Just diagnosed - please help!

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   Posted 1/17/2006 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am (was) a healthy 33 yr old male.  Athletic, la la la, etc.  Around Thanksgiving I had an EXTREMELY stressful period & began having IBS symptoms (not knowing what was going on).  Tons of gas, bloating - diarrhea & constipation several times in the same day.  What the H?  Coincidentally, I had taken a colon cleanser around the same time, so I obviously thought that was the cause.  Now 2 months later, the lower GI came back clean, the Bentyl helps some with the cramping & urgency, I've been on the probiotics for just 3-4 days (which cause more gas, resulting in more cramps & urgency), and my doc says just take the Bentyl for a month, try some stress relief techniques, and everything will go away.  I'm to the point where my quality of life has gone down so much that I don't think it'll ever be the same - and that ain't helping the stress level!  Any input will be appreciated.  Also, I had a theory that the colon cleanser was a catalyst by stripping/robbing me of enzymes/bacteria.  HELP!

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   Posted 1/18/2006 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeff,
Welcome to Healing Well!!
It sounds like this is really taking its toll on you and I can relate. It will seem overwhelming for awhile because its all new to you and you haven't realized your triggers yet however it WILL get better. Once you learn what types of foods to avoid, when not to eat certain foods, etc. you will be able to control your symptoms a bit better. Colon cleansing has been brought up many times however it has been a very controversy topic here. Did you discuss this with your doctor to ask what the case could be? Sometimes people will be borderline and something will set them into full IBS mode. This could be the case. If the Bentyl is not working, I would ask your doctor if you can possibly try another antispasmodic. There are many out there and they don't all work the same for everyone. I hope this helps a little. Please excuse me if the post doesn't make much sense. I blame it on the theraflu and dayquil LOL. I'm sure someone will be by shortly to give you some more info.
Take care and keep posting :)
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   Posted 1/18/2006 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Im 17 and had the same reaction as you. i walk home from college everyday which takes about an hour and ive always done lots of dancing etc to keep active. i couldn't understand why i was suddenly having problems especially when they seemed to be linked with my diet which hasn't undergone any drastic changes.
i tried the probiotic yoghurts etc but that only made it worse because of the dairy.
at the moment i find the best way to contol my constant flipping between IBS-C and D is to eat plenty of fruit like bananas (but staying away from pears and citrus fruit as that tends to make the symptoms worse)and eat rye crackers or cerials full of fibre (but again with rice milk or soya instead of dairy and avoiding wheat).
i'm with you on the stress levels too. im currently sorting out university applications and doing A-level exams as well as dealing with a recent loss in the family. having IBS gets me very panicy in public now and i struggle to even catch a bus with other people but im getting better.
when im having an ok day with IBS i find listening to my mp3 player helps me calm down and block out any panicy feelings.
i hope you find some answers soon and dont think your quality of life will never be the same, theres always an answer somewhere.
good luck!

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   Posted 1/18/2006 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I know how IBS can cause stress. When I went to see my g.i. my blood pressure was slightly elevated but the nurse brushed that off as probably being white-coat syndrome. But I've never had that before and normally my blood pressure is on the low side of normal. I think it was the daily diarrhea driving it up. When I got my blood pressure checked at a different dr's appt last month (after I had been normal for several months in a row), it was back to being on the low side of normal. So I definitely think that IBS is a self-perpetuating cycle and that it can drive up your blood pressure and stress levels.

The probitiocs aren't a bad idea, but you will need some time to get adjusted to them. People who have been on them here for a while say that they adjust and they quit giving them gas. I have found, too, that high doses of acidophillus gives me extra gas, whereas Digestive Advantage and yogurt do not. You may need to switch products and see if you find a good bacteria balance that better suits you. Unfortunately with us, everything is trial and error. Since this came on for you during a difficult period, I certainly think yoga or something of that like would probably help you some by lowering your stress, blood pressure, etc.

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   Posted 1/18/2006 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I just wanted to WELCOME you as well. :-)
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that yes, it might be a possibility that the colon cleansing put you over the edge. As dbab mentioned, it is a controversial topic on this site, however it has been said by a number of doctors that they should not be done. I'm not saying you were wrong to do it, just that is it is a questionable procedure. The argument against doing the cleanse is that it is not natural and infact does strip away your body's natural flora (like you mentioned). We need a balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria to have proper digestion - those of us with IBS can't seem to find that happy medium.
Like Keri mentioned, probiotics are GREAT to take. See if you can find one that agrees with you and take it regularly. You will see a difference after about 2 weeks.
Take care.
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