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Hi everyone,

I am new here and would like some feedback from you guys. I've been experiencing some pretty intense stomach cramps or spasms that only last up to few minutes but they are so intense that I have to go to the bathroom right away. Soon after I have BM, I tend to feel somewhat better immediately. I was constipated and then the same day had diarrhea. I was recently on antibiotics for dental work and my GP thought it was c.diff. I was referred to GI via telehealth due to COVID-19 restrictions and he thought my stomach was little upset after antibiotics. I do take probiotic now and I was on Flagyl three times a day for possible c.diff. My results came back negative and I was advised to stopped Flagyl. My stools are still some what mushy/ loose but somewhat formed it's not watery diarrhea. I've read about IBS and I am wondering if that could possibly be the cause. I've had cbc and cmp done which came back in normal range.Also I had upper abdomen ultrasound and pelvic ultrasound recently which also came back okay. Now I've developed a little soft lump which I've had last year and after few days it went away I've used hemorrhoid cream. This time it came back it's little painful at times but not bleeding. I did have little constipation so I am thinking it's maybe Hemorrhoids or Anal Fistula but would like to get your input on this. Not vomiting, no bloody stools or anything like that. Sorry for such a long post. Thank you.
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207091 tn?1337709493
Antibiotics can be really hard on the stomach. You've been on a bunch, so I'd give it some time before worrying if it's IBS or not.

You're taking probiotics, which is great, and what I'd have suggested, so just give it all time to settle.

If you look up an IBS diet, you'll find all kinds of different things - high fiber, low fiber, low FODMAP, etc. Right now, I wouldn't even worry about that. Just go bland. You'll figure out fast what works for you now. Typically, when you have an upset stomach, you figure it out quickly. It may be soup and toast for a bit (avoid breads with a lot of grains, though), or maybe you'll be able to handle more.

If you're eating a lot of fiber, make sure you're drinking lots of water. It might be that you need to avoid dairy for a bit, or spicy foods - everyone is different, so I can't tell you what will work for you. Start bland - low salt, low salt, softer foods, low fat, low fiber, generally not fried, etc. - and go from there. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. (Yes, it's as much fun as it sounds lol.)

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/bland-diet#foods-to-eat

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000068.htm

If things don't calm down in a few weeks, then you can start thinking about things like IBS, but for now, I wouldn't worry about that. You're stomach's been through a rough time, and may just need to settle.

Let us know how you are. :)
20895295 tn?1585904154
Antibiotics kill a lot of bacteria in gut health which leads to many problems. You should start taking some probiotics which can help you with antibiotics as well as IBS.  Here are some tips that can help you start exercising regularly, make a fixed schedule of eating, avoid foods that trigger or symptoms, drink lots of water, and try experimenting with fiber, it can help you with constipation but it can create gas and cramp.

https://wearejetson.com/blogs/the-digest/how-probiotics-can-help-with-ibs

You can check this to get a better understanding of IBS and Probiotics.
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