Im a 22 year old female that has been experiencing ibs symptoms for 7 months and this has lead to anxiety which has lead to a bit of weight loss as im anxious to eat properly as i dont want to trigger a flare up. i know there are 2 things that trigger my flare ups but im too scared to eat what i used to incase my bowel doesnt like it. ive been given 10mg amitriptyline to take once a night been on it nearly 2 weeks now . my ibs symptoms have not been as bad but they are still there even though i havent had any trigger foods that i know of. Also i am very tired all the time ... i never get tummy pains or cramps with my flare ups . i will find it hard to have a bm for a couple days and go once in those days then the next couple days i will go 3 times or more and soon after eating if its something i shouldnt have eaten. i have a lot of gas and wind too (sorry if tmi) is it even ibs?! what are your experiences.
I'm 71, and was 25 when I was diagnosed with IBS. You are doing what I call cycling-going from constipation to painful diarrhea, and both can have severe cramps.-You don't have cramps-but you're still cycling. A Dr told me to use Citracal everyday. With the diarrhea, your stomach empties out-then what little food you eat doesn't move through your intestines and gets really hard. It's usually like hard round pebbles for most people. When you start having the diarrhea drink a glass of water at night with just a teaspoon of Citricel. When you're constipated use what they say on the jar. Also Citrocel causes less gas and bloating than Metamucil.
OK- You said that you have 2 food triggers-lets go over them. A trigger that I wasn't counting is eating table hot food and drinking ice water or something cold. IBS stomachs are confused, and they can't handle this conflict. #1 sugar, #2 grease-fat, #3 alcohol, #4 spicey foods, #5 raw fruit and vegetables-some artificial sugars are made from dried ground apple peels and cut the stomachs of people with IBS, Crohn's disease, and ulcers-it's also bad for cancer patients, #6 caffiene, #7 carbonated things can set it off, #8 Bran--a grain of wheat has 2 covers. The outer cover is called wheat shorts-and even though it's milled-ground- it's like glass and cuts up the stomachs of horses and cows-mine too. The inner cover is bran. Bakeries cheat and use wheat shorts. I went out to my feed shed and made bran muffins, bread-never got sick. I bought bran products at the store and I was doubled over. I got into an argument with some AF doctors and brought in some bran and wheat shorts- They went to the FDA about it-so many doctors don't say to eat bran--- Another thing is that some doctors believe that milk is to be completely avoided-milk doesn't bother me, but I surely can't eat a donut. I call it the 'No C diet"- no cerveza, no cabbage, no cupcakes or crullers, no colas, no cookies, no cocktails, no cabbage, no chicken fried anything, for me, No citrus-the acid can tear up your stomach-try to avoid peels-one patient got worse because she ate canned peas-many people with IBS can't handle peels. I eat rice, take a whole sweet potato and bake it til it's really soft and eat it. I eat baked, grilled, or roasted chicken and other meats. green beans, cooked carrots, broccoli cooked tender are OK- I eat canned fruits and rice. I have peach and apple trees- sometimes I'm doing OK and can eat them- sometimes I eat 2 bites and know it's a mistake. It took me about 6-8 months for the Citracal to work- But now I don't need any. I do have 1-3 BMs a day. The medicine that works for me is Librax. The military told me that I'd be dead by 50-or eating a liquid diet. See if you can find out what causes it. I have areas of bowel and intestines that are super active-and the Librax relaxes my gut so it doesn't spasm and keeps moving. If you have soft stools, and they're pencil thin, then your bowel is having spasms. If you get these-tell your doctor-so he can make medication and diet changes for you. Good luck- I'll friend you and you can ask me what you want. I know about the weakness-I had 3 months of diarrhea and cramps in 94. that's when the AF put me on Librax. I hope that this helps you a little-but try the Citracal-even when you have diarrhea- it stops the cycle and makes your gut happy.
Welcome to the site. I'm 49 and have suffered from ibs since I was in my teens. When I was about your age I was put on a medication called Dicyclomine. It is an antispasmodic and has done wonders for my ibs. I had been put on amitriptyline serveral years earlier as a migraine preventative, but suffer from bad side effects and couldn't continue. Amitriptyline is one of those medications that need several weeks to build up in your system before you get the full effect from it, so I'd say you have a bit longer to go before you get the full effects. Probably the tiredness you're experiencing is one of the side effects of it that will hopefully fade over time. I have found that stress and anxiety is an even bigger trigger for my ibs than food.
And the more time I spent worrying about what to eat and what not to eat, would it make me sick, where was an available bathroom in absolutely every place I was going to be, was there a bathroom in every place I was going to be, etc... well, I finally figured out I was sabotaging myself into flares. So my best advice would be to calm down. With ibs you're going to have good days and bad days. If you know that a particular food irritated you, don't eat it. I don't have particular food irritations. Sometimes I can eat anything I want and sometimes eating dry toast will set me off. Like I said, the best advice I can give you is to calm down and try not to let your ibs rule your life. Ask your Dr about adding the dicyclomine (generic for Bentyl) to your regime. It's helped me immensely. Learn to carry some Imodium with you. The less upset you allow yourself to be, the better off you'll be!
I'm 51 years old and have been taking amitriptylene for 18 years but the side effects were hard to start with. But after about 8 weeks they stopped and I haven't had any problem with side effects since. I take my dose at 9 pm and by 7 am it is out of my system so no problem with being sleepy..
I was diagnosed with IBS with colon spasms when I was 13 and yes after I had my daughter they were much worse for a few years. The good news is that once your body settles down (hormonally) and you get more comfortable and less anxious the symptons will settle.
The amitriptylene has helped stablize the IBS and I have had much less problems with it unless I am stressed. If I am under stress then its full blown and I'm off to the bathroom. What has helped me the most is Peppermint oil. It is very strong and I don't recommend it for anyone with stomach problems or ulcers, but for relief from IBS it is the best. Faster than anything else I have taken and lasts longer too.
I recommend a few drops on a spoon with some sugar to start as it can really take your breath away and you need to figure out how to breath but everything settles down so quick. For a really bad attack I take 10 drops but I have been using it for 4 years and know what to expect.
Made this account just so i could massage you. I had very serve ibs for years and been cured for about 2 years now. I was on pills for Ibs they didn't work worth a crap my doctor also had me take Metamucil also worthless. It has everything do with or modern diet and stress, humans did not evolve to eat or live the way we do now. Our food is toxic and we are unable to digest some of what we eat is causing Ibs not onions your poor digestion is all beaten up. You should read wheat belly, watch a documentary called Hungry for change and food matters. I could go on forever but I'd rather you hear it from the expert Nutritionist. Hope this message reaches you and you can enjoy the rest of your life without Ibs or any other disease we are being poisoned with.
I've been off and on with amitriptyline!
I originally took it years ago for digestive issues,it seemed to help but I never got over the side effects but continued taking (4 YEARS) I weaned off of it because I started having heart palpitations and dizziness (enough to keep me from driving ) Fast forward to today, I started back on it after a microdiscectomy (back surgery ) for nerve pain at a lower dose. 10 mg.
Went thru the getting used to it again and finally it did a plateau and things seemed ok for about 3 months... then wham ... back to dizziness and tired again.
Now I'm in the middle of weaning off once again.
Stomach cramps along with all the other goodies that come along with taking / weaning off of this crap!
I wonder if you or anyone else have similar stories of the ups and downs with amitriptyline?
I realize this is an old post but hoping you or anyone who reads this will have an I put!
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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