IBS-D syptoms increased after colonoscopy

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   Posted 9/17/2007 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm just wondering if anybody else has had their symptoms of IBS-D increase following a colonoscopy? My D has increased following the proceedure about 3 weeks ago. Nothing of any "interest" was found but now I am suffering for more frequent BM's and much more watery BM's. If anybody else has experienced this I would apprieciate knowing. Cheers from Australia.
Ibs-d, bulging disc's with chronic pain, depression and anixiety

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   Posted 9/17/2007 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi mitzi,
I don't know if my post about this is still here or not. I had a colonoscopy last June and I felt awful for several months. I had almost continuous nausea, dizziness and increased diarrhea. After a million tests and everything was normal, it finally went away after about 2 months. When I initially called my GI doc, he told me to take a good probiotic and eat lots of yogurt. That's what I did, but it still took awhile to reestablish things.
Look for a protbiotic that has several different strains in it. He suggested "FloraQ", which is pretty expensive. I took that and when that ran out, I took one put out by "NOW" called 4x6 acidophilus.
Also, for me, the yogurt called Activia would actually constipate me, so that helped with the diarrhea.
I'm curious.....what drug did you use to clean you out, and what drink did you use to mix it with?
I couldn't believe how much that clean-up messed me up! Good luck to you.

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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, occasionally people can become worse after a colonscopy. As Canyon says, that's often because all of your good bacteria got flushed out and now things are getting digested properly. An antibiotic pill can help, or yogurt. The Activa is a type of Dannon yogurt that carries more than the usual amount of good bacteria in it. I've also found that organic yogurts tend to have better bacteria strains than the cheaper kind. The added benefit of yogurt--if you're not very lactose intolerant--is the calcium in it: calcium absorbs excess water in the colon and helps stop D that way too.

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   Posted 9/18/2007 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou to those that replied!!! I will try your suggestions. Its just helpful to know others understand the issues. I cant remember the name of the awful "stuff" used to flush me out, but I will find out. Once again thanks for the help...I will try the probiotics, but not sure if I can find the same brands here "down under".

survivor K
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   Posted 7/11/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had three colonscopies however the last one (recently) they took a slice for a biopsy due to my IBS.
 Prior to that, I haven't had much of a problem as I use Probiotics (called PB8 by Nutrition Now) for years and I use Dannons carb control (low sugar) yogurt as I am in remission from cancer and I have learned cancer feeds off of sugar and most yogurt is loaded with sugar.
I also know that probiotics do not work wihout yogurt You can order PB8 online cheap.
Until this time, I have professed having a necessary colonscopy causes no problems but I am in so much pain and stress due to spasms in the gut, now I have certainly changed my mind.
I used Miralax and Ducolax which was nowhere near as brutal as that crap they made you mix in the gallon jar and drink continually.
I have resulted in using ativan to calm the spasms down but don't like tranquilizers so hope it settles within 3 days.
Calling the doctor is just a office visit charge and no more than I am doing.
Anymore advise will be welcomed. mad

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   Posted 7/13/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh no. Are there non-dairy alternatives to yoghurt? Or do pro-biotics work just as well? (lactose intolerant)

I hope you feel better soon, OP and everyone else. :(

survivor K
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   Posted 7/13/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
My Naturopath has insisted that the probiotics do not work without yogurt.
He has helped me rebuild my cheom and radiation body and I believe they (naturopath's) are so much more savvy that MD's who spent their educaiton into treatment of symptoms and naturopaths treat causes. Makes more sense to me.
Surely if you look at health food stores or ask personnel they can help you with your alternative for lactose intolerant. remember.........probiotics must be used with yogurt.
Good Luck wink
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