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looking for help. new to this board, im 34 female, i have stomach ulcers, ibs c and diverticulitous im also lactose intolerant. ive tried so many things and tired if constantly taking pills every time i want to eat or drink something. any ideas? i also have 3 children who have ibs as well. ur runs in my family bad, i did a family tree several years ago and found out that every generation had digestive proglems. seems like if i take one thing it upsets another, ive gotted to the point that i do nothing go nowhere and sleep all day, im over weight and tired of looking like im 9 months pregnant.
 

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farstorm:Just wanted to let you know there are members on this bulletin board who are reading your posting. Just like you I am a new member here but I know some more knowledgeable member will be reading this posting soon and wiil be able to give you some advice. Just hang tough until someone responds. If I you are not getting any response I will bump you up to the top of the queue. I don't know if this is acceptable here but I think you need some advice.
 

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farstorm:Just wanted to let you know there are members on this bulletin board who are reading your posting. Just like you I am a new member here but I know some more knowledgeable member will be reading this posting soon and wiil be able to give you some advice. Just hang tough until someone responds. If I you are not getting any response I will bump you up to the top of the queue. I don't know if this is acceptable here but I think you need some advice.
 

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Welcome to the BB. I know about the family thing; after I "came out" with my IBS it turns out others in my family also had IBS but called it by different names and just put up with it.Have you talked to your doctor about antidepressants or thyroid problems? I found that when I was SOOO tired and gaining weight that those meds helped. I am on Celexa and eltroxin. It may the boost you need. Also, check in your area for any local IBS support groups.Sounds like you have started your elimination diet? I found not only marking down what I was eating, but also the time of day and my stress helped too. Some foods I can have on my "good" days and not on others. Good luck to you.
 

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Welcome to the BB. I know about the family thing; after I "came out" with my IBS it turns out others in my family also had IBS but called it by different names and just put up with it.Have you talked to your doctor about antidepressants or thyroid problems? I found that when I was SOOO tired and gaining weight that those meds helped. I am on Celexa and eltroxin. It may the boost you need. Also, check in your area for any local IBS support groups.Sounds like you have started your elimination diet? I found not only marking down what I was eating, but also the time of day and my stress helped too. Some foods I can have on my "good" days and not on others. Good luck to you.
 

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thanks guys, guess ive just had a few bad days in a row lately. i know that alot of my family members have ibs, my mother , brother, one sister, her son. three of my girls do and im wondering if my son does also. i have gone through the do and dont eat list, i got to the point that not knowing what was going to be a good day or bad day i just ended up eating what i wanted to, i did get rid of most dairy and all caffine from my diet. the hard part for me is when i am sick i have a hard time telling if it is an ulcer pain and ibs pain or both. when i found out what was wrong with me i had to go to my dr to tell him what it was. i also told him about levsin lol, i live in a tiny town in iowa and hes a great dr but i dont think hes ever seen anyone with ibs till my family moved here, and it took about 10 years for him to figure out what it was. the fun part was taking meds for my ulcer, which is quite bad at times but it made my ibs worse. then taking meds for ibs that made my ulcer worse. once while trying a new med i ended up in the er with a diverticulitous flare up. i was in bed literealy sleeping for a week. my hubby said i was awake maybe 2 hours the whole week, me i dont realy remember much of it. at first before i went to hte dr i lived on pepto bismuth for years, after that i was first put on zantac and the like, didnt work for long, then put on carafate, 4 pills a day at 140 a month with no insurance didnt work. ive had prevacid and nexium. the nexium did wonders for my ulcer but mad me totaly stop having bm's and after two months of trying everything and ending up using suppositories every few days i stopped taking it. now i feel like im back at square one again. i tried herbs, taking peppermint plus and chamomile, (sp) and drinking aloe juice. it worked great for a few days. but the peppermint wore of fast and i started taking the full does of 2 pills 2 times a day, that gave me D. so that was the end of that, plus it kinda burned when i went to the bathroom. now i realy dont take anything unless im realy in pain. i take the levsin for the ibs and sometimes i can take up to 8 zantac a day if its realy bad, but theres nothing else i can think of. i tried to find licorice to use for my ulcer, since if i keep that in check my ibs realy dont bother me much unless im having my period or stressed out. but it says to use dgl chewable licorice and i couldnt find it anywhere around here, and we have severel health food stores in des moines. i burp alot now and have gas all the time again, so thats not fun and im starting to get heartburn and thats something new. since i stopped smoking 13 years ago cuz it was realy making my ulcer and my ibs bad i have went from 115 to 200 lbs. i have finaly started to lose weight, 12 pounds so far, i think its cuz i dont feel like eating much now. sorry this is so long but guess i just needed to vent um alot lol. does anyone know anything that helps with constipation that wont upset and ulcer? sorry again this is so long
 

