Hi, I am Sabre1's wife, I'd just like to thank all of you for responding, I knew he would get support here, as I too use a forum regarding my back surgeries. Anyway, my husband is regarded as a "case study". His health and records have been brought up numerous times in New York while his physician attended meeting there. He is considered one of the worst cases of severe IBS. He has also had liver and pancreas problems as a result of his severe IBS, that have almost killed him. I don't know how many times we have been to the emergency room in the past ( he refuses to go now,after so many doctors) with jaundice and excruciating pain. His pain ranges from under his ribcage, and all quadrants of the stomach region. along with lower back pain. Yes, he does have diahhrea but the docs diagnos him with IBS-A. Mainly IBS-C. He has had multiple surgeries, and has been thru every test imaginable more than once. His IBS literally controls every aspect of his life. We've done all the journaling, the food, the activities (triggers), he's been to dieticians, everything, nothing "really" helps him. And it's true, one medication for relief in one area creates a problem in another. He hasn't seen the light at the end of the tunnel for years and wonder if he ever will. I've seen him spend almost an entire day in the bathroom. Diahhrea, then constipation, it's like having constipated diahhrea if that makes any sense. Keep posting, as he is amazed over all the responses., I encourage him to continue reading, and he has a few posts to reply to as a few of them sound like his identical twins! He has taken all the metmucil type meds, the digestive advantage, prescribed meds and over the counter. He has been on amitriptyline for years but recently stopped taking the drug due to it's lack of response in his body. He really isn't on much these days, Amitiza is one, compazine for the nausea ( which we are trying to "change" to something stronger), a powder that he mixes in with water twice a day (it's supposed to help him go with out all the other side effects of other laxatives), and percoset for the excruciating "attacks" he gets occaisionally and would rather feel some relief then and pay the consequences later. He is also on disability and was told by "their doctors" that he is Type A typical addison's disease. He's been diagnosed with everything possible, chrons, lupus, are the more familiar ones. In the beginning it was a "nervous stomach" at age 10. Nervous stomach, oversensitive "insides", spastic colon. Like I said he's been on every medicine you can think of. But when the docs run the tests to confirm their diagnosis, everything comes back false. So as you can see, he is fed up with doctors, fed up with his health. He is curious as to who else is out there and what they are taking for meds, etc, how they live their lives, how they survive. He needs someone to talk to, and I don't mean a shrink, we tried that, that didn't work either. But he does take meds presribed from a shrink to help control his mind from constantly running, worrying, anxiety and stress, as we all know that these things are triggers for IBS too. Well that's about
all I have to say right now. Thankyou all for your responses. don't make it an argument over whether this could be happening or not. With this I mean the argument of diahhrea vs. constipation. It is not as simple as saying he has one or the other, he has both, how does one deal with that all their life? his loving wife and caretaker.