Equalactin for diarrhea

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maystepher
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   Posted 5/15/2006 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
OK.. So i have been trying taking Calcium (caltrate 600 + D) for about 4 days now, and I was just wondering, does the Equalactin really work well for diarrhea? Becuase I don't know how long the calcium will take to work for me. I just really wanna kick my imodium habit.

My dad told me a depressing story today that did *not* brighten my perspective. He told me that my mother used to have IBS with diarrhea (she died a few years ago) and she would actually end up messing herself in the car becuase she couldnt' make it home. That made me so hopeless because I have urgency as one of my biggest problems and I can't help to think that I will be like that. I honestly would rather stay in my house all day that go through that.

I am taking my last final exams tomorrow and I am hoping that after they are through I will be better, perhaps the diarrhea will subside.

There were I think two factors contributing to this recent attack. I got a promotion at work and had to flip flop my schedule to accomodate the training sessions (more money = :-D but I have NEVER responded well to my schedule being messed up.. I like to sleep until I wake up becuase I find that when I am fully rested I am less stressed and then I have less bowel problems), second, finals were upon me for the last week. I am finishing up this semester now and there is light at the end of the tunnel, but stressing about my exams isn't good. All that and my boyfriend is home for the summer so i am anxious to see him now lol. I am a mess!

OK thank you for listening to me vent, I just really want to feel better!

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/15/2006 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I think having diarrhea so bad you end up messing yourself is not very common with IBS, so there's a good chance you won't be as bad off as your mother. Also, having kids weakens a lot of things down there, so your mother may have had control issues due to that. And I don't know how far back into the past your mother's condition was, but it's a lot easier to find restrooms nowadays than, say, the 50's. NOTHING was open on Sundays, so if you were out for a drive, you had no where to go. Heck, when I was a kid in the 80's our Wal-Mart and K-Mart didn't stay open past 6 on a Sunday evening; the town rolled up its sidewalks then, with the exception of food places.

How many calcium pills are you taking? When I was first using them to treat my diarrhea, I was having to take two a day, which is the recommended allowance. I think you can take up to three a day but CHECK with a doctor or pharmacist because you can OD on calcium and mess up your blood or kidneys--can't remember what, but you can only take so much.

I tried the Equalactin back when I was having bad diarrhea, but I don't think it helped me as well as the regular calcium. But I also have an excess bile problem and I wasn't taking my medicine for that condition at the time and I don't think Equalactin works on bile very well. I tried some back when I was in college and was being told that my bad gall bladder was IBS; it didn't prevent my gall bladder attacks, or the ensuing bile, but in between attacks I had very lovely poops; much better than usual since I tended to run a wee bit to the constipated side. If the highest dosage of Caltrate doesn't help you, then you can try the Equalactin and see if that works better. Some people just respond to different kinds of calcium differently.

maystepher
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   Posted 5/15/2006 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Keriamon, Thanks for the reassurance about my mother. I think she had problems like that her entire life, but she never was one to really watch what she eated or take care of herself too well.

Right now I am taking two pills of calcium a day, I was taking them with lunch and dinner but i am wondering if they might work better for like morning and night. I tend to have my diarrhea in the morning so probably taking one at night is a good idea.

Thank you for the information on the Equalactin, I will give the caltrate another week or so I suppose.. maybe I just need to regulate the dosage or something.

maystepher
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   Posted 5/15/2006 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I just realized I said "eated". its ok becuase i totally know its supposed to be "ate"

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/16/2006 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I take my pills in the morning. I also eat breakfast late--several hours after I get up. Try taking a calcium pill before bed and one in the morning 30 minutes or more before you eat breakfast, if at all possible. I find that breakfast is what gets my guts cranked, so if you have calcium hanging in there overnight and another dose in there fresh in the morning before you eat, that may help.
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