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09:20 AM - 02/02/2009

The topic: IBS

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Have I ever mentioned I think I have it?  No, wait, make that pretty sure I have it, especially after reading forums from other people who have the exact same symptoms I get.

I know I posted about going to Urgent Care some years ago and they didn’t find anything wrong.  They gave me pain pills, didn’t really help. They ended up sitting on a shelf in the kitchen for years and I took my Correctol (laxatives help -  I get hit with the constipation symptom) and Excedrin.  But this was before IBS was such a huge thing, with so many people having it.  I like that there’s more information about it and that I’m not alone with it.  And that it’s not life threatening, just hugely painful.  Lay on the sofa, not moving painful.  And sitting on the toilet could be excruciating.

Sometimes it lasts for a couple of days, after we lost Wally and Lisa, it lasted for months. It was horrible. 

It hit me again Wednesday morning, after we got back from our walk.  I’m finally feeling better and right now, I’m going to go watch an episode of the Sopranos while riding my exercise bike since we haven’t walked since last Wednesday.

Now that I can move without so much pain, exercise does help.  Like when I pull out the big vacuum and work that around or fold laundry and put it away, the act of moving really seems to help loosen up whatever internal body parts that are giving me grief.



I suggest a food diary too.
Some foods will trigger an attack.
My friend Rene thought hamburgers were killing her, when it turned
out to be the thousand island dressing on the burger.

Posted by Naf @ Monday, February 02, 2009 - 8:02:23 PM


Hi there!

I just read about your IBS concerns.  I wanted to ask you to look into Gluten Intolerance

Also called: Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy, Nontropical Sprue, Celiac Disease, Celiac Sprue

http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/gluten-intolerance.html

I have good friends here in Australia who were misdiagnosed for many. many years, their youngest daughter became so anemic and so unwell all of the time that eventually the doctors admitted her to hospital.  Her her blood work showed extremely low levels of iron and other essential nutrients.  She was basically system starved.  The daughters problem was so severe that it indicated that probably both parents at least carried a gene that made this condition so severe - and that the siblings would probably also be affected to some level, they testeed them all.  Although the rest of the family also only had some signs of some of the symptoms and health problems it was discovered that they all suffered in one way or another from the disease. 

My friend had been told for years that she had IBS, so had her husband.  Since they have taken on the gluten free lifestyle, my friend Sharon has lost weight (6kg or about 13 pounds) and become less bloated, her diabetes is under control for the first time in years and her thyroid has also settled down.  Her daughter has gained some much needed body mass so she no longer looks as pale and deathly as a walking corpse.  Her husband has not had a recurrence of the cellulitus that has been plaguing his legs for years and the son is complaining less about his stomach aches (the remaining daughter had no symptoms at all, but says she feels better because she gets less irritated now that everyone else has almost stopped complaining!)

Anyway - it is worth a look I suppose.

I have cut carbs out of my diet, and although I am a vegetarian, it has been pretty easy and I feel the best I have in years and lost 5 kilos (about 11 pounds) since I started 6 weeks ago - not sure if it is gluten free though - I should check and get back to you!

Anyway - hope you find a solution and feel better soon!

Cheers,

Kerry

Posted by Kerry @ Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - 1:14:42 AM

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