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Nasty business this IBS thingy

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Has anyone got or ever had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) :rolleyes: ? I think i have it but i don't know much about it :crazyeyes

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    yes.

    it's a pain in the arse.

    i cant eat red meat, some dairy or a lot of wheat.

    yesterday my belly was so bloated i looked like i was pregnant.


    if you see your doctor, they can refer you to specialist or a dietician, so you can learn about reducing the symptoms.

    also it's important to rule out other causes - self-diagnosis is not a good idea.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i think i may soon be diagnosed as having it. ive had stomachproblems since october and been attending the hospital about it. had to go and get a barium enema :nervous: to rule out anything serious but that came back clear. go back to the hospital next week and i think they will put it down to ibs!
    my belly is bloated alot and i get pain and burp like mad and all sorts of nasty things.
    have you been diagnosed with it or are you just guessing? if you are having stomach probs you should ALWAYS go to your gp! :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    wee wuman - when you say you get pain, where n what's it like?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by lipsy
    wee wuman - when you say you get pain, where n what's it like?

    generally in my belly and its like cramping pains.sometimes get an ache in my lower back!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    We have and IBS factsheet which should give you some useful information. ;)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    cheers guys, i do get a lot of stomach aches and more unpleasent business, it was a bit of a self diagnosis but i have an appointment at the docs so we'll have to wait and see! ;):lol: :crazyeyes
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by wee wuman
    i think i may soon be diagnosed as having it.......go back to the hospital next week and i think they will put it down to ibs!

    i was right. went to hospital today and they said since the resluts of the barium enema are clear then its irritable bowel syndrome im suffering from!
    is a pain in the ass so to speak but the doc said it will not do you any harm.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Nah doesn't do you any harm, just tends to wreck your social life until you learn to control it the best you can. Yoga is supposed to work and so is hypnosis.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I went to a doctor when I was about 16 and suffering from horrible stomach pains, and I was told I had IBS - but it's a Syndrome, i.e a collection of symptoms, so it can cover a multitude of evils, basically. So even if a doctor tells you you have it, it's not always much help because it's not like a diagnosed illness which can just be treated. Not everyone has the same problems with it. In my case it's largely stress-related and means I feel nauseous when I'm nervous or stressed, although I've noticed this has improved a LOT since I've got older. I also have the bloatedness and the swelling quite a lot - Kaffrin I know what you mean about looking pregnant, and it's horrible innit? I wish I knew what caused that - I can't really pinpoint a particular food which does it, it just seems to happen.

    But what I hate most is the fact that it's called Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Like if my stomach's playing up and I'm in pain, I really don't want to say 'sorry, it's my irritable bowel'. I usually say something like 'I have a stomach thing which I sometimes get', which just sounds stupid.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I saw something that said a certain bacteria in milk and dairy products may make it worse or even cause it - they showed one girl and she cut down on the diary products and only drunk mlk after boiling it to kill the bacteria and she got much better.

    The other thing is if you are on Antibiotics that messes up your digestive system - killing the good bacteria that help digest food - but you can get probiotic yougurts and supplements that may help.
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