Just wanted to share this with you all. IBS has not been confirmed with me yet but since everything else has been ruled out this is what the thought is. I have been having pretty much zero for bowel movements over the past few months, increasing pulling, burning and pain in lower abd. Today I couldn't stand it anymore so I went back to the doc. He has put me on a trial of the smooth muscle relaxant, Dicetal. I've had one pill and the discomfort is gone. I just hope that by relaxing my bowel it will allow me to go rather than making it worse. I cannot remember the last time I have felt this way. Has anyone else tried this drug?
I've gotten a prescription of Dicetel, but haven't tried it yet. Shortly after filling the prescription my symptoms subsided...but now they're back. I was told it is considered a "diagnostic" drug because if your symptoms disappear then they're most likely caused by IBS.
Last I heard it hasn't yet been approved in the U.S. (Sorry to our southern neighbours). I'm glad it's been helping you.
Glad you have found something that helps. By relaxing the muscles in your belly it will be a lot easier for you to open your bowels.
The same effects can also be achieved with warmth though. If you use heat pads or a hot bottle on your belly before you need to sit on the toilet, this also helps relax the muscles in the same way making it easier to go. If you were really desperate you could try sitting on the toilet with a hot bottle on your belly. It does help.
Thanks for the reply. I am a heating pad junkie. Unfortunately this is the only problem that it DOES NOT help. I am going but find the stools are of soft ribbon shape now. Maybe it will improve yet. Guess I"m on the right track though.
I have used the heating pad and while it does relax me it doesn't help with BM's. Since starting the Dicetal the BM's are happening although still need some improvement, and the discomfort/ache is vastly better. I can sure tell when it's time for the next dose of medication as the burning starts up again in the bladder area. I take it 3 times/day. I did have a bladder suspension about 8 years ago(?) and I'm wondering if with all the pressure in my stomach from "backing up" if its' caused the bladder to fall again. I have an appt. for the colonoscopy at the end of May.