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I need help.I am a 30 year old female, with no history of illness. My doctor thinks I have IBS, but did no testing, and gave no consolation, just some samples of NuLev, a spastic bowel medicine, that in my opinion dont work. (pepto bismol and antinausea pills do)Last year, after kicking a stomach virus, the symptoms kept coming back, severe nausea, headaches and extreme diarreah. In a year, I havent found a correlation to any specific food.I was tested positive for h pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers, and after treatment, felt worse.Thats when I saw the gastro specialist, who hasnt done anything to help me.Does this sound like IBS????? What do I do from here, I am very sick, and unhappy. Any suggestions would be appreciated. THank you!
 

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whatinspiresu, i've had ibs for almost as long as you've been on this planet. i speak from a position of experience and not expertise. although a workup would probably turn up nothing it would be in your best interest to have some testing to rule out any of the more serious ailments that could cause your symptoms. if your test results turn out to be negative then at least you will have some piece of mind knowing that you aren't seriously ill. might i suggest that you discuss the feasibility of a colonoscopy with your physician. the suggestion that might be the most universally acceptable for ibs (if in fact that is what ails you)is to learn how to relax through any and all exacerbations. diet modification may be helpful as well. most of all there is alot of #### posted on this website in addition to some great information. read it, weed out the nonsense and discuss some of the reasonable sounding recommendations with your doctor. good luck, mitchell
 

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whatinspiresu, i've had ibs for almost as long as you've been on this planet. i speak from a position of experience and not expertise. although a workup would probably turn up nothing it would be in your best interest to have some testing to rule out any of the more serious ailments that could cause your symptoms. if your test results turn out to be negative then at least you will have some piece of mind knowing that you aren't seriously ill. might i suggest that you discuss the feasibility of a colonoscopy with your physician. the suggestion that might be the most universally acceptable for ibs (if in fact that is what ails you)is to learn how to relax through any and all exacerbations. diet modification may be helpful as well. most of all there is alot of #### posted on this website in addition to some great information. read it, weed out the nonsense and discuss some of the reasonable sounding recommendations with your doctor. good luck, mitchell
 

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Whatinspiresu, I've got Mr. Goldstein beat on years with IBS/D by a slight amount. Until getting it completely under control in Summer/2001 with Mike's tapeprogram I suffered for 35 yrs. I've been through just about anything that can be tried for the IBS and it does sound like you "could" have IBS? My suggestions to you are as follows, have your gastro run the Colonoscopy as advised by Mr. Goldstein also the Endoscopy at the same time (upper and lower scope tests) since you've said you previously showed h.pylori bacteria? If the MD takes biopsies and samples and finds nothing to explain your distress he will likely diagnosis IBS. I would then try to get on a good exercise plan, determine if there is any food intolerance or allergies, get Mike's hypnotape program and retrain your subconcious mind to respond positively to perceptions. Conciously work on any problem with worry/anxiety or stress by getting "The Feeling Good Handbook" by David Burns MD. This book is the one that has exercises and logsheets to chart your progress at getting rid of negative damaging thoughts. I think those items will have you feeling like a new person if you diligently try. I would try any medicines for IBS as a last resort and there are some new medicines in the testing phases that don't work on the brain, just the gut receptors. Good luck, Norb
 

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Whatinspiresu, I've got Mr. Goldstein beat on years with IBS/D by a slight amount. Until getting it completely under control in Summer/2001 with Mike's tapeprogram I suffered for 35 yrs. I've been through just about anything that can be tried for the IBS and it does sound like you "could" have IBS? My suggestions to you are as follows, have your gastro run the Colonoscopy as advised by Mr. Goldstein also the Endoscopy at the same time (upper and lower scope tests) since you've said you previously showed h.pylori bacteria? If the MD takes biopsies and samples and finds nothing to explain your distress he will likely diagnosis IBS. I would then try to get on a good exercise plan, determine if there is any food intolerance or allergies, get Mike's hypnotape program and retrain your subconcious mind to respond positively to perceptions. Conciously work on any problem with worry/anxiety or stress by getting "The Feeling Good Handbook" by David Burns MD. This book is the one that has exercises and logsheets to chart your progress at getting rid of negative damaging thoughts. I think those items will have you feeling like a new person if you diligently try. I would try any medicines for IBS as a last resort and there are some new medicines in the testing phases that don't work on the brain, just the gut receptors. Good luck, Norb
 
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