Is there something that you could take before eating that will prevent you from having diharrea?

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jt80
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   Posted 6/26/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone hope everyone is well today was one of those days I had the dreaded D again I have been having it a lot recently.I cant afford getting it so much cause I loose weight I think if it happens often is there something that you could take to prevent it from happening.Is there a IBS med that helps with that I'm getting tired really of this happening I would just like my food to settle and digest properly.It could have happened cause I did not eat all day then when I was finally able to eat I was eating fast and got full real fast and that could have been the reason my stomach not being able to handle all that food at once.I would love to hear anyones advice on this wishing everyone the best take care. :-)

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   Posted 6/26/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure what you can take before hand, but have you tried taking digestive enzymes after eating each meal to help with the breaking down of your food so your intestines don't have to work so hard? And taking a fibre supplement daily will aid with firming up stool, it helps with C and/or D.

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   Posted 6/26/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that when my doc gave me the Belladonna she said to take it 30 minutes before a meal that was going to set me off and that it should( though not always) prevent eating related D. That's what she told me to do though that's not what I do. She said how I take it is just fine too. I only take mine once the "Oh Lord The D's Coming" type pain kicks in. For me( and my blasted over sensitive stomach) taking it everyday before meals was stopping me up. That's nice once in awhile when the D and pain is constant but on a daily basis I can deal with the D since I'm used to it( I was one of those kids who was sick with tummy bugs all the time) but it's the pain that gets me.

Oh and since I've been on a eat every three hours till dinner kick I haven't had alot of eating related D. Still have to watch what I eat and the amount but since I don't get super hungry( a huge trigger for "Eat an' Go") I don't eat as much in one sitting which helps not overload the tummy. Not sure if your a guy or a girl but stash some snacks. Even just a package of crackers helps keep the edge off so I don't over do it. I always keep a container of powered iced tea and some goodies to eat in my purse. The water bottle is in the car. It's also helps some of my anxiety that I'm going to end up somewhere and not be able to eat whats there. It really helps at my parents because all they have is carbonated stuff which is something I only drink when I've got a good book to read. I'll be in the bathroom long enough to finish it.

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   Posted 6/26/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Taking probiotics, fiber and calcium daily should help do the trick for the dreaded D. Also, eating slowly and eating smaller portions helps. My doc said to never leave your tummy empty... eat small meals several times a day.
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   Posted 6/26/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Imodium is the obvious answer. Have you also tried a daily dose of calcium supplements? You might be a candidate for a bile sequestrant; they work for some people that still have their gall bladders, presumably because it absorbs the bile their body can't because food is going through it way too fast.

And I can think of one thing you can eat that won't give you diarrhea. Dehydrated banana chips. Most constipating food product I have ever known. Bananas themselves are mildly constipating, but when you take all the water out of them, then eat them, and they rehydrate using the liquid in your guts... Had such terrible constipation after eating a bag of them as a kid! Still get some on ocassion to snack on when I'm on a trip because they're sure to help out. Never more than one or two handfuls at a time, though!

yuckygut
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   Posted 6/26/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
My friend who has IBS, said that drinking Haldi drinks, they have them at whole foods markets or on the internet, helped relieve her cramping and D. I drink them for my UC/GERD and they taste pretty good. And I agree with Keriamon about Immodium, I just dont like to take it, I prefer a natural method if it works. Everybody is different. Good Luck.

Treester
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   Posted 6/26/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried taking immodium pre-emptively? I know it works quite well for some people that way.

Marsky
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   Posted 6/26/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't we all wish there was a magical pill to prevent D, after you ate whatever you wanted to.

Imodium is the obvious answer. You can take up to 12 tablets a day.

However, I am in the camp that eats foods that agree with me and do not produce D. I've just battled these IBS like symptoms after a colon resection, cancer, etc. for 9 loooooong years. If a candy bar gives me D, I just say it's not worth it.

I follow a low residue diet, eat 6 or so very small meals a day, take Colace (50 mg) each evening, keep my stress level as low as possible and sometimes fast before social events. All of this combined seems to work best for me.

But we're all different. Some experience D, while others experience C. Some find that a fiber rich diet is very helpful, others find that all that fiber is hard on the gut (the camp I fall into).

