IBS is normally a diagnosis of exclusion - meaning you want to rule out other causes first before settling on this disease.
Other possible causes can include inflammation of the upper digestive tract, GERD, or an ulcer.
You can consider an upper GI series or upper endoscopy for further evaluation of these conditions.
A blood test for H Pylori should also be done - this bacteria is associated with both ulcers and inflammation.
You can discuss these options with your personal physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
It sounds like you are having trouble digesting your food. You also need to get your bowel movements regulated. Have you been on an antibiotic lately? If so try a probiotic to restore the good bacteria in your gut. As we age it gets a little harder to digest our food properly so a food enzyme may help. Also try not to drink with your meals as the liquid dilutes the stomach acids necessary for proper digestion. Good luck to you.
In fact, I had taken amoxicillin, an antibiotic, right about the time the symptoms first appeared. I had taken this antibiotic before well as other antibiotics in the past to combat sinusitus and other upper respiratory infections. I had not experienced any problems before. However, this time I took antibiotics not to cure an infection, but rather to prevent one. I had my teeth cleaned and following advice given by my doctor at 19, I took antibiotics to protect my heart against infection.
I will phone my doctor and see what she thinks.
Thank you for the suggestion.
I just got off the phone with my doctor. She thinks it's a good idea to try the acidophilus first and if that doesn't work, then try the dicyclomine she had prescribed. She told me not to be put off by the list of side effects. The drug is mild.
it sounds like you should be taking acid reflux medication such as nexium,prilosec for your stomach.
have you tried overt the counter ones without prescription like zantac,or even alka selzer or gas x??
i was cauterized in the reproductive area because of genital lesion under spinal anesthesia, After that, maybe I got stressed out because of the pain, the recovery period was long plus the fact that there will be no sex for 3-4 months ( i am married and sexually active) ; so after one and a half weeks; i experienced stomach ache, bloatedness, as if too much gas in the lower lf side of the abdomen (that is in the colon). I am a physician , so, i self-medicate with ranitidine 2x a day and motillium 3x a day for one week ; however it did not relieve my condition so i sought for my GI specialist, and give me the same line of drugs with different brand names, pankreoflat 3x a day with meals and Ulcepraz 40 mg OD for 2 weeks; still i had bouts of on and off diarrhea and sometimes no BM for one day then followed by soft formed, then watery again and my pain got worse, there is also accompanying pain in the muscle from my left thigh up to the lf side of the rib cage, more of the muscle pain.
So i did have my second opinion with another GI specialist (my third week) advice me to avoid dairy products, continue the pankreoflat and added duspatalin (mebeveridine HCL) 3x aday for another week - it lessens the abdominal pain, however my muscle pain is still there, this time associated with headache or migraine sometimes shifted from right to left and vice versa, my BM is still on and off watery BM sometimes none for 1 day.
AFter another week, still with abdominal pain this time associated with meals, so my second GI specialist, discarded the pankreoflat but continued the duspatalin - a spasmolytic and added Iselpin ( a coating - i suppose) - this help again lessen the pain - im still with this regimen -