Misslor - well said. I think whether its your general physican, GI, or any other doctor, the relationship is important that each of you are able to talk, listen and share information since you know your body. I found using diets recommended or pre-printed diets don't work. I need to find out what works for me, as you will need to do. I know raw veggies are harder on your stomach than cooked ones. I had nothing against my GI, he didn't listen to me and my concerns and was too general on what needed to be done. We are all different and each case is different. Also, keep a log (journal) it will help you to know what foods will cause flare ups. Drink plenty of water and small meals also help. Hope we've all offered some help. Good luck! Beni
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First of all, let me say, I'm so sorry, and yes, get as much info. from the physicians as you can, but every case of IBS is so different, it's not always the docs fault. I can tell you what works for me, but it may not help you, so bear that in mind when I say my anti-spasmodic is dyclomine, as needed. My regular physician first recommended it, then the GI got on board with it after the colonoscopy. Many things affect the condition to create these spasms among them eating at regular times, low fat food, and lots of water, I also have to make sure I get enough rest, and have developed a healthier self-talk. My doc. (not specialist) also realized my flare-ups were often associated with my anxiety levels and once he put me on paxil (an anti-depressant) my life has been so much easier to handle. I realize not all IBS'ers struggle with this, but I had the symptoms of the problem for over 10 years before I finally got the help I needed! By that time, I had developed an anxiety problem like you wouldn't believe! So, anyway, now you know my story, and I'm sure you'll have your own on your journey of this awful inconvenience, but I hope it is a positive one! All the best!
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Your doctor and mine must have studied at the same school! LOL You and me sound like we've been given the same digestive tract! I was thinking about dropping the dicyclomine, it's just the papers from the pharmacy said to not stop taking it abruptly. My GI doctor wants me to take less but the food I eat would not support a healthy system, if you know what I mean. I HATE FIBER!!!!! I'm not really doing bad enough to complain but I could do better. The reflux at night scared me the last time. I wake up choking on acid and this last time it burnt my throat. Since then I've had this phlem I'm always clearing my throat because of. UGH! Anyway, I understand what you go through and I wish you well.
I have prescribed anti-spasmodics which I take three times a day for a week or so after I have a flare up. I was initially on it for 3 months, but the specialist said it's best not to rely on them. If I have to be out when I am going to be eating, or for a longish time (plane flight etc...) I take Immodium as a preventative - at my specialists suggestion.
Fiber is definitely a problem for me, which means fruit and veg are a problem, too - it really can feel, sometimes, that the doctors are some kind of sado-masochists telling us, "yes, fiber is a problem, but EAT IT!" Whenever I eat the classic, calorie controlled, plenty of fruit and veg I feel bloated and horrible (as I do now, because I ate "well" today) and, when I try to sleep, it usually activates my reflux, and yet this is the only "diet" they seem to throw at everyone - regardless of symptoms.
It's 2012, where is the healthy meal in a tablet I was promised along with my flying car?
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My gastroenterologist gives me dicyclomine for my IBS. I take it twice a day but I don't eat right. I'm wondering though, if you've had it with your GI, how are you gonna get meds? I'm not trying to be a smart*%#@! I also take Immodium, Protonix for acid reflux, Ativan for stress And I, too, need fiber for diverticolosis! Between the help I get on the website and my GI, I'm not too bad. My opinion...too much fiber is not good.
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My physician prescribed Levbid to me. It is known to help with spasms. I can say that it helps on somedays and doesn't work on others. When I go back to the doctor I plan to see if there is another med that he will prescribe to me.
I went to a doctor that said the same thing - eat more fiber. He was an idiot. Many IBS'rs can't have a lot of fiber. I go to my general physician. I told him - I don't want anymore specialist poking, prodding and testing when the answer is always the same. My Dr. gave me Chlordiazepoxide-clidinium - I love it. It works so well. Be sure to read information before asking your doctor in case you shouldn't take it.
So I'm pretty well convinced by now that my gastroenterologist has no interest in treating my symptoms. Every time I go in, I'm told to eat more fiber (I tend to have diarrhea), which I do. I get between 25-35 grams a day. Each time I go in with no improvement, I'm told to JUST EAT MORE. Up to 60 grams a day, apparently, will solve my problems. According to my gastroenterologist, IBS is a disease caused by lack of fiber in the diet. Has anyone else heard this before? I'm looking into finding another doctor, although I'm currently limited by my insurance. What I'm curious about is whether there is anyone on this board who has been prescribed medication to help the spasming/pain/diarrhea/constipation. I'm learning my triggers currently through elimination diets, and I eat plenty of fiber. I'm at my wits end, and my gastro is zero help.
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