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Old 01-17-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Are you sure you have IBS? My Uncle thought he did, found out it was a vitamin K defficiency.
Sadly, I am sure.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I've had IBS for many years and had tried eliminating different foods but it didn't work. I finally had a colonoscopy and dr. said I was fine. WHen I get bad pains I pop immodium as well and it greatly helps. I have found that the only thing that helps is eating small meals, minimal fried foods, and not eating fast or sometimes too close to bedtime. After I lost some weight it also helped.

I know that if I pig out I'm definitely going to be having pains.
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I've had IBS for many years and had tried eliminating different foods but it didn't work. I finally had a colonoscopy and dr. said I was fine. WHen I get bad pains I pop immodium as well and it greatly helps. I have found that the only thing that helps is eating small meals, minimal fried foods, and not eating fast or sometimes too close to bedtime. After I lost some weight it also helped.

I know that if I pig out I'm definitely going to be having pains.
After a severe case of diverticulitis, my doctor really wanted me to get a colonoscopy, due to thickening of the colon. This was several years ago. I have yet to get it, as I just don't want to go through it. Stupid I know.
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: NJ
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After a severe case of diverticulitis, my doctor really wanted me to get a colonoscopy, due to thickening of the colon. This was several years ago. I have yet to get it, as I just don't want to go through it. Stupid I know.
The procedure is painless because you are asleep. Its the disgusting drink you have to ingest the night before that is the worst. It tastes like salt water, but it's important to find out if anything is wrong. I think that after knowing everything was fine down there it made me less stressed and I've had less problems.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:29 AM
 
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I control my IBS by:

- eating less total food in a given day or week
- eating less food in one sitting
- eating less fat, grease, and dairy
- eating less insoluble fiber, whole wheats, and generally undigestable material
- eating/drinking fewer stimulants that induce gastric motility, like caffiene, peppers/onions and fake sweeteners (which are in everything).
- eating fewer foods that are heavily acidic. Cooked tomatoes/tomato sauce is something I eat sparingly now, I use sun dried tomatoes now instead.

I replace this by
-eating foods high in dietary fiber. Try Planter's Nut-rition, Digestive health mix, white rice, bread, or pasta - in small/moderate amounts.
-eating foods to benefit your gut flora (the balance of your good vs. bad intestinal bacterias). Yogurt definitely helps, and Kefir is good in small quantities.
-skipping meals when I am not hungry
-eating like the stereotypical "Frenchman" - constantly picking at small portions of high-flavor, calorically dense foods, as opposed to starving yourself and then stuffing yourself like many Americans.

It sucks having to plan your social life around your dietary habits, but you do what you have to do. As far as immodium goes, I personally don't think it is suitable or wise to use it chronically. I use it maybe once a month, twice a month.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:19 PM
 
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Bentyl works great.
Very good gastro DR, says that Bentyl is very bad for the enamel on your teeth .My wife and daughter took this med for years before they found out that they were hurting their teeth .They wanted me to let you know this when I read them yor post . Please check this out with your dentist .
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I know this is a few months old but still pertinent. It might be work getting checked out to see if you have a wheat (gluten) intolerance. It's called celiac disease. I've heard of a lot of people have suffered from IBS for years until the found out they actually had this. Strangely it's usually not tested for. There is a higher prevalence for people with Northern European heritage with this disease. Just be aware that it might not be Celiac causing the proglem, but it's good to rule it out.

Celiac Disease Foundation
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Old 05-21-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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After a severe case of diverticulitis, my doctor really wanted me to get a colonoscopy, due to thickening of the colon. This was several years ago. I have yet to get it, as I just don't want to go through it. Stupid I know.
You really need a colonoscopy. IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. This means other entiites must be ruled out first. This includes:
1. IBD - Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease)
2. Microscopic Colitis - includes lymphocytic and collagenous colitis. Often, the bowel appears normal on inspection but biopsies reveal deeper inflammatory changes.
3. Lactose Intolerance
4. Celiac Disease
5. Malignancies

There many other possible causes of chronic diarrhea, some are pretty rare. I would definitely suggest starting with a colonoscopy, routine blood work (CBC, sedimentation rate). If it is normal, possibly a celiac panel and a test for lactose intolerance (can be as simple as a breath test).
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I control my IBS by:

- eating less total food in a given day or week
- eating less food in one sitting
- eating less fat, grease, and dairy
- eating less insoluble fiber, whole wheats, and generally undigestable material
- eating/drinking fewer stimulants that induce gastric motility, like caffiene, peppers/onions and fake sweeteners (which are in everything).
- eating fewer foods that are heavily acidic. Cooked tomatoes/tomato sauce is something I eat sparingly now, I use sun dried tomatoes now instead.

I replace this by
-eating foods high in dietary fiber. Try Planter's Nut-rition, Digestive health mix, white rice, bread, or pasta - in small/moderate amounts.
-eating foods to benefit your gut flora (the balance of your good vs. bad intestinal bacterias). Yogurt definitely helps, and Kefir is good in small quantities.
-skipping meals when I am not hungry
-eating like the stereotypical "Frenchman" - constantly picking at small portions of high-flavor, calorically dense foods, as opposed to starving yourself and then stuffing yourself like many Americans.

It sucks having to plan your social life around your dietary habits, but you do what you have to do. As far as immodium goes, I personally don't think it is suitable or wise to use it chronically. I use it maybe once a month, twice a month.
You sound a lot like me. I used to eat big meals and would occasioanally get diarrhea with bile acid soon after. I always used to just deal with it and think the big meal was worth it, that is, until I got a thrombosed hemorrhoid.

Now I'm careful to eat smaller meals, and nothing too greasy. I may eat half of my dinner, and then eat the other half a couple of hours later. I also avoid drinking very much with my meals, especially soda. Fruit is also tricky, I ate some watermelon last week and ended up with diarrhea the next morning, so no more watermelon for me.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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The procedure is painless because you are asleep. Its the disgusting drink you have to ingest the night before that is the worst. It tastes like salt water, but it's important to find out if anything is wrong. I think that after knowing everything was fine down there it made me less stressed and I've had less problems.

Hi Raven,
I have had 3 colonoscopy's for IBS etc. Its the prep that is super terrible to drink. The colonoscopy is nothing--they put you to sleep. My GI doc told me to do this:

Mix the liquid with white grape juice. It is rather sweet and good, not at all bad to drink. Make sure its very cold too. The stuff works the same, and this makes the prep more tolerable. You could also use coconut water, but I don't care for the taste of that. Good luck.
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