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Unread 11-09-2003, 05:19 PM
IBS Question... (not sure where to post)

Great advice (((Kim))) and (((Dany))). If there's one thing we can say with certainty is that none of us can be certain what will work for someone else

I don't have IBS... because I don't have much of a "B" left after my last surgery . I had recurrent diverticulitis, and the fiber thing... well, during attacks, fiber is about the worst thing someone with diverticulitis can take, but in between, it's a good thing.

The reason I bring this up is because one thing we all have in common here is that we have had a hyst (and some of us, many more surgeries too). Most of us did a bowel prep for the hyst and experienced our GI tracts 'shutting down' for a few days there. Then, to get things going again, we are usually told by our DRs to make sure to take plenty of fiber. Well, the bowel prep and shutdown of the GI tract were what triggered my first diverticulitis attack, and the lovely post op high fiber diet only aggravated it.

Another thing that bowel preps do, and antibiotics we're given around surgery time do also, is to kill off all the healthy intestinal flora. This can mean we are more likely to have diarrhea (as well as yeast infections since the vaginal flora are affected too) post op. Sometimes, all it takes is restoring a healthy balance in the colon to get rid of the diarrhea. This can be done by taking any kind of probiotic (health food stores have tons of choices) and also by eating plain, unflavored, unsweetened yogurt with live active cultures.

You might ask your DR about whether trying probiotics might help you. I continue to take them daily and have not had a problem with diarrhea despite my gastro's warning that removing most of my colon might possibly lead to a lifetime of diarrhea (I had no choice and had to have the surgery, he was just letting me know what I might be in for). I do, however, now have four or five small movements daily rather than one larger one due to the much smaller volume I am able to process at one time.

Fiber is no fun to take... since after the colon surgery I was told I must take fiber daily for the rest of my life, I've experimented with different forms. I have a few favorites... most days now I take Benefiber. This stuff is amazing, I mix it into my iced tea at lunchtime every day and once I've stirred it a bit, I can't tell it's in there. No grit, no clumps, no cloudiness, no taste, no nothing! It's a pretty painless way to get fiber and can be mixed into virtually any liquid or soft food.

I also carry Fiber Choice wafers in my purse... they are orange flavored and remind me of big Necco wafers (anyone remember those?). Really not bad at all.

And, for a change, the Metamucil fiber cookies aren't half bad as long as you drink enough liquid with them (they tend to get stuck on the teeth). The cinnamon flavor makes them bearable.

(((Sweety))) I'm concerned about your statement that it's hard to push out the bm's. Are you able to do kegels since your hyst? When you do have a strong urge to go, are you able to hold it back? Has your DR checked the tone of your anal sphincter muscle? Yes I know that's no fun, but I would think that in the course of a rectal exam the gastro would have checked that out? Also do you feel when you have to go? I am also wondering about the nerves in that area. Just things to ask your DRs about.

I am sorry you've had to go through so much since your surgery. I have been wondering how you made out with your tests and am sorry I'm late finding this thread. Do let us know what you find out from your tests and how you're doing, OK?

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Unread 11-10-2003, 07:50 PM
IBS Question... (not sure where to post)

Thank you all for the advice. I have been trying to watch what I eat and keep an eye on things that send me running to the bathroom. I don't see the gastro until the 25th so I a hoping for more info and help on how to treat this if IBS is truely what I am dealing with. I have diffently learned by all your post that IBS affects everyone diffrently and I have alot to learn as to how to deal with it. Kind of fustrating to see how no one person response the same.

I will up date you all after I see the gastro doctor. Again thank you for your advice.

Sweety Tweety

I am going to send you a pm.
Sweety Tweety

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