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Old 04-12-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
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Diagnosed with IBS, prescribed Claritin and Singulair

Hello! So at my latest doctor visit I was given a diagnosis of IBS for my years of many, many symptoms. I was also prescribed Singulair to aid with congestion and post-nasal drip, and Claritin because of an excess of histamine (had an allergic reaction to nuts but an allergy test shows no allergies, so he made a scratch on my arm bringing him to this conclusion). The hope is that my fatigue and brain fog will clear up as well.†

I'm really excited to possibly be further on a path to relief, but I also have many questions now. First, I'm just trying to wrap my brain around the connections between it all.†

What causes what?†Does histamine cause IBS? Does inflammation cause IBS? Does IBS cause post nasal drip and inflammation? What's the chain through all of this?

I know I'm getting a bit ballsy in my pondering as IBS still isn't very well understood, but the scientist within me isn't going to let this mystery set as I take antihistamines the rest of my life (assuming this path works!), never knowing the deeper cause.†

Thank you for taking a look at this!

 
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Re: Diagnosed with IBS, prescribed Claritin and Singulair

There are lots of things that can cause IBS symptoms, and IBS is a rather non-specific term for over-reactive bowel with disordered smooth muscle contractions, like spasms. It can be associated with inflammation, food allergies, gluten intolerance, and is only related to respiratory symptoms in that people with inhalant allergies often have food allergies too. I would try keeping a food diary and see if you can identify any particular foods that make your IBS symptoms worse. Testing for food sensitivities, like dairy, gluten, nuts, shellfish, etc. could be helpful. Increasing your dietary fiber usually helps, but best to do it gradually. A fiber laxative taken daily, can help regulate the bowels and prevent the diarrhea/constipation that occurs. There is a special board related to IBS relief that might be very helpful. If anti-histamines do help, I would certainly suspect food allergies are involved. Allergy tests usually are done to pick up IGE, and you really want IGG testing, as those are the more slow, insidious antibodies that show up with food allergies. I hope you get some relief and learn more as time goes on what is at the bottom of your symptoms.

 
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Re: Diagnosed with IBS, prescribed Claritin and Singulair

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There are lots of things that can cause IBS symptoms, and IBS is a rather non-specific term for over-reactive bowel with disordered smooth muscle contractions, like spasms. It can be associated with inflammation, food allergies, gluten intolerance, and is only related to respiratory symptoms in that people with inhalant allergies often have food allergies too. I would try keeping a food diary and see if you can identify any particular foods that make your IBS symptoms worse. Testing for food sensitivities, like dairy, gluten, nuts, shellfish, etc. could be helpful. Increasing your dietary fiber usually helps, but best to do it gradually. A fiber laxative taken daily, can help regulate the bowels and prevent the diarrhea/constipation that occurs. There is a special board related to IBS relief that might be very helpful. If anti-histamines do help, I would certainly suspect food allergies are involved. Allergy tests usually are done to pick up IGE, and you really want IGG testing, as those are the more slow, insidious antibodies that show up with food allergies. I hope you get some relief and learn more as time goes on what is at the bottom of your symptoms.

 
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