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  1. Hi fellow sufferers. I googled IBS support group. I was looking for others who deal with symptoms I have. I don't have a formal diagnosis but I'm planning to see my Gastro doctor (who has done my colonoscopy and upper endoscopy in the past year.) He's very nice. I've messaged him often and he communicates well. SO I do plan to get some answers because I know gut issues can be a variety of things. I'm keeping a little pocket calendar with some notes on what happens each day to show him. I seem to go from constipated to then diarrhea and it's so unpredictable and frustrating. I will try a little Miralax when I'm constipated and then it starts to help.. then a couple days later I'll start to go and go 6 times in one morning! Then it becomes too soft and watery and I'm empty again.. then I don't go for 3 days. This happens a lot. I saw a nutritionist and have gone GF for 3 years. That seemed to totally help that AND acid reflux but now both are back. I am healthy weight and a lifetime WW member. I walk a mile+ daily. I am age 68 and very active.. do yoga once a week, ride my bike 4 miles 4xweek in summer... drink lots of water... grow a veg garden and eat healthy and I also like fruit. I try a probiotic daily.. sometimes a little Kefur and take Magnesium Aren't I doing all the right things? I consider myself really healthy and take pride in taking care of myself. I'm happily married and busy all the time. I sleep well. This is the only thing, other than a few orthopedic issues such as back surgery once that is my biggest health problem. I have great Blood pressure at 115 and never smoked. I only take Omeprazole 20 mg and a small dose of simvastin because I never could get my "good cholesterol" high enough. That's it for medications. Questions: Can you have IBS C AND D interchangeably? Does IBS also go hand in hand with acid reflux? Which is better.. Benefiber or Metamucil. I have used both and have both. I had my first diverticulitis last year day after my colposcopy.. they figured the test irritated the colon. Did not like the 10 days of antibiotics.. then it returned 3 weeks later and another round of antibiotics!!! SO that's my story and some of my questions. I like forums with others who share... but there's always the worry that people can sometimes share horror stories and make a person more scared. I DO like to learn from others! I really want to know what this is called for sure... IBS or something else! AND do those of you who know for sure you have IBS just have to experiment like I'm doing and "live with it?" Thanks for taking time to read this.
  2. I was diagnosed with IBS with D. My dr. Told me not to take magnesium. He told me to take 1 tsp of Metamucil and increase to 1tbsp if no results. He gave me a sheet of paper with the FODMAP diet to follow. I found the Monash university app on the internet which helps me see if items are good for me or not. Monash university is in Australia and is one of the foremost leading research centers in IBS. My symptoms were so debilitating that I could barely get out of bed. I felt some relief immediately following this diet. My distended belly went down and I feel I have some hope at getting better. I have totally illuminated foods that are bad on the FODMAP diet. Now I evaluate all foods before I put them in my mouth. I consider them like poison to my body. I will continue on my road to health and wish you the best and hope this might help. Nancy
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