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   Posted 6/24/2007 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Once you have IBS can it go away for a few years and then reappear?
When I was in my late 30's I had a lot of bowel related problems the drs put me through several tests and told me I had IBS and told me to change my diet and take metamucil daily well I did this and about a year later all symptoms disappeared and now I am having alot of trouble with my bowels again along with severe muscle and joint pain and swelling..I have extreme trouble getting up and down from sitting positions, I have a walker and a cane I tend to use the cane more to stubborn to admit I need the symptoms are to many I am beginning a journal for my 1st rheumy appt July 26 I am even listing things from the past that have come and gone....Well I'd be interested in anyones opinion or experiences......

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   Posted 6/24/2007 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes, I was diagnosed with IBS some 18 years ago and after a period of time it went away. It was so long ago that I don't remember the details, but I do know that it has come and gone. I haven't had any problems resembling IBS for over three years. It was three years ago that I started on plaquenil, and the side effects for the first three months or so reminded me of IBS, although they were only side effects of the drug. It's late and I'm half out of it so I may not be making much sense.

Is it possible that what you're experiencing is the lupus attacking your intestines and bowels? You are so smart to be journaling for your rheumy's appointment. It will help the doctor so much in his or her attempt to reach a diagnosis.

Let's just hope your IBS follows the same path mine did and goes away.

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   Posted 6/24/2007 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you pat for taking the time to respond ti my IBS inquiry.....

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   Posted 6/24/2007 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sheryl,

There are two similar sounding diagnoses. IBS is Irritable Bowel Syndrome . . . but there is also Inflammatory Bowel. If you look up inflammatory bowel, it is an auto-immune attack on the lower bowel. I do have bouts of that myself and it is painful and nasty. Anti-inflams (even ibubrofen) are very helpful. I rest too, as that helps to lessen the inflamation and the auto-immune attack.

Its good you are keeping a journal. It might be helpful to your docs. Makes sure you are specific about the type of pain you are having. What makes it worse/better. Is it pain or ache. ect.

I hope this helps.

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   Posted 6/24/2007 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sheryl,
   I agree that keeping a journal is a great idea. I had bouts of IBS for several years before I developed diverticulosis and had to hospital stays with diverticulitis. Make sure the docs keep a close eye on this and do regular tests to stay on top of things.
   Hang in there and keep us updated. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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