Suggestions for EARLY pain and D? Told it's IBS. How do I start? What do I do?

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/21/2007 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I have been suffering for 5 months. I wake up in the night (about 4am) from HORRIBLE stomach pains/cramps/spasms, so bad I cannot move. Then for the next hour I really feel like I have to go the bathroom (horrible pressure), but nothing happens. Then I get about an hour of D. Then I get the kids up and go to work!
I tried adjusting my diet and everything else the past 5 months. After losing about 35 pounds (in 5 months), exhausted, and in pain, I went to the hospital last week. I was there for a full week and they did blood tests, ultrasound, CT and colonoscopy. All negative. So they tell me it's IBS.  FRUSTRATING! confused
I have been reading a lot on this board - however I have still have some questions that hopefully some people will be kind enough to answer.
During the day I am OK - I don't have to run to the bathroom all the time, I just have lower pressure and lower back pain, and a burning in my stomach all day. This is bad of course, but the worst is the horrific pains in the night/early morning, along with the D.
Now I am just so confused as to how to start or what to do. I don't live in America, so the medications I mention are under different names, but my doctor gave me a few things, and said to try to see what works. The thing is, most of this stuff seems to be taken before eating or during the day - I need something to relax my belly during the night so I don't wake up in this unbearable pain. sad
Does anyone have suggestions of anything I can do to give me some relief? I am terrified to go to sleep, beause I know what my wake-up call will be! sad
I also haven't really been eating the past 3 weeks it's been so bad - just staying on Modulin (liquid food for IBD). I am meeting with a nutritionist this evening who deals with IBS/IBD diets.
Anyways, I was given:
1) "Spasmalgin" that contains Papaverine/Codine/Atropine Sulfate
2) "Colofac" that contains Mebeverine
3) My dr said if this doesn't work, to try "Nirvaxal"
3) "Colpermin" (www .Colpermin .com)
I also have Immodium, psyllium fiber, mint and Chamomile tea. But not sure how to use any of this stuff.
I was also told an antidepressent, such as Elavil might help (this is a Tricyclic antidepressants as opposed to an SSRI that I understand causes C).  Any opinions?
I know there is no magic answer, or this board would not exist - but any suggestions?
Many many many thanks!

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/21/2007 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
An antidepressant may help as it works on the Seratonin in the gut wher there is more than in your brain. It has helped some people. My friend was helped with Paxil. She had no apparant depression so hesitated but when all else failed she tried it and has seldom a problem anymore. She says it is a miracle for her.
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