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Hi all, Thank god i found this group, I am not alone it seems. IBS is a tabboo subject here, nobody talks about it, I find this help group so informotive. I have had IBS for a few years now, with all the usual symptoms, the only medication i have been prescribed by my GP is "Fybo-Gel".For the last couple of days, I have been off work, with bad abdominal pains, (not that ive had before) after tests, the GP rather mystified, suggested it was probabley due to the IBS, in which case there was nothing more to do, but take parecetomal four times a day, and hopefully it should subside, washes hands and sends me on my way. No real idea what causes the pains, no explanations, makes you think we are still in the middle ages! Then I came upon your group, and found that what I am going through, others our to.
 

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Luckily many people on here have been able to reduce or alleviate their symptoms through diet, magnessium (if you are c) and/or calcium if you are D. I too found this site a Godsend. I don't know if I could have made it alone. People who don't have it usually don't understand.Welcome
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I, too, agree, I have learned more on this site than from all 5 GI doctors I have had over 4 almost 5 years now.But must ask - what tests have you had? A colonoscopy? An upper/lower GI series? TheEndosocopy Camera Pill?And have you consulted with a specialist, a GI doctor?Sometimes it is best to go for a second opinion, too!I have Crohn's, mild, not typical, in remission, and ran away from all tests at the beginning, then felt foolish after. They help one feel better.Mentally, too.I gave myself an elimination diet which tooka few months but works for me. I don't eat a lot of foods, or drink a lot of drinks - even thoughin remission because I take no chances.There's also LEAP on this board, a diet programwhich can help.I am drug-free, but do take 2 digestive enzymesimmediately before eating (used to take one after too) and I take acidophilus.O
 

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I also take calcium with magnesium and Vit d and other minerals and a multi-vit - never on an empty stomach, always with food, or a bit of food, if only something small.O
 

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Hi Opponn and Kari.Boy!are we missing out over here, The only tests ive ever had from my gp, is loads of questions, stool sampling, blood tests, and past medical history, and hey presto! I have IBS. Which I can relate to, having read others symptoms.Some of the medical things your saying, Ive never heard of to be quite frank, and am still trying to find the meaning of a C and D IBS?.I know this must sound very backward, but you must be much more "on the ball" as they say, in the States than us.I got a lot to learn, me thinks! Johnny.
 

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Hi ukjohnny,My experience in the UK is that you see see your GP and he goes umm IBS - take fybogel - take that for a while and it helps a bit but not much. Next step after a while was to see a specialist using corporate medical cover. Following internal examination the response was there is nothing wrong and he advised that I cut down on certain veg that produce fibre and gas - slightly contracdicting the GP. Then I started seeing an independant nutritionist and that was when I made some progress. For me I had bacteria in the system and gluten and lactose intllerance. I am now clear of those. I have since abandoned the doctors as they know less than I do having read a couple of books. I would avoid the paracetamol - I can't see that helping at all. Those that I would recomend you taking a look at are 'Stop Bellyaching' By Dr Peter Mansfield and 'Starch Free IBS Diet'.Also check out http://www.overcomeibs.com - this is a guy in the UK also as far as I can make out - The Holland & Barrett food supplements give it away.Good luck,TrickyP.S. Full testing by GP wasBlood testStool sampleUrine testBlood testColonoscopy - via specialistEndoscopy - via specialistThyroid function blood testConclusion all the way through - IBS
 

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Hi tricky!Thanks for the info.. Yeh, your right, the Docs here seem very narrow minded when it comes to IBS. Two days ago when suffering a bad bout of belly ache, I went to GP (local hospital) and he said he could tell me what it wasnt,ie strain, infection, ect, so could only put it down as associated with the IBS, and so to take Paracetomal four times a day, until pains went.I shall certainly look out for those books you mention.RegardsJohnny.
 
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