I Got 99 Problems but My Colon Ain’t One

I got 99 problems but my colon ain’t one…

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DISCLAIMER: There are many iterations of IBS. Men and women frequently experience different symptoms. All products recommended are based on my trial and error. This is not a sponsored post. This is my story

Whoever coined the name “Irritable Bowel Syndrome” clearly didn’t have it. I dealt with IBS for thirty years until I got it sorted. In that time, my bowels were angry, ballistic, caustic, furious, outraged, pissed off and wrathful. Only on good days were my bowels merely irritable.

The Mayo Clinic characterizes IBS by writing “Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea and constipation.”

They further state “irritable bowel syndrome doesn’t cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.”

Good to know. That’s the only upside to IBS. Before I share my life with IBS, it must be said what IBS is not.

IBS is not:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease (sprue)
  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticular disease

These are seriously dangerous, possibly life threatening diseases. IBS, by comparison, is merely incapacitating, debilitating, and embarrassing.  I was tested for every GI disorder for which a test exists. All negative. I had a colonoscopy  (the prep and the exam are not nearly so unpleasant as people would have you believe) which was also negative. With no evidence of any of the above disorders, I was placed on Lotronex. I was instantly improved by perhaps 80%. After six months of treatment and relief, Lotronex was taken off of the market.

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About David Stanley

Teacher & science guy, writer, musician, coach, skier and bike racer, I am interested… in everything; your story, food & spirits and music and everything in the natural world, spirit & sport. My son is 22 and still needs his Dad. I am 56 and so do I.
I blog on life and death, cancer and sports, kids and education at http://dstan58.blogspot.com/

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