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IBS -I think!!

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Sparkles2010, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. I suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, at least that is what myself and my GP think. There are no official tests for it unfortunately. I have had all the symptoms for a long time... the worst being constipation which sometimes then goes the other way too! This is my third day on the laxatives that I am prescriped (sachets). It has sort of started curing the problem today so not as constipated as I was. However, now suffering [​IMG] I have been having horrible abdominal pain, mainly on the right hand side all evening. My stomach feel really bloated and all I keep hearing is like a bubbling / popping sound I guess in my colon, intestines and / or bowels -who knows! It's making me feel really miserable. My stomach hurts and finding it difficult to do anything. I took a tablet for IBS this evening which I have taken before. I still feel like I need to go to the loo but can't properly. It's the bubbling etc and bloating / cramps that are upsetting me the most. I just wondered if this is normal?? I have experienced this before but forgot to mention this to my GP. Any advice would be appreciated. I am at a loss as to what to do / try next. I keep drinking fluid as that is one thing they suggest for IBS.
     
  2. I suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, at least that is what myself and my GP think. There are no official tests for it unfortunately. I have had all the symptoms for a long time... the worst being constipation which sometimes then goes the other way too! This is my third day on the laxatives that I am prescriped (sachets). It has sort of started curing the problem today so not as constipated as I was. However, now suffering [​IMG] I have been having horrible abdominal pain, mainly on the right hand side all evening. My stomach feel really bloated and all I keep hearing is like a bubbling / popping sound I guess in my colon, intestines and / or bowels -who knows! It's making me feel really miserable. My stomach hurts and finding it difficult to do anything. I took a tablet for IBS this evening which I have taken before. I still feel like I need to go to the loo but can't properly. It's the bubbling etc and bloating / cramps that are upsetting me the most. I just wondered if this is normal?? I have experienced this before but forgot to mention this to my GP. Any advice would be appreciated. I am at a loss as to what to do / try next. I keep drinking fluid as that is one thing they suggest for IBS.
     
  3. Roboteer

    Roboteer New commenter

    Peppermint is good for bloating etc. I think there is a tablet for IBS called colpermin?
    You can also try drinking peppermint tea. I used to find the only thing that helped when I had bad pains was to drink mint sirop (French stuff - but peppermint cordial nearly as good) mixed with lemonade. I would down a glass and although it hurt more initially I would then tend to do some massive burps that would help out.
    I also found that having my fruit and veg in as soft a form as possible helped a lot. So strawberries, raspberries, peaches etc (without skin), tomatoes without skin, cooked carrots, peas - easier on the digestion as the fibre is not as tough to break down. Having fruit juice could be good too - although not orange as that tended to make things worse (too acidic I think).
    A lot of the pain etc is probably your system getting going again if the sachets are starting to work and will hopefully calm down once things are moving again.
    Hope some of that helps - I am dredging memories a bit as not had IBS for quite a while now.
     
  4. I had this for years, with all the associated bubbling sounds! I was never able to stop the pain once it had started so no immediate advice apart from a hot water bottle.....
    Have you been tested for food intolerance? I found out I had a low level intolerance to wheat so I cut down on bread/pasta and haven't had one of the crippling, rolling-around-the floor-clutching-my stomache attacks for years now.
    Aloe vera juice is good....you have to take a little bit every day. Inner leaf gel liquid works best. It's a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. It's completely tasteless, so you can just put a small amount in some fruit juice.
    There's a very good book, by Shirley Trickett (?) on IBS, which helps to manage it. It may be out of print now, but I'm sure you could find something similar.
    Good luck!
     
  5. Perhaps it'll settle when you're more used to the rhythm of the meds.
     
  6. If the right side pain continues I would get it checked just to make sure it isnt appendicitis. What has worked for me is 2 actimel drinks a day( I always have these whether I have any symptoms or not) and peppermint tea made with 2 tea bags drunk regularily during the day (at the first hint of cramping or pain). I have never been sure what my problems have been...IBS or diverticular disease or even both. I have been ok for the past year by using using the actimel and mint tea. I did have blood tests at one point and my blood count was high indicating infection so I suspect that was definitely diverticulitis, that is what the doctor said anyway. It's miserable though when you feel so rotten. I would go with the aloe vera too. You can actually get tablets from Healthspan http://www.healthspan.co.uk/antioxidants/aloe-vera/productdetail-p216-c122.aspx
     
  7. ljr

    ljr New commenter

    I was diagnosed with IBS some time ago, due to a serious bout of food poisoning the lining of my intestine had been damaged, in fact basically had been destroyed & I had to build it up again. The specialist I saw recommended I have a Yakult every day, which I did & it certainly helped. I also thought that wheat was causing a problem, so I cut out all wheat products for 3 months & then gradually introduced wheat into my diet again. Generally these days I am fine, but if I do get a bout I cut out wheat for a few days, and go back to the daily Yakult.
     
