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After a whole year of taking Tetracycline for Rosacea, and 2 months of prescription Iron and prescription Vitamin D, I developed a terrible stomach ache. 2nd G.I. doc I saw said, "yep, it's IBS." No help for the pain other than just the statement, "it's IBS." They sure get paid a lot of money for 10 minutes of "consulation" and a stupid response that gives no solution!Ever since June, I go from constipation and diarrhea but mostly from drinking Maalox and then eating next to nothing. Now, when I get a movement, I have to practically race to the bathroom or sit for a looooong time. I am seeing a 3rd G.I. on 8/24. I read a blog about SIBO and The Cedars-Sinai Medical Protocol for IBS treatment. I am wondering if you guys think I do have IBS or it's just a reaction to the antibiotic for rosacea.Does anyone have symptoms like mine and do have IBS?
 

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I'm not sure what you think is atypical.Altered stool consistency (either all one way or alternating back and forth) with abdominal pain is the definition of IBS. Urgency and issues with passing stool are pretty consistent with IBS (or feeling like you have to go, but then don't go, or have to strain, altered sensation in the rectum--rectal hypersensitivity--is common in IBS and fairly exclusive to IBS, but not every IBS patient has this).Usually antibiotics cure SIBO (at least for awhile), not cause it.However some people do report IBS after antibiotics and probably because it can mess up the balance of the colon bacteria as well as kill off the smaller number of bacteria you see in the small intestine with SIBO.You might try a probiotic (VSL#3, Align and Culturelle all have some data, Digestive Advantage is another commonly found brand people like) to see if that rebalances things until you can see the next doctor.Peppermint can sometimes do a lot for the pain for some people, so tea or even something like Altoids (the original kind with real peppermint oil in them) can sometimes at least take the edge of the pain.
 

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I'm not sure what you think is atypical.Altered stool consistency (either all one way or alternating back and forth) with abdominal pain is the definition of IBS. Urgency and issues with passing stool are pretty consistent with IBS (or feeling like you have to go, but then don't go, or have to strain, altered sensation in the rectum--rectal hypersensitivity--is common in IBS and fairly exclusive to IBS, but not every IBS patient has this).Usually antibiotics cure SIBO (at least for awhile), not cause it.However some people do report IBS after antibiotics and probably because it can mess up the balance of the colon bacteria as well as kill off the smaller number of bacteria you see in the small intestine with SIBO.You might try a probiotic (VSL#3, Align and Culturelle all have some data, Digestive Advantage is another commonly found brand people like) to see if that rebalances things until you can see the next doctor.Peppermint can sometimes do a lot for the pain for some people, so tea or even something like Altoids (the original kind with real peppermint oil in them) can sometimes at least take the edge of the pain.
 

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Well, I have mostly a terrible none-stop stomach ache and acid reflux. I am afraid to try the peppermint, Peppermint sounds like it is acid producing. I will look into probiotics. Thank you for the information.
 

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Peppermint usually doesn't make more acid, but it can relax the sphincter at the top of the stomach (same kind of muscles as the colon and it doesn't know which one you want it to work on). That can make reflux worse.Acid reflux isn't typical of IBS, but both IBS and reflux are very very common so you find a lot of people with both.IBS pain can range from constant to once in awhile. There isn't a line where it stops being possibly IBS.I had severe pain with my IBS. Constant tenderness/achiness all over punctuated by stabbing pains if I did anything like walk a few feet or eat.
 

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Any antacid will kill off too much good bacteria because it destroys stomach acid. Your stomach acid keeps your small bowel clean of both good flora/bacteria and bad. Since you need the Malox for your reflux, I would try a good probotic like Floragen 3 or another refrigerated version. Good that you are going to a specialist.
 

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Peppermint usually doesn't make more acid, but it can relax the sphincter at the top of the stomach (same kind of muscles as the colon and it doesn't know which one you want it to work on). That can make reflux worse.Acid reflux isn't typical of IBS, but both IBS and reflux are very very common so you find a lot of people with both.IBS pain can range from constant to once in awhile. There isn't a line where it stops being possibly IBS.I had severe pain with my IBS. Constant tenderness/achiness all over punctuated by stabbing pains if I did anything like walk a few feet or eat.
 

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Thank you for info, yeah, then the pepperment would worsen things then cause I have a hiatal hernia that is small but nonetheless I do feel food come up my esophagus during those times of, if I may use the word, burp. Thank you for your feedback.
 

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Any antacid will kill off too much good bacteria because it destroys stomach acid. Your stomach acid keeps your small bowel clean of both good flora/bacteria and bad. Since you need the Malox for your reflux, I would try a good probotic like Floragen 3 or another refrigerated version. Good that you are going to a specialist.
 

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Sounds like the medications you were on caused an imbalance. I have reflux too and take nexium BUT i only take half a tab of nexium every 3 - 4 days rather than one every day. I like that better than taking things like tums or maalox which mess up my bowels. Nexium everyday messed my bowels up too but taking it like this does not. So I think a good and safe place to start would be to try a probiotic. I just started one yesterday and will see how it goes. Also sometimes being on antibiotics can make you more lactose intolerant so maybe avoid lactose for awhile as well till your system gets more normal.
 
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