Easy to take medication

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I've just seen my doctor today he's starting tests for IBS. I struggle to swallow tablets & wondered if there were easy to take meds that were effective in managing/preventing diarrhoea/anxious tums?

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    There are no tests for IBS other than eliminating other possible conditions first. If all your tests are negative, then IBS can be diagnosed. They can also try you out on different IBS medications to see if you show any improvement.  I take Buscopan which are very small and are one of the few medications that don't upset my stomach because they are mild.  However, I still have to to take masses of water to swallow them so that my throat doesn't push them back out.  With other tablets I have to soak them in water first to soften them and then take them back out and try swallowing them with a glass of water.  Perhaps try that technique.

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    Agree with Pippa below re: tests but when younger my parents used to crush tablets for me with the back of a spoon.
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    I agree with the two responders. I've never been aware of an actual test for IBS. I've talked to a lot of doctors who have very different theories about IBS and what it is. In fact as far as I know, doctors stll don't know what the actual cause is. When I was young, for years doctors told me it was in my head, stress, etc. However, even on days when I was extremely happy I was sick like a dog. Soooooooo, what does that tell you LOL.. My guess is, he'll run some test to rule out any possibility of other conditions, AND to make sure there are no harmful bacteria or infections of any sort.

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    My initial post was misleading. Dr feels I have ibs but blood tests ruling out coeliac and scans ruling out gallstones. Sorry for confusion!

    I realise there is no specific diagnosis other than to rule other things out!

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    Amy,

    It is possible to have Coeliac, and still ahve IBS. Although I haven't had an official diagnosis of Coeliac decease, it is very clear I have issues with heavy intake of not only gluten, but large intake of wheat. Having said that I also have IBS (thank goodness controlled). It really takes a while to really diagnose IBS, It's almost like psychology in a way, when the practioner listens to their client and makes an opinion of what condition they have; sometimes it's accurate, and sometimes they're guesses.

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