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Old 08-05-2008, 04:11 AM
 
Location: san antonio/potranco area
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can anyone suggest a good doctor to treat IBS- I am not sure if an Internal Medicine doc would do this or Gastro. I have been going to Wilford Hall and am not happy with the treatment so this would be a self pay. Thanks for any info on doctors treating IBS.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:57 PM
 
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My wife has terrible IBS and seems no one in San Antonio does anything except try and treat the symptoms. There is a CAUSE for IBS which needs to be found in each and every patient. I was researching the same thing you are and found an IBS treatment center in WA state. This doctor seems to "get it." the site is [url=http://www.ibstreatmentcenter.com]The IBS Treatment Center[/url] . I think you can actually call them for a consultation. They do ALL the necessary testing to figure out what is going on with YOU. Seems most IBS symptoms come from food allergies. They test for those as well as parasites in your stools. I am going to call them for my wife. She is miserable most of the time with abdominal discomfort. Hope this helps. Mike
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Old 11-17-2008, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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Mike is right. Go with what he is suggesting. You will be much happier with the results. As a self pay, it will be cheaper than going doc to doc and paying lots of lab studies you do not need. If you have blood studies from Wilford Hall, get a copy and send them to the IBS Treatment Center. That will prevent duplication of efforts and save money.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:18 PM
 
Location: West Creek
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I had something similar. Turned out that it was my appendix was secrecing too much fluid that caused the problem. I am sorry but San Antonio does not have many resources as of yet. YOu might want to try Houston or Austin, or if you want to get cured on the spot try going south of the border. I go there to get IV vitamined every month.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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My question is who told you is was IBS? IBS symptoms are very common in other ailments as well. Sometimes you need to be your own advocate and request that the doctor eliminate other possibilities before being treated for anything. A very common but largely misdiagnosed and misunderstood condition is diverticulitis. Studies have shown that Western civilizations have very high percentages of "diverticulosis" (the condition before it becomes inflamed and painful.) Western diets have become so refined and rich over the years causing diverticulosis to present itself in younger and younger patients. Doctors in general are overlooking it as a possibility because it was more common in older patients.

Do your homework and read up on numerous digestive disorders and then give your doctor a list to check off....and ask him/her WHY?
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Many people diagnosed with Celiac Disease were initially diagnosed with IBS.

IBS seems to be the "catch all" diagnosis for lazy docs who don't want to do anything but throw pills at their patients.

And if I sound bitter, I am. I was told I had IBS time-and-time again (oh and my "stress" was causing it) because I didn't "look" like I had Celiac.

So please get to the root of whatever is causing the IBS.

Celiac.com is a good place to start if you suspect that it's gluten.

(Celiac is tricky...before going gluten-free, I was lactose intolerant, had IBS, got stomach aches all the time, headaches, joint aches, tooth enamel errosion, and other stuff I can't even remember. It's all gone now thanks to going GF!)

Good luck!
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: West Creek
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what type of IBS are we taling about? Intestinal Blockage or Irritable bowel?
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It was determined that my husband has ulcerative colitis after many months of tests both here and in NY. I was really surprised how many people suffer with some sort of IBD. I found a wealth of information on the Crohn's and Colitis web site.....ccfa.org. We have gained knowledge about diet, and treatment and doctors in the area who specialize in the treatment, and even a forum to see what is working for other people. It can be a very debilitating disease. I hope this helps.
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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There you go BenN.....here's the beginning of your check off list.

els make a very good point about IBS. It's sort of like treating someone for a "headache".

Celiac's disease
Crohn's
Colitis
Ulcerative Colitis
Diverticulitis

and not to scare you, but I'd be remiss in mentioning colon cancer. The good news about CC is that you can catch pre-cancerous conditions early with the proper tests and not allow it to develop. Many digestive problems can create an environment where CC can develop, so it's best to stay ahead of that!

I'm sure there are others to add to the list. Getting tested for food allergies is almost a must with digestive disorders. But a good doctor (Internal Medicine or Gastro) should also run other tests, Upper and lower GI, CTS or xrays....and especially a colonoscopy. 40 is the new 50 in having a colonoscopy!

Good luck.....and don't hesitate to request any of these tests.

BTW - Dr Abdul Kahdri is an EXCELLENT internal medicine doctor. I'm not sure which hospitals he works out of...but he is super!
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I used to have serious stomach issues and thought it was beyond help, until I started eating one Activia every day and was prescribed Nexium. At first I did Activia every day and have been for about a year. That helped quite a bit as far as shortening the list of things I couldn't eat. I went to a doctor for something else about a month ago and he prescribed me Nexium because he couldn't believe that nothing worked. I had tried everything else before that and they all failed. So far the only thing that is still on the list is anything loaded with garlic. My stomach used to get messed up just by smelling garlic, but now I can handle it with no problem as long as it isn't something super loaded with it.
I feel a billion times better than I have in a long time.
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