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What can help bad ibs pain?

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MegaClutterSlut Thu 05-May-16 21:09:10

My husband is currently in bed with bad ibs pain. He has had a blood test for coeliac which was negative. He's never constipated but does occasionally have diarrhoea. It's a good day if he only goes 6 times that day and this is everyday for the last few years. He often soils himself as there's no warning. He has tried imodium but finds he will have less pain if he justs 'lets it out'

The doctor has said because hes bloods/stool test came back negative there's nothing more they can do so, it's ibs he just has to get on with it. He is doing the Fodmap and trying to exclude certain foods which is not helping so far He is in such bad pain, paracetamol and ibuprofen are not touching the pain nor are heat packs. buscopan is shit too

He is going to try and get a docs appt tomorrow but what if anything can he ask for? Can he ask to see a specialist? He often gets a lot of mouth ulcers too and is very much down about it all.

The pain goes from his stomach and moves around the lower belly area. TIA

bacon Thu 05-May-16 22:50:28

that sounds really nasty and no way should he be having IBS so bad as this. Have you tried the www.optibacprobiotics.co.uk/ probiotics I used them for a while to get my bacteria back to normal - its worth a go.

I had many issues a while back and looked into have a biopsy which shows damage to the walls of the bowel/gut wall so worth looking into this. Apparently this is very accurate.

I am on an organic diet now and I honestly believe its made a difference. I have cut down on grain (we were grain free but couldnt keep it up) I find the less grain the better but increased fats and consume vast amounts of raw organic cow milk but every one is an individual.

Have you located when it started what was his lifestyle? History of food consumption etc. Obv his body is not absorbing the nutrients from the food which leads to a vicious circle.

Its all very distressing and the pain is terrible but I have no help with this. I am sure there are types of short term pain relief the GP can help with.

IamtheZombie Thu 05-May-16 22:55:36

Zombie finds that the worst pain (and it is HORRENDOUS) is caused by wind and she uses Peppermint Oil capsules to relieve that. It's made a real difference to the severity of her IBS attacks.

Minime85 Fri 06-May-16 06:34:20

Peppermint tea helps me if my tummy is sore. I don't eat wheat at all. I also can't drink anything fizzy not too much citrus or tomato or cheese. I can drink the odd glass of wine now and again but only rose but couldn't for years as stomach wouldn't tolerate it.

I would really look at diet. Buscopan is good. Push for further tests. I've had a camera. They need to rule other things out like crohns etc

Badders123 Thu 12-May-16 19:16:51

Buscopan otc meds help the cramps
Peppermint tea
Try to avoid NSAIDs

Kummerspeck Thu 12-May-16 19:19:33

Buscopan, Colofac or peppermint oil

Spam88 Fri 13-May-16 23:38:30

I totally sympathise - my GP had me tested to rule out various other conditions, and when they all came back negative she said it was definitely 'just' IBS and to take immodium when I needed too and get on with it. Like your husband, I don't tend to take immodium now unless it's absolutely necessary as they just give me such a sore tummy.

I find peppermint tea the best thing for the pains. You can get capsules as well as others have said, but I find tea better....don't know whether it's just psychological or whether the heat helps or something.

There are other antispasmodics he can try - mebeverine is the one that comes to mind. Can't recall is it's OTC or prescription only though.

I hope his pain eases soon sad

McBassyPants Mon 16-May-16 07:01:33

I recently ditched the buscopan and have started Fybogel with Mebeverine twice daily (on my gp advice obvs) and it's been a revelation!

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