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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:18 AM

Also, has IBS alsways been around, how did people years ago cope?I mean like over 100 years ago.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:19 AM

And, has any footballers/sportspeople got ibs, how the hell do they cope? (hang on ref, i just need the loo again!)

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:22 AM

Is IBS linked to foreign agents in food, eg pestiscides....also how come its people in the west who get it the most, and is ibs not cured because of the amount of money the companies make on medications?

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 07:34 PM

diabetes has a ton of research, parkinsons has a ton of research. do we have to wait for a movie star to get diagnosed with ibs for a ton of money to get poured into research for ibs? or maybe we will have to wait for the healthcare system to get sick and tired of pouring millions of dollars into the diagnostic testing, doc visits, specialist apt.'s before they step up the pace with doing something better for patients than pointless office visits. i do think they are onto something with the bacteria overgrowth and the brain/gut disorder. can we get a conference going with gp's and gi's and some scientist and really start figuring this ibs out? in the meantime there has to be a medication that can at least make flare ups more bearable, the daily malfunctions of ibs are bad enough but the flare ups stop your life dead in your tracks and all anyone can do is pray for it to end. can we give a better source of relief from flare ups in the meantime? reading these boards sometimes makes my heart break for all the suffering that goes on. How about this, lets all vow right now that the next doc visit we have we will take several samples of ibs board discussion (especially from the ibs-anxiety depression boards) to our doctors and let them read for themselves that it is just not me (1) person, but bring the masses to them, you cant just give them the web address lord only knows if they will remember to look it up or take the time to do it, they are too overburdened. Lets do it! make a commitment to yourself and your fellow sufferers that we have a voice of the masses. I have already printed my samples for my march 26th apt. You may have to save it to a file first before it will print i had some trouble with just printing straight from the board.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 12:16 PM

You might ask if the doctor has longer appointments. My primary has two different type of appointments. The regular ones are about 15 minutes and then on certain days he has hour long appointments that his assistant books for him, not the central appointment desk.

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 11:25 AM

1. Do you have experience dealing with IBS?2. Can you offer advice other than "take fiber"?3. Do you believe it is all in one's head?4. Do you realize that a colonoscopy is akin to torture for an IBS patient?5. Do you know how mentally and emotionally taxing this condition is?6. Will you help me find info on "alternative treatment" that does not require a prescription?7. Do you acknowledge that my condition could possibly have been caused by abdominal surgery?8. Can you refer me to someone today if you do not feel you can answer the above questions?

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 12:04 PM

1. My best friend (of 25 years) and I both ended up with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and now we both have IBS. Is there any connection between PCOS and IBS? 2. I started having my first symptoms of IBS almost immediately after having 2 strong antibiotics for a sinus infection that took forever to go away, followed 6 months later by another 4 rounds of antibiotics for another sinus infection. After the second batch of antibiotics, my IBS symptoms became full-blown. My doctor said that antibiotics would upset my stomach, but not cause any damage. Could she have been wrong?

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 07:55 PM

You might ask if the doctor has longer appointments. My primary has two different type of appointments. The regular ones are about 15 minutes and then on certain days he has hour long appointments that his assistant books for him, not the central appointment desk.

Thank you, Reta! This is very helpful -- no wonder I feel my dr. doesn't have time to listen much, I guess it's his short appt time :( -- I'll for sure ask him when I see him tomorrow!BTW, the original link to the 10 questions to ask your doctor about IBS got (maybe temporarily?) lost in the site migration, so I googled it and found the following (not sure which/if one actually is the original list of 10 questions, but just thought these might be of some use to those who are interested):(1) 10 important questions to ask your dr. about IBS;(2) 10 important questions to ask your dr. about IBS and C;(3) IBS: Questions to ask your dr.; (4) What to ask your dr. about IBS; and(5) Ask your doctor.Cherrie :)
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Posted 18 June 2007 - 07:36 PM

:( Gas bloating, and IBS Solution for a daily bowel movement.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:29 AM

1. Why has the Rome criteria changed if it is such a perfect predictor of IBS?2. Why do some doctors I have seen in the past think they know me better than I know myself? They would insist that I felt relief after bms when in fact my pounding pelvic pain and cramps with the urge to go when there was nothing there continued pretty much 24-7 for several years.Not to mention volumes of gas incontinence every couple of minutes.3. Why do you think I'm exaggerating when I explain the negative impact on my life- no sex life, difficulty with co-workers, family, etc.? Why do you laugh when I tell you these things?4.Obviously you choose not to believe me so I will not bother to ask you to fill out an FMLA form so it will be easier for me to continue coming to these fruitless appointments where I have to pay you whether you make any effort to help me or not. The FMLA would be nice to have if I had a particularly bad spell and would need to take off work intermittently until I find someone who WILL help me. One of the reasons FMLA was put in place was for chronic conditions such as this but I obviously am not entitled to use it as I don't have a 'real' problem. You want to assume I'm just trying to get out of going to work when in fact the exact opposite is true- I'd like to feel well enough to volunteer for overtime! What would it take to convince you of this?5. If you can't help me, why can't you at least help find me someone who will? Do you not have access to resources that may be of help? Why won't you refer me to a colon-rectal clinic where I might possibly get more tests done- even if I have to drive a bit? Why are you offended when I ask you these questions?6. If you can't pinpoint the exact cause of my symptoms, why do you immediately dismiss my ideas and refuse to pursue any of them? Is this laziness or insecurity on your part? Are you buddy-buddy with the insurance system and trying to keep costs down for them? If so, why don't you help me resolve my problem so I can quit coming here? Then you can sit around in your empty office and do nothing all day for as long as you want.7. Medicine is a business just like any other. Did they not teach you in medical school that the customer is always right- even if they're sometimes not? Money is supposed to be exchanged for goods and services received, not 'Money for Nothing" as the old Dire Straits song goes.8. If you do schedule tests and appointments, couldn't we schedule more than one in advance or somehow in a more timely manner so it doesn't take weeks, months, and years to have them or are you just stringing me along figuring nothing will get accomplished while at the same time I have to continue to struggle every day at work, etc. Are you just trying to pacify me like a baby?While at the moment I think I may have found a decent, caring doctor the above pretty much sums up my frustration with the medical system for the past 23 years.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 06:35 AM

