Posted 8/23/2011 12:26 PM (GMT -6)
Hi all. I weaned off of effexor with MD help about 6 months ago with no apparent significant side effects and was very happy. Then about 4 months ago I began to have abdominal pain which slowly progressed. I have had every test known to man. A colonoscopy revealed a cancerous polyp which has led to a colon resection about 3 weeks ago. I am cancer free now, but this did not have anything to do with my pain (thank God for the onset of IBS). However, I am having the same symptoms as before my surgery with burning in stomach after eating, tightness, bloating and pain/cramps in abdomen with some foods. The GI doc and surgeon keep telling me I have IBS because they couldnt find anything else, although i have NEVER had any bowel issues in past. I have started to think that the onset of IBS was due to the fact i got off the effexor a few months before. Now I am faced with taking meds to treat the IBS, or possibly going back on effexor to see if symptoms go away. I took effexor for about 10yrs before getting off and now this (which, as it turns out, saved my life!). Anyway, the pain and bloating are annoying, as you know, and I dont know which way to go now. Anyone else with IBS onset several months after getting off effexor? Would love to hear your story and what to do about it. Glad I found others who have similar connection.