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#21 RitaLucy

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 12:45 PM

1. At what point in the diagnostic process do you feel comfortable with a diagnosis of IBS?2. Do you believe IBS is a disease or a condition?3. What have you acquired professionally that will allow you to diagnose someone with IBS. i.e. IBS seminars, special training, or just the fact you cannot find anything else.4. Do you treat the whole person of just their IBS?
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Posted 11 April 2006 - 04:10 PM

Raj , New memeberI have been to my family physician ad GI specialist any number of times for my IBS-C affliction. The only solution that they offer is to take fiber every day. It does relieve constipation but creates irritation and stomach pain. I would like suggestion from them if there is a specific fiber prepartion that solves my problem without the drawbacks I mentioned.Has anyone encountered this situation and got a stisfactory answer from your physician(s).

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Posted 15 April 2006 - 02:41 PM

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Posted 20 April 2006 - 11:05 PM

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Originally posted by bluenoggie: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.
I had the same problem except i went through the embarassment and cost of a colonscopy for him to tell me this. I wanted to hurt him physically. I have a new physician, just met with him monday. Fantastic guy, keeps up to date on all gastro conditions and actually quoted me a study that IBS is proven to not be 'all in your head'.I trust this guy and if you cant find a specialist that will help you, switch to another, there are plenty around.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 09:59 AM

[QUOTE]Originally posted by bluenoggie: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?QUOTE]Now there is a question I would have liked to have had an answer to!!

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 01:25 PM

I have IBS for sometime now. What I am trying to figure out though is, I come down with a cold and the flu so easily it seems. I am wondering with the meds that I take to help me have a BM everyday, am I losing nutrients that help me stay healthy?I add a prescription powdered laxative to whatever I am drinking in the morning (excluding alcohol of course). Any information I receive back is so much appreciated. And thank you all for reading this.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 11:07 AM

Which bacterial infections have you checked Which bacterial/parasites have you not checked for ?What is the reliability of those tests ? One test enough to prove positive or negative ?

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 08:49 PM

Hello, fellow -ibs-ers, My ibs is a C. I've discovered an IBS medication over the counter.It'scalled Digestive Advantage. Once daily IBS.Seems like it works for constipation and pain.Good luck

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 09:59 PM

What is the best way to manage IBS?Why that is there's no cure for IBS?

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 12:22 AM

Hi Doc.You said I have crohns or colitis. You removed my large intestine. I was wondering if I could have it back? Now that I found out(on my own)I have IBS. Do you know what IBS is?

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 12:19 AM

What is your theory on why IBS is second to the common cold for missed days at work? Why is IBS so prevalant? Has the diagnosis of IBS/spastic colon (and whatever else it used to be called before it was given the IBS name) increased over the years? Why haven't methods other than medication been suggested (at least by my Dr.) like Hypnotherapy, certain supplements like Calcium and Magnesium. Why isn't the emotional distress also explained with the IBS diagnosis, or the fact that many suffer from it. I felt so alone with my taboo problem. I was so depressed when I found out it had no cure and in the beginning it really takes an emotional toll dealing with chronic pain, and other worries like having an accident or IBS-Cers who worry about laxative abuse, or having no bowel movement for almost two weeks. I remember being so depressed and wondering why a 'normal' bodily function could just shut down. I had never even heard of IBS until I got the diagnosis. I think there is alot more that could be said rather than "You have IBS-C. Try Metamucil and drink lots of water." It goes so much deeper than that.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:20 PM

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Originally posted by EmmaM: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?
I truly would like to have ask my doc this the other day!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 01:25 PM

Why do I have to wait a month to get an appointment?Why can we send men into outer space but we can not solve common human stomach problems such as IBS?

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 09:47 PM

Why did you decide to prescribe the drugs that you did? What are the medicinal options for IBS, and what made you choose that specific one for me?If this medicine doesn't work, what's the next step in the plan?Do you have any tips or tricks you've heard from other IBS patients that could help me?

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 09:52 PM

I also wonder sometimes whether IBS-D is my problem or if it's just what the doctor told me because he couldn't think of any more tests. I don't have a bloating problem most days, nor do I often have abdominal pain. When I do have bloating or pain, it is not relieved by a BM, which I understand to be a natural part of IBS.

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 03:11 PM

You are a Doctor enrolled in the Lotronex prescribing program:. You see a patient who has diagnosed Chronic IBS-D, you have tried various treatments over a fair period of time without much success.. The person fits the requirements for Lotronex treatment, has adequate insurance to afford it and is desperate for some relief from their condition.There is just one problem: The patient is male.You know technically that Lotronex is not licensed in Men despite clinical evidence showing it works much the same in Men as in Women.You know that there are a lot of male Lotronex patients who get the drug off-label; you know the possible benefits outweigh the risks in your patient. Do you perscribe the drug; or stick to the rules and deprive a patient of possible symptom relief?

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 08:34 AM

Have you ever heard of people taking Zelnorm having a problem with breathlessness? I've noticed this since I've been taking it. I've been on it for about 4 months now. I decided to try to stay off it and see if the problem goes away, but just wondered if that's a side effect of Zelnorm.Thanks for any help you can give.

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 02:49 PM

My Question:If my blood tests show that I definitely don't have an infected appendix, then why is there so much damn pain right there?!?!

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 07:11 PM

I would love to know if my IBS was directly caused by a ten year struggle with both anorexia and bulimia or if that is just some excuse my doctors are blaming it on...as if to say I brought it on myself.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:17 AM

How can you send a man to the moon, but you cant cure me going the toilet all the time???





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