Background: Diagnosed with IBS last fall after surgery. Fortunately, I have never really had horrible IBS symptoms...to the point that I wonder if I was diagnosed correctly. However, I have been to the doc twice and in the emergency room twice in the last 10 days. Felt like I had the flu. Doc prescribes doxycycline b/c he's not ruling out Lyme disease (I live in a heavily wooded area...lots of deer). Still feeling so horribly lousy that I land in emergency room where they find nothing in blood tests, urinalysis, etc.
Today, doc says that he still wants me to finish out the last two weeks of antibiotics even though the Lyme test came back negative b/c Lyme's apparently is nothing to mess with and a negative test means nothing. However, he thinks that the antibiotics are causing the upset stomach and that the antibiotics have caused a flair up of IBS. However, I cannot go off of the antibiotics. He has prescribed Bentyl for the D I am experiencing.
I guess my question is...has anybody every experienced anything like this with IBS? Can it make you feel so lousy that you feel like you have the perpetual flu? I am just trying to make it through each day at this point and get through the school year.
Thanks for all replies ahead of time :) Have a great weekend.