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Hello all, I have reduced the spasm pain in my colon with Bentylol per a helpful suggestion in the bulletin board... but my small bowel (around the navel, anyway) is still tight as a drum. My doctor doesn't know much about IBS so I bring him suggestions from here until I can see a specialist in IBS.
 

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Thanks, Eric. I visited your website earlier and found it extremely illuminating. I looked at the list of medications but none of them seem to be specific as to regional effects. Since Bentylol just now helped me with the colon spasm but left me with a tight belly still, I am really hoping for specific relief at the top end from some other med. My digestion has greatly suffered from the small bowel clench, I think -- to put it delicately, some food comes out the other end little changed (e.g. , beef, spinach).Thanks again!
 
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Hi Paul, Since Bentyl is a smooth muscle relaxer I would think it would help with the small intestine too. What you describe at the naval sounds like the colon too and when I get that and the Bentyl doesn't help it's a matter of C vs. spasms. I don't know if it's true for you but just a thought. Hope your "knot" goes away quickly! Jackie
 

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Hi paul, I would highly recommend that you see a GI doctor to rule out that you might have something else. For example I was told I had IBS 7 years ago By a GI doctor and went through all the tests to rule out possible other causes. However I just went to a GI Doctor last week, the first time in 6 years and He wants to do a colonoscopy because I only had a sigmoidoscopy last time. The differnce being that a sigmoidoscopy only explores the first 2 feet of the large intestine while the colonoscopy explores the whole intestine including the small intestine.He wants to test for celiac(wheat/gluten intolerance). This is a serious problem if it goes unrecognized and can lead to cancer if not dealt with. While I'm not looking forward to having a camera up my rear again it is the only way to be positive that I have IBS and not something else. Also most people who have celiac are first told that they have IBS. Just something to consider.
 
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Hi JackieM. The pain in my lower colon (well below the navel) was successfully alleviated by the Bentylol, but the pain/tension above and just below the navel is still with me. And, StayStrong, that is good advice. I only had a sigmoidoscopy and they never looked at the small intestine at all -- my oat bran binge of the past winter may very well have started celiac or starch intolerance or something. I will try to have that checked out. I felt to begin with that the IBS diagnosis was buttressed by the way the pains moved around a bit -- and I had eaten bread every day of my life until now (I'm 28). But I will still try to check it out.Thanks to both of you!
 
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Paul, I had the pain around the belly button and diaphram. The only med that really works for me is Librax. I wen't through that problem for many years. Good Luck.
 
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Thanks, Annie29. Once I feel that my colon spasms are under control (they were the worst pain) then I will definitely give Librax a shot. This morning, with only the help of a little docusate, I had a little, normal BM! First time in almost four weeks! Thank goodness for that Bentylol -- hope it continues to work!Paul
 
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I also was just started on Bentylol because I wanted to eleviate my dependency on painkillers. My D has been under control since I started Caltrate. The day after and the day following my starting Bentylol I was back to my usual d. I am still taking it and waiting to see what happens next (I am still taking Caltrat). It also gives me cramps like I would get when I took imodium. Has anyone else had this happen?
 
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