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L.Fisher
07-28-2001, 02:49 PM
I was wondering if anyone has been put on this medicaiton for their IBS. It is an anticholinergic. I haven't been able to find much out there on it.

I went to the doctor in July 2000 after a month of heart palpitations while having a toilet spell. Thats a scary feeling. I told my GP and GI and they never said anything about it. My GI put me on Lotronex <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wow.gif"> . Then of course they took that medication off the market. Then he put me on some kind of cholesterol medicine. It was nasty nasty nasty <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif"> . I quit taking that on my own, started excercizing (yoga), eating better and of course drinking water 8 - 10 glasses of water a day, plus hypnosis relaxtion tapes at night. I was doing ok <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"> . Then I started having the palpitations quite regularly, so I told my GP and GI and still nothing <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/mad.gif"> I turned 26 three days ago. Finally while at a hockey game the palptations became so bad First Aid put me on the heart monitor. Finally it was recorded and it wasn't pretty. Next came the trip to the cardiologist. Echo, stress test and haltar monitor showed no abnormalities except for PVCs (palpitations) occaisonally. This whole time my bowels were ok, for them anyway <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/tongue.gif"> . Then I went camping (RV style) with my husband and we both commented on how well I was doing and bam it was all over from there. Now this time I decide to go back to GI only I get the PA, who thinks I'm an idiot. He puts me on this ROBINUL medication 2mg every ten to twelve hours. It sucks every piece of water out of you body. Dry mouth, dry nostrils, dry skin you name it. It seems to be working OK (its only been two weeks) but then I spoke to my sister who is a nurse and she looked it up in her drug book and it causes palpitations and I specifically asked about that before he gave it to me. They haven't increased that much but its just the principle.

Why is it that doctors, nurses, and PAs think that the patient doesn't know anything, when we have known our bodies better than anyone for as long as we've been alive. I am medically trained and this just eats me up every time I get this treatment. My GP and GI know what I do for a living and they treat me with up most respect. Then this PA starts at the GI's office and just upsets me with his attitude and of causes a bathroom trip once I got home. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dizzy.gif">

Thanks for letting me vent I know this was a really long message. If you have any info about the medication please respond. I greatly appreciate all the support and informatiom I find here even though I don't post very often. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/angel.gif">

Laurie

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Angie E
07-29-2001, 11:09 AM
Have you had your thyroid checked? The heart palps and severe diarrhea are both symptom of Hyperthyroidism...get it checked. It could be serious!

SLSV
07-30-2001, 07:46 AM
Laurie,
Have your doctors ever tested you for Mitral Valve Prolapse? I have a racing heart also and I had an ultrasound on my heart and I have MVP. It's very frustrating and scarey at times. I do notice it's more active when I haven't had enough sleep and my IBS is acting up.

I too agree with you about how Dr.'s don't understand we do know our own bodies much better than they do! Hang in there. Good luck. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">

L.Fisher
07-30-2001, 08:41 AM
Angie,

I haven't had my thyroid checked. When my mom was diagnosed with a Hypothyroid problem, I asked my DR if I should be checked and he didn't seem to think so. Maybe I'll talk to him tomorrow when I go for a check up. Thanks, for the advice and support. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/idea.gif">

SLSV,
I have had a sonogram of my heart done. They didn't find anything physically wrong with my heart. I usually get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. I cut back on my caffine intake. I guess I'll see what happens. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif"> Thanks for your support and advice.

Laurie <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/gabby.gif">

Angie E
07-30-2001, 11:59 AM
Thyroid problems are hereditary, however, just because your mother is HYPO doesn't mean you would be. You could be HYPERthyroid which is the opposite of Hypo. You may not be hypo like your mother, but you could inherit the propensity for thyroid problems...Go ahead and have it tested. It's a simple blood test that could save your life. Good Luck!