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Mosca

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Irritable bowel syndrome Thu, 11/5/09 11:08 AM (permalink)
Son of a gun, this has been laying me low over the past year or so.

I'll go months without any problems, and then one morning, I'll wake up with gurgle stomach; then around lunchtime, the cramping starts. At that point, I'll take hyocine and it will subside, or it will ignore whatever I do and become so painful I have to go to the hospital; last night, it took a shot of Dilaud and Zofran to make it go away. A few hours later, it started up again, I took hyocine and percocet and it went away again, I slept all night and now there is just a hint of cramping.

Anyone else have this? From my research there is no cure, only control.
 
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    mbrookes

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    Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Thu, 11/5/09 1:18 PM (permalink)
    If you have not been tested for Celiac disease, ask you doctor about it. Many cases of Celiac have been misdiagnosed as IBS. It's at least worth a try, because Celiac is easily controlled, but can mimic IBS if not under control.
    <message edited by mbrookes on Thu, 11/5/09 2:45 PM>
     
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      carolina bob

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      Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Thu, 11/5/09 2:42 PM (permalink)
      My problems with IBS started in the summer of 2008, and continually got worse, which led to a colonoscopy in September ( my second one in thirteen months... grrrrr!! ) After giving me the IBS diagnosis, my doctor told me that there's no cure, only control, and that I'd have to take a couple of Imodium gelcaps every single day until I kick the bucket. Fortunately for my budget, I found Walgreen's store brand equivalent, which costs about two bucks less for 24 gelcaps than Imodium and works just as well.
       
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        joclyn

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        Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Thu, 11/5/09 11:52 PM (permalink)
        definitely agree with looking into celiac's as the real cause of the problems. 

        although, if it's coming/going (rather than being a daily thing), it probably is ibd and, if that's the case, you need to keep aware of what you are eating that is setting it off and then avoid that/those foods.
         
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          Cosmos

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          Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Fri, 11/6/09 7:51 AM (permalink)
          I have irritable boss syndrome..
           
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            Mosca

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            Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Fri, 11/6/09 7:27 PM (permalink)
            I'm thinking, I might know what is causing my symptoms.

            There is a hard spot on my abdomen, between my navel and my rib cage. When I press on it, it hurts... and then it pushes in, and is soft. Some research on the internet says, "epigastric hernia". This is right near where I had my incision for my nephrectomy. My guess is that something tore in there.

            I have an appointment Monday morning to have my doc look at it.
             
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              joclyn

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              Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Sat, 11/7/09 3:46 AM (permalink)
              mosca, i'm glad you got an appt so soon!!  hopefully the doc will confirm what you're thinking and it'll be treated and you can get back to enjoying your food!!!!
               
               
              Cosmos


              I have irritable boss syndrome..


              me too
              <message edited by joclyn on Sat, 11/7/09 3:50 AM>
               
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                fabulousoyster

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                Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Sat, 11/7/09 7:10 AM (permalink)
                Mosca, if you have not read this, please do.
                http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/

                You need to be CAREFUL in what you eat.  Fiber helps.
                Feel better.
                 
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                  carolina bob

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                  Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Sat, 11/7/09 9:35 AM (permalink)
                  Cosmos


                  I have irritable boss syndrome..


                  So did I, but I fired my boss!
                   
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                    jenniferhelen

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                    Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Tue, 01/5/10 12:57 AM (permalink)
                    IBS is stressful not only for the patient but also for the near and dear ones of the patient. But that does not mean that there are no solutions fro it. I too went through so much for my father who is an IBS patient. We as a family did some research and came across caring.com which helped us a lot. Hope it helps you guys too.
                     
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                      Mosca

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                      Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Tue, 01/5/10 8:48 AM (permalink)
                      Actually....

                      It turns out that 3 ER doctors all missed the hernia on the cat scan, the one that I felt myself by palpitating my belly. A bit of bowel was getting trapped and strangulated, causing the symptoms that are identical to IBS. I have a surgery appt on Monday to repair the hernia.

                      So I don't like having the surgery, but I do like not having pain, and I'm glad I don't have that pain as a chronic condition.
                       
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                        Davydd

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                        Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Tue, 01/5/10 11:05 AM (permalink)
                        Mosca,

                        Hernia repairs are easy compared to everything else. I've had two this past decade, umbilical and inguinal on separate occasions. In and out of hospital same day compared to when I was 11 years old for another inguinal hernia when they kept you in the hospital nearly a week. Good luck on your surgery.
                         
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                          Nancypalooza

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                          Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Tue, 01/5/10 1:40 PM (permalink)
                          Good luck Mosca--and way to go with the figuring it out!
                           
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                            joclyn

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                            Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Tue, 01/5/10 8:42 PM (permalink)
                            oh, wow!! 
                             
                            not glad you've got that pain...glad it's been id'd and that it's a fairly easy fix!!!  very glad it turned out to be a temp issue rather than something that would be lifelong!!
                             
                            lucky break for ya!!  good luck with the surgery & recovery!!
                             
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                              mar52

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                              Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Tue, 01/5/10 11:25 PM (permalink)
                              Good luck with everything.  

                              I hate it when we have to tell the doctors where to look.
                               
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                                Mosca

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                                Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Wed, 01/13/10 6:02 PM (permalink)
                                Back home today. Painful, with compliated post-op instructions. More later.
                                 
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                                  joerogo

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                                  Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Wed, 01/13/10 6:03 PM (permalink)
                                  Take care buddy.
                                   
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                                    Nancypalooza

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                                    Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Wed, 01/13/10 6:12 PM (permalink)
                                    Feel better soon Mosca!
                                     
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                                      Mosca

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                                      Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Thu, 01/14/10 11:14 AM (permalink)
                                      Better today. I have a huge bandage and an abdominal brace/truss on, with two drains. I'm not supposed to remove it until Saturday, whenceforth I can start showering. Not to bad, the narcotics have me kind of fogged, but I can read. So I'm reading from among 4 books and the forums, and watching game shows. And I'm playing around with Photoshop, learning some cool stuff. Almost like a vacation, except for the pills and the homebound stuff.
                                       
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                                        mar52

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                                        Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Thu, 01/14/10 1:30 PM (permalink)
                                        Don't rush it and take it easy!

                                        Glad to hear that you're on the mend.
                                         
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                                          ScreamingChicken

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                                          Re:Irritable bowel syndrome Thu, 01/14/10 1:50 PM (permalink)
                                          Mosca


                                          Not to bad, the narcotics have me kind of fogged, but I can read. So I'm reading from among 4 books and the forums, and watching game shows. And I'm playing around with Photoshop, learning some cool stuff. Almost like a vacation, except for the pills and the homebound stuff.


                                          Why, we thought it was kinda handy...take a trip and never leave the farm!
                                           
                                          Good to hear you're on the road to recovery.  At least you don't have to wear an Elizabethan collar like my dog.
                                           
                                          Brad
                                           
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