Posted 12 January 2011 - 12:46 PM
Hi, I had been diagnosed with IBS-D three years ago. I have had it for much longer. Probably 15 years, just didn't know what it was. The reason I am asking a question on this forum is that last month I was diagnosed by my regular doctor with a hiatal hernia after having a upper barium xray. I have been having a terrible time with this new pain which started Thanksgiving week, pain in my upper abdomen, trouble swallowing, burping, etc. I saw my Gastroenterologist yesterday and he is scheduling me for an upper endoscopy (I had this done when I had a colonoscopy 3 years ago, so I know what to expect), but he told me that he is going to "dilate" my esophagus because of scar tissue. I should be having this done next week. I wanted to know if anyone has gone through this procedure, and if it has helped. I have never experienced acid reflux before, so was quite surprised to get all this new information. I have enough problems with my IBS-D (I'm taking Lotronex, and Donnatal as needed).Also, could my IBS (bowel spasms) have caused both the scarring and the hiatal hernia? As far as what I can and cannot eat, I am confused by my doctors. My G.P. doctor says I need to avoid spicy, fried foods (which I don't eat anyway), coffee, caffeine, tomatoe and tomatoe products, and eat small meals throughout the day. And my gastroenterologist says food doesn't make a difference. He says that food doesn't make a difference in my IBS either.I think I am going to error on the side of caution.For as long as I can remember, I have always been a slow chewer, being the last at mealtime, and have always been a "sipper" of beverages. I am always amazed at people who purchase large sized drinks. I always thought, how do they drink that much? Maybe I have had this for awhile and didn't know?Thanks for any help.