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   Posted 10/23/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone out there have alot of weight loss with their IBS? Some sites say yes and some say no. So I'm really confused.

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   Posted 10/23/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Any significant weight loss (~10% of your body weight; so if you're 150 pounds, anything more than 10-15 pounds, as an example) should be investigated by your physician.  It might turn out to be something benign, but it's a "red flag" sign.  IBS can cause weight loss in some people simply because people get nervous about eating, since that will tend to hasten trips to the bathroom.  So people don't eat as much (either consciously or unconsciously) and they lose weight.  Either way, a food diary, complete with your total caloric intake recorded on there, might be helpful for your doctor.  Hope that helps.

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   Posted 10/24/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I was originally 166 pounds on August 26th. I am now down to 137.5. That is a significant amount if you ask me. I've been thoroughly looked over. I've had Endoscopy/Colonoscopy. MRI Brain Scan, CT Scan Abdominal to pelvis. Ultrasounds. Mammogram. Blood test. All that was found was chronic inflammation in upper stomach, a few benign polyps removed.
Spasming colon, a small cyst on rt ovary, a simple cyst left kidney.
I was diagnosed by gastro as IBS. I have terrible Nausea, acid, gas, bloating(feels like a powder keg in there) These things have definitely affected my appetite. I am keeping a journal and know on some days I don't make 1200 calories. The doctor has talked to me about the brain /gut conection and the anxiety profile that can go along with IBS. I fit most of the profile.

Now I'm constipated and this scares me. I feel like i have to go but try and don't. Please help! Any advice on diet,medications, ways to combat nausea, anxiety helpful. I feel like I'm in a spiral.
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