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Except for precautions taken with young children, pregnant women and those with IBD (inflammatory bowel syndrome), Imodium is considered to be a relatively safe, well-tolerated option for dealing with diarrhea particularly the type that is related to IBS. As imodium only acts on the digestive tract, there appears to be little risk associated with long-term or frequent use.
Is feeling cold at times and backache common in IBS sufferers? My cramps appear after I've been to the toilet whereas it's usually after a meal - I am concerned about this as well.
Have you had a colonoscopy recently or in the past?
Please let me know.
No I haven't.
You have never had a colonoscopy?
No. Is it something I should have had?
Has it ever been recommended?
No, not at all.
Yes, the recommended is that any person, especially of your age, who is change in the bowel movements should have one done.
So before labeling you as suffering with IBS I would have done a colonoscopy especially at your age
Can I ask why is that?
The recommendation is that you should have a colonoscopy starting at the age of 50 to screen for colon cancer and then every ten years after that.
What are the symptoms for colon cancer? I had these problems about 2 years ago and after doing a food intolerance test and cutting out what was causing the problem things cleared up but it has come back again.
There may be no symptoms of colon cancer
Which is why screening is the best way to pick early cancer
But since you are having these symptoms for two years it is UNLIKELY to be cancer
Because had it been cancer you would have been in the heavens by now
Should I ask for a colonoscopy test or take my GP's diagnosis that I have IBS?
You should ask for a screening colonoscopy.
Ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist.
Are you with me?
Yes. I did a Bionetics Test for food intolerance and they mentioned that I had parasites!
well, I do not trust that test
It seems nothing more than a scam
What about the York Test as someone has mentioned to me?
That is for food intolerance testing
That may be helpful particularly if you are allergic to foods
Ok. I will ask for a colonoscopy test to make sure. Can I have an anaesthetic for that?
They will give a local anesthetic.
That's fine. One more question - Is it normal for IBS sufferers to have cramps every day after visiting the toilet?
Very common with IBS
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