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bowel accints at two a week nothing seems to help The doc implies it is all in my head. I have tried lots of things but and now so desperate I am willing to try Lontronex. I have no life outside my house,except for work, but I am having more symptoms that are effecting work. It will be weeks til I get an appointment with the gastroenterologist. Any suggestins
 

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I had a doc that told me that it was all in my head as well. He said that my anxiety is causing my bowels to act up and I need to be put on some sort of anti-anxiety medication.Needless to say, I found a new GI. I'm now on Bentyl and it works for me. Did you get all the necessary tests done? Stool, blood, etc? If not, ask when you make an appt for the gastro if he can send you for blood and stool tests so you can go there and have them all done instead of waiting another 2+ weeks. Just an idea.. hope you feel better soon!
 

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Some over the counter things to try.A) Imodium. You may need to take it on a regular basis to prevent the diarrhea rather than try to stop it after it hits.
LNAPE's Calcium method. Read her threads for more info.C) Probiotics. Try for a "good" brand rather than whatever is cheap. Some do not have any actual bacteria in them.D) Avoid dietary triggers for diarrhea. So sorbitol (in fruits or sugar-free stuff) fatty greasy fried foods, caffiene, alcohol, high fructose corn syrup and lactose may be things that make it worse than it would other wise be. Which ones bother which person will vary.Hope things look up soon!K.
 

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tHANKS all,I have tried LNAPEs calcium thing, I have had all the tests. Iam on antianxiety meds. I have tried Bentyl, TCA's, everything but Lontrinex and my thoughts are getting bad. I have no life outside my house...with the accidents it isgetting very hard to keep up with work, especially since I have a 45 minute each way commute. As you all know this adds so much stress to an already stress filled life. I know it not all in my head, but I am also aware of the associations to such. So very discouraged
 

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Hi Doree,Welcome to the BB!Don't know if you are similar to my situation was or not, but I was almost housebound too - and with every worry of having an IBS attack, then I did have IBS - it is not in your head, IBS is a real physiological condition, with much attributed to the brain-gut connection. Our brains and motility are different - and it is not your fault and nothing you "did" to have IBS.And not all in your head either:http://www.ibstales.com/all-in-your-head.htmTake a peek at the links below for more info - may or may not be helpful to your situation, but after being on all the drugs, diets, etc. clinical hypnotherapy (IBS Audio Program) is what helped me and many on this BB, maybe it would be helpful to you, maybe not, but it is worth perhaps reading about.In any case, hope you find the answer that is best for you... take care...Also - here is some info regarding stress/anxiety and all in your head comments from Mike Mahoney author of the program - [[" Many doctors and gastro specialists use this term 'all in your head'. I think they are trying, all be it ham fisted, to say that there is nothing organically wrong.However I have had quite a few discussions about this in the past, the problem lies withthe fact that doctors are taught to look for disease and illness. We know IBS is afunctional disorder, so I argue that by definition there is something wrong becuaseperistalsis is not doing what it should.'All in the head' is not right, it is an offensive term to those that are looking forsolutions.It conjures up the emotion that sufferers are doing it on purpose somehow.However, the majority of us, tend to run things out, before they happen. So along withStress, there is also a psychological element in our thought patterns that expects us tohave dificult IBS days. Running out worries causes us to have anxiety and addedstress, which creates a negative physical response. The annoying thing is, this is partof being a human being, its a response which we don't have to even try to do, it allhappens automaically... "]To read the rest of this go to: http://ibsgroup.org/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f...0261/m/76210974All the best to you - feel free to ask any questions - are you in the US or the UK?Take care and again welcome~
 

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I went to a digestive specialist for that reason. I haven't yet figured out what the problem is, but there is definately a problem. Went to the general doctor and they did some blood test. Found out that I am ulcer-free, no thryoid or diabetes problems, and that my cholestrol is high. That's all I found out. They didn't go any further than that.So I called a local digestive clinic and had a digestive specialist help me. Anyway, maybe you could at least call the gastroenterologist and talk to a nurse or someone that can help you for the time being until you can get in.I'm sorry that you've not feeling good. It's like I told my husband the other day. I'm don't always feel that bad, but I just never feel good. And I'm sick of it.You're not alone. Enduring problems is pretty hard sometimes, but you'll get through it. Just keep imagining the day that you'll be able to at least take control of the symptoms and problems and be able to go and do whatever you want to do.
 
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