I have suffered from IBS-D for 2 1/2 years, only recently had all the tests to confirm it wasen't anything else. Anyway....I recently got a sinus infection, my Doc gave me an RX for Augmentin 1000mg tablets and I was told to take 2 in am and 2 in the pm. Yes that's right 4000mg every day for ten days. So here I am ten days later still have a minor sinus infection but all my IBS-D symtoms are gone. No d, pain, bloating or that gurgling sound from my belly. Anyone out there heard of something so strange. I will keep you updated to see if it returns. Oh and before anyone asks, I did have blood, parasite, colonoscopy and all the regular tests for my belly.
Congrats! I bet you are doing such a happy dance to be rid of your symptoms!
One of the courses of treatment I tried for my IBS-D was strong antibiodics for a week (cipro). Unfortunately, it didn't work for me... in fact, any antibiodic makes me 'go' more. There was a study done where some doctors said that a large majority of IBS was caused by bacteria in the gut and a large dose of antibiodics could clear it up. I'm so happy you are one of the lucky ones!
What you have to realise though is that all antibiotics are different, so different antibiotics have different effects and Cipro can make your stomach worse too. It probably go rid of all your good gut bacteria, which is why your stomach was a whole lot worse.
Unfortunately, with antibiotics there is not just one size that fits all, which is why it is better to treat the person rather than the disease and this is exactly why this has happened.
This is sooo strange...because come to think of it when my doc gave me an antibiotic a while ago all of my belly aches and IBS symptoms dissapeared too!!! I just remembered that after reading your situation.
Although it came back again...later. I also read somewhere that there were studies that suggest that antibiotics cured people with IBS too. I am going to relook this thing again. Good Luck and thanks for bringing this up again!
Basically, I think that antiboitics would have stopped your IBS for a short while because antibiotics kill off every bit of bacteria within your gut. For a short while, there is nothing there to react, but once the antibiotics have finished everything gets back to normal and can even become worse because you are left with unbalanced bacteria and some antibiotics, as I said before can even give you an upset stomach and diarrhea because it upsets the balance of gut bacteria and kills it all off too. It just depends what antibiotic it is.
However, as you have found out, the effect is very short lived.
In my opinion, no antibiotic can ever CURE IBS. IBS is a syndrome and involves many more things rather than just belly ache and diarrhea. IBS includes the mind and the body too and by taking this view, you are cutting out the mind element of the syndrome totally.
The only way to cure IBS as you put it is to find the cause and treat the cause rather than just the symptoms. You are then more likely to achieve a long lasting cure.
Antibiotics do not treat causes, only symptoms, so they can never cure in this case and especially IBS.
I agree with finding the cause....but assuming that an antibiotic kills good and bad bacteria wouldn't you agree that those of us that tempararily find relief must have a bacteria related problem? As apposed to a psycological(mind, mood) problem.
If I can go one step further....what is your opinion of Primal Defense? And have you heard of ********? I am currently taking Primal defense. Thank you for all your insight.
That sounds very reasonable to me.
Another mechanism might also be that an Irritable Bowel is more sensitive to bacteria that, IN OTHERS, might be no problem at all and thus killing everything will bring relief. Unfortunately, you can;t keep everything killed and therefore it's wise to make sure you always have a healthy flora.