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#1 Jeffrey Roberts

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Posted 28 September 2005 - 09:10 PM

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I continue to read that some doctors are reluctant or do not have the time or knowledge to answer questions posed by an IBS sufferer during a planned visit. I have seen several lists of questions that sufferers might want to ask their doctor during their visit. I wonder if we can't generate our own list of questions that we would like answered by our physicians. Perhaps we can turn this into a press release so that doctors can be better prepared when we visit them.I invite you to pose a question here that you would like to ask your doctor. Let's try and keep the discussion down to a minimum and just accumulate questions.Jeff
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Posted 29 September 2005 - 09:57 AM

How does IBS relate to and affect other medical conditions (that I have)?How might medications that I take for another condition affect my IBS?What combination of medications, support, therapies (hypno/CBT, etc)have you found most effective in treating your IBS patients?How may I keep in touch with you regarding my IBS treatments? (e-mail, voice mail, phone)Is there a particular good time/day when I can expect to speak with you personally if needed?
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Posted 29 September 2005 - 10:32 AM

Are there any alternative treatments for IBS that are available on the NHS?What can i do to make myself more comfortable until i get to see a specialist?
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Posted 03 October 2005 - 06:15 PM

Are there any local support groups that you are aware of?

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Posted 05 October 2005 - 11:25 AM

Are there any researchers aware of a connection between flavonoids and IBS relief? Are there any professionals who even care?
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Posted 05 October 2005 - 02:59 PM

1. What is the connection between heavy antibiotic use and the on-set of IBS?2. What kind of tests are available to confirm that I have IBS?3. What prescription and non-prescription medications are available for IBS symptom relief? What are their side effects?4. Are there specialists available in my area for IBS treatment?5. How does my insurance company address, treat, and cover IBS?Good post, by the way.

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:52 PM

Yes. what else could you call ibs to qualify for disability with the state to get aid if you cannot work, and what test could you have to qualify and how to ask a doctor to help you get help to qualify?Laurie

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 09:49 PM

1. Considering the fact that I have most of the symptoms for hypothyroid, why don't you order the Radioactive Iodine Uptake Test for me?2. Why do I continuously read that the blood test for thyroid isn't a definitive test, and yet I can't get a doctor to order the Radioactive Iodine Uptake Test, (even though my mother was hypothyroid)?

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 10:32 PM

1. Do you have specialized expertise with treating IBS or is "eat more fiber" the ultimate treatment you can offer me as a patient?2. Can you explain the difference between soluble fiber and non-soluble fiber? (A doctor I had once didn't know, yet kept telling me to eat more fiber. From my own experience and study, I found that eating non-soluble fiber on an empty stomach can result in intestinal agony whereas eating soluble fiber can give symptom improvement). 3. What kind of IBS symptoms do people get? (This is a way to find out if your doctor knows about IBS-C, IBS-D and IBS-A). 4. After hearing the symptoms I have had so far in my life, would you consider my case mild, moderate or severe IBS?5. When would you refer an IBS patient to a GI? (I had a GP who refused to ever refer me, saying IBS did not qualify for specialist referral since our HMO is trying to keep down costs).Very basic questions, but by doing your homework on the internet, then perhaps playing innocent, sometimes you can find out what the GP knows about IBS before you trust your care to him/her. Final note: If all your doctor can offer you is "eat more fiber", thank him/her kindly, and seek assistance elsewhere.This just flashed through my mind, an IBS BOARD GAME, something like Monopoly, where the point is to accumulate treatments that work as you work your way around the board. I can visualize a player getting a card "Eat more Fiber - Forfeit $200 in doctor's visit fees and Return to the public restroom". I am sure brilliant minds here could think up a complete game for IBS fetishists. I'll sleep on it, e.g., tossing the dice and having to move ahead 7 jumps that put you on "Eat a spicy pizza and a banana chocolate sundae, then wash it down with beer (with a note saying - move board piece to ER for 1 turn).

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 07:25 PM

i have ibs-d and i know how we all feel all so well.. the board game sounds like so much. this is the bestlaugh i had in a long time.. thanks a lot i needed a good laugh..

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Posted 14 October 2005 - 04:20 PM

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Originally posted by bigmama:Yes. what else could you call ibs to qualify for disability with the state to get aid if you cannot work, and what test could you have to qualify and how to ask a doctor to help you get help to qualify?Laurie


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Posted 16 October 2005 - 08:05 PM

1. How bad does it have to get before you put me on something that will help prevent an episode, instead of something I take once it has already started?2. How many tests are you going to run before you give me the definate diagnosis of IBS?I had to switch doctors because my first one just gave me the "take more fiber and everything will be fine" route. And she sent me to a GI specialist who said the same thing. My new doctor, whom I have been with for about six months, is willing to listen to me, run tests if she thinks of something else that my IBS could actually be, gave me pill so that I could actually go out and do things, and she is more then happy to take the time to just sit down and talk to me to answer what ever questions that I have,no matter how stupid they seem. If it takes switching doctor's once or ten times, find one that works well with you.

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 10:01 PM

Yes I like the board game idea. Its just that when it says "GO TO JAIL" it actually means the toilet,& you have to leave both the game & the room for a comfort station! After many years of IBS, & visiting many doctors it was really only the psychiatrist that set the wheels turning for me to receive a disability pension. They realise you are serious when you go to the 'shrink'. Posted Image

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Posted 19 October 2005 - 11:16 AM

My husband's doctors don't really ask him questions or listen to him, so this list of questions should really help! Thanks!

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Posted 21 October 2005 - 06:39 AM

Can you explain what class of anti-depressant works best for IBS-D and IBS-C?

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 09:30 AM

I hope this is not too late. I would like to know about the serotonin level and the brain-gut regulation of the chemical, plus the research being done? Probably no physician can answer that buts its worth a shot. Also, I would like answers on the latest trend of IBSers, like how many people, now days are getting the illness and are the foods we eat and the water we drink contributers to the functional disorder?

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 04:49 PM

Can menstrating affect my IBS-D? Can it cause a flare up? If so, is there a way to treat both causes of cramps with one medication?

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Posted 23 November 2005 - 02:33 PM

I have ibs-d what i would like to know is the lump I have on my right side caused by my IBS or is it something knew?The lump is the size of a pea.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 10:17 AM

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How to get rid of persistent pain in the region of colon (bottom left side)How do you get rid of constipation other than takig fiber preparations for e.g., Metamucil, Citrucel daily as my doctor recommended. These seem to irritate my colon. Can fiber-rich foods solve the constipation problem? Any recommendations for such food items? Whih is beneficial, soluble or insoluble fiber? Which kind of fiber does fiber preparations have?.

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 09:32 AM

A question that i'd love to askQ. Do you actually give a damn, that i'm often on my hands and knees, with my hands clenched screaming for the pain to stop?





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