Stopping indigestion w/ Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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jimmyppage98
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   Posted 9/23/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome -Constipation.  I am on Amitiza (laxative for constipation) and up til a week ago I was doing really well.  I had a bowel movement everyday and usually a decent amount.  But I ate a very bready dinner which I think locked me up and the next night I might of gotten some bad food.  The next day, I had diarrea and very instense pain in the intensines.  Ever since, I have not been the same.  I have had a bowel movement almost everyday  BUT they are small and I am really straining unlike before.  My symptoms seem to be getting worse.  I think because I am backed up I am getting acid reflux and perhaps I have indigestion which is making me very sick.  Stomach aches a lot and everytime I eat or even drink anything including water I get a bitter taste in my mouth, durping and stomach discomfort.  I am assuming that is indigestion either do to IBS, not defecating as much as I should or reflux from IBS or acid in my stomach from taking too many supplements last week because I was coming off a cold.
 
I do not have GERD unless I have constipation
 
How do you get rid of indigestion?  I was thinking of taking an antacid
 
I am going to take miralax in combination w/ the amitiza in an attempt to increase my bowel movements to get rid of the indigestion / reflux.
 
Any thoughts.
 
Its very frustrating and horrifying going from the dumpsters of hell like I was when I found out I had IBS to living a decent life and now back to misery.
 
 
Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Mom2sophia
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   Posted 9/23/2007 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   

I am assuming you aren't taking a ppi or anything.  I have colonic inertia (was IBS-constipation) and I can sympathize with the GERD due to constipation.  When I am really backed up my reflux gets worse.  First I hope you are ok from whatever made you sick.  Maybe try some Pepcid AC...I am allergic to it but I hear it does wonders for others.  Or try Prilosec OTC and see if that helps.  If you are still having problems, then I would see your GI.  I hope the Miralax/Amitiza combo gets you back to regularity.  Both don't work for me.

Did you experience nausea with the Amitiza at first?


jimmyppage98
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   Posted 9/24/2007 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate your advice! I am taking pepsid and it is helping.  My indigestion is solely from constipation.  I started miralax yesterday too.  I hope the combo works. 
 
When I started taking the amitiza it did make me nauseous.  The doctor told me to take it after I eat 2/3 of my meal and that will help and to be patient and it usually dispates in 3 days.  I still have some nausea occasionally and it usually only lasts for 30 min after taking the med and goes away.  Small price to pay to be regular.   I found when I get nauseated to get something small or even drink ice tea and it helps and it will go away. 
 
How do you keep regular and limit the constipation.
 
 

Mom2sophia
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   Posted 9/25/2007 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
The only way for me to keep regular is by giving myself ho***er bag enemas...have been doing so for the past 8 years.  No medicine has helped.
 
How long did you take the Amitiza until you saw results?  I got so nauseated on 1 pill...and I took it with food.  I took it for about 3 days and not results.

jimmyppage98
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   Posted 9/29/2007 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw results from Amitiza the next day.  My doctor told me I would be nauseated for about 3 days and it would get better.  He was right.  I still have some nausea but its mild and only lasts for about 30 min and I do not get it all the time.
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