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Ibs - Or Are Doctors Missing Other Problems?

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i'm wondering if anyone else has a gut (haha) feeling that doctors often diagnose someone with IBS in order to take the easy way out. in other words, rather than really working with the patient to see what is really wrong (i.e. celiac, food allergies, etc.), they use IBS as a catchall diagnosis. i was diagnosed with IBS many many years ago, and now gluten-free and working on food allergy diagnoses, my IBS symptoms are gone.

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I definitely agree with you. I think that something has to initially cause the irritation, and like you said, most don't want to have to figure it out. Just throw pills at you and send you on your way. My GI told me that I probably messed up my intestines doing the Atkins diet and prescribed me a pill that eased cramping, but constipated you, and then prescribed me a laxative. Seems as though if I took one, I had to take the other. So, I took neither and continued with my gluten-free diet and the problem was solved. WOW! His reasoning was that I had a touch of IBS. Couldn't be Celiac... you have to have the genes for that.

BTW... I haven't had a genetic test.


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Oscar Wilde

Gluten free November 2007

IgA Deficient, Neg Bloodwork, Double DQ2 Positive

Dietary and Genetic Diagnosis June 2, 2008

Soy free Jan 09

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Yeah, I think you'll find most of us are skeptics of the IBS label. Dr. Lewey does a lot of work on IBS patients and finds they're usually reacting to foods. His web site is at http://thefooddoc.blogspot.com

Not only are most of us skeptics, most of us have worn the label at some point in our sagas. You will probably find that most of us have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Check for me on both. I did initially believe in fibromyalgia at one point (not any more) but never IBS. It is a very lazy diagnosis. It's almost as bad as saying, "You have a rash." Duh! :rolleyes:


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Absolutely!! A diagnosis of "IBS" kept me sick for 47 years (yes you read right) until last September when I had to have an endoscopy/colonoscopy after a bowel screening showed blood in both upper and lower GI tracts ........

In all those years I was NEVER offered any testing of any kind just told I had "IBS", problems from the age of 12, "eczema" at age 16 which I am sure was dermatitis herpetiformis now I know more and have seen photos of DH

I doubt a condition even exists actually it's the doctor's lazy way out


Diagnosed Eczema 1964 aged 16 but with what I know now from research am sure it was Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome 1969 at age 21 but had it from age of 12 many painful episodes over the years( was probably Coeliac all along)

Diagnosed Hashimoto's Disease/Hypothyroid November 1994

Low B12 November 2006

Low B12 (still!) July 2007 Docs are happy with results just above low end of normal..*sigh*....still need to resolve it

Gluten free since October 2006 after failing gluten challenge

Diagnosed Hiatus Hernia and Los Angeles Grade A reflux via endoscopy October 2007

Diagnosed with Coeliac Disease via same endoscopy / biopsy October 2007 (took them long enough!) despite being gluten-free damage still evident although had been taking iron tablets for iron deficiency without realizing they contained gluten. Subsequent blood tests show :Positive Anti-Gliadin IgA EIA antibodies, Positive Endomysial antibodies ,Positive tTG IgA antibodies of 300 ("normal" range 0-15)

Auto-immune disease goes back at least 5 generations in my family (and counting) Mainly Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Number 1 Son has Type 1 diabetes ..diagnosed March 2007 at age 31, number 2 son aged 24 is A/I disease free so far ,daughter has lichen planus ( similar to psoriasis) diagnosed 2003 at age 17 am now wondering if it is DH but with flippancy of the young she won't get any testing done

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Hi!

Yup---IBS was thrown my way on a few occasions, and those were the doctors who barely asked any questions (and I now know not the right ones) and gave me anti-spasmatic drugs. Oh gee, thanks. No looking into the causes, or th link between my rash flare-ups, horrrrible stomach/abdominal pains that would make me feel like I was dying, washroom episodes...you know how the story goes. Thank goodness I was finally referred to a GI specialist when I was in the ER in december. The specialist took the time to really look at my symptoms and told me about celiac disease and gluten/wheat issues. I have been gluten free ever since with a HUGE improvement in my symptoms and overall quality of life. I know that IBS does really exist for some people, but it should be the LAST diagnosis a doc makes, in my opinion. They need to really rule out other possible conditions first.

We can send people to the moon, but we can't properly diagnose people with gluten issues...yeesh!

:)

Glutina


-Recently diagnosed with extreme gluten sensitivity

-Celiac test results: negative

-In and out of hospitals and doctors offices for past 5 years with stomach/digestive issues

-Eating disordered past (this most likely triggered gluten issues G.I. thinks)

Symptoms when glutened: Diah. and Cons.; cramping/uncomfortable abdomen; rash on forehead; extreme fatigue; sometimes excruciating abdominal pain; feeling of weakness; acid reflux

**New to the gluten free way of living, but feeling like my old, healthy self again!!**

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