Waconcept, what specific tests have you had done? What's your family history regarding any GI issues or other health issues? Any history of food intolerance, celiac disease or other? Any symptoms other than the bloat and stomach pain - and I'm assuming you are talking about the area specifically related to the stomach and not an area that would be described as corresponding to the small intestine or lower abdomen? Any rashes, brain fog, fatigue that hits like a rock, etc.View Thread
Isayonara, have you ever been tested for food intolerance issues? Many people have found that their problem with IBS is actually a problem with certain foods or food groups. Some common ones are gluten (wheat, rye and barley), dairy, soy and eggs. Food allergies aren't as 'simple' as some seem to think. They're actually the result of the immune system putting out antibodies against foods the digestive system considers 'invaders.' Not only is the food attacked by the antibodies, but the tissues and organs of the body can also be attacked. So if you have any other symptoms like headaches, joint pain, skin issues, brain fog, depression, anxiety, etc., you might want to consider getting yourself check for food allergies.
In fact, I believe there was a recent recommendation that children with diarrhea issues be checked for celiac disease, since 1/4 of those with diarrhea were found not to have 'simple diarrhea' but instead to have gluten issues. Diarrhea doesn't have to be a result of celiac disease, it can also be a result of a new category of GI problem that's falling into a category called non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity as well as other 'food allergies.'
You're not nuts by any means. A lot of people unfortunately have a variety of symptoms that don't seem to fit into any category of 'illness' but they do make them miserable.
What kind of testing have you had done? What have you tried yourself besides the pepto? Any digestive issues run in your family? Any food intolerances or allergies? Do you take medications that could contribute to the problem? What does your doc say?View Thread
Licorice has a steroid component to it and it's known to tamp down stomach and abdominal discomfort. I used it years ago in a Chinese herbal formula and it was of great help when mixed with several other herbs.
Have you been evaluated via testing? And if so, what tests were done?View Thread
You may want to consider being tested for gluten issues. A recent report suggested that kids diagnosed with IBS be evaluated for celiac disease. If that's a suggestion for kids, it may also prove true for adults and it's not going to hurt.
But for kids or adults, not only celiac should be checked out, but non-celiac gluten sensitivity should also be evaluated. It's turning out to be a whole new field that most docs don't recognize or know about yet. Find a functional medicine doc and see if they do the testing and get checked.
I know you've said it doesn't matter what you eat and you've probably tried to take out foods and add them back, but it's in imprecise way to do it. In some cases it can take weeks to find out if the antibodies you may be producing against a certain food group drop enough to give you some respite. Most people discontinue the trial too soon to actually get an answer. If it's an IgG-mediated food intolerance it can take a minimum of 4 weeks to see a change. In those with an IgA-mediated food intolerance it can take months.
If you're using peppermint, make sure it's enteric coat so that it will open and work in the intestinal tract. Once it gets past the stomach it's easier to handle for some individuals.
Try taking all gluten (wheat, rye and barley - and watch out for hidden sources) and dairy out of her diet and see if that helps. It's very helpful in some individuals. If it helps, have her tested for food intolerance issues which can present as a variety of different conditions such as IBS, GERD, asthma, etc.View Thread
You may want to consider being checked out for food intolerances. In a fairly decent number of cases, some with IBS have actually been found to be producing reactions to specific foods. You may want to check with a functional medicine doc who does a large amount of IgG/IgA testing for reactions to specific foods. Some typical culprits include: diary, gluten (wheat, rye and barley), eggs and soy.View Thread
The antibiotic is used, or has been used, for those considered to have SIBO - small intestine bacterial overgrowth. But it's typically used in conjunction with a specific diet after testing is done to find SIBO. And like many other things, it works for some and not others.
What other things has you tried? What form of IBS do you have? Have you also tried probiotics and a dietary exclusion? What tests have you had done?View Thread
Wolfie, you may want to consider the idea that you might be one of the approx. 1/4 of those with IBS that don't really have IBS at all, but could instead be experiencing food issues. A lot of people have either gluten sensitivity, full-fledged celiac issues, or changes in bowel habits due to some of the major antigenic foods: dairy, eggs and soy to name a few.
There are some decent IgA and IgG based food testing kits out now that a lot of functional medicine doctors use. They're not 100% perfect, but it might give you some information to make you more comfortable. You could also try some exclusion diets taking out one food group for 3-4 weeks then adding back and noting changes. Typically, if that's the issue, you'll know pretty quickly.View Thread