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   Posted 2/25/2007 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,  Well just got back from my Cleveland Clinic Visit.. All I have to say is if anyone needs a wonderful place to go for gi problems go to the Cleveland Clinic.. They are so caring and great..  I think you all know my story.. I am 42 years old and have had stomach issues for 20 years.. Really bad the last 10.  I have had 6 surgeries 4 laporscopies, hysterectomy, gallbladder appendix and ahdehsion removal and I still have pain and IBS..  Well I went to the Cleveland CLinic confinced that I have Chrons dis.. I gave them all my records including my egd,colonoscopy,ct scan.. The doctor talked with me for over an hour he was very detailed about every sympton that I have.. At the end of the visit he asked me so what do you think you have.. I told him I think I have Chrons dis.. He said he is 98% sure I don't... I started crying..  He told me I really don't want to have chrons dis.. I said I know but I want a answer.. He said IBS is looked at very different now.. It is a dx..  It can be diblitating.. He understands my pain and it is REAL!!!!!  I am going to have more tests done there I will let you know how they go.. He also told me to try remoran.. It is a antidepresant that they are using for IBS.. Is anyone else on it???  It is kind of new.. He said it tarkets the serantonin that you need, but without all the side effects like with the SSRIs like Zoloft,paxil and so on..  Also it helps you sleep.. Sounds like a good drug!! haha  Anyway thanks for all the support.. I will let you know!!!


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   Posted 2/26/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ryleigh,

You should be pleased you don't have crohns - its not pleasant. My step-mum has suffered from it since she was 18 and gets incredibly poorly. IBS is seen differently now and doctors are much more understanding of its debilitating nature.
Anti depressants can help with IBS as stress and anxiety make bowel probs much worse. Remeron is taken at night so it can help you to sleep. I take effexor myself but if you post in the depression or anxiety forum Im sure you ll find many people who take remeron.

It is good that you have found a supportive doctor and I do hope the further tests go well. I do feel for you as severe IBS symptoms can be awful and I have 2 friends - one with IBS and the other with UC and the friend with IBS actually suffers more than the friend with UC. The pain is real hun.

Hope you get on ok with the remeron.

Take care

Victoria x

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   Posted 2/26/2007 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey ryleigh,
Good news!  Like Victoria said, you don't want to have IBD.  Although I do understand what it is like to not have answers.  Sometimes you almost wish they would find something so that your horrible feelings and symptoms are vindicated.  You're very lucky to have gone to the Cleveland Clinc... that and the Mayo Clinic are supposed to be a couple of the best in the country.
I have not tried any anti-depressants for my IBS.  I wouldn't be opposed to it though.  There is a lot of research that shows how beneficial they are for IBSers.  I think many of us are natural born stressers... maybe there is a connection to IBS and tense people.  confused
Good luck!
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   Posted 2/26/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,  Thank you so much..  I will check on the depression forum..


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