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Any tips for IBS pain/prevention?

Posted by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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   My 11 year old DS was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome last week, by the Phoenix Children's Hospital's Pediatric Gastroenterology Dept.  He had his first severe left side pain last May.  We took him to the emergency room because he was pale, shaking, crying, and doubled over in pain.  They did some tests, an x ray, gave him Morphine for the pain, and sent him home.

   Since then, we've done blood tests, stool samples, and abdominal ultrasound, x rays, and a colonoscopy.  Everything has come back normal.  We've seen two different Ped GI specialists, in addition to the Phx Child. Hosp. He can go several weeks in between flare-ups, then it will hit him out of the blue.  The pain is in his left side, not in the front, and above his hip joint.

   Last week, at PCH, they did another x ray, and said they saw some stool and gas.  They diagnosed his problem as IBS.  They told us to put him on daily Miralax, fiber, and Activia yogurt (a probiotic) for 3 months, until we go in for a follow-up appt..  They said to limit cheese in his diet.

   He has been in the school nurse's office twice this week with severe pain, and stayed home yesterday because the pain lasted on and off for several hours.  It's obviously spasming, and when it stops, he's instantly fine and back to normal, until it hits him again.

   Is there anything else I can do for him?  It's so hard to see him in such pain, and I can't help him!

by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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Susan0805
by Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:12 PM
Is he anxious, stressed out, or depressed? I have IBS so I feel his pain! Viruses, infections, and stress tend to trigger my IBS the most. It's a vicious cycle, stress makes my bowel hyperactive, and pain meds make me extremely constipated so it's very hard to figure out what does and doesnt work for me and it will take trial and error for him too. First i would talk to him, depression meds have helped my ibs in the past. Unfortunately there is not quick fix, hormone levels and life will make it better or worse at times. How is he eating?
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by Angel on Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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calimom1123
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM
Probiotics. I take digestive advantage, the daily probiotic one. Drs said i have ibs too. Since starting probiotics i no longer have diarrhea anymore after eating. I just went gluten free a month ago and that has helped alot too.
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JoanahLee
by Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I have IBS and cutting beef out of my diet, and limiting my intake of greasy foods like fried things and pizza did wonders for my health!  

Ive also found that in addition to probiotics, there is a juice brand called Boathouse, its one of those thick squashed fruits drinks, is really good for my system.   A "single serve" bottle lasts me 2 days, so the price is not quite as bad as it seems.   


When the inevitable does happen and I have a flare up (its been almost 4 months!) I take drugs, put a heating pad on my side and try to distract myself with a movie i have not seen before.  Sitting around thinking about being miserable doesn't help, but thats cheap advise when it hurts to get up and move.  

I hope you get your son sorted out soon...when you find the right balance you can have a very normal, realtivly pain free life with IBS.   Tell him to hang in 

la_bella_vita
by Bella on Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:36 PM

 Probiotics and avoiding trigger foods

Morrigan333
by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

My father , myself and my daughter(12) all have IBS.. My father says his is NOT IBS(denial), dd LOVES< LOVES her cheese..we have to limit cheese to twice a week only. Pasta with Parmesan, Pizza, nothing else cheesy THAT week. She is not on pills, does not take probiotics..she's plenty gassy though, but we use gasx and Tums

hEiDiMaRiE25
by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM

i was diagnosed with IBS a year after my son was born. I agree with this post. Exercise helps me as well. Since I've started exercising, i have not had a flare. its been 6 months!!

Quoting JoanahLee:

I have IBS and cutting beef out of my diet, and limiting my intake of greasy foods like fried things and pizza did wonders for my health!  

Ive also found that in addition to probiotics, there is a juice brand called Boathouse, its one of those thick squashed fruits drinks, is really good for my system.   A "single serve" bottle lasts me 2 days, so the price is not quite as bad as it seems.   


When the inevitable does happen and I have a flare up (its been almost 4 months!) I take drugs, put a heating pad on my side and try to distract myself with a movie i have not seen before.  Sitting around thinking about being miserable doesn't help, but thats cheap advise when it hurts to get up and move.  

I hope you get your son sorted out soon...when you find the right balance you can have a very normal, realtivly pain free life with IBS.   Tell him to hang in 


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