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Hi there,I have had IBS for just over 2 years now and the symptons seem to have gotten worse. I went to the Dr's about it, about 5 mths ago. He sent me for blood tests to rule other things out and basically told me that I must have IBS. He didn't give me any advice about it and was just generally hopeless. As a result from IBS I also suffer panic attacks which we all know that stress makes things worse.Anyway I am now 6 weeks pregnant and seem to be getting more and more symptoms, painful cramping, on the toilet 6-8 times a day, dirroheah, and pain. I worry this is going to affect my baby. I obviously am going to speak to Dr about it again but i just wanted to know if anyone else has been in the same situation. As well, I mostly get my IBS in the morning. Is this the usual? As the day goes on the symtoms seem to dull down. What foods do I need to watch out for? I have already figured that gravy and really tasty sauces don't go well but that's about it. I know I need to take a diary down, jus tcan be a bit difficult with running around after a 10mth old and being pregnant.Thanks for any information you give. I am so over this it is not funny. I want to be able to lead a normal life. P.S: The Dr did have me on fibregel (fibre drink) but it was taking the edge off for a while and now I am pregnant doesn't seem to be doing anything. I don't suffer constipation but apparently the fibre is good either way.Thanks heaps,Mum2be
 

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Hi Mumtobe,i can't give you any advice on the pregnancy bit as i have no kids myself, so talk to your doc about it definatly. I have had ibs-d for 14 years, it is changing to ibs-a now that i have quit smoking, but yes, the morning trial is normal. I think a lot of people have terrible mornings, i do. It does dull down during the day for me too, well, it did before things got to changing!! Typical!!I also used to use fibregel. I found it worked for a while then stopped doing anything. I takd it when i have a bad spell to see if it will help at that time. Sometimes it does. I am no good with fibre really tho. I try to not have too much as it send me in the loo all day. I may have to change that now tho!!The only thing i can suggest about foods is to try that diary. It is different foer everyone. I know it's hard, and i can imagine its especially bad with being being pregnant too, but you just have to try stuff and see what happens. I am sorry i can't just give you a list of what not to eat!!!I wish you all the best! Congrats on the new arrival to be!!take care of yourself!!Lisa
 

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You should have really had more tests done before recieveing a definite diagnosis. Blood tests cant see what is going on inside physically or structurally. I would recommend you see a GI doc and have complete blood panels as well as stool studies and after the baby comes a Colonoscopy to rule out more.
 

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Hello Future-Mum. I'm not pregnant and never will be but I look like it. Twins in fact! Having IBS worse in the morning is very common among IBS D'ers. I have read some stories that some women's IBS actually gets better during their pregnancy, so perhaps in a few weeks it will be better; Let's hope so.I don't know the effects of Celexa(U.S. trade name) on fetus development or if it passes the amniotic barrier or not (probably does) but Celexa did help me greatly in the past. Later, it lost its effectiveness completely for me but for about a year it did me well! Everyone is different. But you may want to ask your doctor about that.More recently I started taking a probiotic called "Align" from Proctor and Gamble. I am VERY PLEASED with the results so far. Search here for "Align" or "Bifantis." Unfortunately it is only available online and shipping only to the USA at this time. I have the feeling you live across the pond.Lastly, due a search on "Calcium" here. It has seemed to make a HUGE difference to some IBS sufferers. My guess is that with Little Precious growing inside of you, you might need extra calcium anyway. Again, ASK YOUR DOCTOR, to see if that is okay to take.Okay, really lastly: IBS sucks. But don't be overly concerned about what others around you think when you have to run to the bathroom suddenly due to IBS. Even us dumb guys know that pregnant women do wacky things whilst pregnant. Everybody gives a pregnant woman lots of leeway!Good luck!
 

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Get a food intollerance blood test and CDSA (stool) test done. A proper Nutritionist/Gut Specialist will ALWAYS reccommend having these done first before any invasive tests to check for food allergies (which trigger similar symptoms to IBS) and parasites/candida.
 

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How can I tell if I have a problem with Candidiasis. The best way to tell is to have a test done. Biolab Medical Unit in London (020 7636 5959) and Great Smokies Laboratory USA (http://www.gsdl.com/) do a number of tests that can be helpful. The Indican test will indicate correct ratio of good & bad bacteria in the gut, and whether your gut is absorbing enough protein, carbohydrates and nutrients from your food. The Gut Fermenatation Test measures blood alcohol after a glucose load. The intestinal permeability test. Home Candida Test. The Candida Saliva Test. First thing in the morning before having anything to eat or drink, get a clear glass and fill with water. Work up some saliva and drop a spittle on top of the water and observe. If in 10 minutes time the spittle is still sitting on top of the water then you most probably do not have a candiadiasis problem. If however the spittle spreads and breaks up or you see streamers going down into the water then you may well have an imbablence.
 

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Thanks heaps for you replies. I did feel very much alone in all of this but it is good to know their others out there that are the same (but bad too if you get me). It just gets me down sometimes because I find it highly embarrasing and don't tend ot go anywhere when it is bad. I don't generally go any where until lunch cos of mornings anyway. It sucks. I am going back to the Dr this Wed to speak with him and as well as that I am awaiting a ph call for some counselling for stress and panic attacks. I am hoping this will help. With one little one and another on the way, I just want to enjoy everything with them. Do things with them and as their mother I know that I need to help myself and do something about all of this before someone else can help me. It is my responsibility to do as much as I can for my kids. My little boy is such a bright spark and so bubbly like i once was and I don't want him ever losing that. I want him to not pick up the panic attack traights (sp?) off me. Oh and Jenny S I already had a gluten test and lactose intolerence test. Both were fine. Is that what you were talking about?Oh can I ask a Q? What are all the IBS - A and D etc mean? I really have no idea. DireWeeYah you said I sound like I have D???? Thanks a million people. Oh and yes I am over the pond..... Australia to be precise. How did you guess that? How do I sound "across the pond?"Mum2be2006
 

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A means alternate, like me im ibs-a i get the best of both worlds the d and c.
 

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Accent? I Like that!! Lol. Well how bout these for ya..... G'Day mate.... Far out.... bugger.... throw another shrimp on the barbie..... (YUK!) Yes well with those meanings I think I have IBS - D! Defaintly! (sp?) Mum2Be2006
 

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Ask the doctor to do a poo test for Candida and Parasites.You would probably be better paying for a full food allergy test (try Yorktest Laboratories) as you may be allergic to yeast, wheat or dairy products. The tests done by your GP don't cover all foods.
 

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No shrimp for me, I'm an odd Yank, I don't eat seafood at all. Can we throw another chicken breast on the barbie? (A little teriyaki sauce too, if you don't mind)As Jenny is urging you to do, you should have all the "normal" tests done. But your description of symptoms is spot-on IBS. So welcome to our group of poo-pushers and potty'ers (Sing "Potty all the time, potty all the time, potty all the time).
 
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