New user, and I would really like some advice

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/30/2007 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya, My husband is in the USAF and I am a Brit he was lucky to find along the way he he ; ) he and I are stationed in the middle East (Turkey) and as you can imagine food is some what interesting....
I try to stay away from local food even though it is very yummy due to the fact I seem to get sick the very day after and always seem to have to go on Antibiotics.
One of my problem are as follows.... I was diagnosed in 97 with IBS after our first miscarriage. In the UK they didn't back then seem to take the disorder very seriously and its "All in your head" kinda thing after a LONG time they put me on MEBEVERIN tablets 135mg, and Peppermint Oil capsules
I finally 4 years later when it got so bad then stationed in the States had a Barium Meal and scan with ultra sound and they said I'm a slow digester and have chronic IBS.
They tried some meds but i have a terrible fear of medications and did not take them!
NOW.... At times Its so bad I can't stand it but its WIND/GAS I fill up during the day by the evening i am 9 months pregnant and can not hardly walk, or move. I have had it so bad that from the top of my shoulders back and from all the way down to my lower back, once again back and front was hurting so bad i could hardly breath.
By morning it's gone!
I can not eat broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, bananas, oranges, any forms of Vit C, real Milk, cream, Ice cream ; ( and out me in from of chocolate and I wont pooh for a week! There are many more foods like spices of any kind and i mean ANY KIND although Garlic doesn't seem to both me in fact it help (Prob due to the digestion aid)
Anyhow the MILITARY Dr put me on Bentyl, which is the U.S version of Mebeverin which i had in England back in 98, and the other the MILITARY Dr here in Turkey just gave me is ZELNORM 6mg's....
What I am asking is (1) Do these symptoms sound like anyone else's? and (2) Is this medication any good for anyone?
I am falling apart here, stress is high as my Mother has cancer I really need help, please.

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   Posted 1/30/2007 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Peppermint is very good for calming the stomach but it will give more acid reflux. Since you are pregnant you are probably feeling this worse now. The fact taht you are not moving alot is probably also creating more gas. Once you deliver hopefully a lot of this will go away.

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   Posted 1/31/2007 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Turkey should afford you some really great choices in homemade yogurt. They probably even offer goat-milk yogurt, which would be better for you since you have problems with dairy. You may be lactose intolerant, but goat's milk has less lactose or different lactose than cow's milk and is easier on people with a lactose problem, plus the good bacteria in yogurt eat up almost all the lactose anyways, so most lactose-intolerant people can tolerate it. Anyways, the good bacteria in the yogurt may be the thing you need to quell the excess gas. It can take a while to work, so eat at least a cup everyday for three weeks before you give up on it. Given that you've been on antibiotics, a bacteria imbalance in your gut is probably the main, if not only, cause of your problems. The last antibiotics I was put on messed up my guts and it took three weeks of yogurt and acidophillus pills to straighten them back out.

Zelnorm is for constipation, although some doctors will give it for severe gas. Several people on here say that 6mg is way too much to start off with, and that you should cut them in half and only take 3mg a day until you get used to it, and then, only if you are still having problems, should you go up to the 6. It has some pretty severe side affects and some people can't adapt to it at all. But the people that get over that inital break in period find that it works really well on their constipation. It can lose its effect over time, but some people have found that, when it stops working, if you quit taking it for a few weeks, then start back, it becomes effective again.

Have you tried all the regular, over-the-counter remedies for constipation before? Prune juice, fiber, and aloe vera capsules are staples around here. Even if you only have gas, but not constipation, a small amount of those things may be enough to help keep your gas levels down. Also, there are the anti-gas pills like Gas-X and charcoal caps. You should be able to get any of these things through the base's pharmacy, or order them from an online pharmacy and have them shipped to you. Military addresses are supposed to be treated the same in terms of delivery and postage fees as in-states mail. You can also look at ordering acidophillus pills and other probiotics like Culturelle or Digestive Advantage. Try to get a package of each because certain people tolerate one or the other better. The main side effect is excess gas, but that usually goes away after a few days of use. I take mine at night, right before bed, so that I can sleep through the gassy part. Acidophillus used to make me really gassy, but I guess I've finally gotten used to it. Culturelle, though, is still so strong that it makes me gassy, even when I take it at bedtime. But it also keeps me from having diarrhea when I'm on antibiotics, so I put up with it, then switch to yogurt and acidophillus pills for two-three weeks afterwards.

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 2/23/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I am so sorry to hear that you are having so many problems. I know that during pregnancy, your choices for medications are limited. Have you tried Activia Yogurt? Im not sure if you can get it where you are or if you can tolerate it but it seems to help me a lot. I have also heard great things about digestive advantage (caplets, not chewable). I have not tried it as of yet, I am waiting for my free sample to arrive. I understand what you mean about medication fear. My doctor prescribed meds for me that I was scared to take. I finally took the levsid and it really seems to help I too was prescribed zelnorm, but after all I have heard about it decided not to try it. I tend to have anxiety when I get an attack so I know all about the fear and frustration. I am currently sufferring from a ruptured ear drum due to a sinus infection and am just hoping the antibiotics and decongestant dont' cause more problems.

I too can get a lot of gas. In fact I have it now. After the baby is born, try a heating pad. In fact I am fighting pain, gas and lots of gurling as we speak. The heat really does seem to help. I just need to buy a better heating pad, mine does not stay warm long. I wish you the best of luck with your pain and your new little one. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Always grateful for the blessings I do have!

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   Posted 2/24/2007 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Yet another consideration is problems with your gallbladder due to the pregnancy hormones thickening the bile secretions from your liver. I was amazed to learn of so many women who went in to deliver their babies and ended staying a few days longer for gallbladder surgery. It happened to my sister-in-law a couple of years ago after the birth of her second child. Symptoms were not relieved, and she had to stay in hospital yet a few more days for an ERCP to clear the sludge out of her bile ducts. After that, everything improved drastically.

When you mentioned the shoulder pain, that is also a big clue that your gallbladder is acting up. It might be worthwhile to ask your doc for an ultrasound at the very least to see if you have formed gallstones. Oh! And congrats on the pregnancy! :-)
Living in the Republic of Texas minus a gallbladder, appendix, uterus, and 18" of colon; but living with my wonderful husband, 2 dogs, 1 cockatiel, and 2 gold fish. 

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