Hi, it's your IBS "twin" here!!
You should seriously consider taking the Questran every day like your Dr. recommended. My new GI Dr. gave me a Rx for Colestid (about the same thing as Questran) this past Monday and I am happy to say that I have only went 1 time a day (loose stool too, not "D") first thing in the morning (as usual). If fact, it's 8:40am and I've been awake since 6:30am and I haven't went yet today!! Woo-Hoo!!! First time in over 100 days that I haven't woke up and had to run to the bathroom! It's a good thing too because I'm a bridesmaid in my friends wedding tomorrow and maybe I can have somewhat of a "normal" time...although I have almost forgot what having a "normal" time is. I just hope not a lot of people ask me why I've got so skinny and why my hair is thinning? Can you relat??
Try the Questran Sami!
It's your IBS-D "twin" here!
I can't stress enough to tell you to take the Questran!!! I'd start today! I went to a different GI Dr. this past Monday and he wrote me a Rx for Colestid (about the same thing as Questran...a colesterol medicine). It has helped a lot!! I have wanted to eat more and the best thing is......I have only had loose stools, not "D" like I was having, 1 time in the morning and that's it! In fact, it's already 8:50am and I haven't went yet today! First time in 100 days that I didn't wake up and have to run to the bathroom in the morning! It was a good feeling! I am a bridesmaid in my friends wedding tomorrow too so maybe I will be able to actually enjoy myself. I have almost forgot what it was like to actually "enjoy" something. I just hope nobody asked me why I've lost weight and why my once thick hair is so thin. Can you relate to that??
Sami, I'd take the Questran! It won't hurt anything. My best friend is a pharmacist and she said that many people with normal colesteral levels take colesteral medicines for diarrhea, especially with IBS-D.
Hi Crazygut- I had to write because I just had my first colonoscopy a couple of weeks ago and really, it was fine. I too was quite nervous about the prep., because I hate feeling out of control. However, even the prep wasn't that bad. A lot of what i passed was clear and if you can get past that, then your're good. I also didnt' have any cramping, but then again, I ususally don't, only when I'm constipated. It's just like, Boom there it is! But like was mentioned before, you can ask your MD (you are allowed to take most meds on both days- they will give you a list) for a med to help you if you are afraid. You know what I did? I rented a bunch of movies, got a load of sprite and gatorade and settled down for a low key day. As far as your needing to eat, you may be surprised. It was almost as if my body knew and sort of shut down for the day . I hope you have the same luck I did in that regard. I was awake during my procedure which is what i prefer. I watched it and was interested, asked the GI questions throughout, etc. I felt no pain at all. If I didnt' see it with my own eyes, I never would have known he was there. Oh yeah, they do insert air into the colon which does (as also mentioned) that will cause quite the passing of gas when it's over. I was slightly mortified as I do make efforts not to fart too much in public! But, hey, it was all good. But please, if I can make it, anyone can! You'll be fine and it will be nice to finally know for sure what is bothering you. You know, it's funny- I actually work with a couple of nurses who 'cleanse' themselves a couple times a year. some people do it to clear their systems. That was the other thing I did- tried to think of it as cleaning myself out and that made it easier too. Good luck. Sorry for the long post.
It's shelly1997 again...
I am happy to report that the COLESTID is helping me sooooo much!! I have a good gall bladder too. I had a hida scan and all is okay. They typically use Colestid on people with bad gall bladders, or no gall bladder, but I read that Dr.'s are seeing that these colesterol medicines help slow things down in people with good gall bladders. It may be worth checking with your Dr. and taking about it with him/her.
I am able to go about anywhere now without worry now. I just have diarrhea 1 time a day and it hits me within 5-10 minutes upon wakingup in the morning. Then, I'm typically done for the day. I have been on the Colestid for almost a month now. My appetite is getting better too.