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Hi all - was diagnosed with IBS about three weeks ago, and am still trying to figure out what is 'normal'.In the past two months I have had an upper GI series, and endoscopy and a colonoscopy - none of which indicated any problems. Blood tests show that I have had consistent anemia since April, even with the taking of iron supplements. We have checked for bacteria, occult blood in the stool, and paracites, but have found nothing to indicate any are present.I have bloating (followed by burping) pretty frequently, but it feels almost random as to when it happens; sometimes even drinking water can bring it on. Just about any time I put my hand on my belly, I can feel it spasming slightly.Bowel movements go from diarrhea to constipation, and seem to cycle (diarrhea for a few days, then constipation). I do take immodium for the diarrhea, but a single dose usually takes care of it. Sometimes I have multiple bowel movements per day, but usually it's three times at most.Stool can be black (from the iron), orange, yellow, or green, depending on what I've eaten. Sometimes there's a mix of colors and consistencies. Frequently there is white mucus mixed with the stool. Stool can run from pellet shapes to long snakey shapes to large stools; none are what I'd consider 'normal'.Right now I have blood mixed in with the stool, although my doctor says this is from the irritation of the rectum and the opening up of hemarrhoids. Blood does drip out when I go to the bathroom and have a bowel movement, but it's not pouring out.I get pain in the abdomen most days, but not enough to keep me awake at night.While I seem to be able to digest most things, I often find pieces of vegetable matter in my stool, especially the skins. Lettuce and spinach appear to pass through completely undigested.Except for a multivitamin and the iron supplements, the only medication I am on is NuLev for the spasming and Analpram to treat the hemarrhoids. I try not to take more than three NuLev a day, because I've heard there can be colon problems from using it.***So here's my questions. How much of this is normal for IBS? Are there any tests that we've missed to determine what else this could be?What should I be watching out for to see if this is getting worse?What vitamin/nutritional supplements should I be taking to make up for what my body is not absorbing from food?And are there any support groups in the New York City area that I can attend that you know of?And any advice for what steps a newbie should take to see if this can be kept under some sort of control?Thanks much for all assistance - the worst of this is the loneliness of it.-rim
 

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Thanks to both of you. You have no idea what a relief it is to hear the words 'pretty normal' being used with this is, K! And I am going thru the archives as much as I can, soft
It has been bright red blood and on the surface of the stools; will keep an eye out for changes.We did test for Celiacs and it came back negative. Haven't tested for lactose intolerance yet, but I'm putting myself off dairy for two weeks to see if there's any change. This is the first I've heard of fructose being a problem (which with the amount of high fructose corn syrup in everything, could certainly be a trigger I'm repeatedly hitting). The only reason I have been avoiding keeping a food diary is that I have no idea how to interpret what I'm looking at (would triggers hit me in 20 minutes? 24 hours? 36 hours?). Is this the sort of thing you need to speak with a nutritionist/dietician about?Thanks again for all your help!
 

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Thanks to both of you. You have no idea what a relief it is to hear the words 'pretty normal' being used with this is, K! And I am going thru the archives as much as I can, soft
It has been bright red blood and on the surface of the stools; will keep an eye out for changes.We did test for Celiacs and it came back negative. Haven't tested for lactose intolerance yet, but I'm putting myself off dairy for two weeks to see if there's any change. This is the first I've heard of fructose being a problem (which with the amount of high fructose corn syrup in everything, could certainly be a trigger I'm repeatedly hitting). The only reason I have been avoiding keeping a food diary is that I have no idea how to interpret what I'm looking at (would triggers hit me in 20 minutes? 24 hours? 36 hours?). Is this the sort of thing you need to speak with a nutritionist/dietician about?Thanks again for all your help!
 
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