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Old 09-17-2001, 02:46 PM   #1
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a weight survey......

Dear friends at healthboards, I recently have been to the GP as again I have terrible pains keeping me awake at night...they are upper abdominal and are very painful, it is not removed by a bowel movement, I also get bad acid and wind....My usual GP was away and I saw the locum....she was quite abrupt and said the only thing to cure irritable bowel was to loose weight..that will cure it...she had irritable bowel, lost a stone and has never had it again...I was bigger than I am now and never had irritable bowel then....I also asked if there is an ibs clinic I could attend...her reply was people get too focused on IBS and it makes matters worse....she also said that I should go away loose weight and take antidepressants..
the only thing thats depressing is being awake half the night and trying to work and run a home...please has anyone else had this problem....?????
I would be interested in your replies..
Thanx love Janie xoxoxox
Ps even my bulk forming agent isnt helping!!!!

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Old 09-17-2001, 08:29 PM   #2
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Re: a weight survey......

I'm sorry but I think that is bull...I've heard that for gall stones losing weight can help. And of course being overweight isn't healthy, but as far as I know there is no cure of IBS b/c it isn't a disease, it's a symptom. The only thing to do is try to alleviate the symptoms by controlling your diet (by all means to avoid meats, dairy, and various other triggers that we've all come to define) and by using something such as fiber treatment, flax oil, or whatever works to either get things moving....or stop them from moving so much.

I'm not overweight and I have IBS, so I really don't think they are that closely connected. Drs are really in the dark about IBS so she was probably just giving you advice to lose weight for your own health, hoping that it might alleviate some of your symptoms.

Old 09-18-2001, 02:20 PM   #3
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Re: a weight survey......

Thank you for your reply Angeline.....I am not seriously overweight and I dont have a problem with it ..I used to attend the gym regulary but since having the IBS I am reluctant to go as I am frightened of having an attack...I used to swim and do aerobics...Also I am in so much pain I dont think I can do much exercise at the moment.....My pain is mainly underneath my ribcage....
I struggle with my job, home and daughter at the moment....
I am watching my diet....but everything is setting it off, I have a scan in a few weeks to check the liver and gallbladder and pancreas too.....
I just hope they sort me out as I am up half the night in pain, thanks for your reply ..Janie xoxoxox

Old 09-18-2001, 09:24 PM   #4
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Re: a weight survey......

I just wanted to let you know that weight has NOTHING to do with IBS. I have had it for 11 years, pretty much non-stop and I've never been overweight. I'm 5'3" and I weigh between 105-112 lbs. That doctor, or whatever they are, doesn't know what they're talking about. People of all shapes and sizes have IBS and since there is no cure for it, these doctors try to think up easy answers for people. They just want us to go away. If they just had IBS for a few weeks, they might have a little more empathy for people like us.

Old 09-18-2001, 11:19 PM   #5
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Re: a weight survey......

Under your ribcage, huh? Sounds more to me like gall bladder...which side?

When do you go for your scans? Do you notice that spicy foods aggravate your symptoms?

Keep posting! Good luck!

Old 09-19-2001, 06:45 AM   #6
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Re: a weight survey......

Hi Janie,
I agree with Angeline ---with pain in that area it sounds more like inflammation of the gallbladder. It should be checked out.

God Bless---Harry

Old 09-20-2001, 06:23 PM   #7
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Re: a weight survey......

That is a bunch of crap weight is not your problem. I've had upper pain in the pit of my stomach for yrs. I finally got my answer and the reason I have IBS I was tested for food alergies. I have many but if I stick to my no allergy food diet I almost imediatly lose weight. the bloating goes down the pains all of get better I'm not as tired its unbeleivable even the gas pains and gas are much better so anyone with IBS may want to get allergy tests done. and oh yeah no more "d" the best thing of all!!!

Old 09-25-2001, 01:00 PM   #8
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Re: a weight survey......

I was diagnosed last August with IBS and since then I have lost 10 pounds. I haven't noticed a change in the degree of my symptoms because of losing weight. I wish that was all it took. I'd be cured by now. <IMG SRC=""> That GP sounded awfully rude. I'd tell you regular GP how rude she was. Also when the doc tells me stuff/symptoms are "normal" I remind that there is no such thing as normal. <IMG SRC=""> When the docs tell me stuff about themselves like that GP did, I also remind them that I'm not you. <IMG SRC=""> Ok I think I'm done rambling now. Good luck with your GP and I agree about getting the gall bladder checked.

L.Fisher <IMG SRC="">

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