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Re: IBS Forum

Postby ShelleyKeo » Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:14 pm

I have had severe bouts of diarrhoea and abdominal pains on and off for years now and rumbling of the tummy even when I have just had something to eat, also severes bouts of wind and belching my gp has never diagnosed me with IBS but I work for a doctors surgery and the gp there has suggested I might have IBS how would I get a diagnosis from my own gp as I don't go to him every time I get the diarrhoea or abdo pains. All advice welcome thanks
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby Bel Bel » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:39 pm

There is an IBS forum on here somewhere
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby te22a » Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:52 am

Hi, I am new to this site and have been suffering with IBS for a while. I am pregnant and have only just found this forum after recently buying a laptop!
The main problem I have is with constipation, diarrhea and acid reflux. Does anyone mind sharing their main problems and how they deal with these symptoms? I have tried over the counter remedies but they don’t always work. Thanks.
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby ray80dav » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:55 am

Hi, I am new to this forum! And from the posts I have read it looks like i have made the right choice, so much advice more than I have ever seen. So my problems started last year when a nice doctor told me I had IBS and that there was no cures just take it on the chin and move on. I suffer mostly with constipation don’t have a BM for maybe 7 to 14 days I also suffer with acid reflux. I have tried colpermin on a friends advice but found no difference to my symptoms, I hope to receive better advice from this forum, I don’t like taking pills but it seems like I am going to have to start.
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby snail » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:15 pm

Colpermin completely controls my symptoms when I get them, but then I suffer more with pain and diarrhoea (triggered by stress). I can't imagine it would help with constipation, because it sort of anesthetises the bowel and thus slows transit. Have you tried traditional constipation remedies such as psyllium husks etc?
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Re: no faith in doctors

Postby martpri » Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:30 am

](*,) Hi everyone, I’m new to the forum and would like to share my problems with you in the hope of learning how to deal with everyday life. I was diagnosed with IBS 6 months ago and had faith in the doctors to help me manage the problems I have, I Should’ve known better! 0nce you’re diagnosed with IBS you are on your own, that is why I am here talking to you.
My symptoms are stomach pains that cause me to take time off work and just curl up with a hot bean bag and acid reflux that keeps me awake at night. I suck on polo mints to try to ease this symptom. I seem to burp a lot which can be embarrassing when I am out with friends. The worst has to be diarrhoea however I use Imodium, so I have controlled this symptom for the most part anyway! I hope some of you can give me some pointers on how to deal with these problems; maybe it is something I have not tried so far. Thank you in advance for your suggestions
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby Carla182 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:15 am

Hi, im new to this and have read so many forums before but never replied on one, and now feel like im just at the end of my tether and just wanted a rant, or see if any one could help... so here goes,

I was diagnosed with IBS-D with Anxiety and Stress last year, after going through a tough few months, it made me suffer with uni and i had to quit my part time job and i missed exams but i muddled through. I returned back to uni last september thinking im not suffering in silence anymore, and spoke to student wellbeing at uni who were really good and spoke to all my lecturers telling them about my condition and said that if i need to leave lectures, i will do. This made things a bit easier however it all went downhill after then. I changed doctors and was put on colpermin (peppermint capsules) and fybrogel, and i had never been so ill i couldnt leave the house for 3 and half weeks i just had the runs (sorry for the details) constantly and agony tummy pain, i ended up calling nhs direct and thinking i was actually dying - i paced the house for 4 hours at one point as it was uncomfortable to do anything!

I stopped taking the fybrogel and my BM became more stable, and i was put on 10mg citalopram (anxiety tablets) for the stress and pressure. I ended missing 4 weeks of uni at once because i was so ill but they understood and i did all my assignments from my bed. Ive just returned back to uni now and i am so stressed again all i am doing is crying because of the constant pain, bloatedness and pressure. My tummy makes really loud noises and i have so much gas it painful, i never really suffered with the gas but lately i have been - which stresses me out sitting in quiet lecture rooms as my tummy makes noises and that can be embarrassing as it is, and even though i have permission to just walk out of lecture, the seats are very enclosed together, even if i sit near the door at the front and the thought of being in a lecture room for 2/3 hours just scares the life out of me and i feel trapped. It has come to the point where i have rang my mum tonight crying because of the stress and i want to give it all up, which would be a waste cos i finish in 3 months and graduate in 5 months, yet it feels like so much pressure to get through, especially with the early morning lectures which last 3 hours.

I was wondering if anyone had any advice i could try for the bloatedness and the pain, and especially the gas that i can use whilst taking citalopram and colpermin. I take immodium (for bloatness and wind) on days of lecture but i cant become dependent on these as it cant be good and they give me more pain a few days after.
Also any advice for the stress would help too, im thinking about going back to gym but i know some one goes who seems to have a problem with me (ex bfs new gf even though they dont know me) to relieve the stress, but its a small gym and ive already paid a year membership that i cant change and its a small gym so going on my own and bumping in to them could be a problem and embarrassing.

