Patient Comments: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Treatments

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Comment from: Genee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I was diagnosed as having IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). I am 69 years old and never had this problem before. My friend who is a nurse told me to eliminate gluten in my diet. It helps but I still have some gas.

Comment from: jasmine, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

After re-starting I realized just how bad my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms were. I spent weeks blaming bread, dairy, coffee (admittedly coffee doesn't help) but for me, using the Lady Soma probiotics is the easiest way to guarantee regular bowel movements! It is good value, and I just take the Lady Soma pills with any food I eat, and I have not had IBS since.

Comment from: Sunshine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I have found that following the candida diet was the most helpful for my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. I was diagnosed first with severe IBS with a colonoscopy attempt. Later, after developing stomach pain I was diagnosed with hydrogen breath test. In desperation I looked online and found IBS diet then candida diet. That helped with the pain the most. Sacrifice of many foods is what helps, having lots of vegetables; you figure it out and stick with it.

Comment from: Larah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

It took me two years to be diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). For two years I experienced diarrhea around 3 to 5 times per day, bloating, and acid reflux which had the same symptoms of unstable angina, mucus in stools, etc. Finally after scans, angiograms (they thought I had heart problems), blood tests, stool tests and hydrogen breath test, the diagnosis came. My general physician referred me to a dietitian who put me on a low FODMAP diet and from then my life changed, I felt re-born. No more symptoms (unless I eat food high FODMAP). The low FODMAP diet has been found helpful for over 75 percent of IBS sufferers. It is definitely worth a try.

Comment from: Nanasnushka, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

Fifteen or so years ago I went to an American Indian woman who worked at a health food store. She would look into your eyes and tell things wrong with you and what you should take for them. I thought no harm, no foul, I would give it a try. She had me take papaya nectar with aloe vera Juice 3 to 4 times daily for two weeks. It tastes very good with the nectar in it and after the two weeks I never had any problems with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) again. I had been in hours of pain every night before taking the aloe vera juice and it cleared me right up. Worth a try and very reasonable too! Then last fall I had a bout of diarrhea for several months. I remembered the aloe vera and papaya nectar. So I bought some, took a couple of weeks and voila, no more diarrhea!

Comment from: Karen W, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I went and had every test you could have to find out what was wrong after experiencing symptoms of sharp stomach pain. Watery bowels and losing 30lbs in 2 months. I could only eat crackers, chicken noodle soup, yogurt and apples. After visiting a No Name Nutrition store I learned that Alfalfa and Aloe water would help. I started drinking 2 oz of Aloe water before eating and taking a fiber pill at night to help make anything I ate more solid. After two days I was able to slowly add different things in my diet. This aloe water and fiber pill saved my life. My doctor also gave me a pill to help relax my stomach muscles without making me tired. I wanted to share this because I have had reoccurring IBS all my life and when I go back to the Aloe I'm usually well in 2-3 days. Hope it works for some of you out there.

Comment from: anna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I have suffered from IBS for over 25 years I am 46 years old I was put on disability due to an accident and have chronic pain and just told fibromyalgia. Levesin SL has been a life saver for the last 20 years until Medicare took the generic off the formula and told me to get it in Canada. I am very disappointed I am wondering if you have any ideas I have been on just about all there is and gone through all the endosc. sig. colonoscopies. I just want the medication that works and my surgery certificate was taken away due to my injuries.

Comment from: ALH, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I never went through any scans or endoscopies for my irritable bowel syndrome, just some stool samples and blood work. My doctor wrote prescriptions for Dicyclomine 3x/day and now I no longer have any bloating or gas pains and my bowl movements are more regular! I am a happy camper again!

Comment from: hikikomoriwithibs, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

While in high school I began to experience frequent bouts of gastroenteritis, especially with diarrhea. I went from doctor to doctor as no visible cause could be found. Eventually I received diagnosis of IBS-D (diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome). Currently I am taking dicyclomine as it helps but little. To make matters worse I also have some degree of fecal incontinence which has let to some public embarrassments (bowel accidents) as well.

Comment from: None, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I was diagnosed with IBS as a teenager, and also have three close relatives with the disease. Nothing helped until I tried lorazepam. I use 1.5 mg/day at the first sign of serious pain, and maintain that dose until 3 days after the pain stops. I now have a few attacks a year, which last a week or two. Previously I had frequent attacks which could last for months. I cannot accept that my doctors didn't mention this treatment option to me a long time ago.

Comment from: tpatt, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

My irritable bowel syndrome journey began 20 years ago. Since that time I have had my gallbladder removed, a colonoscopy, endoscopy, barium tests, and been put on anxiety meds...all to no avail. Then one day I met a doctor who suffered from IBS and she changed my life. She said there were over 100 meds to try to solve my pain, and we would try every one of them before we panicked. Well, my miracle drug ended up being hyscyamine. I take one pill every 4 hours and it almost allows me to live an ordinary life. I still have occasional bloating, nausea, diarrhhea, etc..but for the most part, my life is pretty normal. I am ever vigilant when eating in restaurants to avoid cilantro, oregano, cumin, or parsley. Coffee and alcohol are also very limited. I also drink a DanActive every day and try to load up on beans/fiber. Also, eat almonds every day. Hope this helps!

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I have experienced IBS for about 10 years. It seems to be aggravated by wine and sorbitol, among other things. Taking Metamucil every day helps. Also, I take glycopyrrolate by prescription. The attacks are some of the worst pain I have ever experienced and so I avoid anything that triggers them.

Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I am 68 years old, female, and have suffered with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for 19 years. I have tried every diet, medicine, and test. I suffered with diarrhea, pain, nausea, and humiliation. I have even been in a IBS study. I found a doctor who would work with me and allowed me to try Premarin. I have been 'normal' for the past two months. Maybe this will help others.

Comment from: I. Conti, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I am a 78 year old female in excellent health except I was diagnosed 40 years ago with irritable bowel syndrome and Lactose intolerance. Have visited doctors all over the US. I have taken Lomotil as necessary when needed. Last year I visited family in Tennessee and was taken to Flintstone, GA to an herb doctor. He prescribed an herb concoction that I take after each meal and found that almost cured me. Last month I learned of Heather's Tummy Teas for IBS. Wow, what a relief. I don't drink it every day, but when I do, my tummy is calm, and no surprise diarrhea so far. I purchased the tea at my Health Food Store.

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