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Me to Gall Bladder removed when I was 25 due to stones..
I put that I had Sjogrens before IBS but that is only because that is how I was diagnosed as the IBS symptoms became so severe just recently. Who knows how long I actually had IBS...or for that matter how long I've had Sjogrens? Its all too confusing to figure out...but yes I have both!! I guess I'm just one of the lucky ones here!! Lets hear it for luck!!!
Barrie, My IBS symptoms became worse in that I had more severe pain, bloating and cramping after eating certain foods and sometimes I couldn't even relate it to a meal. I did have to "go" to the bathroom often (about 5 to 10 times/day) and it was always very loose (sorry...but you asked...lol). One thing they look at when diagnosing for IBS is if you get relief from the pain and cramps once you go to the bathroom and have a bowel movement (now they may return shortly later but will go away again when you go to the bathroom again). This was my case for the most part. Sometimes it even woke me up at night with the pain. I lost 14 pounds pretty fast from it.....of course I didn't mind losing the weight....but not like that....lol...I couldn't keep anything in me for very long it seemed. I knew I had to see a new GI doc....my 2 previous ones worked together and didn't do much for me...blamed alot of it on my weight and didn't offer me any solutions and didn't even diagnose me with IBS. The new doctor I see is very nice and she diagnosed me right away and put me on the antibiotics. She said I was not a good candidate for the meds they use for IBS as they are extremely drying.......anyway....this route has helped me so much already....I am very grateful she look passed my weight and see that it could be something else medical causing the problem. Hope this helps!