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When I first started having my symptoms I was mainly suffering with const & diah, bloating, and cramps. Now, I only have bloating. Can I still be classed as having IBS without the bowel issues? IBS is 'spastic colon' yet I have none of the 'official' symptoms of IBS (aside from bloating which I can manage ok).My only issue now is the discomfort and/or nausea I have after eating. I find this symptom so hard top explain and describe. I eat something - however big or small- and I immediately feel unwell. This symptom seems to be aggravated by any kind of movement- even walking slowly. This means that I just can't eat when I'm out at all. This presents its own problem- when I don't eat I feel lightheaded with low blood sugar. But, if I do eat I feel very unwell. It is not necessarily nausea.........I just can't describe it.It seems to me that when food or drink goes into my stomach it reacts with something- something like too much acid/not enough acic, rubbing against an ulcer, etc etc.How can I explain this to a specialist?Plus, my GP has referred me to the specialist with notes saying 'low priority' and 'paranoid'. He has ruined any chance of me having a fair hearing at the hospital.
 

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You might be suffering more from delayed stomach emptying than from IBS. Basically if your stomach isn't emptying food or churning as it should you will become bloated/nauseated as the food sits there. It sounds as though you're not actually vomiting from this, so your stomach is definitely working, perhaps just slowly. There are gastric emptying scans/tests that can be run where you eat something that has been dosed with a radioactive tracer, then using x-rays they can see how quickly food is emptying from your stomach. Overall, I am not too keen on eating radioactive stuff, no matter how mild it might be so, I'd try some more natural approaches first. Probably a good idea as well since it sounds like your doctor is an idiot. Even if you get diagnosed with delayed stomach emptying it might not be very helpful due to the lack of worthwhile pharmaceutical treatments available(I'd try to stay away from metoclopramide, aka reglan/metozolv).My suggestions:
  • Iberogast - Is a herbal mixture that was initially developed in Germany in the 60's. It aids with stomach motility. It's good stuff. The taste isn't so great, but you mix it with a drink. I'd suggest mixing it with plain sparkling water & try drinking before,after or with a meal. See which works best for you. Check a local pharmacy or you can find it on Amazon.com.
  • Peppermint & Ginger - Both help with nausea and both are good for digestion. I like peppermint Altoids(addict) & Ginger Chew candies from The Ginger People. You could also try teas that have these ingredient in them.
  • Teas - Warm foods promote blood flow & aid in digestion. Again, try it before,after or during and see which works best.
  • Walk Before Meal - Take a walk before eating. This gets your blood flowing and this might also expend energy making your body more receptive to nourishment.
  • B-Vitamin Complex - There is a chance delayed stomach emptying could be caused by nerve damage. B-Vitamins are helpful for nerve repair & can boost energy.
Give those a shot, plus see what the doctors say or look into getting a new doctor.
 

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With just the bloating and what sounds like upper GI discomfort more than intestinal discomfort it could be more a functional dyspepsia thing rather than an IBS thing.Now if you are doing treatments that normalize your stool consistency you can still have IBS symptoms even if you can make the stool consistency normal.You might try digestive enzymes with pancreatin in them. I sometimes get pretty extreme upper GI bloating after meals with nausea from certain medication combinations. Pancreatin has been shown to reduce upper GI bloating and distress after a high fat meal that makes even normal people feel bloated and icky.I would describe the symptoms pretty much the way you did here. I eat a meal, this is what happens, this is how long it lasts, this is how severe it is, this happens after such and so % of meals.
 

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Great replies there- thank you! At last- some people actually LISTENING!Kathleen- I am not taking any meds or doing anything to correct the const/diah that I was once troubled with. They seem to have been in remission for 4 or 5 years.....thankfully.I will now look into the dyspepsia and maybe mention that to the GI doc.I should say that I am taking metoclopramide (but not the full dose). This does not solve the problem as such but it does aid the emptying of the stomach faster than when I do not take it. However, I am prescribed a 10mg dose 3 times a day (max') so it is not a practical solution. As I suffer with the bloating I tend to eat small amounts often throughout the day to keep me going. In this case, I would need to take 6-8 metoclopramides a day. Perhaps I am on the wrong meds?Perhaps I could divide a 10mg tablet in two and take 6 doses of 5mg? Any thoughts?
 

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Perhaps I could divide a 10mg tablet in two and take 6 doses of 5mg? Any thoughts?
Umm I would be asking the Dr or at least a Pharmacist that question.All the best!
 

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Yes, I would consult a doctor before you mess with the dosage. Why are you already on metoclopramide? Did they prescribe it based on you symptoms? I would see if you can get Domperidone or try the Iberogast. Metoclopramide can have bad side-effects with prolonged use or high dosages, plus it can make you feel spacey. Domperidone is not available in the USA though
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