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#1 Kiwi


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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:08 AM

Not the best topic to bring up but I'm wondering if I have IBS or some sort of problem in the piping!

I've been getting horrible stomach cramping - then either need to go to the loo, expel gas or just grin and bear it.
Sometimes the cramping has me in a full body sweat and sometimes I'm on and off the loo 4 times in a morning... going bit by bit.

Does anyone else have this issue? It seems to be staying longer each time now instead of just once every month or so in the middle of the night.

Is it just a case of lots of water, fruit and vegies?

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:04 PM

Actually my first guess is the problem is TOO MANY fruits and veggies. Sounds like you could have IBS or rather IBD. I have IBD and the only solution is to avoid the culprits that cause the problem which means observing what foods cause the upset and them avoiding them. Or it may not even be food, could be a medication causing it. Maybe even bacterial imbalance in the gut that could be helped by probiotics.

You should talk to a dr or naturopathe about it though definitely. And start writing down what you did a few minutes to a few hours before the onset so your dr can help you spot trends.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:11 PM

Yes, it sounds like you have a bowel overgrowth infection. Does it feel like your insides are twisting? And it doesn't matter if you have eaten or not? It is painful and not constant but seems to come and go. If so, then you may have the bowel overgrowth infection and you just need some antibiotics for 10 days to clear it up. And then you just need to take occassional antibiotic to make sure it doesn't come back. You get it when your system is not so good about moving food through your system. good luck. Gidget

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:20 PM

Hi Kiwi, I had this problem a while back. The rehumatologist referred me to gastro who did colonoscopy etc. She decided problem was probably IBS , but that Ialso had chronic constipation and prescribed Movical (a powder that you mix with water)1-3 sachets a day. Since solving the chronic constipation the IBS symptoms disappeared. I really sympathise - the cramping is so unpleasant and incapacitating. Just a further observation - I also realised the the sugar free gum I was chewing everyday because of dry mouth was a cause of cramping as well. Hope you get the probelm sorted.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 02:51 PM

Hi Kiwi ,

My son can not tolerate any kind of carbonated drinks now. He cramps, hurts, and wants a gas pill. He's also Lactose intolerant but can pop a pill for dairy foods.

Take care, Eveyrone.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:38 PM


Hope you find a solution to your gas, etc problem with all this wonderful advice. I stay away from bulky food because it reaks havoc with my GI system. One glass of water with metamucil is like torment for me. Same problem with too many fruits or vegies, or fatty foods or rich foods like regular milk or cream. Ice cream is torment too. Yogurt is suppose to good for you but it is dairy. Hope you feel better soon.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:39 PM

Thank you for all your replies - I guess it's just trial and error. I had about 5 doses of antibiotics to try and clear up infection in my finger ulcers so maybe my stomach is out of whack - must remember to take probiotic tab tonight...
Is it just me or does it seem like one thing after another!
Thanks for all the replies, Kiwi

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 07:17 PM

Hello Kiwi,

I just spent a month in New Zealand. It's beautiful.

I do have IBS. For me it starts with constipation for days, then out of the blue I get full on diarrhea and can't leave the house. It comes on most of the time at very inopportune times, like when I have to travel somewhere. I think nerves has something to do with it for me. What helps me is to try and have regular bowel movements so I don't get too backed up. There are drugs that can help although I don't take any. Talk with your doctor and see what suggestions he/she has.

Good luck!
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Posted 16 November 2008 - 06:21 PM

I just wanted to chime in on this because something similar happened to me and I feared that it was just the next problem that was going to be chronic, incurable and here to stay but...it was my meds. I was on Prilosec and its know to cause cramping and such in some folks after prolonged use. I guess that was me, and maybe that is you?

Just thought I would bring it up. Take care!