I would appreciate any info anyone can give. In 1970, I was told after numerous tests that I have Colitis, given medication and continued on with my life with periodic attacks. They would come and go. In the first part of March 2002, I had a UTI, it was treated with antibiotics. I was better for about a week to ten days, then I started getting terrible cramping pain and I had a problem with constipation, which I was never troubled with before, I always had diarhea. The doctor said I had Diverticulitis, eat a soft diet and it will get better,WRONG!! I went back two weeks ago, he sent me for an abdominal c-scan. The results were normal. Now, he says I have Spastic Colon. I feel like my upper and lower abdomen is swoolen like a balloon and full of gas, I don't know if this is a normal part of Spastic colon or of IBS. Please, I need some helpful info, Thank you!!
Unfortunately, myself and others here will tell you that pain, bloating and gas in your belly is all too common with IBS.
It is also common to have periods of either diarrhea or constipation, although some people have predominantly one or the other.
If you are still constipated, it would be good to start of Metamucil. This adds more fiber and can help. The gas and bloating are probably due to the fact that your good gut bacteria are out of balance, so I would suggest taking Acidophilis caps or eating live yogurt and seeing if that helps. A lot of people take pain meds for their belly pains. Things like Mebeverine before meals are quite good for that. It is an anti-spasmodic. Make sure you eat a good all round diet and drink plenty of fluid.
IBS is diagnosed by elimination of other causes such as you have just had. Basically, it can be caused by overproduction of gastrin and serotonnin, that is caused when the body is under increased stress and also a malfunctioning of the peristaltic action of the gut. This just means that it is pushing when it should be pulling and vice versa, which creates the terrible cramps that people get.
SuperSarah has pretty much nailed it. We all have been through the diagnosis dart board with our Doc's before they narrow it down. Today a method called the Rome criteria is supposed to be used to diagnose IBS. It eliminates other expensive and invasive procedures such as a colonoscopy. One of the things I do to help keep down the bloating is take Konsyl instead of Metamucil it's a less gassy fiber supplement. I also had to change Doc's the first one was anti pain med. and a little back woods if you know what I mean, nice guy but not very helpful. New Doc is up to date and has been involved with university studys as well as major research, much more knowledgable and helpful. You may consider a switch if that is possible for you.
In any event hang in there, research has been completed on several new drugs and I believe they will be available soon, see my last post for more info and ask your Doc if he has any info on them. God bless!
Thank you Super Sarah and Roadstar!! You've made me feel better, as you all know, when the tests come back as normal, you start to believe something is drastically wrong and the doctor just isn't finding it. I really appreciate the info and the time you've taken to help me. Thanks!!