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#1 tna

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

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So I was just diagnosed with IBS after a year of doctors’ appointments and numerous tests. I have alternating constipation and diarrhea but it leans more on the diarrhea side. I have been going to a GI doctor and let me just say I am less than impressed with him. He wouldn't listen to me and my symptoms and all he did was give me a pamphlet to explain what IBS is. I also can’t get his nurse to call me back and answer my questions. My experience with this office has been a nightmare and I don’t trust him. I am only 23 and am afraid to eat because of how food might affect me. I go days without being able to eat anything and when I do my stomach hurts so bad I am doubled over in pain.

I really need some advice on how to treat this. I can't live like this anymore. The GI doc wants me to take citrucel twice a day but I am afraid to take I am afraid it will make the diarrhea worse because everything I read on citrucel is that it is for constipation. Anyone have experience taking citrucel with IBS-D? Also I want to switch to a doctor that I can really trust. Is a family doctor effective with treating IBS or should I find a new GI doctor?


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Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:57 AM

A family doctor will most likely end up sending you to a specialist again as they can only do so much. Then again, after you've been through all the tests they do to make sure it's not something else there isn't much left for them to do unfortunately.

Have they tried anything for the psychological side of things yet? Pills like Cipralex. Lets face it after having issues for a long time, your mind gets worried to eat a lot of things, go places etc. it could help.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:58 AM

Read up on mebeverine for the pain, it's an anti-spasmodic. It's likely to have a brand name in the States but I don't know what it is, in the UK it's Colofac.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:22 PM

The doctor did say he was going to call in a anti-spasmodic but he never did. I have been calling his nurse about it and can't get anyone to call me back in that office the past 2 weeks. Which is another reason I want to find a new doctor as they never do what they say they are. Sadly they are the only GI office in my town and with my work schedule it would be hard to travel the 20 miles to the next. They only other thing the doctor suggested to me was the citrucil twice a day. But again I am afraid that it will make the D worse. Anyone have experience with using citrucil for treating alternating IBS C and D? It tends to lean more on the D side. I know there isn't a lot to do to treat IBS but the doctor hasn't even talked to me about different medicine or a special diet.





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