NavBar
  The Parkview Publishing Bulletin Board
  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Discussion
  Is IBS my problem?

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

UBBFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Is IBS my problem?
twood
Newbie

Posts: 3
Registered: Nov 98

posted 11-10-1998 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for twood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had trouble with constipation (never diarrhea) most of my life. I tend to get const. when I am very tense about something, though sometimes the cause is not clear. Three years ago I solved my problem by taking 1 250mg pill of magnesium every day, and had not had any trouble since - until I had a hysterectomy Oct 28! Now I have the trouble back, in spades. I am terrified that it will stay. I have severe bloating with gas, and go days without being able to have a BM. My body will TRY to have one, and I get chills and nausea while I am having severe contractions in my intenstines, but nothing will come out, though the contents seem soft. Last night after several miserable days I took three Milk of Magnesia geltabs, and finally as a result I had two bowel movements in the early hours of the morning. My gut feels as if it had been stomped on. I have more painful gas. Is this IBS or do you have to have diarrhea for that? Are the chills and nausea and cramping/contractions usual?

sass
Veteran

Posts: 296
Registered: Aug 98

posted 11-10-1998 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sass   Click Here to Email sass     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Twood,
Welcome!
no you don't have to have "d" to have IBS. & the rest of you symptoms are consistant with it also. I'm curios, what does your DR. say & have you had it looked into?
sass

twood
Newbie

Posts: 3
Registered: Nov 98

posted 11-10-1998 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for twood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My doctors haven't had much of anything to say about the constipation problem, nothing useful anyway. I discovered the magnesium cure for it on my own, by accident - started taking magnesium because I had heard that it helped with calcium absorption (I have to take a lot of calcium because I have osteoporosis; I also take Fosamax for this and HRT). I don't think either my PCP (an infectious disease specialist/internist) or my gynecological oncologist (surgeon) has a great deal of knowledge about intestinal problems. When I left the hospital I got generic advice about eating the first couple of weeks after the hyst - liquids and soft solids. Unfortunately I now realize that some of these "soft solids" (like white rice) exacerbated my special problem. I had voiced my concerns about constipation to my surgeon before surgery, but she seemed to think things would be OK after 2-3 weeks. I sure hope so. She did mention that bowel adhesions after abdominal surgery could cause problems. I hope NOT in my case!
I was glad to hear that the nausea and chills while trying to evacuate were not unusual. I don't know anyone else who has them.
Thanks for the welcome!
Tess

charlie
Veteran

Posts: 1428
Registered:

posted 11-10-1998 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hi twood
could you tell me more about those magnesium pill you have taken for constipation? how much,where to get them,an are there any danger in taking them everyday, as you can tell by now i have the big C type. thanks
charlie

[This message has been edited by charlie (edited 11-10-98).]

twood
Newbie

Posts: 3
Registered: Nov 98

posted 11-10-1998 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for twood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Charlie --

I've used two kinds, the CVS drugstore's own brand and the Nature Made brand. It doesn't seem to matter. Amount per tablet: 250 mg. Ingredients: Magnesium oxide, Cellulose, Crosscarmellose Sodium, Calcium Stearate (for the Nature Made brand). It's supposed to help nerves and muscles function. Anyway, until this hysterectomy, one of these tablets taken with my multivitamin at night produced an easy bowel movement every morning. AND I'M HOPING IT WILL AGAIN, once my bowels recover from this insult of being pushed out of the way in order to remove my female organs!

Hope this helps. I am definitely getting the idea that we are all very different. It was pure luck that I discovered that magnesium worked for me. I asked my PCP if she thought it was OK for me to take this regularly (it's 63% of the FDA's recommended daily dose) and she said sure, hadn't I ever heard of Milk of Magnesia? (Sure, my old great-aunt took it every day - but I think Milk of Magnesia might be a much higher dose.)

K
Veteran

Posts: 314
Registered: Oct 98

posted 11-11-1998 12:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi twood!! Sounds like you may have IBS. I get constipation and diarrhea, so I can sympathize with you. I actually think the constipation is worse, because I too get nausea and the chills, and usually end up doubled over with pain. Make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses of decaffinated fluids every day, it's important if you get constipated. Also, make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet. When I am having a problem with C, I drink a glass of Citrucel in the morning and afternoon. It doesn't taste too bad. Also eat lots of whole grains, and fruits and veggies. I try to stay away from laxatives, but if nothing works, try suppositories or a Fleets enema. They are easy to use, and very effective. I hope some of this helps. Take care! K

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Parkview Publishing Home Page

Parkview Publishing

Powered by Infopop www.infopop.com © 2000
Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.45c

IBS & the Mind-Body/Brain-Gut Connection, by William B. Salt II, MD