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shelly1979
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   Posted 5/17/2006 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Can IBS with diarrhea be continuous for 2 months straight without 1 normal bowel movement?  I thought IBS comes and goes.  Mine seems like it's here to stay.
 
I would think that you would have at least 1 normal BM during a 2 month period!  I guess I'm just needing peace of mind.  I'm normally healthy and this just came all of a sudden and I'm having a hard time dealing with it.
 
Does anybody else with IBS-D out there have DAILY loose stool/diarrhea and have the same problem that I'm having over an extended period of time? 
 
Mine has slowed down somewhat most likely due to a Rx my GI specialist gave me and his recommendation of Metamucil wafers.

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/17/2006 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
When my guts were tore up last summer, yes, I had daily diarrhea for 2 months. I think I had one day where I had no bowel movement at all, but that was my first day at my new job and I took a lot of imodiums beforehand! But it was just a fluke, that day; I got the diarrhea back the next day, even with a couple of doses of imodium. But I did eventually get my guts to settle down and now I'm pretty normal.

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   Posted 5/17/2006 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Shelly, I'm sorry I can't remember... Have you tried the Calcium yet?
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shelly1979
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   Posted 5/17/2006 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I am planning on getting the calcium after work this afternoon.  I saw that CAltrate 6oo with vitamin D is the way to go?  What do you recommend and how often should I take it.??
 
My doctor has me on LEVSIN 0.125mg (1/2 tablet 3 times daily before meals).  He also wants me to take 1 LIBRAX pill at bedtime. (which I have not been taking because it makes me hard to get up in the morning.) 
 
Will the calcium effect the prescriptions?  Also, what are the effects of this with prgnancy?  We were trying to concieve and I'm not for sure the proper route to take now since I have IBS-D and are on these meds.  If I am not taking the LIBRAX, it is ok to TTC?  Curious of your thoughts or if you had information regarding this matter.
 
Also, what do you think about taking a multivitamin with all of this?  I have noticed that my hair is shedding a lot more than normal.  Maybe a multivitamin would help?  If so, what kind?  Do you think it is possible that I am not getting all of the vitamins and nutrients out of the food that I'm eating since this has been constant for 2 months?
 
Thanks!!!

7Lil
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   Posted 5/17/2006 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Shelly,
It is quite possible that you are not getting proper nutrition due to the constant D.  A multivatamin would probably be a good idea.  I take a womens daily (from Avon)... I'm sure any multivitamin would be fine.  You can also check with the pharmacist to see what s/he recommends.
As for the Calcium... I'm think I remember reading that you should start with 1 pill.  You might want to email Linda (the cacium guru) and ask.  She is SUPER helpful: LNAPENTS@netscape.net

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   Posted 5/17/2006 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Make sure you ask a pharmacist about interactions with calcium and those other medicines (I wouldn't think there are any, but better safe than sorry) and make sure you ask him if all of them are safe should you become pregnant. Even though calcium would appear safe, and even a good choice for pregnancy, there is such a thing as too much calcium for adults, and a fetus may not be able to tolerate you consuming the normal adult dose. Just something to ask about, along, of course, with the prescriptions.

You may want to put off trying to conceive until you can get some control over your diarrhea. I seem to recall that you have lost weight too? Something you will probably want to put back on before you look to having a baby. New information out suggests that thinner women have a harder time of conceiving; it's like the body recognizes that you aren't at prime baby-carrying health and refuses to allow you to get pregnant. That and stress makes it harder to conceive, both for the man's part and the woman's part. That's not to say if you have long term IBS you should never have a baby--there are women on here who have not only gotten pregnant and had successful births, but have even had fewer IBS symptoms while pregnant than before or after the baby. But you should probably wait until you stop losing weight and hair; you're really not at your optimum health. You can always talk to your OB/GYN about what kind of health you should have to give you the best odds of conceiving a healthy baby and having a healthy pregnancy. I don't think there ever is a "perfect" time to get pregnant--there will always be some condition in your life that is less than ideal--but there are certainly not good times to get pregnant too; you should talk to your doctor if now is one of those not-good times. Your OB/GYN is also a good person to go to for tests on vitamin deficiency (although a regular doctor can also order those tests) which, as Lil said, may be the link to your hair loss. Diarrhea will certainly do that to you.

When my diarrhea was bad, I took two calcium pills a day (the recommended dosage if you're taking them for nothing but the calcium for your bones), along with the occasional imodium, although I was able to stop the imodiums pretty quickly. After a little while, I dropped down to one calcium pill a day. If you start to get constipated, take a smaller amount or go to one every other day. I think that three is the limit that you can take in one day, but ask the pharmacist, because, like I said, there is such a thing as too much calcium. And yes, the Caltrate 600 w/vitamin D is the kind that stops diarrhea. I get the generic version of it at Walgreens for less money.

sami-jo
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   Posted 5/17/2006 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shelly- I've had constant D since February and was recently given dx of IBS. I lost a bunch of weight, too. And hair falling out all over the place! I have nausea with it, so eating is really hard to do sometimes, but I am trying to eat at least 2000 cal per day. I am looking to buy the Caltrate next time I am at the drug store and try that out. I am being treated for anxiety and this has seemed to help my D. I sometimes only "go" once a day now, but it's never formed. My D was constant, going several times a day, for over 2 months. I'd talk to OB/GYN about TTC right now. But it does sound like you are starting to get things under control. I know how you feel- it's really hard to take! I was perfectly fine before Feb 1st when this all started for me!
Sami

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   Posted 5/17/2006 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I started with a 1/2 pill three times a day with food. Gradually worked my way up to 2-3 per day with food. Gave me some gas at first but subsided after a few days.
Is it UC or MC?
Asacol... 2 tabs 2 times daily
Entocort EC 9mg
Rowasa enemas- never really sat well with me
VSL#3 probiotic-1-2 packets a day
Compazine 10 mg as needed
Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
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gymrat22
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   Posted 5/19/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Terps...How did the Calcium work out for you??Did it work...cut down on # of times per day?? Add bulk??  I started Calcium today also..I am taking 1/2 pill 3 times per day....breakfast,lunch and one before bedtime? How long before you started to see results??
Thanks!!!

Terps19
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   Posted 5/19/2006 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I started to see results after about a week when I moved up to 1 three times a day. Good luck and let me know how it goes!
Is it UC or MC?
Asacol... 2 tabs 2 times daily
Entocort EC 9mg
Rowasa enemas- never really sat well with me
VSL#3 probiotic-1-2 packets a day
Compazine 10 mg as needed
Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity!  GFCF in May.


gymrat22
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   Posted 5/19/2006 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
How about as far as adding bulk and # of times per day......see improvement in those areas also??  I will for sure let you know how I make out!
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