Anyone suffer with the same and found a way to help?

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sir$hitalot
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   Posted 6/13/2006 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
Im 22yrs old and I suffer with IBS. My problem is that I constantly need the toilet and have diarrhoea mainly before I want to go out anywhere or while I am out. If I only need to do a 10minute journey it can take me up to an hour to leave because I am stuck on the loo. Alot of the time I dont know if im going to be able to hold it before I get to a toilet.
 
I have been perscribed imodium by my doctor and I take 3 of these evey morning at 5.10am hoping they will control the IBS for when I want to leave for work at 7.15am but these dont seem to help either.
 
it really is stressing me out its been going on for years but seems to be getting worse. I cant go out anywhere because its too stressful and Im worried about not being near or able to get to a toilet. Some days I cant even leave the house.
 
Does anyone else here have this problem and can give me some advice becuase I really cant go on like this?
 
Thanks for your time,
 
Ben

Keriamon
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   Posted 6/13/2006 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, three Imodiums without relief is quite a bit, unless your taking a lower doesage than is available here in the U.S. I seem to recall that there is, at least here, Imoduium Advanced and I think it's supposed to be stronger.

Have you tried the calcium that we have talked about here on the boards? You can only take so much of it each day, so it may not completely eliminate your diarrhea, but it might work in conjunction with the imodium to get you stopped up.

Hopefully Sarita will be along to talk to you. She used to have 10-30 diarrhea episodes a day for several years, but she seems to be cleared up now. They never could find out if she had a parasite or bad bacteria, but they just put her on antibiotics as a stab in the dark and they seem to have fixed her. I'll let her tell you what all problems she had and what antibiotic they used on her and why. But if you haven't been tested for parasites and bad bacteria, like c. difficile, you definitely need to get tested. They do it through several stool samples.

sir$hitalot
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   Posted 6/13/2006 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I take the strongest imodium availiable, Im off work today because I couldnt leave the house even after 4 imodiums!
 
I have had several blood tests and urine tests and they all come back normal. My doctor thinks its "all in my head" as do most of my family.
 
The thing I dont understand is how the hell can I go 6 times within half an hour? surley I cant have that much in me?!
 
Whats the calcium you have talked about? I tried drinking actimel and that helped for about a week then I was back my usual ways.
 
Thanks
 
Ben
 
 

Keriamon
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   Posted 6/13/2006 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
The best kind to use is Caltrate 600 w/ vitamin D. This is the right kind of calcium for drying you up and doesn't have too much magensium (which is needed to help you absorb the calcium into your bones, but which counteracts the constipating effect). I don't know what name that brand might go under in the U.K., but you can always order from an online pharmacy if you have to. The recommended dosage (for use as a supplement) is 2 pills. I think you can take up to 3 a day, but make sure you ask your chemist because I have read that you can harm your kidneys by taking more than a certain amount reguarly.

You can also try the probiotics to see if they help any. If you have a bad bacteria in your guts it can help push it out, though it can take a long time because they're just good bacteria, not a medicine. I liken the situation with bacteria in the intestines to housing: bad bacteria is like an urban blight and you can eventually push it out with good bacteria coming in and cleaning up the neighborhood, but it does take time. In the U.S. there are probiotic products like Digestive Advantage and Culturelle. You may find something similar in the U.K. or you can at least eat a yogurt a day and/or take acidophilus pills (they can be found where herbal remedies are sold).

Definitely get your stools checked for stuff because you can have all kinds of nasty things living in your intestines that won't show up in your urine or blood.

And my theory for dealing with family members who are in denial is to get a good toliet full and not flush. Then either let people in the house discover your diarrhea poops on their own (and thus realize that something's wrong with you) or drag them in there, point to the toliet and ask, "Does that look normal to you? If my gut problems are all in my head, why do they appear to be in the toliet as well?" I'm all for being agressive, lol. They're being rude about not believing you, so I'm all for being rude around them, like not flushing and passing gas in their company. Sometimes it takes something rude to make people think objectively.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 6/13/2006 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
You don't mention any tests except blood and urine, neither of which can tell you too much about IBS. have you had other tests like Keriamom mentions where they test for bacteria, ct scan, colonscopy, etc. Being nervous about something can definetly have an effect of it. Have they tried you on a antianxiety medication. There seems to be a lot more that they could do besides kicking up the Immodium. They are using Elavil and if nerves are playing a big part in your IBS then that could help. Hope you find a solution soon.
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