NavBar
  The Parkview Publishing Bulletin Board
  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Discussion
  concerned, need opinions

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:   concerned, need opinions
molly
Veteran

Posts: 64
Registered: Sep 1999

posted 09-13-1999 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for molly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am new around here and have had IBS a very long time. Had stomach & bowel problems since age 5, now 39. Many antibotics throughout my life. Found out I had severe endometriosis while searching for an answer to stomach/bowel problems. Also led up to a hysterectomy and I am presently taking prescription hormones. Have mainly IBS-C/P with some D. My concern is, where is this paste coming from? Is this a normal IBS symptom?

moldie
Veteran

Posts: 1121
Registered: Apr 99

posted 09-13-1999 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome molly, I think you've come to the right place, as your story is remarkably similar to mine. The antibiotics- the endometriosis and the resulting hyster. in search of finding an answer for the bowel problems, was my story. My stools were the pastey difficult to pass kind too! It sounds like you may have a case of yeast problems. That was the answer for me! The antibiotics killed off my healthy flora and the bad guys started to take over. Candida is the name of the suspected fungus and the drug Diflucan was prescribed for me with very good results. It is also necessary to stay away from sugars (including those in fruits and sweet dairy, but including cheese as well). Cut out the white flour products too. Acidophylis (refrigerated kind) may help to increase healthy bacteria back again. Read the recent posting to: "Autumnmist, Honeybee, and Theresa". There is also one by Princessraye. Do a search at the top of this BB. You need to find a doc who can diagnose this and correctly treat it if the diet and acidophyllis doesn't work out. Don't forget to include whole grain fibers- i.e. like cooked oatbran or finely ground flax meal to mix into your food to aid in bulking up your stool and to help move it along. Follow this with lots of filtered H2O/hot herbal tea. I suspect chlorine might make it difficult for healthy flora growth. I hope you find relief soon molly!

------------------

molly
Veteran

Posts: 64
Registered: Sep 1999

posted 09-13-1999 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for molly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Thanks for the reply. I've taken Diflucan before and it helped but all I was ever prescribed was one tablet. I've seen many different doctors and find they don't believe in yeast being a problem very much. I have an appointment with a specialist on the 24th and will ask about it again. I also need to change my diet. Staying off of starches & sugars does me well but I've kind of fell off the wagon so to speak. I love starches. What do you mean about chlorine?

zigmissus
Veteran

Posts: 232
Registered: May 99

posted 09-14-1999 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zigmissus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Moldie, I'm also curious about the chlorine. I sure that lack of healthy flora is a problem for me. Right now I've got a yeast infection AND a bacterial infection, and I didn't even think it was possible for the two conditions to coexist. I'm taking Ampicillin AND Diflucan (and lots of acidophilus tabs), yet neither condition is getting better. I do drink lots of water (8-10 glasses per day) because of recurrent UTIs. I run it through a charcoal filter, but wonder how effective that is. After 4 days of Ampicillen, IBS is going berzerk. I'd sure like to get off this IBS-infection-antibiotic merry-go-round.

moldie
Veteran

Posts: 1121
Registered: Apr 99

posted 09-14-1999 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I once had a plumber come over and prescribe a bacterial enzymatic product for my pipes saying that the chlorine in our water and laundry system destroys the bacteria in our pipes and that this product would help to keep the drains clear. Perhaps some might think it far-fetched, but I believe that it is probably not healthy for our digestive systems. I've heard this from holistic type people, and first kind of poo-pooed it, but then I thought, well there is some logic to it. God didn't exactly make our natural water that way. Therefore I use an undersink water filter to take out chlorine, chemicals, chripto, and giadara cysts etc.. Hopefully it works! It sure tastes a lot better.

