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Old 08-01-2001, 07:52 AM   #1
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Newcomer with SEVERE IBS

Hi,
I am so glad that I have found this HealthBoard. I have already had a few of my questions answered just by reading past postings. Thank you all so much!!! I have been suffering with IBS for 13 years with very few answers from Dr.'s. My former physician told me that I needed to be concerned about colon cancer since my grandfather and 4 of his siblings had all had colon cancer. Now, my new Dr. is telling me that IBS and colon cancer have nothing to do with each other. Although my Dr. now does want me to have colonoscopy done every 3 years just to make sure of the cancer isssue. However, the surgeon that does my colonoscopies is telling me that every 5 years is o.k. So now I am very confused over what I should do and which Dr. I should listen to. Does anyone have any information about the link between IBS and Colon Cancer.
Also, for the past 13 years I have been told very little about this disease except that I should not eat lettuce, popcorn, nuts, seeds and that type of food. Now after reading some of these postings and getting some info from my surgeon, and library books I am finding out that I need to have more fiber in my diet (which I was always told that's what I didn't need) and that drinking caffeine was bad for this also. I have been trying for the last couple of days to cut out all caffeine (although I am accustomed to drinking 1 Dr. Pepper everyday) and eating a lot more fiber. If anyone could instruct me on which foods I should eat I would appreciate it.
My condition seems to have gotten worse over the last 6-8 months with me running to the bathroom several times a day with severe diarhea, and within 10-15 minutes after I eat I have to make the dash to the restroom. I feel very controlled by this disease and I am tired of having to plan my life around it, or being embarrassed by the fact that I have such severe cramps and have to go to the bathroom so much. Some days I feel like I just can't leave the house for fear of when an attack will hit. I can't take much more of this, which I'm sure you all can relate to. PLEASE HELP!!!!!
Sorry this is so long.

 
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Old 08-01-2001, 01:19 PM   #2
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Re: Newcomer with SEVERE IBS

Laurie,
I am so sorry you are having such severe problems w/IBS. I too have IBS and I feel that is has taken control over my life. I too am afraid to make plans and sometimes leave my house because I fear what my stomache will be acting like that day. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif">

I wish I had an answer for your problem. I do, however, know that taking acidophilus and a fiber therapy helps. I take Citrucel. I did try Fiber Con and it made me constipated (from the calcium in it) Maybe it can help you be "regular"! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif">

I wish you luck and good health. We are all in the same boat and understand what you're going through.
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Old 08-04-2001, 05:52 PM   #3
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Re: Newcomer with SEVERE IBS

I have nausea and upper abdominal pain especially after I eat. Since mid 2000 I have had fecal tests colonosopy Endoscopy(x2) Abdominal ct scan, Upper Gi(x2 over a year)blood bee diagnosed with work and numerous ultrasounds. The only thing I have is Gerd and 2 duodenal ulcers which were caused by h pylori and have been eradicated. I had a second endoscope 3 months ago which was all clear. I hate the pain and especially the nausea so I can sympathize as this ibs disease can control your life. Nothing is worst than abdominal pain accopmpanied by nausea, it just stresses me out and worries me even though i have had a whack of tests. Best of luck

 
Old 08-26-2001, 07:48 PM   #4
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Re: Newcomer with SEVERE IBS

Hi, you need to take Citrucel (2 to 3 glasses every day) and that will regulate you and stop the gas. It is the only thing that has worked for me. Also, please purchase EATING FOR IBS, by Heather Van Vorous. She gives you recipes of the foods you can eat for IBS without getting you sick. Her book is where I found all the advice on the Citrucel and the soluble fiber that needs to be taken. You can find this book anywhere. It costs about sixteen dollars. Good luck to you and trust me...Citrucel works great.

 
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