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Re: IBS vs. Crohn's Disease?

Re: IBS vs. Crohn's Disease?

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Posted by Harry on October 01, 2000 at 22:50:00:

In Reply to: IBS vs. Crohn's Disease? posted by Susanne Clement on October 01, 2000 at 15:11:02:

: Hi,
: My M.D. diagnosed me w/IBS. For the last 9 months I've had alternating diahreah/constipation...I also notice that I've been having "thin" stool...from strictures in the intestines, I assume. This is associated with Crohn's disease ... not IBS. Any other IBS suffers with really thin stools?? I am not lactose intolerant, I have no pain in my stomach/gut and I have no blood in my stools. Just a feeling of general unwellness...and usually feeling really full, quasi-nauseated after I eat sometimes. It's the worst. I guess the only way to rule out Crohn's is thru a colonoscopy? Any advise? Also...anyone heard of SeaCure? I checked their website...they profess great treatment for IBS.
: Let me know!!!
: p.s. I'm only 26!

Hi Susanne,
If your Doctor told you that you have IBS --He should have made sure you don't have the very serious illnesses like Crohn's, cancer, ulcerative colitis---these are all very serious diseases. Crohn's disease if left untreated or treated improperly can not only be life theatening but I read that it inceases your risk of Cancer about 20 times. You can live with IBS--not the best but OK.

Thin stool just means you are not eating enough food that has water soluble fiber. You should eat foods that absorb water and make your colon expand and work like it is suppose to function. Foods that are mostly water soluble include oat meal products including oat bran, beans(soy, lima, navy, black, kidney, red, aduke, pinto, azuki,etc.), blackeye peas, potatoes,most fruit and veggies. Foods that are not very soluble are wheat products, nuts, seeds, bananas, cauliflower. Meat and dairy contain NO fiber. Most people only get about 15% of the amount of fiber they need. Your colon evolved over hundreds if not thousands of years to handle bulk but today most fiber is processed out of our food. So it's up to you to increase the fiber in your diet. I highly recommend that you also take a fiber supplement that is a water soluble bulk stool forming agent like psyllium that you can get in capsules or powder forms. You should start slow and increase it until your stool is about the size of a quarter and tube shaped. It is safe to take daily and it will make you regular& gentle.
God Bless----Harry

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