After 2 years of chronic diahrrea problems, I was dxd w/diahrrea predominant IBS. My gastroenterologist prescribed me amitriptyline & it was like a miracle drug for me. I know everyone has different experiences/outcomes w/different drugs. It might work great for me & not for others. I was very relieved to finally have an answer at least. I also have MS, so everything is difficult. I was dxd w/MS 12 years ago. The IBS issue didn't start until Feb 07'. In my opinion, MY IBS is related to my MS because in Feburary 07' was the start of the worst MS exacerbation I have had to date. It took a total of 7 months from start to finish of that exacerbation for recovery (which included a 1 month stay in the hospital). I was also dxd w/Restless Leg Syndrome at that time. So like I said, it was the worst MS exacerbation I have had to date & brought about alot of" new problems" for me. I believe alot of my issues ARE related to my MS. The Gastro dr. doesn't think so because IBS is so common amongst the population. He may be the dr., but as the patient experiencing what I have thus far, I think I may be correct based on my situation & what my experiences/timelines have been.
My urologist recently thought I had Interstitial Cystitis. It actually started as what knew was a urinary tract infection (I have alot of bladder issues because of my MS (I am on 75mg of baclofen per day). I was scheduled for a Cystoscopy because the dr. said the urinalysis showed no infection. The drs. office then called me to say they were calling in an rx to my pharmacy for an antibiotic. The results from the hospital urinalysis indeed showed I had a urinary tract infection (I am assuming the drs. dipstick office test was incorrect or the hospital did a more thorough lab test). Because of this I requested the Cystoscopy be cancelled. Because of the bladder issues I have from my MS, I know this is not the end of this & they will probably sometime in the future request I have the procedure done. Can you tell me what your experience has been with Interstitial Cystitis & what I can expect if I get to that point again??? I appreciate anything you can tell me. Thanks.