Irritable Bowel Syndrome/IBS and bile reflux


fran wrote at 2008-11-06 14:31:35
Hi, My daughter, who is now 14, has had IBS with acid and bile reflux for two years now.  The pain is overwhelming and the meds just aren't helping...well let me rephrase, the acid and perhaps bile reflux are controlled with aciphex, however the IBS is out of control and due to this she is now suffering depression.  So, to answer your question, there are others out there with your same condition.

GI Power wrote at 2011-04-12 21:18:30

I was diagnosed ten yrs ago with IBS and have lived with the condition without too much disruption until a year ago when I started to get pain in my side that would nearly knock me off my feet and a marked change in stool, black tarry etc.  I then got was seemed like a lump in my throat and went thru a battery of tests. Eventually had colonoscopy and gastonoscopy and vis biopsy was diagnosed with gastritis, however have been told that the spasms from my bowel causing a reflux into stomach which caused the Gastritis and feeling of lump in throat.  Stress being the main culprit of all my symptons ...  

IBS and Bile Reflux sufferer wrote at 2013-02-28 06:56:36

I have had stomach problems my whole life and always woke up feeling like I was going to puke and during the day that my stomach was eating itself. Sometimes it felt like there was so much acid pressure build up that eventually my stomach would flip! (always along with loud noises) I never knew what to do to help it but I usually just ate all the time. Later I heard that my grandma was eating every two hours just to be healthy so I tried that and found that my stomach discomfort mostly went away!!!! I didn't do this till I was 18! About two months after my diet schedule change I got a stomach scope which I found out I have bile reflux. IBS runs in my family and I also have that too. For most people in my family with IBS it causes constipation but I don't have a problem with that. My symptoms are that the peristalsis (electrical current to regulate digestion) causes the bile to flow from the small intestine into the stomach (bile reflux) and also my emotions can really effect my bowel movements. If I am VERY nervous/anxious about something like before an exam I have diarrhea and sometimes it burns.

Sorry for the long story but to answer your question I definitely see a connection between IBS and bile reflux. For me, the IBS causes my bile reflux. I can say from experience having it my whole life that eating regularly (every 2 or 3 hrs) manages it wonderfully! It's almost like I just have to give my stomach something to "work" on or else it will work on itself and cause A LOT of pain.

I have read blogs about people with bile reflux which is not very well known about, and I was surprised to learn that other people knew exactly what I have always felt. Im just glad it wasn't some crazy kind of disease or popped ulcers or something. Good luck with your conditions! If you are having constipation, try to find the right fiber that works for you to get yourself moving along with regular aerobic exercise. (apples, prunes, pears, pysillium husk powder, high fiber cereals, sweet potatoes (with peel), lots of vegetables perhaps a salad loaded with cucumbers, celery, and peppers). Some of those might work for you and some might not help at all so try them out.

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I can address questions regarding diet, cooking, recipes, and non-pharmaceutical supplements (soluble fiber, herbal, probiotics, etc.) for IBS. I can supply information sources about diagnostic guidelines, symptoms, and the medical pathology of IBS, but I cannot give a diagnosis or analyze test results a patient has obtained. I would prefer not to answer questions about prescription drugs and diagnostic tests. PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME YOUR SYMPTOMS AND THEN ASK ME TO DIAGNOSE YOU!


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