I really do totally believe that IBS and IBD's are somehow interrelated, maybe second cousins thrice removed. They are all part of the same ball of wax. Some get diagnosed with just IBS and have ups and downs with it for years and decades, never developing IBD, just as in some cases of IBD are worse than others, yo-yoing up and down for years and decades. IBS is a disease where you are having symptomatic problems but they can't find anything wrong. IBD's are when you are having problems and they can find something wrong so you can be diagnosed with it. Even though you can be diagnosed with IBS there are no tests for it and they just basically make up the disease if you are having problems but they don't know why and call it IBS. It is my opinion that if a cure for IBD is ever found, IBS will be cured also because I do believe it to be all part of the same family tree.
In my case I never had any bowel problems but then was eventually diagnosed with UC after a bout of broad spectrum antibiotic use - no mention was ever made of IBS whatsoever. After being treated for UC and getting better I was talking to my doctor about
continued symptoms, even though I was much improved. I actually mentioned IBS myself to him during the appointment as I had read that sometimes IBS makes you go to the bathroom immediately after or while eating and the doctor said that that was what he was thinking and wrote down in my chart a diagnosis of IBS. That's it. That's my diagnosis. Pulled it out of thin air. No tests. No nothing. One minute I have UC and UC only and the next minute I have come down with a totally new disease -IBS. IBS is a skapegoat diagnosis because they have absolutely no idea what it is, what causes it, no theories or anything. All they know is that if you are having problems and they can't figure out why then poof - you've got IBS. It's their way of saying sorry about
your luck but I can't help you with that. Obviously you and I both had IBD and since it has gotten a lot better but not completely then poof - we've now come down with a new disease. I still say it is a crock. I would continue trying to make your UC better, even if you have to think outside the GI's self imposed box, and poof - your IBS will go away. That's the path I am on and my "IBS" has gotten better.
Pentasa (500mg) 2 pills X 2; VSL 1 pill X 2; Prescrip Assist Probiotic 1 pill X 2; Lactobacillus Rhamnosus 1 pill X 2; Grape seed extract 400mg X 2; 1 Vitamin D3 5000 IU; DAO as needed due to dietary histamine intolerance
Gave me trouble: Robinul; Zymactive, Renew Life Probiotic 80 billion, Florastor
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