What I would suggest is keeping a food journal. Record everything you eat each day, if you take meds or not, etc. After a while, it's helpful to look back at what you were eating on good days without D. You might want to stick to those foods.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 6/26/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard eating some soluble fiber helps but have not tried it since that is not my problem.

jt80
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   Posted 6/26/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I've tried probiotics I'm taking one called Align it's bee studied to be the best product of probiotics to help people with IBS.I have not had any luck with it since I'm frustrated that my digestive health is so poor I really am tired what is my life worth living for if I cant live it to the fullest.IBS keeps me from doing so and I'm always alone and I see others enjoying and living life with their friends.I used to have that now I do not life I took for granted and now I cant live it the way I want to cause I'm limited to what I can do and not do.I ask why does God let bad things happen to good people it's sooooo not ****ing fair I feel my life is going to waste.There is so many things that I want to do in my life and accomplish and I'm afraid I will never get to because of ****ing IBS AAAAAAAH!!!!!!!! I feel like crying but the tears wont come.I miss eating my favorite foods I'm sick of this ****ing diet that I'm on so that I'm able to have normal bm without it I ****ing suffer I hate literally dealing with crap everyday ****ing hate it.Constantly having to use the bathroom not being able to control my bms always an urgency to have a bm I that is something elderly people go through.It's hard not to feel grossed out by IBS I wish I could have my old digestive system back where I'm able to eat anything and not worry like I used to feel.I miss human interaction having fun being able to eat out and enjoy peoples company.I'm really afraid I will end up taking my life over IBS but it's a stupid reason to if I had something to live for I would not think of suicide.Do not worry guys I would never reach that point I would not want to hurt my friends and family suicide is selfish I really know this.I get mad at God really I do I feel like cussing him out at times cause what I pray for everyday has not been answered at all.I'm still ****ing living with this ****ing crap I ****ing hate you IBS **** you to hell that is where you belong.I feel my life is hell and going nowhere I'm tired of people feeling sorry for me and pitying me for the ones that know I have IBS.I really would never wish IBS on anyone not even my worse enemy but I still have faith things will get better they just have to right? cause I have so many things that I want to do before I leave this earth.I know for me things would not be that bad if I just meet someone my age that I could relate to that is also living with IBS I would not feel so alone.Wishing you all my best and good health I still have faith really I do. :-)

svoss
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   Posted 6/28/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Yuky Gut I want to say Hi

lnape
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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Calcium carbonate has a side effect of being constipating so if you take one just as you start to eat it can help firm things up.

You need to start with calcium carbonate 600 mg and vitamin D 400 IU in one tablet.

Take 1/2 tablet with your 3 daily meals and do this for 3 days to adjust to taking calcium which can cause gas and some indigestion at first. In 3 days this should be gone and you can adjust up of down to 3 full tablets a day or a combination of 1/2 pills whole pills to control the diarrhea.

Be sure to take it with food and avoid other meds you do not have to take and magnesium which will cause more diarrhea.

Email me if you like.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 7/1/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't laugh. I've heard that coconut macaroon cookies (in moderation) help the D kind of IBS.
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   Posted 7/2/2008 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Pamela - I'm not laughing. I swear by Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies. They are macaroon type cookies - they seem to settle my GI track too!

Also, instant mashed potatoes. Even though I've prepared mashed potatoes from scratch all these years, there's something about instant that is binding too. When I'm really messed up, I like to make instant potatoes and a chicken pot pie. I just make my family something else to eat.

Good idea about the cookies though - they really do bind you up!

Mary/Marsky

yuckygut
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   Posted 7/2/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Inape, do you get a rebound increase in acid production from your calcium carbonate? I am always fearful of increasing acid production as I have GERD, that is relieved by Haldi, (an anti inflammatory drink for IBS/UC/GERD)which seems to work great for all things digestive.

Hi svoss, welcome to the site.


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lnape
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   Posted 7/2/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
yuckygut,

If you look at the ingredient in some anti acid pills you will see it is calcium carbonate so the calcium will help the acid. You just need to take it on a regular basis with food.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 7/9/2008 2:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello --
I had the Dread D. OMG, it was awful. Couldn't go out for two years.
My doctor found that I have Attention Deficit Disorder and prescribed Adderal. My IBS (D type) went away completely and never (well seldom) comes back. It also stoped the headaches I had once a week. I've never heard of it helping anyone else, but it was sure good for me. I took the Adderal about seven years ago and I took it for two years. The (D) and the headaches have never returned. Wow! Huh?

Pamela Neckpain
Now I have Constipation. Super. (It's not the IBS type)

lnape
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   Posted 7/9/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
It could be that a side effect of the medication is constipation. This is why the calcium carbonate can help also it has a side effect of constipation.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.

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