I read a book a while back 'what your doctor may not have told you about IBS,' which talks about how IBS is not a specific problem people have, but a collection of problems that have similar symptoms. Often it is a collection of food intollerances. I've seen this as a reoccuring theme in books about IBS--that was just the first book I read about it in. I know that you said you have done a food journal, but maybe you should consider a serious elimination diet. Like the severity where you take it back to only eating lamb and pears (foods you would not normally eat that much of) and then slowly adding back a food at a time. It's a major commitment, but your family's situation seems disrupted enough to try it.
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Hi, If he took antibiotics, then it is necessary to take a very good probiotic. Also look up www.helpforibs.com and google search IBS boards. There really isn't a medication for IBS and sometimes antidepressant drugs such as Zoloft are prescribed. Otherwise, it requires constant vigilance of foods. The low Fodmap diet may help, along with water, fiber such as Citrucel which does not cause gas, exercise and heating pad. Natural therapies include Peppermint tea, anise tea and ginger and aloe. Chiropractic care and Acupuncture are also helpful modalities. Hope this helps. He should get better.
Could it possibly be Crohn's? My husband was diagnosed about 20 years ago with it and has been in remission since and doing wonderfully. He had SEVERE stomach cramps and occassionally constipation but usually very loose stools, lost weight, lost energy level, etc... He was on a medicine called Asacol and it helped tremendously! We changed his diet to a very bland diet. He only took the Asacol for about a year or two and symptoms were relieved but I know with crohn's it's a life long problem and he was very lucky that it was severe. He's very careful with his diet and stress level! Hope your friend can find a good doctor and get some relief. Keep us posted on his progress! Take Care, Laura
I have a family member with IBS. After 3 different doctors and many test the best the gastroenterologist could tell him was you can say it is IBS but you have different symptoms. He has nausea with throwing up, diarrhea, stomach cramps that hurt all the way through to his back and constipation. We never know which. We have tried food diary etc and can find no trigger for the flares. He has been dealing with this for over 10 years. He has a doctor appointment this week with his primary care doctor and if they can not help him are there drugs for the symptoms any of you can recommend he ask for? I appreciate any help.
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