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My daughter has been suffering from IBS during this year and after having her tested for almost every known malady with the doctors saying she is perfectly normal and that there is nothing wrong with her, in the early part of this year she was screaming in agony, night and day in pain. Medication for gastric reflux along with painkillers (which didnt work) and amitriptyline were prescribed. Thereafter, we saw a gastroenterologist, she had an endoscopy and gastroscopy - nothing wrong was found. Next, a dietitian saw her and suggested the FodMap diet which achieved some respite for her from the pain but she is still experiencing 70% pain compared to the start of the year. Recently, we here in Australia saw a programme in the science segment of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (equiv of the BBC) called Catalyst which described contemporary research carried out in Aus and which was first publicised back in 2012 (or maybe even earlier). In essence, it was discovered that many digestive / stomach disorders such as ulcerative colitis for example, could be cured by a process involving faecal transfusion of normal 'good' bacteria from a healthy gut. This process has achieved some success. Repugnant as it sounds (!), I'm sure that if you've been suffering pain to the extent my daughter has - which is daily and continuous - you would try almost anything. I'm also not suggesting that it could be a cure for IBS but there appears to be a link between having sufficient good gut bacteria and eliminating at least some of the problems associated with IBS. You can read the programme transcript on the ABC website at abc.net.au/catalyst - there are 2 separate programmes called "Gut Reaction". There are also posts by many IBS sufferers, some of whom attest to the usefulness of probiotics. I'd be interested to hear of anyone's experiences, comments, research re the above - serious comments only, please
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