Edwin Posted July 26, 2021 Report Share Posted July 26, 2021 Hello: I am a retired doctor and believe I may have solved the mystery of IBS – – at least in my own case. A bold claim, I know, and what I have to say might not necessarily apply to other sufferers. I simply ask you to read what follows, and see if it has relevance to your own case. My IBS (in someone who had been previously healthy) was of sudden onset several years ago, with severe cramps, massive diarrhoea, pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, together making for a handicap to the extent that I was afraid to travel, and sometimes couldn’t even go out. I went to specialists, had endless investigations, had all kinds of medication and diets, also explored the alternative market, including homeopathy, relaxation and even hypnotism. Nothing helped. I did notice, however, that when I had an especially severe attack it was usually preceded by gastric symptoms, eg churning, acidity, indigestion. At times my stomach seemed to be whirling round like a washing machine – and shortly later the bowel symptoms would start. And from this I have developed my tentative theory. It goes like this - IBS does not have its origin in the bowel, but elsewhere, and rather than ‘irritable bowel’ it is a case of ‘irritated bowel’. The symptoms of IBS (at least in my own case) result from the leeching of excess gastric acids downward into the lower bowel. It should be noted that gastric acid, especially in the wrong place, is an exceedingly corrosive substance. A drop placed in the palm of your hand can cause blistering. Imagine the havoc it could wreak on the delicate bowel lining. The core of the treatment, therefore, was to counter the excess gastric acid. To put it briefly, I embarked on a regime of oral antacids – mainly, a large drink of sodium bicarbonate regularly - and I have been essentially symptom-free since. If I get any recurrence of symptoms I take more bicarb, but only if the symptoms don’t subside by themselves. as I don't want to get hooked on the medication, simple though it is. So there is it – give it a try, and I would very much like to hear from anyone who wants to respond. Edwin, Brussels firstname.lastname@example.org Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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