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Hello, I am new to IBS. I suspect I have had it for about 5 years, but just recently went to a Dr. about it. I discovered this website today. He told me to take Digestive Advantage for IBS, an over the counter chewable. I have been for a month now and it doesn't seem to help much, I have IBS with both C and D, though I get the D much more often. I am very frustrated and a little blue. My Dr. didn't have anything else to say, so I am guessing that he is not well informed. I am in San Diego, CA. Anyone have any advice of what to do or where to go to get myself on the right track? I also have PSVT, a heart condition, does anyone know if it is a contributor to IBS? Thank you so very much, I am sorry this is so long. I think I am still adjusting to the "acceptance" part.
 

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Hi Koshka,Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT) does have one coping method that may have a remote connection to IBS, and that would be thatPeople having an episode of PSVT can try to interrupt the episode with a Valsalva maneuver. This consists of holding the breath and straining (i.e., pushing with the abdomen as if to provoke a bowel movement) - since you have IBS, this is something you may do routinely - but as far as IBS directly connected, the only thing would be that muscle contractions of the heart are regulated by the same nervous system that regulates digestion and the intestinal muscles. I know this because I was put on a calcium channel blocker years ago to regulate intestinal muscles for severe D - and this med is usually used for heart muscle. I have functional occasional arythmia, but not your condition.I tried DA also, and to no avail. However, you may wish to consider clinical hypnotherapy, as this is nonevasive and does not interfere with your condition or any meds you may have to take.Both Eric and I have used this method successfully - using the IBS Audio Program 100 developed in England. Part of this program has a CD which explains IBS to other people - I found this to be the most validating thing I ever heard to explain all the humiliation, pain and suffering - not to mention embarrassment -that we go through - IBS is a very hard condition to accept, because it is embarrassing, thus you can't always get the understanding one needs to cope, and also, it is not life-threatening, though certainly life altering, so sometimes IBS patients feel guilty about that.Take a look at Eric's super info above, and also this site: www.ibscds.com for info on IBS as well as the forum below. It outlines one of the most successful treatment methods for IBS to date, and my gastro, after exhausting all his work, referred me to this BB, which in turn, I found about this treatment method. And I have been to Mayo, several GIs and all the meds, and clinical hypnotherapy has the best track record.If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know, and I would be happy to help.Take care and all the best to you. ~ Marilyn
 

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Hi Koshka,Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT) does have one coping method that may have a remote connection to IBS, and that would be thatPeople having an episode of PSVT can try to interrupt the episode with a Valsalva maneuver. This consists of holding the breath and straining (i.e., pushing with the abdomen as if to provoke a bowel movement) - since you have IBS, this is something you may do routinely - but as far as IBS directly connected, the only thing would be that muscle contractions of the heart are regulated by the same nervous system that regulates digestion and the intestinal muscles. I know this because I was put on a calcium channel blocker years ago to regulate intestinal muscles for severe D - and this med is usually used for heart muscle. I have functional occasional arythmia, but not your condition.I tried DA also, and to no avail. However, you may wish to consider clinical hypnotherapy, as this is nonevasive and does not interfere with your condition or any meds you may have to take.Both Eric and I have used this method successfully - using the IBS Audio Program 100 developed in England. Part of this program has a CD which explains IBS to other people - I found this to be the most validating thing I ever heard to explain all the humiliation, pain and suffering - not to mention embarrassment -that we go through - IBS is a very hard condition to accept, because it is embarrassing, thus you can't always get the understanding one needs to cope, and also, it is not life-threatening, though certainly life altering, so sometimes IBS patients feel guilty about that.Take a look at Eric's super info above, and also this site: www.ibscds.com for info on IBS as well as the forum below. It outlines one of the most successful treatment methods for IBS to date, and my gastro, after exhausting all his work, referred me to this BB, which in turn, I found about this treatment method. And I have been to Mayo, several GIs and all the meds, and clinical hypnotherapy has the best track record.If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know, and I would be happy to help.Take care and all the best to you. ~ Marilyn
 
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