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    Old 04-28-2006, 11:25 AM   #31
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    Re: New to IBS - HELP!! (Gas issues esp.)

    As long as I can't feel anything and its not a discomfort to me, I will be pleased. If I am 'out' or i am awake but I will never remember anything, I would opt for that too!

    A friend of my scared me years ago about this. He had some gall bladder issues and went to the dr., he gave him a valium and stuffed a tube down his throat to have a look. Said it was the most uncomfortable thing ever!

     
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    Old 04-28-2006, 01:02 PM   #32
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    Re: New to IBS - HELP!! (Gas issues esp.)

    Well, basically this is what they do. They use versed and something else in a IV, I think Fentanyl both sedatives. You are not put out with a general anesthetic but you are out. Many people will say they just give you something to forget but this is actually not true as I asked the anesthetist and she said you are deeply sedated but not like if you were having surgery. Since I have emphysema they can not use anything more on me than they have to since I could stop breathing more easily than most people. This not remember thing is in reality a myth because I have awakenend and remember that entirely and spoken during a conoloscopy and then put out again but given more meds and out again. I remember that and what I said "which was "are we done yet and he said No" and out I went again.

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    Old 05-01-2006, 07:03 AM   #33
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    Hi canyondweller - as long as I am deeply sedated and can't actually feel them stuff a tube in my throat, I will go for it. Thanks for all your help!

     
    Old 05-01-2006, 09:21 AM   #34
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    Re: New to IBS - HELP!! (Gas issues esp.)

    Have you been checked for gluten intolerance (Celiac disease)? My symptoms were very similar, and although the doc kept saying IBS, I insisted on an endoscopy. One biopsy and blood test later, and it's revealed to be celiac. the only treatment is a gluten free diet, and it has helped my symptoms quite a bit. Celiac is under-diagnosed and often mis-diagnosed as IBS.

     
    Old 05-01-2006, 02:57 PM   #35
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    You will not feel them stuff a tube down your throat. Years ago they did that. It happened to my Mom so I was scared to death when I had to have it but they don't do that anymore. Years ago they also went into lungs with scope with no sedation but not anymore unless you request it. Some people just don't want any drugs. Not me. I want my drugs. LOL

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    Old 05-02-2006, 01:12 PM   #36
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    Re: New to IBS - HELP!! (Gas issues esp.)

    Thanks odc.....gluten intolerance (Celiac disease), hey?

    Never heard of that before. Doesn't sound the most promising. Can you give me some background on what it is (in normal non-medical terms).

    What types of symptoms did you have that were similar to mine and how have you been lately??

     
    Old 05-02-2006, 01:18 PM   #37
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    canyondweller - I, like you, will want the drugs in this case!!!

    thats the ONLY way I will get anything done (that goes down my throat).

     
    Old 05-02-2006, 03:40 PM   #38
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    Re: New to IBS - HELP!! (Gas issues esp.)

    They can test for that with endoscopy. It can be the cause of IbS. I think they can do it with a blood test too but mine was done with endo biopsy. No problem for me.

     
    Old 05-03-2006, 05:28 AM   #39
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    Really? They can test for gluten intolerance with an endoscopy? Interesting. How is that done? Can it also be done through a blood test? Allergy test?

    How serious is that if you have it? I am assuming that gluten is in most foods. Does that mean your diet will be significantly limited if you have that?

     
    Old 05-03-2006, 10:08 AM   #40
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    Re: New to IBS - HELP!! (Gas issues esp.)

    dbirchum,

    Before you get worked up about things such as bowel obstructions, Celiac disease and Crohn's, remember this dictum: The commonest things are most common. Those aforementioned disorders are NOT common, and it is highly unlikely that you have them. There is a reason why so many doctors pass off patients as IBS....because 99.9% of people who will walk in the doc's office this year with your symptoms will have IBS, and not one of the other more serious diseases. This I can say with certainty.

    A few on this board will tell you that Celiac is underdiagnosed, and it probably is, but that does not make it common. My mother has Celiac and the roughest thing for her was figuring out what she had. She has completely cut Gluten out of her diet and is in awesome shape for 60. There are plenty of foods that you can eat, you just have to discipline yourself. Celiac is not that bad considering you can take control of it, unlike Crohn's which to a certain degree leaves you at its mercy.

    I think its easy to jump on the bandwagon and start blaming doctors for malpractice, but the reality is that most truly do want to help. If you are still uncertain, then get a second or third opinion.

