irritable bowel syndrome? - page 2

Anyone have experience with IBS patients? My sis has had stomach pain for ages and had the endoscopy, is H pylori negative, and has tried all the acid reducing drugs with no relief, so the doc says... Read More

  1. by   LilgirlRN
    If she has not had a GB U/S and a Hidascan she needs ot have both of those done. I had "stomach" pain for a very long time and was scoped and even had GB U/S with neg results and was told "take your pepcid". I finally isisted on a HIDA scan and it WAS my GB. The answer is there, they just have to dig for it. If those things come back neg and seh is still having pain, look into antidepressants to assist with her stress level (actually the way her body is dealing with stress) soemtimes that helps. Hope she feels better soon, Wendy
  2. by   Liann
    Carafate is apparantly associated with formation of bezoars in the stomach if taken long term.

    I dont know if she had a Hida scan, but the doc seems satisfied it is not gallbaldder. I have my doubts. I still think he needs to go down the gallbladder route. Guess I will have to go along to the next appt and put in my .02
  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    bezoars??? What is that?
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    bezoars??? What is that?
    I'd never heard the term either.

    http://www.merck.com/pubs/mmanual/se...pter24/24b.htm
  5. by   LilgirlRN
    Isn't that like hairballs, or a big clump of undigestible stuff with chewed up fingernails etc in it?
  6. by   ShandyLynnRN
    that's disgusting!!
  7. by   Liann
    Maybe the carafate is some kind of plastic. It coats the stomach lining and relieves the irritation, but perhaps after a long time of use, it builds up in an indigestible lump? I am just guessing.
  8. by   nursedawn67
    Human hairballs?!?!


    yack Yack! :imbar

    Seriously I have never heard of this before...interesting!
  9. by   llg
    My whole family has mild/moderate IBS. Fortunately, Immodium helps us a lot. Also, we know what we can eat and what we can't. Personally, I need a low/moderate fiber diet, which means NO popcorn and very few high-fiber vegetables. I also can't tolerate caffeine.

    My younger brother also has diverticulitis. He ends up in the hospital once or twice a year because he keeps trying to eat popcorn. We have no sympathy for him and give him a hard time about it.

    llg
  10. by   Jedav
    For diarrhea predominant IBS, NuLev PRN has worked well for me! It is an antispasmodic (like Levsin) that helps with the cramping and urgency issues that go with IBS.



    There are other prescription products available, too. For diarrhea predominant -LOTRONEX ( is available again with some restrictions from FDA) ; for constipation predom. -ZELNORM.

    These products work specifically at the level of serotonin receptors in the gut only (believed to be the root of the problem)=very effective overall for all symptoms related to IBS.

    Hope this helps!
  11. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by greer128
    Human hairballs?!?!


    yack Yack! :imbar

    Seriously I have never heard of this before...interesting!
    almost as gross a thought as watching the dissection of a dermoid cyst...
  12. by   JNJ
    I recommend ibsgroup.org (first located as a link from Mayoclinic.com).

    It has an active forum (divided by predominant symptoms) with a lot of useful, if anecdotal, information. IBS is very idiosyncratic to the patient who has to be his/her own detective and disease manager.

    I believe bezoars are fiber related.
  13. by   Liann
    Thanks to all for your info. I certainly have a lot of food for thought. Allnurses.com members are amazing!!!!

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