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Re: Did I inherit bad guts?

Re: Did I inherit bad guts?

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Posted by Janet L. on November 07, 2000 at 14:37:30:

In Reply to: Did I inherit bad guts? posted by Jason on November 07, 2000 at 12:10:06:

: Recently, within 3 months or so I would say, interesting things have been happening to me. It first started when I would have trouble sitting down because of mild pain on my rear. Irritating, but not anything to panic about. I had been diagnosed with hemmorhoids about a year and a half before, so I was only mildly concerned. This was followed by a *constant* feeling of having to use the bathroom, sometimes I would end up going 6 times a day. sucked. Then the symptoms would subside after using prepH and ....equate fiber therapy, I think, with psillyum seed (sp?). Then they would come back with very loose stool for a few days, then constipation, back and forth, back and forth. Now it seems that it changes color for a day or so (really dark brown green? gross, I know, sorry) then back to normal. Also accompanied by nausea (with BM's), terrible cramping (a feeling that diarrhea is imminent, but doesn't happen), and horrific gas (I'm starting to get famous). Grumbling feelings like I'm hungry, but not. It just plain sucks cuz I feel crappy all the time. Haven't had any tests yet, but I'm on the verge of calling a doc. The fiber seems to help straighten things out. My mom has spastic colon attacks, or so she calls them, is that ibs, if so, can I inherit it? Any thoughts from anyone, I'm sick of going back and forth between explosive diarrhea and rabbit droppings. Sorry for the in depth explanations, but it's easy to describe your most intimate workings to strangers.
: Thanks for any and all help, don't be afraid to email me.
: Jason.
: Ps, I also eat alot of yogurt, not because of my symptoms, but just because I like it. :-)

Hi Jason. Yes, it sounds like you have IBS. However I do recommend that you see a doc and have him/her rule EVERYTHING else out. The tests aren't exactly fun, but before an IBS diagnosis can be made you must rule everything else out. There isn't any one test they can do to diagnose IBS, it is a ruling out process. Don't let a doc blow you off by telling you right off the bat that you have IBS. There are so many other, more serious problems that cause the same symptoms. I think you are on the right track with the fiber therapy. If I am correct, what I see happening here is that when you become regular again, you stop the fiber. You need to take the fiber on a regular (no pun intended), daily basis. I hope Harry will respond to you, we call him the Fiber King. He knows a lot. I have just started taking the psyllium capsules, and I like them better than the powder. Harry on the other hand likes the powder better (If I remember right). It is just personal preference. Anyway, you are on the right track. Take Care, Janet L.


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