You are not alone!!!
I belive that my IBS was cause by taking antiacids. the problem started around the time that I was treated for a simple gastritis. I was given : Prevacid, acid, carafate,etc.. At first it seemed that it would work for a while. But than I still had stomach pain and nausea.
Well after three months taking these antiacid i started to notice my weight. I had lost over 20 pounds. I couldn't eat any solid foods. I went to the specialist for a checkup. I was sent home with boxes of ENSURE. Than I statred to notice dry stools. It was scarry to see undigested food in the toilet. I was than diagnoised with Malabsorbtion.
That was it for me!! These people don't know what they are doing. They are just working for the drug companies.
One tv commercial for an antiacid goes like this : " Some stomach condition could still exsist" In other words these medication are not going to the root of the problem. There is a false sense of getting better. And by the end of any given treatment you could have develop other symptoms.
I learned the hard way. I had to go to an alternative doctor. Within months I was able to digest food again and gain a little weight. My gastritis is better. And my IBS is not as bad as it was before. The healing is evident. Though it would take time to fully recover.
My treatment was:
DGL the one that won't cause high blood pressure. It supports your stomach and intestinal linning. Should be taken before foods. Treatment should last two to four months.
Enzyems to disgest food easily. After taking to much antiacid your stomach can't digest food. Than you end up with IBS and malabsorbtion.
Flax seeds. Health food stores sell it in bulk. You boil the seeds. A cup of it in half a galon of water. The water will be like the aloe texture. Make sure to pass it through a strainer. So that the water will not have any seeds left. It suppose to help as an antiflamatory. It helped with my colitis and my gastritis. It lubricates your intestines.
Bifidus. With all the mess of being constipated your intestinal flora suffers. Bifidus is the bateria than mainly lives in the large intestines.
I hope that this info could help someone out there that are looking for a real solution for their IBS and Gastritis problems.