Suffering chronic IBS

I would just like to start with saying I've put a few posts on this site and found it very useful.This time my problem is a little different.4yrs ago I was put on an antidepressants named Mirtazapine apparently it works on the brain censors to stop pain.Now I do Believe it did do the job slightly but not enough,now I was given another tablet aswell that did the same thing that was Pregablin,right now I'm on 2 tablets for the same problem IBS .So I decided to slowly come off Mirtazapine ,but as I'm lowering the dose the pain in my tummy is getting more severe ,it's not solving the problem enough so I decided to come off it.I would be extremely gratefull if anyone has got any advise. Sorry to have gone on so long but I'm feeling pretty desperate.My GP a waste of time

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  • I'm afraid I haven't any experience of the drug you mention but life is miserable when the pain is bad and I sympathise massively. I have completely given up on my GP and I'm sure I am not the only one here. I do feel I really have no where to go for some joined up, intelligent help. I seem to have been prescribed a variety of anti spasmodics, laxatives etc etc and for the past 20 years my GP's approach has been the same - at one point he said "what do you expect me to do about it?" Is there a local pharmacist who could give you some advice? (just a suggestion).

  • Hi Binks I agree with you GP consultants most of the medical profession nowadays are a waste of space.But I do think when it comes to IBS they are stumped.Ive been through the lot even done a lot of traveling to see a professor of Gastrology .Now I'm waiting for an appointment to see a hypnotherapist .Fodmap diet ,tests ,blood tests ,had it all to no avail so I'm going to try this now which is quite a lot of traveling again.I would just like to say when it comes to IBS one shoe don't fit all.Some people sort it through diet some it's because of stress,but in my case I've just been told it's a dysfunctional Bowel so we will see how it goes.I hope you get some answers soon.I wish you well.

  • Which prof did you see? I agree that the docs do not know what on earth to do with us - and I am probably being a bit mean to them! I am currently 9 weeks into a 12 week course of low dose antibiotics for rosacea (working great on my skin), and from week 3 my ibs has been making my life hell. Half the time, I am C and the other half D. I am taking Symprove, and eating a natural yogurt daily. I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago, and my IBS symptoms went from irritating to life changing - sometimes I just cry. I did try hypno last year. See what you think - I had to pay as it wasn't available on the NHS.

  • I seen a professor Spiller in Nottingham now he's sending me to see a hypnotherapist in Manchester I think his name is Dr peter Whorewell. I once paid to see one but I just felt he was just interested in my money so I couldn't relax.Im holding all my hopes on this time as I don't think Dr have got much more they can do for me,and yes I've also done a lot of crying.I do Believe I have about 12 sessions and they teach you how to do it to yourself.

  • I have heard of Whorwell - he's quite high profile and well respected I think. Interested to know how you get on. Take care.

  • Thank you I'll let you know.By the way I have Emphesema so if I get a slight chest infection I have to have antibiotics and steroids and believe me my IBS goes through the roof,so I do empathise with you with antibiotics I try to avoid them as much as I can.

  • I have been put on Amitriptyline 10mg, the overall problem has reduced to next to nothing but the side effects means you could be left really drowsy like I do but I am slowly getting use to it and only taking the tablet when needed makes it easier to control. The only problem I have is that I am unsure when to come off the medication as I don't want to be on medication for the rest of my life and also when my body adapts to the medication hopefully I will not keep going up in strength. Please keep me posted with any other ways to help out

  • Hi HCSW85 that's another drug I've tried and didn't work for me.but thanks for your input it's much appreciated.My problem is I've tried most drugs and I'm still on some that do no good but I'm having a few problems getting off them.So I'm holding all my hope on hypnotherapy.

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