I posted on here a while back. My Dr. had been suspecting the constipation form of IBS. At first I had to give blood and stool samples. Then I had to get an Ultrasound, then I had to have an Endoscopy and Colonoscopy (I was on a liquid diet for 3 and a half days). During the exams, the Dr. took biopsies of my stomach. The Dr. had put me on Zelnorm....it did absolutely nothing except make me very dizzy. I was taking it twice a day....and nothing. Well, after the exams my patterns changed from not going for 3 days and having massive diarrhea on the 4th to......not going for 5 days and going the size of a peanut on the 6th day. At first I was ordered to take Dulcolax (2 tablets once a day) for a couple of days, as well as a liquid diet...again! Well, it worked at first. Then it didn't, so the Dr. had me try drinking Magnesium Citrate (that's the soda version.....there's also Milk of Magnesia)...and I had an allergic reaction to it. So now Dr. has me drinking Citrucel (yuck!!!!) and I had to administer a Fleet enema Thursday night. AAAGH! I'm sooooooo frustrated!!! I'm sooooo sick of feeling sick! Can anyone relate???? I feel like I am going crazy!!!! I'm so frustrated I'm going to burst! Please someone tell me I'm not alone. Could this really be IBS? Well thanks for listening.
I can relate to the constipation - used to have lots of it, no matter what I took - I didn't take a lot though - I guess I got satisfied with bile salts early on. But when I didn't take it - which was often enough - it was terrible. Had the ribbons, the peanut sizes the truck tire sizes and the mixed variety.
Yeah, its IBS all right. Just wish there were a better way.
upshutter--Yeah, I can relate to this sort of up and down cycling of going and then NOT being able to go to not being able to QUIT going--ANyone else have the problem of being constipated for a few days (my dr who diagnosed me told me to take stool softners as soon as I can't go and anytime I don't go on the 3rd day because I need to be going every 3 days, to take a supository...well needless to say I don't do all that!) Anyway, after I get constipated then I usually suffer a bout of diareaa but it's "Psuedo-diareah" lol--it begins as just what has to come out coming out, and then I cannot quit going and it gradually turns to water to the point I'll get dehydrated...it's this constant cylcle of constipation and purging and I know how it is: IS SUCKS!
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