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treti
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posted 05-13-1999 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for treti   Click Here to Email treti     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few months ago I discovered this great BB.
I have not been in touch lately. I was diagnosed ~1 yr ago although suffered for many years without knowing rhat it was not normal. Meds usually help for 2-3 mo then it stops helping. I had a colonoscopy, barium series, blood tests,CT ...All normal.
My GI recommended to go to the Mayo Clinic because he has nothing else to offer.

If everything else is normal is it really worth it to go through more testing to conclude IBS??

By the way any pointers in weight gain? NOw I am 20# under. I am worried, I look anorexic.

All your imput is greatly appreciated.

Jenn
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posted 05-13-1999 11:54 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am wondering the same thing right now. I'm 21 years old, so the word Cancer or any other major complication seems so out of reach to me. IBS run in my family. Why should I put myself through so many tests, both painful and a emotional drain just to be told I have IBS. I guess it will be worth it to know for sure that is what I have. But I guess I don't belive that I have anything else. Or maybe I'm in denial that it could be worse.

Anyway after being told I had IBS, no I doubt I would go on with more testing. Unless I didn't belive the doctor and needed a second opinion. If these further tests are just to try and diagnos IBS again, yes I could see that as a waste of time. Good luck!

Jennifer

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posted 05-15-1999 02:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would get a second opinion in about 6-8 mos. As my GI put it, your body can change and things can show up that weren't there before. You can have the symptoms and see no reason for them until it manifests later. It is a good idea for a follow up or a second opinion but I would wait unless things worsen for you.

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posted 05-15-1999 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I pretty much agree with a little bit of both opinions. If you've tried only one doctor, then you might want to try another GI specialist somewhere else. The records will be transferred (you may have to see to that yourself first) and you may not have to go through all the same tests. Don't know if you've tried a food allergy specialist, but I did, and got some control over the symptoms after going through the other hoops. Good Luck to you and hang in there.

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BL
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posted 05-15-1999 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BL   Click Here to Email BL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As for the wieght thing, I am the same way. I talked to my doctor and he said to increase my calorie intake. Also to eat smaller meals, but MANY of them. With IBS having smaller meals(for some)may help too.
I hope this helps you some. GOOD LUCK and TAKE CARE!

Judy
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posted 05-15-1999 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Judy   Click Here to Email Judy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's what I did after losing 17 pounds in 6 months. I started writing down every bite I put in my mouth and counting every calorie every day. It didn't take long for me to see I was not only not eating enough to GAIN weight but not anywhere near enough to even sustain my weight. By writing down everything it give you some idea of how much you need to eat everyday. Also gives you incentive to eat it.WoW..if I eat it I get to write it down!! This has helped me enormously since January. I finally stopped losing and have actually gianed a few pounds and am filling out. I too looked anorexic and the doctor I WAS going to could care less. Needless to say I'm looking for another doctor. Also the eat many times a day idea is the only way to go here. The worst thing IBS people can do is overstuff their stomachs. I eat two breakfasts, lunch, a substancial snack around 3-4, supper, a couple of snacks in the evening, a bowl of grits before bed, gator ade several times a day and Immodium as needed. My only problem with this is eating the same things everyday and getting SO tired of them I don't want to eat anymore! But it has been working and I was doing much better until this week when I went to burger King and ate those Chicken Tenders. Now I've been paying for it all week.
But there you have it. I know there is not too much said about people who need to gain weight on this board. So that's why this long post on the subject.
Hope this helps you. If you have any questions just e-mail me.

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