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Old 08-31-2001, 08:21 AM   #1
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does IBS?

Does IBS cause you to have diarreha 10-20 times a day, day and night for 3 months, then turn to constipation for a month with maybe 1-2 bowels movements everyday two weeks? My gastroenterologist says I have IBS but I have also lost 15 pounds and from what I have read IBS folks do not lose weight??? I am nauseated at times with the dry heaves but never vomiting. I just hope I have not been misdiagnosed and have further hades to go through before this is over??


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Old 08-31-2001, 10:27 AM   #2
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Re: does IBS?

Have you had your gall bladder checked.


Old 08-31-2001, 02:52 PM   #3
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Re: does IBS?

I would seek another Dr's opinion.

Old 08-31-2001, 04:30 PM   #4
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Re: does IBS?

Hi Cathy,
Sorry you are having so much trouble!! I agree that you need to see another Doctor for a second opinion.
I suggest you read the first magazine article in the post "Worth Reading for IBSers" ---it outlines the symptoms for people that have IBS. I don't think nausea is included. But, to properly DX IBS it is a matter of eliminating other bad things.
God Bless-----Harry

Old 09-04-2001, 04:00 PM   #5
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Re: does IBS?

Try getting a stool test for parasites. (giardia, d. fragelis). I had giardia and had all those symptoms plus the weight loss. when meds helped get rid of it i started to gain the weight back. just a suggestion. my doctor told me parasite infections are surprisingly common (especially in the mountain states) and easily beaten.

Old 11-16-2001, 12:14 PM   #6
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Re: does IBS?


I know exactly how you feel. I've been living with IBS for 4 years now, and I tend to jump back and forth between extremes. I've lost a lot of weight, too--mostly because when I'm having diarrhea, I've found that my stomach will calm down if I don't eat for 24 hours.

Metamucil seems to help, though. I can't stand the drink mix, but the cookies are really good. I have also heard that people with these symptoms should get their gallbladder checked. I think your family practice doctor can do that through a blood test.

Good luck!

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