1. You've gone to medical school for years, you've got that fancy piece of paper that says you're smart, your paycheck is bigger then mine can ever hope to be because you know what you're doing, and yet you can't even be certain of why I've got to chain myself to a flippin' toilet every 2.5 seconds?!2. Why isn't IBS classified as a medical reason to excuse me from (work/school/life) without lash-backs? 3. The medicine you gave me works Doc, thanks. Now can you tell me why it's making me drowsy, dizzy, making me sensitive to light, making my mouth so dry I could put a camel to shame in a drinking contest, and did I say making me drowsy? (If the doctor isn't sure, direct him to question one.)And to whomever it was that mentioned people suffering from it before medicines and technology were available, my answer is this: Really durable leaves.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 03:59 PM

what does antibiotic use have to do with ibs? i never was prescribed antibiotics until just before ibs hit me like a train i will never forget the day it hit me projectal vomit severe stabbing pain in the guts and not being able to get to the restroom in time. or maybe its from food additives if so do you think anyone would tell because that would make them responsible for destroying many lives and we only get to live once.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 09:20 AM

hi, is it safe for my 16 year old daughter, who suffers from very bad ibs to have the vaccines egmen ctetanuspoliommras recommended for college campusthe last year she has suffered from many viruses .

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 01:34 AM

1.) What are the ways you can help me expain my condition to others so they don't think it is all in my head?2.) How available are you if I need to see you right away for a flare-up problem. 3.) If I have a flare-up what will you do for me before drugging me until I don't know my own name?4.) How often have you seen IBS patients, and what are the most effective treatments other than fiber?5.) Will you just tell me that I need to exercise more when I feel like I swallowed razor blades and can barely even sit still?6.) Can you relate to my pain on a human level, and not just assume that I am seeking stronger medication for a non-existant illness?7.) Are you willing to discuss this condition with my supervisor so he doesn't think I am just trying to get out of work?8.) What are your views on current IBS treatment?9.) Are there any types of other diseases that are coorelated to IBS, or any common threads between IBS sufferers?10.) Will you try to help me ward off flare-ups not just medicate them once they have started?11.) What types of help can you give me regarding understanding and coping with IBS, because contrary to popular belief of people that don't have it, it disrupts every aspect of my life, traveling, sex, health issues relating to it, mental stability at times, relating to others who don't understand what you are going through, and even work and school. 12.) Are you going to teach me how to map out bathrooms, and puck foods that won't make me sick at restaurants?13.) How can I portray normalcy to others, when I am not dealing with a normal problem.14.) How do I excuse myself every 20 minutes (on a good day) to go to the restroom without telling my co-workers/friends/aquiantences of my illness?15.) Do other IBS sufferers have memory problems, focusing problems, or is it just me?16.) How do I get up for work in the morning when I was up until 3:30 am in major pain the night before?As you can tell, IBS has made me bitter. I do have an excellent doctor now, who is compassionate and is willing to help me no matter when I need to see him. I even have his pager number and direct phone numbers. You rock Dr. Lake........Thanks, Peace and Love, Misty

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 01:40 PM

I have been diagnosed with IBS (eight yrs ago). Recently the stress in my life has been at an all time high (bad breakup and moving out of state and looking for a job). My IBS is usually fairly under control with OUT the use of medications. But the last week I have been experiencing feelings of heartburn, acid reflux, trouble sleeping and overall strong stomach upset. I am quite sure these recent symtoms are a result of stress. ANY suggestions as to how to relieve the feeling of acid build up? I am so uncomfortable whenever I eat. The foods I am eating are the same for the most part. It also feels like my system never has a chance to rid the food I consume (always feel like the plumbing is stopped up; but still have diarrhea frequently). Thanks for any feedback! :(

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 12:58 PM

I've just been told I have a redundant colon. I'd like to know more about this condition, and how to manage it so I won't need surgery in the future.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 04:51 PM

I've just recently found this support board, and just today read everyone's questions for the doctor. If anyone is still reading this, and has actually gone to a doctor and asked some of these questions, could you please share his/her responses with all of us? I think some answers would be helpful for everyone on this board! Thanks!

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 05:53 PM

I'm going to see my doctor this week and ask:Why won't you prescribe a birth control pill regime that will reduce the number of periods I have? I can control my IBS during three weeks of the month, only to be thrown into horrible d and pain during the week of my period. Give me the pills darn it, and quit telling me to have these periods that I don't need...Doctors need to take this into consideration for female patients suffering from IBS-d.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 08:31 PM

Hi I had to give up college because IBS I take over the counter pills it does not work anymore I'm starting to get depress over this. I was dognoise with fybro what do you think I should do? Please help me

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 09:47 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?

These are easy to answer! The first is because of the insurance companies cutting what they pay the doctors so now they have to over book appointments!The second, AMA and big business --what else?LOL





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