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I'm new to this whole thing - have always had 'digestive problems' but about 3 months ago, ate hot wings and have been sick ever since. Doc has run blood tests, stool tests, and finds no problem. I'm guessing it'll be IBS. I've eliminated all dairy for 2 weeks - a bit better, but no where close to completely better. I see the Caltrate idea and will try it immediately. Am getting an appt with a Gastro specialist soon. Any other ideas on what to try first? My stomach growls like a factory and hurts at times.
 
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Carolekv: I am like you, have not been officially diagnosed with IBS yet but see it coming from all the information and likenesses of the group here. I too need to start being tested by a gastro specialist and find out for sure and then get some kind of medication (I guess) to counteract this. I do not suffer with D or C, but rather totally uncomfortable tummy which intesifies upon eating most anything. Thanks for joining and write and/or respond often! Let us know......
 

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Carol,Welcome to the board! You have made your first important steps. 1. you made an appt w/ a GI doc2. You found an IBS website that holds endless info, question and answer forum and all the support you may need from people who truly understand. I too have the inbetween IBS. When it started it was mostly D but has fallen in-between now. When/If you are dx'd w/IBS there are alot of different remedies to try. There is fiber (your doc will probably recommend-most popular by docs) peppermint, ginger, fennel, calcium (good for people w/D or C-there are different types for each one-do your homework before starting) HT-hypnotherapy, meditation, and much more. Now it seems that there is alot for this but it is all trial and error. What works for one may not work for you. Diet is very important. No fatty or fried foods, Start a food journal for your dr's appt that will help him/her alot in dx'g you. Exercise is also very good for it. Most important thing to remember is NOT to let IBS be your life. Like so many of us have. Do your very best to make it a secondary thought. That is probably the worst part for most if not all of us. Keep us posted and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.
 

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Thanks - and yes, I've given up hot foods and dairy, and most fatty or greasy foods, but am now noticing that it still kicks in with anything with any grease at all, so I can tell that's my next step too! Oh well, heck of a way to go on a diet, but I've been trying to get myself in gear for years without luck!
 
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Hi Carole and welcome to the board. Good news, seems you have nothing sinister, bad news, you are probably in for the long haul (I've had IBS for about 10 years but I ain't dead yet). Have a good look at your diet, maybe keep a food diary. I went to see a food intolerance bod who tested me via acupressure. Its not the be all and end all, but I do think she offered basically sound advice. Plenty of water is my salvation.Good luck and welcome aboard!!Sue, Manchester
Sorry, that sounds rather cheesy!!!
 

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Hello CarolIm new to this too. I have been suffering like yourself too for the past few months.I have been to the Doctor like you and had blood tests and stool tests and found no problem. Just had the last of my results today, going back to the Doctor on thursday to see where we go from there as she thinks this is Ibs too. I also suffer from horrible pains in my stomach like yourself, constant "d" and nausea.Would like to hear from you on how you got on.Emma
 
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