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I can't get to the doctor until Wednesday, but have been to the doctor last week she said I have lbs but can't give me any meds because I'm trying to get pregnant.

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

No meds only folic acid I have terrible tummy cramps that come and go one day I'll have diaroreha other days I'm serverly constipated and some days no pain the pain in centred by my navel

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I have had an ulcer before and had a hernia removed when I was 5 years old not sure if this has anything to do with my symptoms?

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Medical
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Hi, I'm Dr Jennifer and I'm a surgery fellow. A lot of patients have relief from IBS taking fiber supplements. Have you taken anything like that before?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I have but they don't really help
Doctor: Doctor Jennifer, Doctor replied 3 months ago

Other strategies include trying a low FODMAP diet (eliminating foods that trigger your symptoms) as well as trying lactose-free and gluten-free diets to see if either improves your symptoms.

Here's a link about the low FODMAP diet: https://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/

If fiber and eliminating trigger foods isn't enough to control symptoms, the best thing to use for constipation is miralax, and for diarrhea, loperamide. There have also been several studies showing improvement of symptoms with increased exercise,p particularly for the constipation phases.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I don't think it's food though I've never had a problem before I have eaten the same meals before and never felt like this
Doctor: Doctor Jennifer, Doctor replied 3 months ago

You can develop sensitivities to foods throughout your life, unfortunately. Another well known approach is the Whole30 diet where you eliminate a variety of foods for 30 days and then systematically add them back so that you know which is triggering your symptoms.

There are a few prescription medications that are also used, but in general we start with diet modification first, then symptomatic management with miralax or loperamide, and then escalate from there if the symptoms aren't controlled.

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