I am currently on lactose free milk and cut out all caffiene, fizzy drinks etc, and i tried to take wheat out before but does not make any difference!

Any help will be greatly appreciated! i cannot afford the £15 a month precriptions much longer i am a poor student! :)

Sorry for the long rant and Thanks!
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby snail » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:08 pm

Hi Carla

It's difficult to know what else to suggest in terms of medication as really you need someone with medical expertise looking over your records. However, from your post it seems clear that anxiety is playing a big part, probably the main part, in your health troubles. (I know myself I am virtually IBS-free unless I'm stressed). A couple of things that occurred to me were counselling (most unis have a counsellor, can you book a series of appointments with him/her?), and exercising away from the gym if you don't want to go but can't afford another membership. You can go running or walking for free, do step (on a small stool or sturdy low box) in your room for free, or do aerobics to a DVD for very low cost (Ebay is full of cheap second-hand exercise DVDs, you can pick your celebrity!).
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby Carla182 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:43 pm

Hi

Yeah i understand that, i have re-booked in doctors although i was only there last week as I have seem to be gotten worse with the stress. I know the stress and anxiety plays a huge part on my life and i know i am a whole lot better on days i dont have to be at uni, or when i have gone home - going home for christmas was like heaven! I tried the uni counsellor but they couldnt help and didnt really know what to say, im on the waiting list for a counsellor at my doctors, but ive been on since last may for this! I have started going for walks along the sea front (one perk of living near at the beach) and hopefully this will help calm me down, but i know tomorrow is my last day before i am back at uni again for the week on monday, and im going to be a complete nervous wreck.

Thanks for your advice :) i really wish they could find a cure for ibs!
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby snail » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:43 am

Last May is a ridiculous amount of time to wait - it's usually two or three months to see a counsellor through your GP, not nine months. I would check that your application for counselling hasn't been lost in the system - I can't believe the waiting list is really that long.

Long walks by the sea sound really lovely.
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby little-egghead » Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:42 am

At 20 years old, after two and half years of suffering, I have finally been diagnosed with IBS. Although I still have my doubts.

I had an awful bout of glandular fever that started all the problems off and since then, I have been feeling horrendous. Cannot get through a day without clutching my stomach in pain because of horrendous cramps, having waves of nausea, or having to run to the toilet as soon as I eat. My stomach makes the most awful noises, I frequently have headaches and feel tired and lethargic all the time. I cannot go for an evening out with my friends without having to come home early and I head straight to bed or straight to the toilet. My IBS has stopped me from working for the last month as I am in such agony that some days I can't even walk.

As well as having IBS, I had an endoscopy last year and a specialist diagnosed me with Reflux Oesophagitis. Still never know if I'm spelling that right!

I take 20mg of Omeprazole a day and get through about a bottle of Gaviscon Advance every two weeks and I thought they were helping but now I'm not so sure. I think they help with the Oesophagitis a bit but I want to find something that isn't going to affect me in the long term and something that is natural.

Also I keep finding myself having a number of infections and last week I was on very strong antibiotics for a kidney infection which two weeks ago caused me to scream in pain and collapse in a toilet in Amsterdam (not my finest hour!)

I wake up every day feeling terrible and I can't get my friends and boyfriend to understand. I know it's nothing life threatening but it is ruining my life. I cannot go through every day feeling like this, I am getting so down and I cannot exercise as much as I used to and for a dancer who was dancing about 3 hours every day it is really upsetting.
I do not drink, smoke or do drugs. I don't eat chocolate, eat much fast food or drink caffeine anymore. In fact my diet is so healthy that all my friends poke fun at me and don't understand how I can eat so well!

I've started taking Probiotics, not very strong ones just something to help aid digestion. I used to take them a while ago and they seemed to help.

Going to the doctors over and over to be told there is nothing wrong has been difficult. Finally being given some answers is quite reassuring as for over two years I have been made to feel like a hypochondriac. Even sometimes I would question myself and think it was all in my head. But now I realise that being woken up in the middle of the night by unimaginable cramping pain and feeling sick every single day is not normal.

To top this all off I also embarrassingly struggle with a completely irrational but incredibly terrifying phobia of vomit (Emetophobia). I have had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy but unfortunately neither of these have worked! A normal day in my life goes like this; I feel incredibly sick because of my IBS, I then suffer from a panic attack because I am scared I'm going to vomit and I then have awful pains of IBS because the stress of the panic attack has triggered my IBS. A horrible cycle that I can't seem to get myself out of!

