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   Posted 6/6/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   



This must be one of the hardest ailments to diagnose. My daughter, 21 years old, has had severe stomach pain on and off for 6 years. Here is a snapshot of things done over the years:


Doctor says:

Lactose intolerant (So she stays away from dairy)

Food allergies (she stays away from certain foods)

Upper GI Tests OK

X-rays and CAT Scan OK

Colonoscopy OK

Gallbladder removed (Dr said Gallbladder was in bad shape)

Stomach continue….

Dr. Says it may take a year for her body to get used to working w/o GB

2 years after surgery…still has same issues

Go to Dr. at Northwestern in Chicago

Dr. prescribes mild antidepressant for , “nervous stomach”

Stomach issues slow down


After 7 months on mild antidepressants, we take her off drug

Stomach is OK for a while

Several months pass and she gets pain attacks that double her over, cause her to sweat and shake

Pain goes away, stomach hurts for a couple of days apparently due to muscle convulsions


She is religious with her attention to food intake and type, but it seems that there is no pattern to what she eats and when the attacks come. Yesterday she was at work doing what she loves, student teaching when an attack came. She had to go home to get relief.


Diarrhea is also a symptom. She tries to belch to relieve pain. Her stomach gets bloated feeling. Sometimes the pain radiates to her side and back.


We are getting ready to go through another round of Dr. visits. It seems that the symptoms are being treated but we never get to the cause.

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   Posted 6/6/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi JFC, Welcome to Healing Well :-)

I'm sorry that your daughter is having so many problems. I agree that another round of dr visits, although unpleasant, is a good idea. Unfortunately, there is no cure for IBS so all we can do is treat the symptoms. For some, diet change is good enough but for others it may take long term medication management. Has she tried antispasmodics for the pains that she gets? There are some out there that are sublingual (go under the tongue) so they are faster acting. I take one like that and am relieved from the pain within a couple of minutes. I don't need them everday but take them along for insurance. I hope that these tests come out okay and that a doctor can help her maintain a better quality of life than what is she going through right now.

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   Posted 6/6/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)

I didn't see you mention probiotics... Does your daughter take them? Have you seen the advertisements for Dannon Activia yogurt? I wonder if your daughter might be helped by this.
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   Posted 6/6/2007 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   


I'm a 27 y/o/f.  I can relate to your daughters condition.  I can't say that I have as much "pain" as you describe...but I do know what she is going though and totally understand how FRUSTRATING and tiring it can be.  I have had chronic diarrhea for about a year and a half now.  I deal with it everyday.  I also developed GERD through all of this.  I've been through the ringer with tests...colonoscopy, EGD, hidascan, barium x-raus, ultrasounds, CT name it.  I've even went to a homeopathic Dr. for relief...believe it or not, I found the best relief there.  Something to think about anyway.  Everybody is different.  Anyway, after all of these tests, I get a fabulous Dx of IBS-D.  Pretty much...I've had to learn to live with it, and I can honestly say that it is very hard to do.  Just listen to your daughter if she wants to talk about it, understand that it is frustrating, and she will be okay...just hang in there!  This site has wonderful support and advice.



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