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berkeley
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   Posted 10/6/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
my dr just started me on miralax and so far, no go! anyone with experience?

gutastrophe
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   Posted 10/8/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Did not work for me. In fact, it really made me worse. Lots and lots of gut distress with excessive gas and insufficient movements. Many have had good results but I was not one.

berkeley
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   Posted 10/8/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for your input. it's not working and lots of gas. i've already tried amitiza and that didn't work either. what are you using?

gutastrophe
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   Posted 10/8/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I take a chinese herb daily and senna. When things get really bad, I do a magnesium citrate purge, which always works really well. After 30 years with IBS, I have concluded that nothing "works" in the long term (although the chinese herbs have helped more than anything) and everything is just a temporary measure. If I can string together 2 or three good days, I consider that a good week. I'm no longer seeking a "cure".

Marsky
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   Posted 10/8/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
gutastrophe - I have to agree with you. Nothing does work in the long term (although you're in the C camp, I'm in the D camp). I manage quite well about 75% of the time but I've noticed that no matter what I do (behave with my diet and meds, etc. or eat foods I know I shouldn't), my body seems to go thru its own wacky clean out every so often. Once a week sometimes, sometimes longer spells (twice a month). And I find that when my body gets into this natural purge it's best to let it finish. But like you I don't think there is a cure. It seems to be a combination of several things for me - diet, low stress, meds, exercise.

The only thing that I know works without fail for me is to skip food. This isn't good! But sometimes I skip a meal before an important social function. Sometimes I feel as if food is the enemy. Sigh.......
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


berkeley
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   Posted 10/9/2009 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
i've given up on the miralax and gone back to correctol. i don't get formed bms but at least i can go. since going on the cedars-siani protocol for ibs, my symptoms are going away. i'm still constipated but not having pain or bloating or going at all hours. if anyone is interested in the diet, just ask!

Marsky
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   Posted 10/9/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
berkeley - maybe you should post the diet. I know many newer members would appreciate this info.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


gutastrophe
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   Posted 10/9/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
May I recommend that instead of correctol you try Senna. I was "hooked" on correctol for a bit and I have to say it really was horrendous after a period of time - lots of pain and cramping with little actual bm's. It's a very, VERY strong stimulant and one you might not want to depend on. I know how ridiculous that sounds - advice like that used to really anger me! After all, we have to do something to go, right? And to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure the Senna is that much better except that it is a natural vegetable laxative. I have found that I don't suffer with the terrible cramping and gas that correctol used to cause.

For what it's worth....

The very best of luck to you.

berkeley
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   Posted 10/10/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the support. i've been hooked on correctol for 30 years and senna doesn't seem to work. how much do you take?
the ibs diet is counter intuitive to what i know to be a healthy diet. the foods that must be eliminated are all cheese, whole grains, soy products, beans, lentils and peas. salad needs to be small. fresh fruit only 1/2 cup per day. no diet soda or anything with splenda in it. cooked veggies other than peas are fine. the main thing is drinking 1/2 gallon of water per day and absolutely nothing inbetween meals other than water! they suggest 2 glasses at each meal and a glass between breakfast and lunch and another in the afternoon and another at night. you honestly feel like you're swimming in water. it's hard toward the end of the day. the thinking is that our systems need to break down food in our small intestines and allow our body to use its "cleansing waves" to help everything go through. i hope this helps everyone!

gutastrophe
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   Posted 10/11/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I get the brand name SENNA from Rite Aid - not the Senokot. I take between 2 and four a day. I take it in conjunction with the herbs and have had a lot of success with this system. But as with all these remedies, eventually they stop working. I had a colorectal surgeon tell me that if I keep taking laxatives, even "natural" brands, I will eventually end up completely unable to go - with or without laxatives. The colon will "forget" how to work and nothing will help. That scared the s@%t out of me! Literally!

To support the claims of the IBS diet, I will add that my last GI specialist told me that IBS C folks SHOULD stay away from the high fiber foods and fiber supplements because they bulk the stool too much. Makes sense to me.

berkeley
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   Posted 10/12/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
i've been addicted forever and i still only take 2 correctol per day. i'll go get senna but usually senokot hasn't done anything. i'm going to go to acupuncture later in the week. thanks, gutastrophe, for the support.
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