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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/9/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I'm not even certain that what I have is IBS, i'm going for the latest test in a week, a barium meal follow through.
I'm 36 and my symptoms started 18 months ago with weight loss due to nausea and my stomach just felt incredibly huge every time I ate. The only way to feel normal was not to eat, hence the weight loss.
Right now I'm living off very limited foods although I have managed to regain some weight but eating has become such a major issue particularly as my family have been very unsupportive and treat me like I'm insane.
I just feel like my insides turn to lead and nothing moves. I take laxatives daily and they do seem to help but nothing stops this "full" feeling.
If I don't eat enough the gurgling and indigestion is awful. If I eat too much it's nausea and swelling like you wouldn't believe.
When it's really bad an "episode" lasts for about a week. I feel nauseated at first, for a day or two. Then my stomach swells so much that my ribs hurt and I'm so tired and miserable. My clothes won't even fasten and I have to hide in baggy clothes. This is followed with pain if anything "moves" in my intestines. Finally for the last couple of days my stomach is so sore as if I've been kicked by a horse.
All tests so far have revealed nothing and my doctor is so uninterested.
It has had a profound affect on my marriage and I now hate social occasions that involve food.
18 months ago I could have eaten fish and chips like the best of em! :-)
Now I'm so scared and worried about what I eat.
Any thoughts or advice would really be appreciated as I don't even know if this is IBS, I just wish I knew some answers. confused
Wishing you all well, Lillies x

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   Posted 4/9/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Lillies, welcome to the boards...sorry you're feeling like you've been kicked by a horse!  That's a pretty apt description for many people's pain on this particular forum, so you're not alone. 

What other tests have you had besides a barium meal?  Do you take any medications?  Any particularly stressful events that occurred in the past 18 months?  What kind of foods can you eat? 

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   Posted 4/9/2007 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lillies,
Another Welcome to HealingWell from me too! :-)
In addition to any stressful events in the last 18 months, have you had any surgeries, stomach flu, food poisoning, or gotten on any medication?
Do you take any supplements like fiber or probiotics?
Hope to hear from you soon...
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   Posted 4/9/2007 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes probiotics--good bacteria found in pill form or even just yogurt--can help with the bloating feeling. Even better would be to get a breathalyzer test to see if you have a bacterial overgrowth, but I don't if that's available in the UK yet or not. Sometimes you can get a doctor to treat you with a round or two of antibiotics anyways, just to see if it helps. If you have a bacterial overgrowth problem, the antiobitics will help. If you go on the probiotics at the same time and keep them up for a while afterwards, you can sometimes get the upper hand and reclaim your intestines. Taking just the probiotics alone, though, doesn't make as big an impact and it can take forever--if ever--to get back on track.

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   Posted 4/9/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
What you describe sounds like blocked gas. Have you taken some of the gas relief things. When I get something like that I take one Dulcolax. It won't work right away and it never gets me running to bathroom but it seems to starte the process to get the gas out. I also take gas products like Gas-Z, Mylanta or Pepto to get things moving. Sounds like excessive gas that is basically and slowly moving thru your system. You are obviously not digesting food properly. Have you been tested for H. pylori. In the meantime try the probiotics. If something throws my stomach off it can be months before it is right again or was. Now I take the Acidophalous and it gets back in balance fairly quickly.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/10/2007 1:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone thanks for the welcome and all the advice. :-)

Initially my GP referred me to a specialist ( who's fairly useless, very uncaring!) and the first test was H pylori which was negative. I've had blood tests, ultrasound and endoscopy which were also clear.

All this did begin at a very stressful time in my life and I know stress can really make it worse so I do take steps to get some relaxation every day and excersise can really help although I've broken a rib at the mo so I haven't been able to excersise. confused

The vast majority of what I eat is cup soups, cottage cheese, crispbread, chicken and tinned carrots. Not a healthy balance I know!

I just don't know what else to eat though. I crave bread but it really doesn't seem to do me much good at all. Red meat, fatty foods and certain vegetables are an absoloute no no.

I have been trying the probiotic yogurts but they didn't seem to help.

I have tried "windeze" for the gas but it doesn't help and to be honest I find the whole area rather embarrassing. I guess gas is quite a problem as my stomach has it's own orchestra these days!

The specialist did prescribe anti depressants but I read online that this particular brand caused constipation, boy do I not need that, so I chose not to take them. He then went on to prescribe a laxative, Movicol, but I'd prefer the dulcolax which I know will do the job.

Most of the time I just don't need the toilet unless I take a laxative, sometimes I can't get there quick enough.

It's great to be among people who understand, my family misunderstood and decided I'd developed anorexia or something. There is a huge difference between can't eat and won't eat though.

Hope you are all well, Lillies x

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