did you have IBS before UC?

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   Posted 4/11/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
For some reason, today I was wondering how many of us got diagnosed with IBS prior to getting diagnosed with UC? I had IBS for years, supposedly, before getting UC..... Now I wonder if really I had UC all along.....

by the way, if you haven't tried rectal meds yet, I highly recommended them. I went from talk of remicade to eating M&Ms for breakfast. they have completely changed my life and given me remission. Here's hoping I don't jinx myself by saying that.... but, I didn't take them seriously because I figured they couldn't help pancolitis, so I wanted to reiterate how great they are for any of you who haven't tried them....

anyway, back to my original question - did you have IBS before UC? If so, how long between the diagnosis of IBS and UC?
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   Posted 4/11/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I had IBS before UC. I developed IBS around 1995 and UC in 2005
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   Posted 4/11/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I didn't.
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   Posted 4/11/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
In your posts you often mention junk food. It's never a good idea for anyone with IBD to eat M&Ms, etc. instead of a nutritionally balanced meal. No matter if they're in remission or not. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 4/11/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I was first diagnosed with IBS -- 2 years before I was diagnosed with UC.  My view on it is that it was a misdiagnosis. 

I was seeing a terrible GI who just kept telling me I was stressed out because I was in law school and then because I was studying for the bar exam.  He did one colonoscopy during this time but didn't take any biopsies.  During those two years, my symptoms progressively got worse and worse.  When the bleeding started, I decided to go to a GI (my current GI) at the Cleveland Clinic.  He diagnosed me with UC in two weeks. 

Once we got my UC under control, I have never experienced any IBS issues.  So, I maintain only a UC diagnosis today.  I think the first GI just generalized my symptoms and tossed out an IBS diagnosis.

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   Posted 4/11/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
No, absolutely normal crap eating college kid at the time. If I could go back then with the education I have now, I could have probably avoided this.
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   Posted 4/11/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom has IBS (dx'd by c-scope and the usual rule-outs when I was a child) and I'm sure I had touches of it before my IBD dx. However, I haven't been dx'd with IBS before or since. I do though notice some symptoms that I claim are IBS... Wishful thinking? Could be :)

I know that "junk" food isn't a wonderful idea - however, I'll have my M&Ms too. What good is eating if you can't have an indulgence now and then? With my issues, fruit and veges can be an indulgence. Balance and moderation are key :)
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   Posted 4/12/2008 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure I did....but we don't really know how long mild inflammation simmers in the rectum/colon, and we usually aren't checked until the most obvious symptoms are presenting.

I did have urgency with diarrhea at times, but more normal for me to have constipation irregular bms.

I did have bouts of gastro bug diarrhea (obvious) with the smelly mucus for a while afterward.

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   Posted 4/12/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Growing up I have always had problems with constipation....always....
i have always eaten lots of fibre, drank lots of water and ate lots of fruits and veggies, but still got UC.
i think it's due to the fact that i have always had problems with constipation and stress plays a major role too, in my opinion.
i still eat enough fibre, but not too much as most of my colon is gone, but i do have a very healthy appetite and i eat everything, as i have eaten before, in moderation (small bits of everything) so i do enjoy a burger or fried chicken so now and then, i just don't make a habit of it.

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   Posted 4/12/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never been truly diagnosed with it but I've been having problems since 7th grade including lactose intolerance.
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   Posted 4/12/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I was never diagnosed with IBS, but I know I would have it on occasion. As I aged, it came more frequently. Then in the 5 years prior to the UC, I would have a bout of IBS twice a year after extremely stressful situations, (cub scout day camp & Christmas) The episodes would last about 1 month, then it became 2 months in duration.

Then finally one year after Christmas, I thought I had IBS again, but it never went away. My dh finally convinced me to see the doctor. Sure enought I now had UC.

My dad had UC for years. His dad had some form of digestive disease, just don't remember what.

So you can't tell me it doesn't run in the family.
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   Posted 4/12/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had a symptom in my life.  Once a day, perfectly normal, never a problem.  All of a sudden, UC.  Now perfectly normal is a lot different :).

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   Posted 4/12/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was never diagnosed with IBS but I did have lose stools in the morning but it never affected my life really - now my doctor says I might because I told him what I eat seems to affect my stools but it is hard to tell as the signs are so similar.
Jessica 26/F On Entorcout again...
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