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Hi Paul,Sorry that you are having such a frustrating time of it.I think the best thing would be to see a Gastroenterologist as soon as possible.It is impossible to tell if your symptoms are caused by IBS or Crohn's unless a series of test have been done.Only after this series of tests can the proper diagnosis be made.Then a treatment plan can be discussed with your specialist.Some of the things that may help:Stress reduction techniques (hypnosis, meditation, etc.)Dietary modificationsMild exerciseMedications that act on the digestive systemMedications that help reduce the effects of stressMost people benefit form a combination of these, and it will vary from person to person.There is a lot of information on this Bulletin Board; check out the Diagnostic Criteria at the top of the opening page.There are also forums for medications, and dietary modifications.I have learned a lot at this site, and I am very grateful for all the support that people have given me.I have had IBS symptoms for 10 years, the last 2 of which were awful.I had reached the point where it was totally incapacitating and I was virtually housebound.I learned about the IBS diet on this BB.It has made a world of difference for me.
Here's a site where you can find out what foods are usually "safe" for IBS:www.eatingforibs.com You can try eating these suggested foods while you are waiting to get an appointment with a GI doctor.When my IBS was at its worst, I got hope from reading the success stories of other people.Maybe this will help to give you some hope.Good luck! . . . from Lexi
 

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Paul,I have IBS Diarrhea-predominant, with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and MSG sensitivity.For me, dietary changes and a minimum dose of a Metamucil-type product made a huge difference.This was after trying various medications that either didn't work or had bad side effects.I have a lot of weird allergies, so this might be why this was the case.In my case, following the IBS diet has helped, along with a maintenance dose of a Metamucil-type product.I take the minimum recommended dose in the mornings, and I use the unflavoured product that is not artifically sweetened.Check out the diet at the site I gave you.The dietary modifications are often particularly effective for those who suffer from chronic diarrhea.It is something you can start right now, while waiting to get an appointment with a GI specialist.Best of luck! . . . from Lexi
 
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