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  1. Not strictly IBS but a few patients with collagenous colitis (cc) are misdiagnosed with IBS. Collagenous colitis causes watery diarrhoea which can be confused with IBS-D. I suffered from CC a few years ago and managed to find a way to achieve full remission. I have added a topic to my IBS/Hypothyroidism describing this relatively safe and simple treatment. See http://ibshypo.com/index.php/collagenous-colitis/
  2. Patients With IBD Prone to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Ingrid Hein December 16, 2019 Irritable bowel syndrome can have multiple causes, including inflammatory bowel disease, said William Chey, MD, from Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. Patients who only have irritable bowel symptoms almost never have inflammatory bowel disease, but "once in remission for IBD, 30% to 40% of patients show signs of IBS," he reported. "That's a lot of people." "I used to say, jokingly, that the gut is the center of the universe," he added, "but as we go from 2019 to 2020, I increasingly believe that it's true >> https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/922712 Medscape Medical News © 2019
  3. Gastrointestinal diseases have many overlapping symptoms. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) namely, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are two illnesses that effect the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. Both can cause abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements; however, they are not the same. While there are many similarities between IBD and IBS, it is important to highlight the differences. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has updated their Inflammatory Bowel Disease vs. Irritable Bowel Syndrome brochure. It is an excellent resource for both IBD and IBS patients which highlights these differences. >> https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/sites/default/files/2019-10/ibd-and-IBS-brochure-final.pdf The link has been graciously provided by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
  4. I am male 25 years old. I’ve been experiencing this sensation on the right side of my abdomen where I feel really gassy. I also get a full feeling. Then that gassy full feeling sometimes goes to my back, but on right side just below the rib cage. I’m not in any pain, but it is annoying. I have also noticed these symptoms are heightened after eating. I have had this going on for just a little over a month, is this something I need to get checked out?
  5. ** NOTE: This was written more aimed at Mirena-related blogs, but as I think it contributed to my last IBS episode and have read of other women also experiencing GI-related impacts from it, I thought it may help to post for other IBS sufferers as well ** I had the Mirena IUD inserted in March 2017. Soon after, I began to have a full-blown IBS episode (which I'd had one in 2011), so when my hair started thinning and a multitude of other things happened, I blamed the IBS and a preexisting spine injury. However, with regards to my brain - I experienced problems there too, as well as worsening depression. I also developed ovarian cysts, obtaining multiple (costly) ultrasounds to check on their size and never once did any doctor remind me that Mirena causes them – I spent months worried I had cancer or something. Some history: In Jan. 2016 I got a concussion. I had post concussion symptoms for roughly a year (inc. headache, nausea, foggy brain, etc.). These symptoms had essentially gone away (with occasional headaches and some nausea, although that could be related to my IBS). I had the Mirena IUD inserted in March 2017 to address increased cramps and bleeding apparently associated with perimenopause. For several months I was dealing with my IBS flare-up which caused a host of other issues. However, beginning in the fall of 2017, I began to experience more headaches reminiscent of post-concussion headaches, and eventually they became almost daily. I was also experiencing problems with concentration again. I talked to my chiropractor about this (who’s had special training regarding concussions and been more helpful in managing it than any other doctors), and blamed the recurrence on extra computer work and stress. Around Dec/Jan., I noticed my ‘brain fog’ was getting worse, making concentration and communication more difficult. It became hard to switch subjects or respond quickly, as if my brain were sluggish - which was something I dealt with the first year after my concussion, but that had resolved. I started to worry I was doing something to cause my post-concussion to get worse, as the fogginess just kept getting worse. I began taking fish oil in January (2018), which helped a lot with headaches, but the fogginess has continued and even gotten worse. I also found my hair was thinning well beyond my IBS episode, which had come back under control the previous fall (for the most part). I began searching online and found Mirena was tied to hair loss and many other things, including a 'foggy brain.' I began to find more info about the cranial pressure impacts and things are starting to fall into place. I had the IUD removed last week and am hoping things will resolve soon. This has affected my work, sleep, and my social interactions as I've become anxious over communication; when you can't respond right away or form the right words immediately, it's embarrassing and frustrating so you just begin avoiding social situations. I'm self-employed and my work requires public interaction, so this is a big problem! Update: It’s been almost 2 months since I had the IUD removed. Within the first few days, my brain fog started to clear up. Big time! My head was also tingly – hopefully a good sign for hair