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Unread 12-03-2004, 06:57 AM
IBS sufferers, curiousity leads me to ask

Good morning ladies,
I have a question for anyone who has IBS. I used to get these cramps that made me feel nauseous. I have not had a bout in over 10 weeks... It would come on with the diarrhea part of the IBS. Constipation never made me feel that way.

Because of my pains in my side and the Effexor, I am back taking Colace. This morning, I had such horrendous cramping, and feel like throwing up even worse than before. (I dont do vomit in me or anyone else BTW!!) I did not have diarrhea.....Stools were soft but not loose.

How has your IBS worsened or gotten better since your surgery. I am wondering if the cramping is from the Colace, or if the IBS is worse....

Hugs
Kat
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Unread 12-03-2004, 09:04 AM
IBS sufferers, curiousity leads me to ask

I was never actually officially diagnosed with IBS, but I did have all of the symptoms, diarrhea/constipation alternating, pretty bad stomach cramps, etc.

These have all dissapeared in the 3 weeks since my surgery. I also had a lot of bowel issues r/t my endometriosis. They took out a 4 inch peice of my colon during my surgery. They found out that part of my colon had actually kinked on itself (explaining the constipation during my periods), and I had what at first appreared to be a tumor on my colon, but what actually was just an endometrioma.

The general surgeon says that all my bowel problems should be fixed now, which is really good news to me, as this was the main reason for my surgery.

Erin
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Unread 12-03-2004, 09:28 AM
IBS sufferers, curiousity leads me to ask

My IBS has been really quiet since surgery, so I don't know what to think. Maybe the fibroid was pushing things around and causing the problems, or maybe it is just one of my quiet times. Can't wait to see what happens.

Should you talk to your doctor about maybe using another medication? Hope you feel better and glad you didn't throw up on anyone!

Sara



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Unread 12-03-2004, 11:12 AM
IBS sufferers, curiousity leads me to ask

I've never been officially diagnosed with IBS, but had all the symptoms, that is of the constipation variety. Severe cramping, plus during my period it would feel like my colon was swollen. Very painful! My hysterectomy was of the plain 'ol prolapse variety, no fibroids or endo, but I also had a severe rectocele, which the dr repaired. Since that point, I have had no problems whatsoever, and my hyst was 6 weeks ago.

So at this point, I'm thinking that my rectocele was causing more problems that I thought. But I can't explain how it would have caused the swollen colon...
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Unread 12-03-2004, 12:33 PM
IBS sufferers, curiousity leads me to ask

Hi Kat

I have IBS and I find it gets worse when I'm upset, as well as with different types of foods.

How did your doctors appt. go? Your bowels could be reacting to the stress you were feeling the other day.

I have found that fiber in cranberry juice helps with my IBS. It keeps the gas down and gives my bowels something to do. LOL

Sorry you are having this problem.

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Unread 12-03-2004, 12:47 PM
I need education, please...

Are there any links here to IBS? I do not know much about it...............not something I've dealt with at work. Am very curious.......
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Unread 12-10-2004, 04:29 PM
IBS sufferers, curiousity leads me to ask

I have Crohn's disease and IBS. I was in the hospital for 5 days after my tah/bso. My bowels were not working.
I know that stress had a lot to do with it. Also I drink 2liters of water a day. wether it is water or herbal tea. Twig tea is very good for your tummy and bowels. You can find it at Whole foods.
Have you tried zelnorm? I am on 6mgs twice a day and it helps a lot! I also take miralax which is a gentle stool softener. I fight with pain and bloating all the time.
After my surgery I have been dealing with a rectocele. I knew that something was wrong. I am going to have to have the surgery now. At 35 I have been under the knife a lot!
I also try not to eat gasy food. BEntyl helps with gas and spasms of the intestine. Ask your dr about these.
I hope this helps.
I really feel your pain and frustration. Been there and still am!
HEidi
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Unread 12-11-2004, 04:04 PM
IBS sufferers, curiousity leads me to ask

Hi,

I suffer with IBS. I had my hysterectomy because of endo as I've been in constant pain for a very long time but I found out that it is much easier now to find out what foods irritate me as the constant pain of endo has gone and as soon as I eat something I shouldn't I know very soon after eating it where as before I never knew as it was just constant pain. Now I know if I get pain it's IBS and not endo.

Shep
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Unread 12-11-2004, 09:38 PM
IBS sufferers, curiousity leads me to ask

I have had IBS for 2 years since I had my gall bladder out. I had a terrible bout for a week after coming home from the castle. It was because of all the juice and diet there. And it took about 10 full days before I was back to my normal self.

I take Questron because of too much bile, but I have found most of my trigger foods and of course stress that creates the pain. One thing that I have found, I have less pain overall. What I thought was IBS was uterine and a cyst on my ovary pain.

Like some of the others said, it is so much easier to see what foods bother me. I will say, that for at least a month I did have boughts off an on due to my colon being moved during surgery. But I am 9 weeks now, and things have been getting better.

There are several good books and websites for those who are interested. I did a search and came up with many. Of course you can always go to webmd if you want an overall view of IBS.

Good luck, and give it a few weeks to calm down. The intestines are moved a lot during surgery, and it does cause gas, pain and the pain pills cause constipation too. Or for some of us, despite pain pills, we lived with the big "D" for 2 weeks.
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