I just really don't know where to go from here and I feel so alone sometimes. No one seems to understand and for someone my age and being a girl, it's so embarrassing to have all these combining things. I know the phobia is stupid and I wish I didn't have it but I can't help it and I've tried my best to sort myself out.
Please can someone recommend some natural remedies or advice for anything.

Sorry I've blabbered on for so long, didn't realise how good it would feel writing it all down!
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you!
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby Bel Bel » Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:35 pm

I would suggest a food diary with a pain diary alongside - it often helps see the food stuffs that set off the worse bouts meaning it's easier to identify likely casues.
My hubby is doing this to try and find out what is causing his IBS.
It's different for everyone but commonly can be wheat, fizzy drinks (inlcuding lager - yes it is classed as a fizzy drink) and spicy foods.

You could have colitis and I would push to get tested for it. In fact I would go into the doctors and have a mini breakdown and demand to see a specialist.

I know one girl who turned out to have an enzyme problem and had suffered unnecessarily for years, a college who has collitis and simply needed to go on a gluten free diet and my hubby who has IBS but is in denial it's lager and now has rosacea (skin condition) caused by not dealing with the IBS appropriately and continuing to poison himself with lager. You however have already adopted diet changes so finding the cause and then eliminating it should be a lot easier for you. In fact you might find you can reintroduce stuff you love again.

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Re: IBS Forum

Postby Aimez » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:03 pm

hey everyone,

I have lingered on forums about IBS for a a couple of years, I always thought maybe it was in my head and cos it was occuring in bouts so I shrugged it off. But the past 8 months it is ruining my life I no realise. I think it all began after I was very depressed and now I get depressed because of the IBS and I have always been an anxious person with a short fuse so all bad traits for IBS! Now is a vicious circle of all these things triggering each other! I have started dating a lovely man after a very long time on my own and am worrying about my IBS now we are going out for meals and I nearly ended the whole things cos of IBS! I then thought that is is it I am fed up of this ruling my life, so I saw my doctor which I kept putting off and was worried she would say it was all in my head or that there is nothing can be done.She told me I have IBS and told me there are things we can do to help. She has given me Fybogel sachets to take twice a day. I am scared of taking them even as worry when they come into effect, this is to make me go in the morning so I don't feel the need to go after meals and to get teh bowel empty and in a rhythm. This is the main issue i have about half an hour after eating I have to go especially in morning or at lunchtime and this is not practical, so I end up not eating anything which is hardly helpful. I also get stabbing pain and very noisy tummy when I do eat. I have eaten same meal and been fine then the next week not so sadly not as simple as intolerance to dairy, wheat or lactose etc ,well I don't think. So the doc told me to try this stuff for like a month and see what happens and gave me a print off of explaining what IBS is. I think everyone has their own things that help you just have to try others suggestions and see what works for you as no one seems to be the same. I want my social life back and to not rush home after eating as this is making me depressed again and I cannot go there again. Cannot let this bet us down!
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Re: IBS Forum

Postby Bobbie » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:01 pm

I don't have IBS but I can relate a lot as I can't eat gluten.. I get so ill and bloated.
I hate it when I have a bad day and I bloat up like a balloon, it makes me feel huge and ugly which makes me eat rubbish .. Then I feel guilty "/


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Re: IBS Forum

Postby CrystalStarr » Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:10 pm

I've only just discovered this bit of the forum. I was diagnosed with IBS last October. The doctor didn't give me much information about it, just sent me to the hospital for blood tests. For a while they thought I had coeliac disease, but after a few tests it turns out not, so now I don't have a clue what causes it. It could be stress related as last October-February my bf and I were in the process of buying our first house and it was a a stressful time. But now we're settled I'm still having problems.

It's getting to the point where I rely on Immodium for most of the week (which can't be good for you, but the doctor has said I can take it whenever I want). It sometimes affects my work as by lunchtime I can get stabbing pains and it makes me not be able to concentrate the rest of the afternoon. This is when I take my Immodium and it makes me feel a lot better, but it's not an ideal thing to keep having to do. A few times I have had to go home from work cos it's been bad. I also freak out about having to stay over somewhere now where I'm unsure of the 'toilet situation'. It makes me not want to go out anywhere.

Another thing is that I've put on 2 stone in weight since around summer last year (which is when I started on the contraceptive injection). I don't know if this could be a factor? I really want to go back on the Pill, but I'm worried about effectiveness what with the IBS. Does anyone else know anything about this?

Since being found negative for coeliac disease, the docs and hospital have left me to my own devices. I am going to start a food diary and attempt to lose weight and exercise more. But at the moment I can eat a meal and feel OK and then have the same thing again a few days later and feel I'll again. It's weird.

I'm glad I found this thread though as there are is some very useful advice I'll try and take on board.
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