growth. My body is now trying to readjust itself; my cycle is still out of whack but I have had a couple of periods. My hormones are all over the place and I noticed starting about 2 weeks ago (so about 5-6 weeks after the IUD was removed), my depression got much worse, and I had about a week-long IBS flareup; still worse than usual but slightly improved now. I have wondered if I’m currently experiencing the “Mirena Crash”, which I have read can start within weeks or months from removal when your body is temporarily without enough hormones while your natural system is trying to kick back into gear). My hair has continued to thin, but I’m not giving up hope. I have learned more about hair cycles, and looking back, I see that my hair started to fall out more after I had the IUD inserted (but I blamed my IBS flare-up as I can’t get enough nutrition when it happens so my hair thins). Then about 8 months after insertion, my hair almost stopped falling out – just a few strands when I brushed. However what was left kept thinning, to where each strand is smaller and my hair is thin and brittle (which note: it’s down to my lower back and it makes me sick at the idea I may have to cut it off if this doesn’t improve). I’ve started taking Viviscal and using Wild Hair Growth oil with fingers crossed. As my hair started to fall out again, it appears to be about the “normal” amount that sheds each day. There are small bulbs (aka “clubs”) on the ends of what is falling out, which according to what I’ve read, may be “good” news – when our hair follicles start working again, new hair growth will push out old hair. In the meantime, my scalp is showing more, but I’m hoping things are moving in the right direction. I read on other posts that it can get worse before it gets better. Looking back, I realize I was happier with life and more comfortable with myself before I got the IUD (and depression was better controlled). I had started dating (because I had been feeling better over the previous couple of years…hmm, while I was not on any birth control…) and met someone right around the time I had it inserted. He was a good guy who was very understanding about my 2-month long heavy period and major cramping after insertion, as well as when my IBS flare-up came on (which I now suspect the IUD contributed to bringing it on). However, my depression got worse, mood swings galore, plus the brain fog started and along with some other ‘confidence’ issues I think most people with chronic medical conditions have, I was not feeling like the greatest catch, so I stayed in that relationship even though it became clear he wasn’t the one. Looking back, it was like another woman was in that relationship (which lasted for about 8 months). I had given up a lot of who I was and accepted far too much of who he was simply because someone seemed to like me despite all of my medical crap. I also remember questioning how I felt because I just didn’t seem excited enough about him, but yet I stayed in the relationship (I started therapy right around the time we broke up, as I’d been realizing I needed to figure out stress management along with why I’d become a different person with low self esteem). So, I’m posting this because other posts have been so helpful to me with regards to figuring this all out, and realizing I’m not alone. I know that the Mirena IUD seems to work for a lot of women, but Bayer and our doctors need to warn us about the side effects, and because a lot of us don’t realize some of these medical problems are tied to the Mirena, they should check in with Mirena users periodically. Maybe a survey every three months to ask us about symptoms; at least that might help women clue in when things are going bad and realize it could be the Mirena. Also, patients who have had concussions should be warned, just as patients with depression/mental health issues and sensitivity to past hormones should be warned (I had told my doctors that the Depo shot years ago had really messed me up…yet I learned too late that Mirena is basically providing the same synthetic hormone) – I even asked about it specifically and was told it was such a “low dose” and side effects were minimal. BS!). I have read that Bayer previously got in trouble for not clearly disclosing all of the side effects, and that they are revealed more in Canada than in US pamphlets (I checked recently and it does appear Canada’s version provides a bit more honesty). But doctors need to take this seriously too. I guess I needed to do more research before I had the IUD inserted, but I trusted the doctor that said it would be fine and at most, warned me about things like the IUD moving, but not the other stuff (and I admit I was perhaps overly anxious for help with reducing cramps). I should know better, as I’ve had to learn how to manage my chronic medical conditions mostly on my own. Oh, and yes, my sex drive slowly dwindled over the first six months after insertion and pretty much died a quiet death by fall. It’s returned in ‘spurts’ since removal. Sorry for the long post, but I hope it helps other women avoid what I have been going through, or even recognize what may be happening sooner - before it gets this bad. And I was astonished at how few results came up when I searched for “Mirena” and “concussion”, even though their information does ‘admit’ to causing increased intracranial pressure (again, why wouldn’t a doctor warn a patient with post-concussion issues?!) I’ve also seen some information suggesting the device, which apparently contains silicone, may be causing silicone poisoning as a lot of the symptoms are the same. Whether it’s that and/or due to hormonal impacts and cranial pressure, I have no idea, but figure it’s worth mentioning. I’ll try to post an update in a few months – fingers crossed things are much better!
