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Old 06-29-2002, 09:34 PM   #1
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I think it's IBS :(

Hi everyone,
I'm new to this group, but definitely not new to IBS symptoms. This has went on throughout my life, but they started greatly whenever I was in 9th grade. I would get sick every morning (diarrhea), and it would usually settle later in the day, or I would have to come home from school, and usually it would calm down. This has of course made me think it's out of nervousness, but it seems to happen even when I am not nervous. It usually happens a few hours after eating, and I have noticed that my stools never look 'normal', meaning they usually just look like bits and pieces.. it definitely looks like a problem. I talked to my doctor about it, and I don't think that I stressed it enough, but she just told me to take Zinc to 'bulk my stools up a bit'. I currently have problems with my stomach (I am 19) nearly every day. It seems to come in streaks.. 4 to 7 days in a row, then it will subside for a couple of days, etc. Of couse, when I am stressed, it almost always happens. I have been diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder, but I have been managing them well and am no longer on any kind of treatment. I believe this is why the IBS symptoms have picked up, since I am not on medication which helps calm the nerves. The side effects were too bad. I was wondering if anyone had any advice, as it seems like I suffer each day. I really don't know the next step.. should I call my doctor again and report this? Also, I've noticed a little bit of bleeding. So little, it usually looks like it's my skin. It is never actually in the stools. I am not sure what this is from. Can anyone offer any advice? Thanks,
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Old 06-29-2002, 10:36 PM   #2
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Re: I think it's IBS :(

You may want to try a fiber supplement. I would definately see your doctor again. I have a prescription for one, but they also have over the counter ones. They taste bad but are surely worth it! I use a wire whisk to mix it up in chocolate milk and it's not too bad. The bleeding may be from a ficher. The doctor can test for that also and give you medicine to treat it. It all sucks but is worth it when you can go out to dinner!

 
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Re: I think it's IBS :(

Jason,

Sorry about your problems ---there is a mind to gut connection that is usually resolved with a low dose of an anti-depressant --like 10 mgs of Elavil.

I am a big believer in taking a water soluble fiber supplement to bulk up your stool and make you regular. Metamucil, Citrucel both will usually work well with enough water.

The bleeding is usually from hemorrhoids but any rectal bleeding needs to be checked out by a Doctor----just to be safe!!!

God Bless---Harry

 
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