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Old 08-22-2004, 04:02 PM   #1
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Help! Is this IBS & what can I do?

I've always thought I've had IBS for about 5 years as when I got stressed I'd get a terrible stomach ache and have 2 rush 2 the loo a lot and I know it runs in my family. Caertain foods made me get it too. That I've learned how 2 control now by letting it flow out of my system which isn't so bad.

My new problem is that I went on a really low fat diet over the past week or so (having about 15 grams a day) and since Friday I've had terrible stomach pain lower down and had to rush to the loo a lot. Only this time the pain never stopped. I tried a peppermint pill, toast, hot water bottle, hot ribena, goin 2 the loo, everything I knew to try stop it but it wouldn't. Its going through phases where it'll relax a bit & not feel so bad and then it'll be back again. I can't lie down which is a problem when it comes to sleeping, though I did manage to last night by propping myself. It almost went today as I relaxed more but it came back a few hours ago though its stated to wear off again after I had a pill, toast and hot Ribena.

I may make an appointment with a doctor, but the last time I went (I saw 2 different doctors) which was when I had my normal IBS which I can control, they said nothing was wrong. I'm worried they'll say the same thing again if I go now & I don't know if I'd last 5 minutes outside without being near a bathroom.

Does anyone know any ways I may be able 2 cure this permanently? I can't stand the pain anymore.
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Old 08-24-2004, 10:14 AM   #2
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Re: Help! Is this IBS & what can I do?

If you are running to the bathroom a lot & have stomach pain, ask for the celiac disease blood test. There IS a blood test, you don't have to do the endoscopy first. If it is positive you will need to eliminate wheat/barley/rye/oats from your diet. DO NOT eliminate them before the test.

 
Old 08-24-2004, 11:15 AM   #3
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Re: Help! Is this IBS & what can I do?

Over the past 3 days I haven't had much pain or running to the loo but its still there. Now its just heavy stomach & spasm like feelings.

Thanks I'm off to the doctors Thursday so I'll ask.
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