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07-19-2002, 03:55 PM
I just had my first colonoscopy. My doctor said everything looks normal, but I am waiting to hear back about the biopsy (should take about a week). The nurse said with irritable bowel, you can have abdomen spasms and they like to do a biopsy to be sure nothing's wrong. Does anyone else get these spasms? Thanks.

07-20-2002, 04:49 AM
Yes, unfortunately, cramping and spasm type pains in your belly with IBS are very common, as most people on these boards will tell you. They can also be very severe.

You will get spasm and cramping type pains due to the peristaltic action of the gut not working correctly. It is pulling when it should be pushing and vice versa. Also, if your symptoms are worse when you get stressed, this is to do with chemicals that are released from the brain that also affect the gut and this is known as the mind, gut link.

07-20-2002, 05:44 AM
I read an interesting article about taking Magnesium citrate twice a day, (200mgs in the morn. and at night)
It suppose to helps with the spasms, and lots of other things.

I take internal sweep powder in the morning, and after I eat, I take Magnesium citrate along with my other vit., then at night I drink whats called klenz tea, and take the other Mag. pill.

I've been on the powder and tea for 797 days, I've had to keep a journal, because this requires 9 cups of water daily, it's really helped, but I kept getting bladder spasms too. So I recently went on Mag.citrate for the bladder.

The article about it is in the regular "Thyroid Board" under the topic posted:'Information Archive' on page #2, scroll down till you get to the article about water soluble Magnesium, it's worth the read.

I sure hated that whole colonoscopy buisness. It's been 5 years since my last one. Yuck!!!!


07-22-2002, 06:46 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies. Actually, the colonoscopy wasn't bad at all - I slept through it... the worst part was the prep. I drank the Fleet stuff with white grape juice - BLAH!!! But the experience wasn't really that bad - I've been through much worse lately because I have myofascial pain and until I was diagnosed, I thought I had a tumor (due to high prolactin levels), lupus or MS. Compared to those, this didn't seem bad at all. They said I was a great patient and I responded "because I want to get this over with and EAT!!!" <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/redface.gif">)

09-10-2002, 05:49 PM
Just want to add to what others had replied to. I had a colostomy a year ago. Dr found 5 polyps removed them and they were non malignant. I had 17 inches of colon removed 1 1/2 yrs ago. I have had IBS (D) for many years with little or no relief. When I had the spasms you are talking about they were caused by a hernia in abdomin...surgeon removed the 17 inches at time of hernia repair. nOTHING helped the big D...still have it but no more spasms. You dont mention your age so I assume you are a young person. I am 64 and for over 30 years have had problems. The only thing that helps me is Lomotil...and lately it isnt too effective. I hope all is well with you and that what ever is causing the spasms go away too. God Bless....

09-11-2002, 05:59 PM
Yeah, Cleo, my spasms were so bad I used to pass out and they diagnosed me as epileptic for a few years!! I have hyoscyamine tablets I place under my toungue when they get that bad. But they don't make me pass out anymore - thank god! (that was rather embarrassing, I must say!)


09-12-2002, 12:26 PM
I would really suggest that you take a Magnesium supplement for a bit. Magnesium works on the smooth muscle within the gut and can stop spasms. Also, you can get fluid that is excess within the gut also and the Magnesium will help the gut absorb the fluid back and so stop spasms.

As for diarrhea a good way to decrease the diarrhea is to start a good fiber supplement like Metamucil. It will not make you go more, but will help to bulk up your bowels and regulate them, thus reducing the amount of diarrhea that you have. It is water soluble so is safe to take on a daily basis. Has to be better than Immodium?