I'm with your doctor on this this one - which sounds odd to say around here.
I can't remember, have you started that food diary yet? The timing makes me wonder if you're reacting to something you ate at dinner or in the evening. The rumbling reminds me of when I eat something I shouldn't have (usually sweets - I have a massive sweet tooth and can never stop at just one).View Thread
The fake sugar used in 'diet' foods are horrible to a lot of people with digestive disorders. I avoid the stuff like the plague (I also happen to get horrible fake sugar aftertaste from aspartame).View Thread
We're just asking for specific information on exactly what type of doctors she's seen, what tests she's had done and what medications she's tried. We can't really help much without that information.View Thread
How were you diagnosed with IBS - what testing have you had done? What are your eating habits like? Are you taking any medications for anything? What supplement did you start taking?
There aren't really "classic symptoms" for any variety of IBS - it's a catch-all name for when doctors can't figure out what's wrong with you. What symptoms do you have, other than the pain and constipation you listed?
The more we know, the more we can suggest. Don't worry about TMI (too much information) - we've heard it all here, and probably experienced most of it personally.View Thread
Quick background - I've had ulcerative colitis for a looong time and all the associated bathroom time that comes with it.
Last year I took a writeup to my doctor about how UC (and other digestive disorders for that matter) leads to low Vit D levels, which of course isn't a good thing. When I got my annual blood testing done in the summer that test was added and oh gosh my Vit D level was low (I would have been shocked if it wasn't). So I started taking that vitamin (on top of all the other ones I take). Initially it was a low dose, but after my doctor went to a talk by a specialist about Vit D, we increased how much I take.
Fast forward to now. I had my annual testing done again and now my Vit D level is within normal. Admittedly the low end of normal but still that's much better than it used to be. So now I'm going to keep taking the amount I'm at, and in winter boost it to the level the doctor suggested. Ok so she suggested I just take the increased level all year, but I already take more pills than I want to - she didn't think of that as mostly she thinks of the prescriptions I take and not all the vitamins on top of that.
With the exception of the colitis, I'm a pretty damn healthy person. Today it doesn't suck to be me. View Thread
It's not a crazy question at all. Gluten is the protein of wheat, rye, barley and likely oats too.
I don't know why, but morning problems are common. Many of us adjust our schedule so that we have extra time in the morning to let our bodies settle before heading out for the day. Stress is also well known for being a problem and anything you can regularly do to reduce it is a good thing.View Thread
That's almost no testing. IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion - before the doctor can say you have it you should have had so much testing done that you hope you don't have to ever walk into a lab again. Then if nothing is found they can say IBS.
At the very least you should get far more blood testing done, urine and stool testing, and an upper and lower scope. When the regulars come back (is everyone on summer vacation?) I'm sure we can brainstorm and come up with a list of specific tests for you to request.
With headaches, gas and weakness I'd guess you have a food intolerance mixed in there somewhere. The food diary should help narrow that down (and is easier than trying an exclusion diet). The two most common food intolerances are dairy and gluten. Gluten issues are also frequently missed in testing.View Thread
Have you had any testing done before being diagnosed with IBS?
I'd suggest you start a food dairy. Write down everything you eat/drink - even a piece of gum or a vitamin should be written down. Also write down any symptoms and when they happen, as well as how you feel overall. Over time you'll be able to pinpoint trigger foods that way.