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Jerry Kav
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   Posted 10/12/2005 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this  site and so far I am findidng  so much help from you guys. 
Here is my dillemma.  I have had IBS for  6 years now.  Over the past year its has gotten DRASTICALLY worse since I  have had my appendix removed.   I have the usual d/c  at the same time.  The gas, pressure and heartburn.  Now here is  the kicker.  When i go to the bathroom, it fells like acid is coming out. Is this normal???? What can i do to calm this???   PLEASE HELP

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   Posted 10/12/2005 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jerry, welcome to HealingWell. This is a wonderful site, I am happy you have already found it helpful.

I'm sorry to hear about your firey bm's (bowel movements). As far as I know this is uncommon for IBS. I know that it can happen when eating certain foods (like spicy) but it shouldn't happen all the time.
Have you had your gallbladder checked? From what I gather this may be caused by it. (Remember, I'm not a doc - this is all just from experience.) I have heard many complain about a burning butt when they are producing too much bile. Do you have mucus with your bm's?

Unfortunately, I can't tell you how to calm this. I hope someone will post who can help you.

Again, welcome aboard!

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   Posted 10/13/2005 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jerry,
I wanted to add my welcome as well.

You may have a gallbladder problem like Lil said. I'm not sure if this is a common complaint when people recently have their appendix removed (I still have mine so I'm not certain). It might be bile, it may be spicy food, or it might be inflammation or hemmhroids. I would definitely ask your doctor about this.

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   Posted 10/13/2005 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Bile not only burns, it's yellow. Usually a very bright yellow. If you're having that, you're almost certainly having gall bladder problems.

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   Posted 10/13/2005 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have this too. Not after eating spicy food pr anything. Just for no reason. I had an EGD - they check somewhat of your gall bladder. nothing was said about it. I am going to the GI on Monday.

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   Posted 10/14/2005 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
To check your gall bladder function, you need a hydascan. To check for stones or sludge they'll need to do an ultrasound. They should do the ultrasound first because if you have stones, no further testing is needed.

From experience, fatty foods make it act up worse. Once you've gotten it flared up, it doesn't matter what you eat, everything can make you sick. Mine was "chronically inflamed" which meant that sometimes it worked fine and no matter what I ate, I was okay, and then it would act up again and everything made me sick. For temporary relief, you might try a very low fat diet. Also, I found that caffeine made mine worse--even drinking black tea, much less coffee or cokes.

I don't know about you, but I would wake up in the middle of the night sick as a dog and in so much pain I couldn't stand up straight. I couldn't lay flat on my back because I hurt worse and was more nauseated. A lot of people vomit as well, but I only did that once; all of my problem was bile diarrhea. I found that if I ate certain foods--like pizza (which is fatty, although I didn't make that connection at the time)--too late in the day, I tended to get sick at night. If you have the same problem, try eating your supper early... like at 4 or 4:30 in the afternoon, then eat low-fat snacks later that evening. That will give your guts time to get the food through before you lay down. (Of course I was in college when I was sick, so it was easier for me to eat that early, but you might want to try and make it work because it did help me some with the night attacks).

It took them 5 years before tests showed my gall bladder was bad. Mind you, me and everyone else in my family who had had a bad gall bladder knew that's what was wrong with me from the get-go. I always tell people to find a food that triggers an attack--like pizza or a 2-liter of coke--and consume it the night before their test to get it good and riled up so it will show-up. My first round of tests came back clear because I was not in the middle of a bad streak when they tested. If you have stones or sludge, they'll show up regardless, but if you have a functioning problem, like me, it may only show up when you're having a bad streak and may appear to be fine when you're not.

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   Posted 10/17/2005 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I too get this feeling usually about once a month or so. It doesn't really seem to come from certain foods, or drinks, it just seems to be the one day that my gut decides to let loose and pay me back for everything I did to it in the past :(
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