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This is my first visit and I am so glad to find you!I do not know anyone else who has IBS so no one to talk to.I was diagnosed in 1993 after years of IBS.Internist put me on Zantac and Donnatal.Recently I lost weight, then noticed what felt like original IBS pain, burning and D increased. I increased Zantac. Soon after I began to feel weak and shaky then developed mild nausea. Called doctor 3 weeks ago, she said little virus. Called again but no appt available until next week. Close to collapse, I went to the ER where they ran blood tests and said all was negative. Has anyone had any similar problems? I have never had this weakness, shakiness or loss of apetite. Doctor finally has appt time this week so wonder if I should ask about different meds.I don't see other BB folks on Zantac. Any suggestions give me would be greatly appreciated.Sorry this is so long.
 

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Part of the baffling troubles with IBS is what works today may not work tomorrow. It sounds like you had some success with Zantax, and not it is time to change. We all have different things occur to us, and no two will be exactly alike, and the only thing the docs can gaurantee is that we will continue to baffle them. There is a lot of research going on, and Glaxo/Welcomme is coming out with a new treatment very soon now. Good luck and DO go see the doc. Perhaps the increase in odsage has something to do with the weakness. Let your doctor decide that. And welcome to the group!------------------Praying for a cure for this NASTY IBS!
 
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It seems any negative experience anyone has, I can understand because I had a similar one. A few years while trying to control my IBS I went to an acupuncturist three times a week. He told me to mash up a cantaloupe and eat nothing else while he stuck needles in my ears. On one trip I was close to collapse, lost weight, and couldn't walk. He instructed me to go to ER and he would have a specialist there. I was so weak I couldn't sit up to talk to the doctor. I sat on a chair and put my head on another one and tried to tell him I had IBS, He ordered an MRI of my brain and told me to see him a month later. I asked what should I do about the IBS. He said we'll talk about that later. My husband just about carried me to the car. I did have an MRI. When I returned to him , he hugged me and congratulated me on my fine clear brain. I told him that I finally found some help in IBS BB . He told me the way I acted, he thought I was a mental case. I wish doctors would just admit they don't know what to do.You will benefit by these boards. It takes time but you'll get some relief. Good LUck.
 
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Hi and welcome. I take donnatol in a pill form, not the liquid for the painful spasms sometimes associated with IBS. It can make me very tired and groggy -even just one pill. Perhaps your weakness is related to that. I don't take Zantac, so I'm afraid I can't offer any advice there. You are the best judge of what your body is trying to tell you. Perhaps you could keep a food journal as well as a medication journal to help you as you begin your "officially diagnosed" road trip with IBS. It is time consuming, but can aid you in determining what is working and what is not. Also, definately see your doctor...talk about your diet as well as the medications...maybe you are lacking some vital nutrient that is adding to your fatigue. I hope this helps you. Good luck and let us know how you make out
 

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Gosh,Like everyone who has replied, I really feel for you. We've all gone through exasperating times like that when the established doctors we see or have been referred to don't seem to have a clue as to what our problem is. Hang in there,and keep telling them what your symptoms are.I take 10mg of Bentyl to help with cramping and immodium a.d. to stop diarreah. One thing I like to drink to help settle my stomach is a stong ginger ale called Vernor's.You may not have it in your area,but any strong ginger ale will help. Also heath food stores sell gingerroot tea bags. They do help to settle a crampy stomach. Take care and stop back to let us know how your doing.Jan
 
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