion. You can find out whether or not you have food intolerances by process of dietary elimination. One of the most common food sensitivities among people diagnosed with IBS is gluten intolerance.

You could try eliminating gluten from your diet for two weeks. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and so obviously wheat breads, pizzas and pastas, beer, etc are out. You also have to read labels....for example, soy sauce contains wheat gluten unless you buy one that says wheat free or gluten free.

The nice thing about the gluten free diet is that you don't need a doctor's prescription to try it, and it's absolutely harmless....there's nothing "essential" about gluten so you don't need to worry about health repercussions from eliminating it.

If you do go gluten free for two weeks and you find that your symptoms improve, go back on gluten and see if you feel worse....if so, you are gluten intolerant.

If you decide that you want to try it, here's a great primer on going gluten free:

If eliminating gluten doesn't seem to make a difference, some other food intolerances to consider include casein (a protein in dairy products), corn, the nightshade family (includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant), fructose, and eggs.

Please note: if you do try the gluten free diet and it works for you, you either have celiac disease or are non-celiac gluten intolerant (NCGI). NCGI is much more common than celiac disease, but only a doctor can actually diagnose you with one or the other. If you want a formal diagnosis, you will have to eat lots of gluten before you are tested for celiac disease or you risk false negatives in the blood test or intestinal biopsy (there are lots of false negatives anyway).

Good luck to you! Please keep us posted!
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   Posted 1/2/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 54, and have sufferd suffered digestive problems for years. My last colonoscopy was five years ago and one non-cancerous polyp was found. My primary care doctor had at least one cat scan done on the abdomen and pelvic area w/contrast yearly. The results are steadily consistant where Diverticulosis without diverticulitis present and gallstone on the left side with all other digestive organs normal. I am presently taking librax, for a few days, then changed to Dicyclomine for 2 days and so far little to no relief. All blood work negative. I may be getting another colonoscopy after my consultation w/my gastro doctor. Can anyone tell me if this is IBS, how long between attacks? and does anyone have any comment on my situation. Please post or e-mail me.

Thank you,

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   Posted 1/2/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
OK- the first clue here is that your symptoms began after taking antibiotics. You most likely have a fungal condition. Taking antibiotics kills bad, and good bacteria which allows the proliferation of yeast. Yeast overgrowth causes symptoms yoiu described. How to fix it-probiotics, eat a diet that restricts/eliminates grains/sugar/alcohol (an antifungal diet) as these foods feed fungus and keeps the vicious cycle going. Also, don't eat artificial sweeteners. Could take a few weeks to see results, but I'm betting you'll have success.

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   Posted 1/4/2010 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
hello, I am new here, I have suffered with IBS C for about eight years. Recntly I found I was lactose intolerant and my mother has coleliac disease. I have since cut out gluten and diary and feel alot better, no more constipation or cramps. But then I got an infection in my gums and went on antibiotics to fix it. This left me with constipation again. So I searched around the web and the only thing that keeps popping up was probiotics and the fact that antibiotics kill good bacteria. I had my symptoms under control after taking them it was a gradual increase in symptoms over about two to three months. Then wham, full on constipation. So I went on the net as my doc just gave me laxatives! I found some probiotics that have 15 billion live organisms and ordered two types, bifidus and lactobascillus. I have started to take these since a wekk ago and have been going to the bathroom every day. So I figure that cutting out the problem foods that I know I am sensative to as well as taking these probiotics have given me the most relief. Just wanted to let you know as I allways searched forums for any advice that might help. I really do feel alot better, not cured yet, but on my way. I also dont drink with meals and dont eat gassy foods. This worked for me so far. I hope it may help some one else too. lots of love and sympathiesxx
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