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For the past year I have been going through something and I did not know what it was. I originally thought it had something to do with my heart, but a few weeks ago I realized it had something to do with my stomach or something.Today my doctor said I have Irritable Bowl Syndrome and she prescribed Bentyl for me to take twice a day. I took my first pill about 4 hours ago and now I am just hoping it will work.I feel like my stomach is twisting and turning, and it makes it really hard to relax. I am looking for all the advice I can get for this. What causes it for some people, what helps keep it under control (food, mood, etc...), does anyone else take this pill?Will this go away or am I stuck with this for the rest of my life? You can post here or email me directly at Stephanie###swcreations.netThank you in advance.Stephanie
 

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Stephanie: Glad you checked out the BB! I was diagnosed at 18 (am now 27), but suspect I've had IBS since I was 16. It's gotten worse for me over the years, but it may be due to health and lifestyle changes. It doesn't get worse for everyone! I have chronic C/D and yeah, it's tough. My last flare was six months long! (Just ended in March.) But you know what? Even though I sometimes get anxious or panicky, or my stomach acts up badly, or I wish I could just stay in bed forever... I'm a pretty happy girl. Being part of this bb has really helped. I hope to see another post from you soon!Regards, Lilymaid
 

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Stephanie: Glad you checked out the BB! I was diagnosed at 18 (am now 27), but suspect I've had IBS since I was 16. It's gotten worse for me over the years, but it may be due to health and lifestyle changes. It doesn't get worse for everyone! I have chronic C/D and yeah, it's tough. My last flare was six months long! (Just ended in March.) But you know what? Even though I sometimes get anxious or panicky, or my stomach acts up badly, or I wish I could just stay in bed forever... I'm a pretty happy girl. Being part of this bb has really helped. I hope to see another post from you soon!Regards, Lilymaid
 

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Hi Stephanie..like Lilymaid said, welcome to the BB.I'm not familiar with the drug you mentioned, but I also have IBS. Do you have IBS C or D? For me it is D. Although it really bites to have IBS, at least now that you know what you have you can begin to deal with it. For me, before being diagnosed was almost worse b/c I was so busy worrying about what I COULD have.There are lots of ways people cope with IBS and some find it goes away to a certain degree. The best thing you can do is trial and error. The first thing many do is keep track of those foods that seem to affect their IBS. You'll notice some common ones...lettuce, onions, red meat, milk etc. But not for everyone. Stress can also play a big part of our IBS. Things like Mike's tapes have helped a lot of people. Calcium is another big one.The best piece of advice I could give you is to ask questions and read this BB. Just knowing you are not alone helps so much.Take care
 

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Hi Stephanie..like Lilymaid said, welcome to the BB.I'm not familiar with the drug you mentioned, but I also have IBS. Do you have IBS C or D? For me it is D. Although it really bites to have IBS, at least now that you know what you have you can begin to deal with it. For me, before being diagnosed was almost worse b/c I was so busy worrying about what I COULD have.There are lots of ways people cope with IBS and some find it goes away to a certain degree. The best thing you can do is trial and error. The first thing many do is keep track of those foods that seem to affect their IBS. You'll notice some common ones...lettuce, onions, red meat, milk etc. But not for everyone. Stress can also play a big part of our IBS. Things like Mike's tapes have helped a lot of people. Calcium is another big one.The best piece of advice I could give you is to ask questions and read this BB. Just knowing you are not alone helps so much.Take care
 
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It was amazing to hear you say that about being worried about what it could be. I was nervous this entire year because I didn't know what it was. It is a relief that it is not something more serious and from what I am reading this does not cause any major health issues which is good. I do not know which one I have, what is the difference. This spell has been going on and off for almost 1 year straight for me. I thought I was having heart problems. :love: LOL Stress is a big part, should I tell my husband to move out.
Actually I am quite happy with my life I discovered my love for jewelry making two years ago. I designed my website a year ago and it is making more than enough to support itself. So I feel as though my dreams are coming true.I am positive it is food that sets it off. I have been consistently working out since July. I had my daughter by CO-section 2 1/2 years ago and that caused some major issues with gassiness. I am finally conquering that last 20lbs I needed to lose and I am watching what I eat. I suppose this is the best time in my life for me to be diagnosed with this because I am so health conscious.I will read over all the posts here, I hope to discover what helps or causes it with everyone here. I know the cases are different person to person, but having a reference or things to try/not try will be wonderful.
 