  6. 8 new insights about diet and gut health Three experts share their takeaways from the 2019 James W. Freston Conference: Food at the Intersection of Gut Health and Disease. https://www.gastro.org/news/8-new-insights-about-diet-and-gut-health © 2019 American Gastroenterological Association
  7. I am heading to Chicago Aug 9-10 to attend the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Freston Conference: Food at the Intersection of Gut Health and Disease about the management and treatment of GI sensitivities and disorders through nutrition. There will be topics about IBS, IBD, GERD, Celiac Disease, Gastroparesis and more by leading doctors and Dietitians. I will report back during and after the conference. You can also follow me live on Twitter and Instagram @IBSpatient
  8. The American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society will be hosting their annual ANMS Patient Education Conference to be held on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm in Chicago. ANMS Patient Education Conference Sunday, August 18 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm Swissôtel Chicago, 323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL Program url: https://motilitysociety.org/page.php?id=547 To register: https://motilitysociety.org/MeetingRegistration.php?code=PDF2019
  9. I have bowel issues, where I have feelings of incomplete bowel movements, often, sometimes alternating from constipation, and diarrhea, mostly constipation. I am straining when I have a bowel movement, I do get a "full" feeling, and dull pain, on the left side of my abdomen. It gets better when I have a bowel movement, but it starts back up once I eat something. I have not lost weight, in fact, im gaining weight, and there is no blood in my stool. I do have clear mucus in my stool often. My main complaints are the feeling of incomplete bowel movements, and the "full" feeling in the left side of my abdomen under the rib cage. Some days are worse than others. I am male, 25, and there is no family history of colon cancer. What is this im concerned thank you!
  10. VSL#3, a probiotic marketed for IBD and IBS, abruptly removed from the Canadian market. http://www.vsl3.ca
  11. Greetings all. I am the author of the IBS Audio Program 100 which after 8 years development was released in 1998. The program has been used in over 45 countries to date. I am now looking for help with a Hindi version of the program. All recordings have been professionally created and now I'm looking for help translating the booklet which accompanies the program. If you are a Hindi reader and writer and you think you might be able to help translate from English to Hindi, please contact me either through this site, or through www.healthyaudio.com In return we can offer you a free copy of the Hindi IBS Audio Program 100 when it is completed. A nominal fee, and the satisfaction of knowing that your help, will go towards helping many IBS sufferers for years to come. Kind regards Michael
  12. Marilyn

    My Diary

    IBS really ruined my whole life, and just like everyone here, I felt
  13. Martin Burridge

    My IBS success story

    My IBS symptoms started in October 2014.I had constipation, burping and excruciating pain under my ribs.I lost 35 pounds (15.8kg) in weight because I basically stopped eating due to the pain. I was off work for 2 months and spent the best part of 8 months in my bedroom. It was May 2015 before I was diagnosed as having IBS. In June 2015 I discovered the FODMAP diet and started by reducing all FODMAP groups. The symptoms reduced 90% within days. In the next few months I discovered my trigger groups were O (inc. wheat, onion, garlic,sweetcorn,brocolli) and M (inc .apples, pears and anything containing glucose fructose syrup). Over the next year I found my tolerance to O and M foods gradually improved but I still had to limit foods that were very high in these FODMAPs. (wheat, onions and garlic in particular), Then I decided to introduce a potent probiotic that did well in independent clinical trials. Its called VSL3 and it is very expensive. To save cost I only took half the dose but mixed it in a relatively cheap probiotic yogurt drink called Actimel. I took the VSL3 first thing in the morning before eating. This is because stomach acid is low at this point which gives the probiotic bacteria the best chance of surviving and reaching the bowel. This seemed to speed up my recovery and I was been able to eat wheat, garlic, onion and foods containing glucose fructose syrup in surprisingly large amounts without any symptoms. There is no instant cure for IBS. I believe it is predominantly a problem of bacterial species mix in the bowel. Changing the species mix in the bowel does not happen overnight. Both the foods we eat and some probiotics can change the mix but there is no magic formula that fits everyone. For me the mix of the FODMAP diet and VSL3 seems to have brought my IBS to an end. The key to defeating IBS is understanding it. I learnt a lot about IBS from my experience so have shared it in a blog to help others who suffer this awful condition. You can view the blog here.
  14. Catching up on TV today I ran into an old research study that was presented in 2010 about the Placebo Effect and IBS. This was on CBS Sunday morning as their feature story on October 9. While I was disappointed that some viewers might get the wrong idea about IBS that it can be simply managed by fooling a patient into believing that a placebo medicine might work like an evidenced based one, I'm curious to know of anyone who might have been involved in this study. It's been widely stated for many years that IBS Patients have a higher than usual placebo response, yet there has never been any research that I am aware of, to explain why this is the case. Placebos without Deception: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Ted J. Kaptchuk,1,2,* Elizabeth Friedlander,1 John M. Kelley,3,4 M. Norma Sanchez,1 Efi Kokkotou,1 Joyce P. Singer,2Magda Kowalczykowski,1 Franklin G. Miller,5 Irving Kirsch,6 and Anthony J. Lembo1 Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3008733/
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