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I was just recently diagnosed with IBS with constipation. Please give me advice on what medicines help with the constipaion. Along with all this I have terrible smelling gas. I have even cut down on my eating to help get rid of the problem. But I still have it! I am down to barely over 100 pounds.Please, tell me everything you have learned to help control/alleviate the condition.
 

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Dear Sage,HI and welcome to our bulletin board. I'm gald you found us. I'm terribly sorry for your diagnosis but there are 2 things you need to keep in mind at this point...(1) YOU ARE NOT ALONE! (2) stick w/ this BB for any help and advice. Since it is Memorial day weekend i guess a lot of people are doing other things today. I can't really help you with info on C but the one thing I use for gas is Phazyme. It helps. Another is charcoal tablets, Beeno, Gas X... as for your diet try the BRAT diet. Bread, rice, applesauce and tea (decaf). Things to avoid...spicy, greasy foods, fast foods, soda pop, anything w/ caffeine. I'm not too sure what else, like I said, I have D. One other thing, a bunch of us usually go in the chat room on Monday nites ### 9-10pm EST. Please join us I've gotten a lot of help there and from this BB. Hang in there. I'm sorry I'm not much help but others will be in and see your topic everyone is very helpful. Keep in touch, hope to hear from you soon. Good Luck!
 

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hi sagehere is a good explaination for youIrritable bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal syndrome characterized by chronic (present for at least 3 months) abdominal pain and altered bowel habits in the absence of any organic disorder. Approximately 10-20% of the general adult population report symptoms compatible with irritable bowel syndrome. The abdominal pain is usually described as a crampy sensation with variable intensity and periodic exacerbations and is generally located in the lower abdomen. Bowel habits in patients with irritable bowel syndrome can be diarrhea, constipation, diarrhea alternating with constipation or normal bowel movements alternating with either constipation or diarrhea. Approximately half of all irritable bowel syndrome patients will complain of mucus discharge with stools. The definitive cause of irritable bowel syndrome has not been established. Many studies have reported changes in gastrointestinal motility in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, however, these studies have not been consistently reproduced nor has a particular pattern been detected. Up to 60% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome have a lower tolerance for rectal balloon distention than normal controls. This exaggerated response to colonic distention is termed visceral hyperalgesia and is probably mediated by an as yet undetermined defect in the nerves that control pain sensation. It is not clear whether this is a problem with the nerves of the gastrointestinal tract or the brain. Although irritable bowel syndrome is not caused by a psychiatric problem; psychological disorders, stress, emotional difficulties and a history of childhood sexual or physical abuse are more common in this patient population.There are however, a number of symptoms that do not suggest the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. These include: large, volume stools with weight loss, fever, blood in the stool and abdominal pain which awakens one from sleep. If a patient has any of these symptoms a work-up should be initiated to exclude an organic disease process.If the patient has the typical symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome an exhaustive work-up is unnecessay. Many gastroenterologists will perform a complete blood count, sedimentation rate and a chemistry panel. If diarrhea is the predominant symptom, stool examination for culture, ova & parasites and white blood cells as well as thyroid function tests should be performed. In patients over 40, a flexible sigmoidoscopy (a test where a tube with a light and video camera is introduced into the rectum and advanced to about 60 cm-this will allow direct visualization of the left side of the large intestine and rectum; sometimes a biopsy is performed to exclude a series of intestinal disorders which can cause diarrhea) is usually performed. In patients with a family history of colon cancer, a colonoscopy is perfomed.A number of treatments have been suggested to help patients with irritable bowel syndrome. The first step is to have a good working relationship with your physician. You should review your diet carefully to see if they are playing a role in your symptoms. Many patients have symptoms with dairy products and other gas producing foods. Exclusion of foods that can increase flatulence (beans, onions, celery, carrots, raisins, bananas, apricots, prunes, brussel sprouts, wheat germ, pretzels and bagels) may be helpful. Some patients find that decreasing the intake of caffeinated beverages may help as well. This does not mean that you have to refrain from all of these foods. What you should do is try these foods and see if they cause a problem. If they do then you should avoid them. Furthermore, many patients find that increasing the fiber in their diet to obtain 20-30 grams daily helps regulate their bowel movements. An easy way to do this is to take a high fiber cereal such as FIBER ONE or ALL BRAN on a daily basis. There are medications to decrease spasm or to relieve diarrhea, but they should be tried only after the above is accomplished. You should give the fiber at least a month to work. You may get some increased gas and bloating initially but most patients can eventually tolerate the fiber. I hope you find this information helpful.charlie
 
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Hi Sage-I just wanted to tell you welcome to the BB. There are many wonderful and caring people here with tons of good advice. Unfortunately, I am D-type so I don't have much advice to offer you, but I did want to say welcome!-Kayla
 

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I am IBS c as well and right now I am on laxitive therapy for 3 mos. I take prodeium, colace and milk of magnesia. It has been one month and already I am cutting back on my laxitives. I see my gastro again in July for a follow up.
 
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Charlie,that was great- thanks!!! When you mention people with relatives to have colonscopies- is this uncles or just immediate relatives- do you know? I have 2 uncles that died of colon cancer but my mom has always been fine- many colon checks- (she was their sister.) Just wondering if you or anyone knew.... Sage, I guess this wasn't reallly to help you, sorry......
 

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I'm trying to go the 'natural' way. Fiber and LOTS of water. I've been cutting out alot of carbs and eating more salads. I also eat six small meals a day instead of three big ones. All of this has helped soften the stools, so going to the bathroom isn't too awful. Enteric coated peppermints are good for the bloating/gas problem, but usually those with GERD can't take it. That's it for my regime!
Check out LindaB's post on Recipe for Prune Whip.Ty[This message has been edited by Ty (edited 06-08-99).]
 

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Hi Sage and welcome! I have been putting up with this problem for most of my life. It has just been recently, in my early 40's that it has really flared up. My diet is basically low fat and not too spicey. I was on Librax and xanax. The dr. took me off all that and I have to say that coming of xanax is exciting but it did help me. She now has me on a new drug for my anxiety and also gave me Bentyl...so far not to bad. The chat room and the BB has been great for me, you will find out you are not alone.
 

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sage, I am new to this site and I too have IBS C. I had pain so bad and lost alot of weight. I had a sigmoidoscopy done, My doctor had suggested that I try to control my IBS C with my diet before going on medication. For two years I have been eating as much fiber as I can. A salad every day (some people have trouble digesting salad so becareful) and lots of fruits and vegies. I also take citrucel at night before bed and try to exercise to make everything move around. It has helped me alot every now and then I cheat and pay for it. Sometimes I have flareups for no reason. Bread and cheese really kill me and I have trouble with milk. Hope some of this helps I notice alot of people on this site have IBS D it is nice to find people with IBS C.......
 
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