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Re: Question for any IBS'er with children

Re: Question for any IBS'er with children

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Posted by Ann on August 28, 2000 at 23:02:14:

In Reply to: Re: Question for any IBS'er with children posted by Harry on August 28, 2000 at 18:46:22:

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: : : : : I haven't seen any research on it, but do any of you that have IBS notice a tendency towards it in your children? My one oldest daughter(22) has had constipation problems since birth, but I never connected it with IBS till the last few yrs. cause I've mainly had problems with the D side of it. She also gets a sick stomach from various foods. My other daughter(19) has had D and C problems occasionally for the last 6yrs. I haven't shared my suspicions with them though cause they've seen me suffer so much and I don't want them to think that their future will be the same. It might not be either, and hopefully if it worsens for them, there will be better medical help by then. Ann S.

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: : : : Hi Ann S.,

: : : : Sorry about your family's problems.All of us are different and have different constitutions and I'll bet your children are also diffrent. I have read that IBS is not inherited. Constipation is generally caused by not drinking enough fluid and too little fiber in your diet. D and C could be caused by the same---mixed with some stress in your child's life.Last week I posted a message to Dori about fiber and to Ann about her 15 year old and stress. I write alot about fiber.

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: : : : MY message is the same ---Take psyllium husk fiber with alot of water as a supplement. It is a water soluble bulk stool forming agent that helps D as well as C. It is a simple thing to do and will solve many future problems.I read the other day that a doctor wrote about 50% of people are not helped by fiber. All fiber is not the same--some does not absorb water and does not act as a stool forming agent. Peanuts give me diarrhea if I eat too many ===they are not bulk stool formers(insoluble mostly).

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: : : : Some foods can be TRIGGER foods that cause diarrhea---you have to ID them and eliminate them from your diet.Dairy, wheat, and corn are common culprits.

: : : : God Bless----Harry

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: : : I have two kids, 6 1/2 and 8. Neither show symptoms of IBS. They are very finiky eaters, one loves milk, one hates it, etc. But if they do have diarrhea, they complain of a stomachache and so far it has always been associated with a virus going around school. I'm so grateful they haven't had to deal with this and I hope they won't have too! However, allergies can be hereditary. I've just discovered it in myself. If there is an allergy as in Celiac Disease, a gluten intolerance (wheat, rye and barley allergy), they could inherit some of those. Hope this helps!

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: : Harry, I know you're a staunch believer in fiber (I'm the same Ann that started posting a few months ago, I just added the S. cause another Ann started posting). Anyway, when my daughter was a baby and not yet on solid foods when she started with the C problem. Sometimes she would go 5 days without a movement. A bit too young for fiber then. She saw many doctors. She seems to be handling it now, but it's a hassle. I was mostly just curious to see if anyone else's children are showing tendencies. I don't think IBS is hereditary, but I think you can inherit body part weaknesses. My mother and most of my siblings(8) seem to have stomach problems of some sort.....no one has been diagnosed with IBS that I know of, but I wouldn't doubt that at least one or two other ones have it.

: : I did resort to the Metamucil routine about 2 wks. ago, but so far it hasn't helped and may be making it worse. I plan to try it for awhile longer just in case it's a matter of the body getting used to it. Cross your fingers! Thanks

: ANN S.

: You have talked about your children and their problems and you have been taking Metamucil for two weeks.But, you did not say much about your symptoms ---I am very interested in what symptoms are getting worse so that you would stop taking Metamucil? I have used psyllium for at least 16 years---among other supplements.I may could help. Thank you----Harry

Harry, I've mentioned bits & pieces of my history before, but I guess it's hard to keep track on this board. I was diagnosed with IBS(they called it spastic colon then) in college, over 25yrs. ago. It usually was the D type, got pain in my stomach after I ate & then needed to run to the bathroom. Or sometimes under stress, I'd have problems for an hr. in the mornings. I usually would only have bad spells 3 or 4 times a yr. (Lucky, huh?). Immodium alone took care of it then. About 3 yrs. ago, it really got worse. Severe & frequent gas, cramping, & pain. It got to the point that 3 or 4 night/wk. I would wake up in the middle of the night with it & often have a hard time getting to the bathroom in time. Anyway, after about 4 stupid Dr.'s, I finally went to Rochester Mayo (I'm from MN). They ran every test in the book, and confirmed that it was IBS. They put me on Elavil(10mg.) to calm the colon muscles, and said I could use the dicyclomine & immodium as needed. He also told me to use the Metamucil. I did everything except the fiber, and everything improved! (still a problem, but much, much better). Over the last yr. things have gotten much worse again...it wrecks family outings, travel plans, and productivity!! Sorry,.. you guys know what it's like, and I'm just feeling sorry for myself. The Mayo Dr. had said I could go as high as 20mg. on the elavil when he prescribed it, but I don't think I could handle the tiredness. My theory is that the hormone changes are making it worse. Anyway, you know the natural fears of anyone with D type IBS and taking fiber. Out of desperation, I did start it like I said, but it seems to have increased the gas and when I missed it two days I got C really bad. Could've been a coincidence? I went looking for the capsule form today too, but was told Metamucil doesn't come in capsules. Didn't you or someone else say they used them? (I had already posted this as a new question, so you can ignore one of them.) Thanks for all your help and advice. Ann S.


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