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It was amazing to hear you say that about being worried about what it could be. I was nervous this entire year because I didn't know what it was. It is a relief that it is not something more serious and from what I am reading this does not cause any major health issues which is good. I do not know which one I have, what is the difference. This spell has been going on and off for almost 1 year straight for me. I thought I was having heart problems. :love: LOL Stress is a big part, should I tell my husband to move out.
Actually I am quite happy with my life I discovered my love for jewelry making two years ago. I designed my website a year ago and it is making more than enough to support itself. So I feel as though my dreams are coming true.I am positive it is food that sets it off. I have been consistently working out since July. I had my daughter by CO-section 2 1/2 years ago and that caused some major issues with gassiness. I am finally conquering that last 20lbs I needed to lose and I am watching what I eat. I suppose this is the best time in my life for me to be diagnosed with this because I am so health conscious.I will read over all the posts here, I hope to discover what helps or causes it with everyone here. I know the cases are different person to person, but having a reference or things to try/not try will be wonderful.
 

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Welcome !!! I just got this book last week and it might be able to help you if you have a question about food intolerance..It's easy to understandFOOD ALLERGIES AND FOOD INTOLERANCE: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THEIR IDENTIFICTIONAND TREATMENT�, Professor Jonathan Brostoff (M.D.. Allergy, Immunology and EnvironmentalMedicine, Kings� College, London) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089...6487508-3420903 Donna
 

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Welcome !!! I just got this book last week and it might be able to help you if you have a question about food intolerance..It's easy to understandFOOD ALLERGIES AND FOOD INTOLERANCE: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THEIR IDENTIFICTIONAND TREATMENT�, Professor Jonathan Brostoff (M.D.. Allergy, Immunology and EnvironmentalMedicine, Kings� College, London) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089...6487508-3420903 Donna
 

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quote: What causes it for some people,
The causes aren't entirely known and may vary from person to person.Genetics and Environment. They did twin studies that showed that part of it is Genetic and part of it is Environmental. Basically you genes make you more, or less, suseptible to it and your environment then impacts that suseptibility. Some people may have tons of environmental risk factors, but never get it and some people may need very little in the way of environmental factors to get it going.Some Environmental risk factors we think we have some evidence for. In no particular orderChildhood sexual abuseGI infectionsNSAID usage (ibuprophen, alieve and others)Antibiotic usageIt is more common in people with Fibromyalgia than people without so there may be things about certain disorders that make you more prone to IBS.IBS appears to be a disregulatioin of the Enteric Nervous System. A very complex set of interconnected nerves controlls digestion (it doesn't just happen on it's own even though it seems that was as we don't have much concious interaction with that part of the nervous system). It may be over-reacting or under-reacting to various stimuli (either from the digestive tract or your brain), or just no longer able to co-ordinate the various parts to work together.
quote: what helps keep it under control (food, mood, etc...), does anyone else take this pill?
A variety of things all pretty much are your mileage may vary. Some people do really really well on some or all of these some people only do moderately well using a combination of many things.Antispasmodics (like the bentyl you were given)Antidepressants (nerves are nerves the drugs do not care if the nerve is in your brain or not--they primarily effect the transmission of pain in the body)Anti-diarrheals: Imodium or Lomotil (Im-OTC, Lom-Prescription only).Bile Binding agents (for diarrhea) Questran and ColestidSupplements Calcium (D) or Magnesium ©, probiotics, various herbs especially peppermint which is an antispasmodic.Dietary changes. For some people finding and eliminating food triggers can go along way to control this.Fiber and water. For some people increasing fiber is a big help in controlling IBS (like everything else, may bother others) If you increase fiber increase water because fiber + water makes soft easy-to-pass stools. Fiber may also absorbe excess water in the stool firming up loose stools.Stress-reduction in generalSpecific Mind-Body therapies (just because you usually do not talk to the nerves in your gut doesn't mean you cannot. These techniques help you learn to control the gut nerves and/or pain nerves with your mind
quote: Will this go away or am I stuck with this for the rest of my life?
That is the big question.The remission rate is low, but it does go away for some people. It appears that post-infectious IBS may be more prone to just go away on its own.Even if it doesn't go away by itself, most people find something or some combination of things that makes IBS much less interruptive to their life.The drug companines have a number of drugs in development, so there may be hope that if nothing available helps you something may be coming along in the next few years to help.K.
 

