I have had this IBS x 4 yrs now. Back and forth between diarrhea and constipation with bloating for awhile now. My pain has gotten unreal in my upper abdomen all the time, but when the diarrhea and spasms come on the abd pain is all over. Then the nausea increases, then I feel like I am just going to die..... I break out into a sweat (all this while in bathroom), and go and go and go...... Then afterwards, I have cold chills and just feel awful. I haven't been able to eat hardly anything in weeks and I have lost weight about
10 lbs. I get sick when I eat. I have only vomitted once or twice, but diarrhea can be up to 13 times a day.
So today I had my GI visit with my new GI doc. I did see him once last year and should have stayed there, but lost my insurance, so I didn't. At that time, I was so constipated and distended that nothing was working to get me going. Finally, Fleets Phosphorus Sodium by mouth worked. He wanted to do a colonoscopy, but when it came time to do it, I had lost my job due to this IBS flare-up and didn't have any insurance. So, I didn't go. (Oh well, now I did).
So today he gives me an antibiotic - Xifaxan (rifaximin) tabs to take 3 x / day x 10 days. Then after that I am to start a Probiotic, which he gave me. He thinks this antibiotic might just help and if this is what it is, then my abd pain and everything should be soooooooo much better he said.
Has anyone elese here been sick for a long time and not had much luck with meds helping?
some of my meds help, don't get me wrong, but I always, always have this pain.
Has anyone elese tried this antibiotic?
I know a lot of people on here talk about the probiotics and I hope they will help me.
Thanks in advance for any information you could share with me.
I am so tierd of being sick.
severe post-infectious ibs d x 4 yrs alternating now w/ibs c; gerd; hx of c-diff; some type of myalgia; migraines, anxiety, depression, ptsd; endometriosis; gallbladder removed; liver adenoma removed; multiple hospitilizations for abd pain; hysterectomy + adhesion removal; meds: darvocett, cymbalta, mobic, vivelle patch, as needed= xanax, clonopin, maxalt, phenergan, levosin, amitiza & restoril.