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6/10/12 6:20 P

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Welcome!! So sorry that you are having such problems. It is difficult for anyone that doesn't have IBS to really understand our issues. I hate the problem with urgency. Especially when we may not be at home it can be terribly embarrassing.

I drink peppermint tea which helps me with the bloated tummy, etc. Have you had a colonoscopy? It may be good to do so to make sure that you don't have colitis or other problems. Good luck. Keep in touch with us.

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I am basically a self-diagnosed sufferer of IBS. Approx. 2 years ago, I went to the ER twice with SEVERE stomach cramps--- the kind that make you sweaty and doubled over, writhing in pain and almost teary because it feels like it will never end.

Docs ruled out appendix, gallbladder, etc. Said it "might be ulcers" and I was given a prescription for nexium-- it helped at the time, but I never went past the one bottle. I generally think doctors just want to send you out the door with a quick fix, so I have been trying to figure out this thing on my own. I finally figured out that ibuprofen (and all NSAIDs) is a big trigger so I haven't taken it in over a year. I also think large amounts of cumin set me off. I am *definitely* lactose intolerant, though I find it SO hard to resist ice cream, even with a casein allergy. Eliminating wheat has really helped. I know corn bothers me, but again with the cravings! I've also sadly come to the conclusion that I need to wean myself off of caffeine-- hard for an ex-barista! Eggs by themselves (like hard-boiled) will get me sometimes. Sometimes my husband jokes that I'm eventually just going to have to eliminate all foods. Sad, but it feels so true!

I have the never ending cycle of irregularity... days with nothing and then EXTREME urgency... I feel SO PUFFY all the time, which is exceptionally frustrating while I try to lose weight. A lady I work with also has IBS and suggested I start a regimen of miralax every morning. Day 2, and it seems to be working, though slowly. I am hesitant to keep it up because my body could become dependent on it, but then again, my body doesn't seem to do a very good job self-regulating. Thoughts?

I also feel because I'm constantly "backed up" that I have lost all intuition about what it feels like to be hungry. I eat because it's meal time and my brain "tells" me I'm hungry, but I feel like I'm just shoveling more in without any relief sometimes. Does anyone else feel that way?

My husband is a great support even though he's regular as a train. I just look forward to getting some support from fellow sufferers!

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