"Let the Mind Help Tame an Irritable Bowel"

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   Posted 9/6/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
A New York Times article on the mind-body connection in IBS:
I thought some of you may be interested, even though it doesn't specifically mention UC.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

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   Posted 9/6/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
In my opinion everyone with IBD has IBS and IBD is a chronic form of IBS where the the tract actually gets inflammed.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Mesalazine Suppository at night.

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 9/6/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Well said, LondonRed.
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08, IBS September '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML morning, Cortenama 100 ML night, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise:  Avoiding trigger foods.  Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (finally showing improvement)

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   Posted 9/6/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
They're both separate entities....IBS has no inflammation and IBD is not a form of it.
I don't know, however, if having chronic IBS could trigger the autoimmune system (for those who are prone that is) to become hypervigilent therefore causing UC.

One doesn't become the other, but coinciding with each other is defintely difficult to determine what's happening when.

The psychological aspect is a for some is definitely an obvious connection.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 9/6/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
What my GI explained to me when he DX me on top of CD (which I had already had for 12yrs at that time) with IBS as well was, it was not uncommon for IBDers to also end up developing IBS especially those IBDers who have frequent and/or long term flares from their IBD, that IBS was more then reasonable to factor in as well since afterall, for those who have prolonged IBD flares and/or frequent IBD flares, it stands to reason that you're at a high risk of also developing an irritable bowel as well...with him being a top lead researcher for crohn's and colitis in Canada I feel confident in his reasoning even though many GI's would disagree with him, they may very well not be as experianced (or even open-minded enough) as him.

And yes, it's been long confirmed that they are 2 totally seperate entities, which is another reason why it's not impossible to have both conditions, it's like saying a person cannot have both MS and cancer, just because IBS and IBD have some similarities does not mean they cannot coincide together...my veiw of having both IBD and IBS as my GI believes I do is, same crap, different pile...BTW, at the same time he DX as also having IBS along with crohn's, he tested me for lactose intolerance of which the results came back positive...and I was severely lactose intolerant (thank gawd for the probiotics I take which has cleared that issue up for me) but just goes to show, one person (or thousands) can have IBD, IBS and lactose intolerance all at the same time.


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 9/6/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband has mild IBS for over 30 years but he doesn't have IBD.
I have IBD but I don't have IBS symptoms. Basically I can eat whatever I want and I don't have the urge to go after eating. I have no problem with lactose either. I eat ice-cream to gain weight.
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare till the present.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema/suppository, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 3/day, Azathioprine 75 mg. Warfarin for my Deep Vein Thrombosis which resulted from diarrheas and dehydration in Feb 2008.
Supplements: Probiotics, Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C and psyllium capsule (Metamucil)

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