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Do I have IBS, IBD, or both?
      #198034 - 07/21/05 12:09 AM
Vyse

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I'm going to contact my doctor no matter what responses I get here, but since its 2 AM, and I'm unsure, thought I'd ask. When I was 12, I started getting constant diahrrea, and it only subsided after I took predizone (a steroid, which was absolute hell). I went from about 110 lbs to about 95. I then started taking asacol daily. After I got over it, I shot up to 130 pounds. I went into remission until I was 15, then had chronic diahrrea again. This time I went from 145 lbs to 135 lbs. This time I took remicade for treatment, which was much easier. I shot up to 150 pounds afterwards, and eventually up to 180. (I'm 6"4, so I can carry it). This year, when I was 17, I briefly had some trouble during finals, and dropped from 180 lbs to 165, but around christmas break, I immediately quit having diahrrea, and put the weight back on gradually. I know weight loss is supposed to be an IBD symptom, not an IBS one, but this weight loss only takes place after weeks of diahrrea. And obviously non retention of food will make anyone lose weight. My stools are almost never bloody (an IBD symptom), and when they are, its probably because my bowels are irritated from releasing and being wiped 4-5 times a day.

That's as much detail as I know to give. Do you think I have IBS or IBD? I've had 2 major flareups in 5 years, and I currently take asacol daily. I;m pretty rebelliopus, and regularly drink coke, eat junk food, etc. I even play basketball for the school team with varying levels of success. Base don what I've told you, would you say IBS or IBD?

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Re: Do I have IBS, IBD, or both? new
      #198039 - 07/21/05 02:24 AM
Linz

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I'm glad you said you're going to contact your doc as that's what you need to do. BAsed on what you said we can't say either way I'm afraid. It could be IBS but it could not be.

Did you not have all the proper tests (colonoscopy etc) to diagnose an IBD? That's really scary if you were put on steroids w/out a proper dianosis.

And sort your diet out boyo! I know that kind of food is fun, but if you sort your diet out now, you'll thank yourself in 10 years time when you don't have the weight and health issues of your junk-eating contemporaries! That food is NOT good for sports, believe you me!

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Re: Do I have IBS, IBD, or both? new
      #198226 - 07/21/05 11:21 AM
Vyse

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Yeah. I've been doagnosed and all. I can;t remember the specific diagnosis if it was IBS, IBD, or which form of IBD. Until I read that IBD, specifically Crohn's can increase risk for cancer, I didn't care to find out the difference.

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Kinda important doncha think?! new
      #198302 - 07/21/05 03:48 PM
Linz

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They are VERY different in terms of what you need...and what can happen to you. IBS can be really nasty, but at least with that you don't have to think about the possibility of surgeries.

FIND OUT!

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Re: Kinda important doncha think?! new
      #198335 - 07/21/05 04:50 PM
Vyse

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Yeah, I know its important. I was diagnosed when I was 12, and was content back then to not know the technicalities, and just listen to my mom and doctor. Now that I've read up on the differneces such as surgeries, cancer concerns, etc I want to know the specifics.

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Re: Kinda important doncha think?! new
      #198786 - 07/23/05 08:43 AM
Johnny T. Reb

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Hi, I develpoped really bad IBS this past Jan. and went from
170 down to 140. I was so sick all the time, I just couldn't
eat much, and on top of that I was eating all the wrong
stuff. After seeing a GI doc in March, I got on a high
fiber diet and managed to get back to 160, but I was still
taking in way too much insoluble fiber and was not stablizing. I'm still not stable, but with Heather's info
and diet, I'm better off. Listen to Linz!! She knows
what she's talking about. And, by the way, don't take
any alfalfa, it's terrible! -Bob



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