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Just diagnosed with IBS

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VintageCarrotTop Thu 07-Aug-08 21:15:41

Hiya everyone, I went to see a consultant surgeon today about my tummy and bowel troubles. Well after sticking his finger where the sun don't shine he diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome, any hints and tips please?

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KatyMac Thu 07-Aug-08 21:19:43

Food/symptom diary

You will have triggers

Generally for me
D is caused by
Oil/fat
artficial sweetners
pranges

C is caused by
Red meat

Bloating & pain by
Bought bread/cakes/biscuits
Rice
Pasta

So I can generally control it by what I eat

Neeerly3 Thu 07-Aug-08 21:21:39

peppermint oil after each meal (some you take before, check label) and avoid all day to day stresses! Easier said than done, but stress is a BIG factor in my IBS - just had 5 days in the sun, no work or kids and mine is staying away at the mo......

VintageCarrotTop Thu 07-Aug-08 22:15:03

Thankyou, it's mad since I've had DS no2 I've not been well at all, been in hosptial with a suspected clot because of chest pains and the blood test they do showed inflammation in my blood, my pelvis problem got worse and now have damage along the edge of the bone, my coccyx and lower back are killing me, I have been anaemic and had an iron deficiency, constant cramps and pain in my lower left leg, headaches and migraines.... and now I am in agony with my tummy!!! Bloody hell, I have had enough of it!

Puppie Thu 07-Aug-08 22:26:50

VintageCarrotTop do you mind telling me a bit more about your pelvis pain?. I am going through something similar but the gps in my area are abysmal and wont go any further apart from telling me to take ibuprofen for my lower back and pelvic pain. I feel I am going slowly crazy from my health niggles as no-one is taking me seriously.

I feel your pain! Since I had DS it has just been one thing after another. I hope you start to get some answers. You are the first post I have read complaining of things similar to me so i hope you dont mind that I have no advice but would like to know a bit more about your symptoms. grin

LittleDorrit Thu 07-Aug-08 22:42:02

Hi VCT
I too have had IBS and acid reflux for about 5 years now, although not too bad lately.

I am the same as KatyMac - I get bloating and pain (and heartburn as well in my case) if I have really fatty food (e.g. an incredibly reach meal when on holiday in France - sheer agony !) and also bought cakes and desserts - I think it must be the bad fats and additives used in them, which are hard to digest. (Good excuse to only eat the best !!)

Funny you say you get chest pains - I get them too, especially on the left hand side, and quite a few times I really though I was going to have a heart attack or something - but I think it's something to do with the pressure of the gas !

Hope you are ok.

VintageCarrotTop Thu 07-Aug-08 22:55:15

Thanks LD, I was rushed into hospital because my chest pains were so severe too, Istill get them and funny always on the left side. Hi Puppie, I had severe SPD when pregnant with my first DS, Itoo was told to get on with it pop the pills etc. Until I went to a pain clinic in Countess of Chester, I was in a wheelchair when preggers with DS1 and things got worse afterwards, the pain was unbearable. When DS1 was 10 months old and agonising physiotherapy who the therapist told me to pick up my pace, they found damage along the joint wear and tear. With DS2, my lower back and coccyx have become more aggravated, the pain has been horrendous, I had an epidural pain relief injection and it lasted for 3 weeks, it was fab no pain at all, but then it started again, I think I may have pushed myself too far. I am due back at the pain clinic in a couple of weeks, awaiting to have an MRI scan on my back to find out what is going on. I am also fed up of getting colds and viruses lost count since having DS2, it feels like my body is being bombarded from all sides at the moment, and with a 3 year old and 9 month old things are getting difficult. I sometimes feel like such a failure as a mum

littlelamb Thu 07-Aug-08 23:08:46

Stress does it for me too. I had a sudden attack of IBS when I was quite depressed at university and I couldn't believe how painful it was- I was doubled over. So, avoid stress if possible, and drink lots of peppermint tea- it really really helps. Colpermin tablets are good too, I think they have peppermint in them iirc.

VintageCarrotTop Thu 07-Aug-08 23:21:24

Oooh, I also haven't had a period in 9 months, and prior to having DS2 the gap between DS1 and DS2 I only had 2 periods!

Things have been quite stressful lately, DS1 has been having behavourial problems, hubby just been made redundant, my nan and grandad are poorly a family friend passed away! So it's safe to say I have been a tad stressed.

VintageCarrotTop Fri 08-Aug-08 00:08:28

Hey Puppie, my goodness, I thought Iwas the only one and cracking up with it lol, I take comfort in knowing I am not alone.

oggsfrog Fri 08-Aug-08 00:33:20

I used to suffer from extreme IBS.
Colofac and Immodium helped but after years of suffering I tried an exclusion diet and it really worked. I cut out wheat, potatoes, sugar, cow's dairy products and something else I can't remember. I stuck to it for about six months and it seemed to give my body a kick start.
I occasionally get some symptoms now (20 years later, and especially when I eat these products) but nothing like I suffered at the time.

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