IBS is not inherited. There is, however, an increased incidence of colon polyps in those who have multiple family members with polyps. If your uncles and cousin who had large colon polyps were on the same side of the family, then you should discuss with your gastroenterologist the benefits of coonoscopy to verify that you dio not have polyps. The reason why this is necessary is th efinding that large colon polyps have th epotential for malignant change.
The high fiber diet can cause abdominal distentiojn, pain and gas. In my experience, most individuals develop a tolerance to the fiber effects as their stool become soft and easier to pass.
IBS and gall bladder problems are both very common. It is not unusual for individuals to have both conditionss. Only your doctor can determine if you rsymptoms represent IBS or gall bladder disease
You say that you have been diagnosed (2 years ago) with IBS. May I ask what test you had to determine that? IBS is usually diagnosed once ALL other conditions have been ruled out. With the type of symptoms you have it would have been totally appropriate for your doctor to perform either a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy. Either of these procedures would allow the doctor to see part or all of your colon and rule out if polyps were the cause of your pain. Personally, I would not be happy with a diagnosis of IBS if all of the proper tests had not be performed.
I had IBS symptoms after treatment for GERD using Prilosec. Symptoms included: noises, pain, cloating, gas, and irregular bowel movements. Even after halting the medication the symptoms continued. I found relief by taking acidophulus supplements and increasing the fiber in my diet. Alternative therapies worked for me. Check Dr. Weils page at www.drweil.com and search for IBS supplements. Best wishes.
I also have IBS, and have just recently been diagnosed with AS(Ankylosing Spondylitis), which is a rheumatoid arthritis disease, affecting the spine, and joints,
and have been taking Non Steroid Anti-inflammatories.
I am 33, and had some sort of attack yesterday, severe abdominal
pain, not able to stand, lay or breathe properly. I have had that type of pain before, but never this bad. It did pass after about 30 mins or so, but is still tender today. Never thought much about it before, but my urine is quite dark usually too.
My pain is in my upper stomache, lots of gurgling noises too...
is this typical? Thanks :)
Hi, Just thought I'd write since we have some similarities. I have a form of Colitis called Collagenous Colitis...symptoms are generally the same as with IBS but with a few more added. I too have Ankylosing Spondylitis which I'm told by my Rhuematologist is associated with forms of Colitis.
I guess I'm writing just so that you make sure you truly have just IBS and not an underlying Colitis as well.
I am unable to take any nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory medicines for the arthritis pain due to the effects they have on my colitis. They probably help to flare your IBS as well. I take Methotrexate in the injection form. I give myself a shot once a week. It is used commonly among Rheumatoid arthritis patients and with good success. My treatment is still in the beginning stages with the medication so I can't really make a determination for you as to whether or not it's working for me. My understanding is that Methotrexate is a Chemotherapy drug used for Cancer but in much higher doses then when used for arthritis pain. It works in the immune system I think to stop the progression of the disease.
If you get a moment..try to check out this Ankylosing Spondylitis
site...www.kickas.org. There is a forum much the same as this one, with quite a bit of helpful input as well.
Thanks for your reply. :) Stay well,