  8. I've had IBS for about 20 years - although pregnancy seems to have cured it! How I managed it was by having regular colonics, drinking plenty of water, avoiding wholemeal foods, cutting out caffeine, being v careful with fruit and avoiding bananas altogether!
    Also, I took a tablet called Co-ton if I was having a bad time with it.
     
  9. I was diagnosed with IBS 4 years ago during my second year of university. I developed it after a severe fever-no idea why my body responded in this particular way but apparently it can be brought on by fevers and such. I was prescribed Mebeverine but found the tablets didn't help that much. I have never heard popping sounds but I can hear my stomach juices a lot (not tummy rumbling-more like sloshing around, if that makes sense!) I do get cramps though.
     
  10. Hi, I have had IBS for almost 2 years now (but probably forever as have always had problems down there lol). I get a lot of tummy noises too often after I have eaten or when I need to go to the toilet which is often. I am only just getting used to IBS and not letting it rule my life as it did stop me going out and making plans as most mornings I am ill with it. Diet doesn't seem to affect me too much it's more in my head and stress related. I would imagine if you are on meds for it they will take a while to get into a rhythm and for your body to get used to it. Next time you go to the Dr mention it and see what they say but if they are as helpful as mine it won't be a lot lol.
     
  11. If it persists, I think you should ask for a scan... I was diagnosed with IBS for years and years; nothing seemed to work, and after about 30 years of superficial check-ups, a scan showed up cancer, unfortunately quite advanced. If it was now, I'd be screaming for the relevant scans.
     
  12. Eva_Smith

    Eva_Smith Established commenter

    I was suffering with painful and extreme bloating a few weeks ago, immediately after eating, no matter what I was eating (be it tomato soup, salad or a big bowl of pasta!) I drank peppermint tea on recommendation from many people and it worked wonders.
     
  13. Sounds similar tot he pain I have. I have had multiple tests, my GP said IBS because everything else has tested negative but I ended up being admitted through A/E and I'm currently waiting for the results of a CT scan. The last surgeon I saw thinks it is either adhesions from my appendix op - the pain is right under the scar or Crohn's disease. The CT should give a diffinitive answer.
    Things that were ruled out along the way

    Appendix - I don't have one
    Hernia
    Gallstones
    Ovarian Cyst - that's what they thought when they admitted me
    Ovarian cancer - they thought it was unlikely, but as it can be confused with IBS (and I'd had a PV bleed) they did the blood test for my peace of mind.
    Please. please get the tests done, they are not pleasant - for the CT you have to be 'filled' with air, but it is better to make sure you have not got ANYTHING else.

    OK back to the pain - you need some decent pain relief, at least tramadol, and believe it or not, taking paracetamol with tramadol makes it work better and is safe (as long as you don't go over the max dose).
    Have you tried lying on your front? It does start to get things to shift.
    Fruit juice can get things going but can increase pain in my experience.
    Er.......... this is not pleasant but you might need a 'manual evacuation' - you can get a glove and see if you can free things, or ask your GP to do it. What can happen is that the faeces at the end or your large intestine loses water, which is then reabsorbed into your body, so it becomes more solid and slightly larger than your anus and therefore very difficult to pass.
    I hope by now everything is OK
     
  14. lucyrose50

    lucyrose50 New commenter

    Peppermint oil capsules and Acidophilus capsules (half price at Holland & Barrett at the moment!) have helped me immensely. I've had problems since having a very bad episode of food poisoning about 4 years ago and after trying all sorts of exclusion diets (wheat, dairy, all the usual suspects) and drinking gallons of peppermint tea, I'm so happy to have finally found things that actually help!
     
  15. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    OH has various bowel problems but is much better since he cut down on lactose. Has lactose free milk and has cut down on other sources without it being too faddy and life is much easier now.
     

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