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10/2/10 8:42 P

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That sure sounds like IBS to me. Mine attacks after the kind of events you described. For now, I would get some Imodium, a over-the-counter med that stops the runs. It can't hurt - just follow the directions about how to take it...But you really need to talk to your doctor. They could prescribe several different types of meds,and he or she can figure what is best. At least Imodium will slow it down for you a bit.

Everyone seems to have slight differences in what the tummy tolerates. For me, all that fiber is bad when in mid-attack. I have to eat plain food in small quantities. I also have to calm down since for me anyway, stress is the big causal factor.

See your doctor and let us know!
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Edited by: JANEDOE12345 at: 10/2/2010 (20:43)
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10/2/10 7:01 P

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Yes, it does sound like an IBS attack. Now you need to diagnosis from your GI Doc and a visit to Heather's www.helpforibs.com website.

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10/2/10 1:47 P

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Good morning fellow Sparkies! I joined this team because I think I could have IBS, am in the middle of an attack, and am in desperate need of advice!!!

I am 57 year old woman, living in California, with a husband and 19 year old daughter (who is away at college.) I joined SP in July, have lost 28 pounds, walk for exercise and eat mediterranean - lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts, fish, cheese, occasional chicken and very little red meat.

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It has been a very stressful month! To begin with, I live in San Bruno, about 6 long blocks from the explosion. We know people who lost their homes and someone that was killed. A week after the blast we flew to North Dakota for a family wedding. We were only there 3 days, got very little sleep and ate a lot of high calorie, fat filled food - not Spark "approved" that's for sure! I decompressed at home all of last week then met my daughter for a mani/pedi last Saturday. We had an argument, cut the visit short and things were pretty strained when we went our separate ways.

(Sorry for all the long drawn out personal stuff but I'm setting the stage for what I think is an IBS attack.)

Last Saturday, I developed upper and mid abdominal gnawing after eating pizza (I know, I know!) and watching a couple of intense TV programs. I made chili Sunday, ate too much and had to take several pepto-bismal. I was bloated, constipated and miserable for the next 2 days. Tuesday, I had a greek salad with lots of feta for lunch and developed instant diarrhea that lasted all day and night. Since then, I have had bloating, belching, stomach gnawing, cramps, gas and everything I eat goes right through me. The symptoms and discomfort have been constant for a week now and I have only left my house one time for 30 minutes. I have eliminated dairy, caffeine, salad and some fruits from my diet. Today, I have managed to eat a bowl of plain oatmeal, an orange and peppermint tea with only 2 trips to the bathroom. I hope this is a good sign.

I have had a "nervous stomach" forever but never anything this bad that has lasted this long. My daughter was diagnosed with IBS when she was 17, but she said her symptoms aren't like mine.

So, do you think this is an IBS attack? How long do attacks usually last? What can I do to get rid of it?
How can I prevent another attack like this?

I will appreciate any and all advice and apologize, again, for the length of this post!

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