IBS or Crohns?

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   Posted 6/2/2009 12:03 AM (GMT -6)   
My mother, aged 57, has been suffering from what the doctors have been saying, of IBS.  However, she keeps ending up in the VA hospital every 3 months or so when she gets an "attack" as we call them.  A few days before we admit her she complains of headache, nausea, she will begin vommiting, she will have severe abdominal pain and some bleeding.  After we admit her they just pump her full of drugs to suppress the symptoms but we have no answers.  I think she has crohns but they keep saying it may be IBS.  She has been suffering from this ailment for about 6 years.  I really need some advice on any testing that WE as the family can recommend that they do.  Several days before these attacks begin she stops eating because she can't hold anything down and she has been losing alot of weight.  She is about 5 feet 6 and weighs only 109 pounds.  They keep telling her to drink ensure to help gain weight.  PLEASE, I FEEL LIKE MY MOM IS WASTING AWAY-ANY HELP OR SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   

I think you posted in the wrong forum. You should go to the Crohns forum and post your questions there. This is the anxiety forum.

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   Posted 6/2/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   

You should take her to see a gastroenterologist, or at least get a second opinion. Bleeding with your stools is not a symptom of IBS and usually indicates something else like Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, etc. So does weight loss.

IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion: meaning that you must be tested to rule out all other identifiable physical causes such as Crohn's before you settle on an IBS diagnosis. Without having had a colonoscopy, endoscopy, blood tests, etc you cannot assume IBS.

I would start by demanding a colonoscopy. I don't suffer from Crohn's. I have had IBS for about 9 years now and have been through all the testing to rule out other causes for my symptoms. The first place the doctors started was with a colonoscopy. It's no walk in the park, but it will provide the best picture of what is going on in your mother's GI tract.

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   Posted 6/2/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   

As many as one in five American adults has irritable bowel syndrome. Most people with IBS find signs and symptoms improve as they learn to control the condition. Only a small percentage of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms.

Fortunately, unlike more serious intestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome doesn't cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer. In many cases, you can control irritable bowel syndrome by managing your diet, lifestyle and stress.

I agree with Navy and Nanners..................your Mother needs a complete GI work up and you may find some great info in the Crohn's Forum.

Take care and  hugs to your Mother.



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