    One other thing that has helped me considerably, is limiting my internet time. I was obsessed for awhile, reading and posting everyday. Its not healthy and can only make you feel worse. So many digestive disorders share the same symptoms, so its easy to turn IBS into colon cancer or GERD into an ulcer. I received some great advice from this website, and I really appreciate the time that people have spent with me to share their experiences, BUT there comes a point when you need to let it go.

    Well, good luck!

     
    Old 05-03-2006, 03:21 PM   #41
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    Re: New to IBS - HELP!! (Gas issues esp.)

    I guess it may have been from colonscopy. I can't find reports but it was on one of them that I was negative for celiac disease. I guess they have a way to do it by biopsy. I agree about the internet though. I was had possible diagnoses of several differnent possible serious diseases over the last three years and worried myself sick. None of them became reality fortunately but I was a basket case and probably made my friends sick of hearing about this and that. I now limit myself to a couple forums. I did meet some great friends that I still keep in touch with after many years but the main thing is not obsess but learn enough that you can talk intelligently to your Dr. but a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. If we don't trust the Dr. then we need to get a new Dr. cause they do normally check out most things. Believe me. Nothing gets better by worrying and can get worse, especially IBS.

     
    Old 05-04-2006, 07:49 AM   #42
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    Re: New to IBS - HELP!! (Gas issues esp.)

    Agreed.

    I just want to know whats going on. I mean, I know my body. I have had it for 30+ years. In the past year, my stomach/bowels have gone haywire and in the past 6 months, its gotten worse. The past 4-6 weeks have been bad. Serious lower abdominal pain, to the point that I can't walk. Also this disgusting foul smelling gas is too much to handle. I only have the one doctor in my small town and he immediatley chaulked it up to IBS. Ok, if thats what I have, I will somehow HAVE to deal with it. But, right now, doubled up on the floor some evenings in sever pain isn't just cutting it for me. AND - having my doctor say, "ah, it will pass" isn't working for me. It might work for some, but not for me anymore.

    I just want to know whats causing my pain and discomfort and is there ANYTHING i can do to reduce this. Thats all. And if that means checking on this site once every day or two to get some 'ideas' to discuss with my doc, so be it.

    In the meantime, I am in the process of trying to find another doctor to talk too.

     
    Old 05-04-2006, 04:00 PM   #43
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    Re: New to IBS - HELP!! (Gas issues esp.)

    You need to see a specialist and have the tests. the only way they can diagnose IBS is to rule out everything else. It is a "last resort" diagnosis. I was told this by my gastroenterologist. To be in that much pain is riduculous. Is there really only one Dr. where you live? didn't know that happened anymore. You could have somthing really serious so you have to have that ruled out before they can say IBS. You did say you have had problems for years and it is possible like with me that something really pushed it over the edge to make it really bad and it will pass but unless you have all the tests there is no way to know. I would go on a no dairy, no meat diet, no fizz, no alcohol. Eat only chicken, fish, white things for awhile and see if it helps. I would take Pepto and see if that helps. I would also take a Gas_X or something similar right after you eat and Pepcid and see if that helps the gas at all but do stay away from dairy and red meat and try to find another dr.. Where do people go for things like endoscopies, ect. where you live.

     
    Old 05-05-2006, 10:45 AM   #44
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    I've had all the tests and basically my doctor now is telling me I'm nuts and maybe i should consider counseling. It causes me great anxiety, which I'm sure doesn't help the situation. I wake up in the middle of the night nauseous sometimes and cramps. I have cut out dairy and that seems to have helped it some. Celiac sprue test was negative. H. Pylori was negative. Stool was negative as were ova and parasites. Upper GI negative. I don't feel like a human and I think i'm beginning to obsess over this now. It has all come about in the last 6 months. Before that I could eat anything and do anything. Dr. said they are seeing a trend toward adult onset of this.

     
    Old 05-05-2006, 03:52 PM   #45
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    I don't think you are nuts. Did you change names cause I am not sure who I am responding to? Anyway, if you have not had a colonscopy and pelvic CT scan then you cannot rule out a physical abnormality. If you have and everything is normal then you probably have the IBsyndrome and will have to keep experimenting. I would definetly use the Pepto on a regular basis and try the Probiotics an acidophalous. I am just coming off a 6 month problem and I think the acidophaous and Probiotics did it. I think I am almost back in sync. as long as I keep from getting constipated which is happening less and less. I am still not convinced it was or is IBS

     
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