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Symptoms please advise

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Old 12-24-2001, 07:32 PM   #1
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Symptoms please advise


I am new to the boards. I am hoping that someone
out there can help.

I have GAD. Generalized Anxiety. I am currently
taking meds for this. SSRI and Ativan from time to

I had a colonoscopy last May. According to the doc
I was "clean as a whistle".

From time to time I have the following symptoms:

Going to the bathroom after I eat, and my hands get
very cold. My stool is usually very normal. But from
to time with looser than normal but not Dia....

Cramping and some slight pain on the right and left
side of my intestines.

Very very very slight nausea which is sporadic.
Sometimes when I get some cramping my hands and feet
get very cold.

I usually have a movement within an hour after getting
up in the am.

I am sure my anxiety is not helping, and more than
likely adding to this stuff.

Do these symptoms sound anything like IBS. Can
I retain my sanity or am I losing it.


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Old 12-25-2001, 07:57 AM   #2
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Re: Symptoms please advise

The criteria for IBS an well as all Gastro problems was outlined by a group of health care professionals that met in Rome, Italy several years ago. It is known as the "Rome Criteria" and you can do a search and find what you may want.

Your GI system works all the time and needs fiber to work properly. I think one of the healthy things you should do is take a water soluble fiber supplement like Metamucil or Citrucel so you are sure that you get enough. Our diets contain too much processed food that we just donot digest very well.

Cramping can be caused by lack of minerals such as calcium, magnesium or potassium.

God Bless---Harry

Old 12-25-2001, 09:07 PM   #3
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Re: Symptoms please advise

check with your doc these might be side effects from your medications, or some type of vagal response.

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