One Diflucan would hardly do it. Yes, it is hard to find a doc. that believes in it. I had trouble myself. I had to travel a few hours to get to an allergist who treats for this as well as for food allergies, which a lot of docs don't believe in as well. I think it's a crying shame. Honeybee mentions a doc. that is a gastroenterologist who successfully treated her. Have you read Mary Ann Balweg's book "Overcoming Endometriosis"? It mentions Candida. I was skeptical when this idea was brought up at a Fibro mtg and didn't do anything about it until I was absolutely miserable and no docs around me had a clue. I did it as a last ditch effort and it payed off. Don't give up molly or zigmissius. What kind of bacterial infection do you have zigmissus? Before I went to see the allergist a gastro guy from a large Medical Ctr. was going to prescribe both an antifungal and an antibiotic for me. I was deathly afraid to take the antibiotic, especially since he had no proof I had either infection, so I went to the allergist for a second opinion. Maybe you have proof. I hope your treatment works for you ziggy. I think it's good you are taking the acidophylis too. Let me know your results- both of you!

------------------

molly
Veteran

Posts: 64
Registered: Sep 1999

posted 09-14-1999 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for molly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an undersink filter (carbon & deionizer). I use it to drink & cook with. I put in a call to my Gastro. The receptionist will have her call me in the morning (she was doing procedures at the hospital). Do you know anything about nystatin? Thats what I was given after the endo surgeries. In the meantime I started pumping up with plenty acidophilus(PB8). I just get soooo sleepy after lunch.

phyllisfin
Veteran

Posts: 27
Registered: Aug 99

posted 09-14-1999 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for phyllisfin   Click Here to Email phyllisfin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Molly, several years ago upon my return to the US from India, I was tested and found to have a yeast infection and the doctor did prescribe nystatin. It worked for me and I was sort of in remission for a while. I have since learned that for at least the past 10 years I have H pylori. I had treatment a couple of months ago and so far, so good. At least things aren't as bad as they. Finding the yeast is not easy and stool cultures are not very good at finding problems (I've had more than my share of negative ones). I wish I were a doctor and had a real answer for you -- as well as so many other people who are suffering -- but, like I said, the nystatin worked for me. Good l uck.

phyllisfin
Veteran

Posts: 27
Registered: Aug 99

posted 09-14-1999 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for phyllisfin   Click Here to Email phyllisfin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Molly, several years ago upon my return to the US from India, I was tested and found to have a yeast infection and the doctor did prescribe nystatin. It worked for me and I was sort of in remission for a while. I have since learned that for at least the past 10 years I have H pylori. I had treatment a couple of months ago and so far, so good. At least things aren't as bad as they. Finding the yeast is not easy and stool cultures are not very good at finding problems (I've had more than my share of negative ones). I wish I were a doctor and had a real answer for you -- as well as so many other people who are suffering -- but, like I said, the nystatin worked for me. Good l uck.

zigmissus
Veteran

Posts: 232
Registered: May 99

posted 09-15-1999 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zigmissus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Moldie: This may be more than you wanted to know, but I have a vaginal strep and yeast infections. Now, my dr. calls yesterday to say the latest bladder culture came back positive again, too, but it's a DIFFERENT bacteria. (She didn't say what.) So now I'm supposed to take Ampicillin AND Macrondantin at the same time. I know this is going to kill me. Only last April I took Cipro for a bladder infection and ended up with intestinal yeast (bad enough to show in a stool test) and the worst IBS of my life. I was off work for more than 3 weeks. When I told the dr. that antibiotics give me yeast, she said, "Then buy some over-the-counter cream." Then I told the pharmacist that antibiotics upset my digestion, and she said, "Just take them with food." Obviously, I am not communicating with these people, but I'm too much of a wimp to argue, so I let it go. Besides, what's the alternative--live with these painful infections forever? Damned if I do; damned if I don't, I guess. Wonder if they sell acidophilus in 50-gallon drums?

moldie
Veteran

Posts: 1121
Registered: Apr 99

posted 09-15-1999 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are your bladder symptoms still evident now ziggy? (Can I call you that for short?) If they were not, I might be inclined to take only an antifungal and see what happened, but then if I did notice bladder discomfort, I suppose one would have to do the antibiotics. Hopefully the bacteria could be identified so the right antibiotic would be ordered for it. If you are not having bladder symptoms now, I might get a second opinion- from a different facility. It certainly is a terrible Catch 22 delemma. I don't envy you. My problems started a few years ago with both a vag and urine infection. Then the bowels kicked in and I went from C to D. It was all downhill from there until last year when I took the Diflucan and through food allergy testing, knew what foods to stay away from. Hoping you feel better soon.

Moldie

------------------

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