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thanks guys, guess ive just had a few bad days in a row lately. i know that alot of my family members have ibs, my mother , brother, one sister, her son. three of my girls do and im wondering if my son does also. i have gone through the do and dont eat list, i got to the point that not knowing what was going to be a good day or bad day i just ended up eating what i wanted to, i did get rid of most dairy and all caffine from my diet. the hard part for me is when i am sick i have a hard time telling if it is an ulcer pain and ibs pain or both. when i found out what was wrong with me i had to go to my dr to tell him what it was. i also told him about levsin lol, i live in a tiny town in iowa and hes a great dr but i dont think hes ever seen anyone with ibs till my family moved here, and it took about 10 years for him to figure out what it was. the fun part was taking meds for my ulcer, which is quite bad at times but it made my ibs worse. then taking meds for ibs that made my ulcer worse. once while trying a new med i ended up in the er with a diverticulitous flare up. i was in bed literealy sleeping for a week. my hubby said i was awake maybe 2 hours the whole week, me i dont realy remember much of it. at first before i went to hte dr i lived on pepto bismuth for years, after that i was first put on zantac and the like, didnt work for long, then put on carafate, 4 pills a day at 140 a month with no insurance didnt work. ive had prevacid and nexium. the nexium did wonders for my ulcer but mad me totaly stop having bm's and after two months of trying everything and ending up using suppositories every few days i stopped taking it. now i feel like im back at square one again. i tried herbs, taking peppermint plus and chamomile, (sp) and drinking aloe juice. it worked great for a few days. but the peppermint wore of fast and i started taking the full does of 2 pills 2 times a day, that gave me D. so that was the end of that, plus it kinda burned when i went to the bathroom. now i realy dont take anything unless im realy in pain. i take the levsin for the ibs and sometimes i can take up to 8 zantac a day if its realy bad, but theres nothing else i can think of. i tried to find licorice to use for my ulcer, since if i keep that in check my ibs realy dont bother me much unless im having my period or stressed out. but it says to use dgl chewable licorice and i couldnt find it anywhere around here, and we have severel health food stores in des moines. i burp alot now and have gas all the time again, so thats not fun and im starting to get heartburn and thats something new. since i stopped smoking 13 years ago cuz it was realy making my ulcer and my ibs bad i have went from 115 to 200 lbs. i have finaly started to lose weight, 12 pounds so far, i think its cuz i dont feel like eating much now. sorry this is so long but guess i just needed to vent um alot lol. does anyone know anything that helps with constipation that wont upset and ulcer? sorry again this is so long
 

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Good, others are reading your posting. I do have one question. You say you have ulcers. Have you been tested for helicobacer pylori a bacteria that is now being reported to be the cause of 90% of ulcers. It is just a thought and I don't suspect it will help with your diverticulitis but what do I know I am not a doctor and miracles happen everyday.Check out www.drmirkin.com and do a search for ulcers. You could even give him a call for advice if you can get though. He has call in radio show Monday to Friday in the afternoon and yes he is a medical doctor.
 

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Good, others are reading your posting. I do have one question. You say you have ulcers. Have you been tested for helicobacer pylori a bacteria that is now being reported to be the cause of 90% of ulcers. It is just a thought and I don't suspect it will help with your diverticulitis but what do I know I am not a doctor and miracles happen everyday.Check out www.drmirkin.com and do a search for ulcers. You could even give him a call for advice if you can get though. He has call in radio show Monday to Friday in the afternoon and yes he is a medical doctor.
 

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farstorm:I didn't see your other reply therefore my second message is probably inappropriate. Just like you I have tried a lot of alternative medicines to treat my condition but to no avail. I am obviously not suffering the way in which you are and I really admire you strength. I do not know about you but checking out my condition on the internet just increases the hypochondriac level. I still believe you may find the web site of Dr Mirkin useful if you haven't already done so. At least he is a doctor and not a quack trying to sell you something to line his pockets. He is trying to sell some medical advice but most of the information is supplied free of charge. I'm also not knocking the alternatives just the charlatons.
 

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farstorm:I didn't see your other reply therefore my second message is probably inappropriate. Just like you I have tried a lot of alternative medicines to treat my condition but to no avail. I am obviously not suffering the way in which you are and I really admire you strength. I do not know about you but checking out my condition on the internet just increases the hypochondriac level. I still believe you may find the web site of Dr Mirkin useful if you haven't already done so. At least he is a doctor and not a quack trying to sell you something to line his pockets. He is trying to sell some medical advice but most of the information is supplied free of charge. I'm also not knocking the alternatives just the charlatons.
 

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I just wanted to wish you well with this. Maybe you could try the "ask the specialist" area and they could help you get a list of tests you can talk to your doctor about?
 

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Farstorm...I'm D myself so I really don't know too much about C. There is that forum in here, perhaps that will help you?I've had an ulcer when I was in high school and I remember that pain. I don't envy you at all on that score. I'll ask my brother what he used for his ulcer (more recent than my own) and see how that worked. Maybe his meds were different from yours and would help you. I had a meckels diverticulectomy (different from your diverticulitis) and apparently my brother has the same as I had, just no operation yet. perhaps though, some things are enough the same that if it didn't bother his gut, it wouldn't be so bad for yours. if that made sense?
I'll get back to you once I speak to either my brother or my Mom.Oh...and if you go over to the Meeting Place there are a few of us who are working together to get more fit/lose/gain weight if you would care to join us.
Ks-Sunshine usually starts those threads.
 

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Farstorm...I'm D myself so I really don't know too much about C. There is that forum in here, perhaps that will help you?I've had an ulcer when I was in high school and I remember that pain. I don't envy you at all on that score. I'll ask my brother what he used for his ulcer (more recent than my own) and see how that worked. Maybe his meds were different from yours and would help you. I had a meckels diverticulectomy (different from your diverticulitis) and apparently my brother has the same as I had, just no operation yet. perhaps though, some things are enough the same that if it didn't bother his gut, it wouldn't be so bad for yours. if that made sense?
I'll get back to you once I speak to either my brother or my Mom.Oh...and if you go over to the Meeting Place there are a few of us who are working together to get more fit/lose/gain weight if you would care to join us.
Ks-Sunshine usually starts those threads.
 

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i have looked at the other boards but how do you do it when u have constipation and gas and bloating and ibs and all the rest of it? do i post on every board? where is the meeting place at?
 

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i have looked at the other boards but how do you do it when u have constipation and gas and bloating and ibs and all the rest of it? do i post on every board? where is the meeting place at?
 

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farstorm:Just under the Post A Topic and Post A Reply area below there is Hop To in bold type. Click on the drop down menu, scoll down to The Meeting Place and press go. Hope this helps if you haven't already figured it out.
 
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