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quote: What causes it for some people,
The causes aren't entirely known and may vary from person to person.Genetics and Environment. They did twin studies that showed that part of it is Genetic and part of it is Environmental. Basically you genes make you more, or less, suseptible to it and your environment then impacts that suseptibility. Some people may have tons of environmental risk factors, but never get it and some people may need very little in the way of environmental factors to get it going.Some Environmental risk factors we think we have some evidence for. In no particular orderChildhood sexual abuseGI infectionsNSAID usage (ibuprophen, alieve and others)Antibiotic usageIt is more common in people with Fibromyalgia than people without so there may be things about certain disorders that make you more prone to IBS.IBS appears to be a disregulatioin of the Enteric Nervous System. A very complex set of interconnected nerves controlls digestion (it doesn't just happen on it's own even though it seems that was as we don't have much concious interaction with that part of the nervous system). It may be over-reacting or under-reacting to various stimuli (either from the digestive tract or your brain), or just no longer able to co-ordinate the various parts to work together.
quote: what helps keep it under control (food, mood, etc...), does anyone else take this pill?
A variety of things all pretty much are your mileage may vary. Some people do really really well on some or all of these some people only do moderately well using a combination of many things.Antispasmodics (like the bentyl you were given)Antidepressants (nerves are nerves the drugs do not care if the nerve is in your brain or not--they primarily effect the transmission of pain in the body)Anti-diarrheals: Imodium or Lomotil (Im-OTC, Lom-Prescription only).Bile Binding agents (for diarrhea) Questran and ColestidSupplements Calcium (D) or Magnesium ©, probiotics, various herbs especially peppermint which is an antispasmodic.Dietary changes. For some people finding and eliminating food triggers can go along way to control this.Fiber and water. For some people increasing fiber is a big help in controlling IBS (like everything else, may bother others) If you increase fiber increase water because fiber + water makes soft easy-to-pass stools. Fiber may also absorbe excess water in the stool firming up loose stools.Stress-reduction in generalSpecific Mind-Body therapies (just because you usually do not talk to the nerves in your gut doesn't mean you cannot. These techniques help you learn to control the gut nerves and/or pain nerves with your mind
quote: Will this go away or am I stuck with this for the rest of my life?
That is the big question.The remission rate is low, but it does go away for some people. It appears that post-infectious IBS may be more prone to just go away on its own.Even if it doesn't go away by itself, most people find something or some combination of things that makes IBS much less interruptive to their life.The drug companines have a number of drugs in development, so there may be hope that if nothing available helps you something may be coming along in the next few years to help.K.
 

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Food intolerances can cause a lot of problems, and for me, sugars are the worst. I quit eating sugar cold turkey two years ago after suffering with cramps and D for six years. Three days after cutting sugar (and corn syrup) from my diet, I was able to discontinue the three medications I was on. I have had very little problem for the past two years, as long as I watch my sugar and corn syrup intake.I wish I had taken a dietary approach to my problem much sooner. It would have saved me six years of cramps, D, tests, and medication trial-and-error.Good luck,Debbie
 

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Food intolerances can cause a lot of problems, and for me, sugars are the worst. I quit eating sugar cold turkey two years ago after suffering with cramps and D for six years. Three days after cutting sugar (and corn syrup) from my diet, I was able to discontinue the three medications I was on. I have had very little problem for the past two years, as long as I watch my sugar and corn syrup intake.I wish I had taken a dietary approach to my problem much sooner. It would have saved me six years of cramps, D, tests, and medication trial-and-error.Good luck,Debbie
 
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Well I am up too early with an upset tummy.
I am convinced maybe I just can't eat anything LOL j/k. I just want to talk Alka-Seltzer or something to sooth my stomach although I have no idea what I can take with that pill. You know I had a rough C-section two and a half years ago with my daughter which caused extreme gassiness for me for about a year and a half. I haven't felt completely normal ever since. Has anyone heard if something like that can cause this? These symptoms came out of nowhere about one year ago for me and it comes and goes in waves. It seems I am bothered by this more often than not.I am debating if I should go see a specialist. I guess part of my fear still is what if something is wrong, what if this is only part of a problem stemmed from something worse? I suppose this is still some sort of denial, I want a solution for it. :love: I may have to try the no sugar method. Now that I know I have some sort of problem now I have to figure out what bothers me. It is hard when I feel like I am constantly feeling the spasms or an upset stomach.Well I guess I will try to go back to sleep. Stephanie
 
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Well I am up too early with an upset tummy.
I am convinced maybe I just can't eat anything LOL j/k. I just want to talk Alka-Seltzer or something to sooth my stomach although I have no idea what I can take with that pill. You know I had a rough C-section two and a half years ago with my daughter which caused extreme gassiness for me for about a year and a half. I haven't felt completely normal ever since. Has anyone heard if something like that can cause this? These symptoms came out of nowhere about one year ago for me and it comes and goes in waves. It seems I am bothered by this more often than not.I am debating if I should go see a specialist. I guess part of my fear still is what if something is wrong, what if this is only part of a problem stemmed from something worse? I suppose this is still some sort of denial, I want a solution for it. :love: I may have to try the no sugar method. Now that I know I have some sort of problem now I have to figure out what bothers me. It is hard when I feel like I am constantly feeling the spasms or an upset stomach.Well I guess I will try to go back to sleep. Stephanie
 
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