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Old 11-02-2001, 02:52 AM   #1
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please answer this

i have been diagnosed with ibs for about 2 years now. i've always had stomach problems ("gall bladder" attacks, constipation, gas, nausea,etc.) and it really started after my dad died. i know stress and nerves really have a lot to do with what triggered mine. I have had every test i think (blood test, flex sig, barium enema, stool sample, upper GI, etc.) and no one could come up with anything, but....stress.

okay i better get to the point before i bore you guys. my problem is maybe for 2-3or4 days i won't "go" and then all of a sudden for 2 days i'll have loose (i'm sorry this sounds gross) stools that cause the most painful "oh my gosh i'm in agony pressure pain" cramps maybe 2 times or more a day. it always comes at the most inopportune time too (like at work because i can't go in public for fear of embarrassment maybe). my question is, does anyone suffer from "roller coaster" bowel movements with this and how do you handle it. i still have imodium in my purse just in case of an emergency if there should ever be one, i carry ginger root tablets for my nausea, i carry tagament for my indigestion.

thanks for your input. i hate living like this but my doctor says there is nothing i can do except take nerve pills, watch what i eat, etc.


Old 11-02-2001, 05:14 AM   #2
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Re: please answer this

I have very similar symptoms. Have you noticed any patterns? For a couple months, I had problems the when it wa the first time i ate in the day. It gave me some control over when it happened. Unfortunately it doesn't always follow a pattern. I too have a large stock of immodium. I am also taking hyoscyamine. It dissolves under the tongue and helps with the cramps.
Have you had a colonoscopy? They can take a biospy and tell you if you have any irregular cells (which is a major sign of IBS). Besides that, I can say...enjoy the constipated days b/c at least they don't hurt as much! I also founf that showers when i am at home and in pain help more than any medication.

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