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How Many Of You Have Seen A Specialist For Your IBS?

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My old GP diagnosed me 10 years ago with IBS but i never knew i should have seen a specialist until now. I'm just wondering how many more out there haven't seen a specialist

posted April 11, 2019
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A myIBSteam Member

No, I have Never seen a Specialist. I have had ibs for 12 years now. I just went with a list of symptoms, prescribed me Colofac tabs he examined my tummy and, that was that. Had no blood tests done. Perhaps, procedures have changed these days.

posted August 29, 2019
A myIBSteam Member

I see a GI who specializes in IBS of any kind. I had IBS-D that was very bad. He put me on an antibiotic called Xifaxim for two weeks and it helped. But, it's VERY expensive. If u don't have good insurance, forget about it!
Unfortunately, it didn't last and now I have both IBSD AND IBSC! The FODMAP diet works, but it's hard to stick with. I also take probiotics and IB Gard, which are peppermint granules, suggested by my GI. Still, the same old problems if I don't eat what I should. Good luck!

posted August 7, 2019
A myIBSteam Member

Has it helped, I am having colonoscopy soon to make sure nothing else going on. Just cut out gluten and dairy, hope it helps.

posted April 27, 2019
A myIBSteam Member

I have seen different GI specialist for my IBS-D. They have all treated me the same. I just saw a new specialist and she said there isn't much medication for IBS-D. I am due for a colonoscopy and after she get the results we will explore a possible new medication. I am currently on Bentyl for spasms , a probiotic daily and imodium as needed for the diarrhea. I have a history ulcerative colitis as a young woman and was on medication for that for several years but I got a lot as better and was good till I was in my 40's and then the IBS started. I watch what I eat as some foods are definite triggers. I am now almost 70 and would really not have to worry about flares that force me to forgo outings and I retired after working as a full time nurse for 40 yrs but really want to back to work as a nursing instructor part-time but the IBS has be under control before I can do that. I am hoping this GI can help. This GI is female and she seemed more caring . The GI specialist were male and not so caring at all. This is my IBS story . I am trying to be hopeful.

posted May 11, 2023
A myIBSteam Member

I see a Gastro guy but he is so busy. He did say to use Lactaid milk. It makes a big difference.

posted December 2, 2019

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