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hey,i used to be on here a lot this summer but since i've been at at school i haven't really had time. my IBS or whatever the hell it is hasn't let up at all. i went to some parasite/infectious diseases specialist in NYC a few days ago b/s this all started when i was away in france abt 6 months ago. he did a sigmoidoscopy (which was great fun) and said my bowels/intestines were extremely inflamed, but that this could mean many things and he was going at it from a parasite/bacteria angle...i get some test results back monday but i don't have much hope b/c i saw 2 doctors in france, 2 gastroenterologists at home this summer, and i've already been to the health center at school 3 times this yr- and i've had blood/stool tests every time. this summer i also had an upper GI series w/ small bowel follow-through that showed nothing.i tried acidophilus/caltrate, but they both just seemed to mess w/ my stomach/GI tract even more. i was on donnatol for a while too, but somehow even THAT hurt my stomach. the only thing that's really worked is librax, which i'm taking now, and it makes me really depressed, apathetic, not caring abt anything. my stomach hurts more and more every day and i don't eat much of anything anymore- i've lost abt 30 pounds in all...i know it's not fair of me to complain b/c it looks like a doctor finally found s.thing and i'm awaiting results but i just feel like i cannot take this any longer. my girlfriend and i broke up, in large part b/c of me being sick and cranky and sad all the time, and i feel like i've had no life for a long time, like i just want to disappear off the face of the earth. i wouldn't do anything stupid like killing myself, but i feel SO far removed from other people (and myself) now, like i could never regain normal relationships w/ them. so i'm sorry for the babble but i just had to vent somewhere and this is the only place i know where people actually care and write helping responses.
 

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How long did you try the caltrate and did you get the one in the purple and white box. It does in some cause a little indestion at first but if you take it with Mylanta get caps for about a week this usually goes away. Let me know if I can help. You need to take it on a regular basis and it is not a cure just a control.Linda
 

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Sounds like you have Crohn's or Colitis. Why didn't they do a colonoscopy and look at your ilieum. Did they take biopsies? What did your blood tests say? This sounds odd, you should be diagnosed already!
 
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hi thereI just wanted to say hi, and that you are not by any means alone, we all really really understand how you feel and what pain and frustration and depression you are going through.I have been having a really rough time with my boyfriend these last few months because I am often sick and misereble and cranky feeling that this thing is never going to end! I really thought he had had enough and we were going to break up this week!
But we are still hanging in there! I'm very worried though! I wanted you to know that we are all here for you and understand. Please come and vent to us any time you like!And I hope that this thing your doc thinks they might have found is easily cured and that all your problems will soon be at an end! take care, and don't let it get you down...we will find the answer.
 
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