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Took MOM 2 days ago. Explosive loose stools yesterday. Today urge to go but can't. Increased fiber and water. What can I do? Is this IBS or serious?

Took MOM 2 days ago. Explosive loose stools yesterday. Today urge to go but can't. Increased fiber and water. What can I do? Is this IBS or serious?

Too much MOM: You may have taken too much MOM which contains Magnesium. Too much Magnesium can cause diarrhea. Too much fiber without lots of water can slow down your stool transport. Try to take Magnesium citrate 500mg every night. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily with a fiber supplement. Aloe vera juice also helps. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between IBS and something more serious?

How can you tell the difference between IBS and something more serious?

Rome 3 ; testing: Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion. Rome 3 criteria helps. For example, mucus (a colon lubricant) when present in large volume may signal not only problems with colon spasm (ie. Irritable bowel syndrome), but also partial obstruction, infection, ; even sloughed colon lining. Testing distinguishes ibs from inflammatory bowel diseases (crohn's, ulcerative colitis), infection, ischemic gut. See doctor. ...Read more

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How can the doctor be sure I have IBS and nothing more serious?

How can the doctor be sure I have IBS and nothing more serious?

Never sure: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion and there are specific tests designed to rule out common treatable conditions. In order to formulate a putative diagnosis of IBS these tests should return negative. Providing this is the case functional gastrointestinal conditions remain poorly understood and described and a variety of overlap conditions are seen in specific individuals. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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I had diarrhea yesterday. Now today I have experienced passing very thin stool. Could it be my IBS or something more serious?

I had diarrhea yesterday. Now today I have experienced passing very thin stool. Could it be my IBS or something more serious?

Probably IBS...: Your symptoms are extremely common and could be from something you ate that did not agree with you (i.e. food intolerance) or IBS. If these symptoms are a frequent problem, and/or interfere with your life, then see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Yellow liquid stools after eating. Happening for a month on and off. Mucus present if stool is formed. R/T IBS or something more serious???

Yellow liquid stools after eating. Happening for a month on and off. Mucus present if stool is formed. R/T IBS or something more serious???

Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies & probably a sigmoidoscopy should be considered, but a more extensive evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe IBS attacks?

What can I do for severe IBS attacks?

Confirm diagnosis...: Ibs can mimick many conditions, & vice versa. At 69 years old your risk factors are significant for systemic disease--particularly ischemia. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion, so an examination, a few simple tests, & assessment of symptom duration, intensity, location, quality, timing, etc. Will clarify your treatment course. Talk with your doctor please. ...Read more

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How can I relieve severe pain caused by IBS?

How can I relieve severe pain caused by IBS?

Se your PCP: There is no single treatment for pain, discomfort or other symptoms of IBS. See your PCP to coordinate the treatment. ...Read more

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Low c3c and c4c dropped had severe IBS attack where I barely ate for awhile affected electrolytes could that affect c3c etc?

Low c3c and c4c dropped had severe IBS attack where I barely ate for awhile affected electrolytes could that affect c3c etc?

IBS: I'm not aware of complement c3c or c4c being affected by irritable bowel syndrome. I doubt it would change secondary to dehydration due to low oral intake from an ibs attack. With ibs, most lab evals are normal (although mild dehydration could affect the electrolytes). ...Read more

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I have ibs. I realize that dairy (lactose) is the culprit. I rate attacks as light, mild, severe. Severe attacks I can lose four/6 lbs. Can this happen?

You are not....: ....Describing ibs. You are describing lactose intolerance. If you have a distinct source, then avoid that source. That said, it is possible to lose as much weight as you describe from diarrhea. It is also a bad thing, and should stimulate you to not eat any dairy. ...Read more

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I need help finding meds to stop severe Stress-IBS-D. Any suggestions? This is taking over my life... I can not go outside at all at the moment Thanks

I need help finding meds to stop severe Stress-IBS-D. Any suggestions? This is taking over my life... I can not go outside at all at the moment Thanks

Self medication: My best suggestion is avoid self medication and see a GI. There are interventions that can be done rather than self medicate be it any preparation. Seeking consulling. Medications, change In diet and other interventions would help. Self medication for a chronic condition is a slippery slope. If a controlled substance is needed suggest get an MD to help out. Lastly there can be a true pathology. ...Read more

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Is there an otc medicine that will stop severe cramps from IBS?

Is there an otc medicine that will stop severe cramps from IBS?

No There is no OTC: There is no over the counter medicine for severe cramps from IBS Consult your doctor and he/she can prescribe for you on the phone if he/she knows your case and has been treating you for IBS. Othrwise you will have to see the doctor or go to ER ...Read more

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My GP has said I have IBS, but how does she know it isn't anything more serious?

IBS: It is important to rule out other causes. There is criteria for diagnosis if IBS. If Red flags:Rectal bleeding, Nocturnal or progressive abdominal pain, Weight loss, Laboratory abnormalities such as anemia, elevated inflammatory markers, or electrolyte disturbances etc are present then patient needs more evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm having a severe IBS attack and I'm in so much pain. I can't eat drink or sleep what should I do?

I'm having a severe IBS attack and I'm in so much pain. I can't eat drink or sleep what should I do?

Not IBS...: It would appear unlikely that this is IBS. I suggest you see a doctor. Any pain that interferes with sleep, probably needs investigating. ...Read more

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Why does my bellybutton hurt when I'm constipated like inside my bellybutton I feel like a stab it's not severe or anything I also have ibs?

Why does my bellybutton hurt when I'm constipated like inside my bellybutton I feel like a stab it's not severe or anything I also have ibs?

Consider these...: Belly-button (umbilical) pain may originate locally due to infection or herniation, or be "referred" from another abdominal location like the appendix. Signs/symptoms of concern include: local redness ; drainage, umbilical bulging that can't be reduced with gentle pressure, fever, vomiting, change in bowels, generalized abdominal tenderness (suggests peritonitis), worsening pain. Get checked. ...Read more