on IBS meds can you still use a laxative you're still constipated?

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lcr319
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   Posted 7/14/2006 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking zelnorm, hyoscyamine, fiber therapy, and phazyme for 4 days and am still constipated, probably because my doc had me eating the brat diet (bananas, rice, apple juice and toast). Of course I was constipated for about a week before I started the meds. I'm getting kind of scared and definitely very uncomfortable. Can I use some suppositories or chocolate exlax and not undo what the meds should be doing for me? Also does anyone know what is typically considered to be IBS or is it just the catch phrase used when no other cause is found?

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 7/15/2006 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you had other things rules out before you were diagnosed with IbS cause what you are taking should be doinng it. You are not taking a lot of calcium are you?Are you saying that you have not gone to bathroom at all or just not good. Probably need more info but there should be no reason why a suppository would hurt you. As for laxative my Dr. recommend Dulcolax and that is what they give in hospital. ARe you sure you are supposed to take the Zelnorm and Hyoscomine? I can imagine that you are uncomfortable even if it has been only 4 days and you imply it has been more. As long as everything like blockage has been ruled out a laxative would be OK but it would be best to talk to your Dr. Yes, IBS is diagnosed when they can find nothing anatomically wrong with us. it is a funtional problem not physical so to speak.

carell
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   Posted 7/15/2006 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Icr319 - sorry to hear you are having problems.  I am responding to your comment, 'is IBS a catch phrase?'  It is somewhat of a joke (well, not really a joke but for lack of a better word)around here that the docs give you an IBS diagnosis when they can't find anything else.  I had severe nausea for months, lost 25 pounds- got real thin- and was told, with no tests, that I had IBS and I needed to 'relax'.  That is one of the real bummers for me- everyone thinks that people with IBS are just stressed out and it's all emotional.  I just want to spit when people imply that.  I'm a 31 y/o woman who has years of mental health training and counseling (both giving and receiving). I think I know my body and my symptoms, thank you.  Anyway, I finally had an extensive workup and still, IBS it is.  I have D sometimes, C sometimes, severe abdominal pain at times and the good old nausea which is so uncomfortable at times, i think I might scream.  I know I sound very negative but really I feel positive (honestly)- I am taking steps to improve my emotional and  physical health and to feel better.  As far as your constipation question, canyonbabe's reponse was a good one.  It is hard to know when to do what sometimes.  You may want to try a fiber supplement daily- that tends to regulate most people- but again you should check with your PCP before commencing anything.  Good luck.

carell
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   Posted 7/15/2006 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Icr319- sorry I just realized I suggested something (fiber therapy) that you are already on.  Oops.  Sorry about that.  It's getting late and I'm losing the battle to stay awake.  Have a good one.

lcr319
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   Posted 7/16/2006 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the advice. I was at the end of my rope so I took one chocolate exlax and spent yesterday sampling food I have not been able to eat for 2 weeks. Today finally some improvement but after being constipated for almost a week I thought I would have felt better by now. At least my gas problems have improved and I no longer have chest pain and bloating. I am totally convinced that if I do have IBS it must be stress related. Unfortunately the majority if my stress is from my job. The woman who had my job before me was taking anti anxiety meds every day and having panic attacks on a regular basis anyway. I guess the stress has manifested itself in me this way. Maybe that is an area I should be looking for relief in. Any suggestions?

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 7/16/2006 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Carell, the ginger capsules really helped me with nausea. I had it very bad, especially at night and the capsules really helped fast. Also, Pepto Bismol but not at the same time as the PB coats the stomach so the capsule doesn't really get into bloodstream. I also ate gingersnaps and even they helped.

lcr, it is important to get rid of the gas cause as you have found it can really block you up. I take one Dulcolax instead of the recommened 2 or 3 and it seem to do a great job on gas without causing me to run to bathroom. sounds like the X-lax is doing the job. Hopefully you will be back on track soon.

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/17/2006 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you have quit having gas; that seemed to be your biggest problem. Have you tried prune juice for regularity? The other mild thing you can take is aloe vera capsules. These are a natural laxative.

Some people on here have constipation so bad that they just have to take a laxative every day in order to function correctly. I think someone else was told they could use Ducolax long-term. If you find you need an OTC chemical laxative in order to stay regular, then check with your doctor about using it for a long time; you don't want to grow dependent on it and keep having to increase the amounts in order just to stay ahead of the constipation. Hopefully you won't need it everyday; I think the other lady on Ducolax said she only had to take it every two or three days because one dose would keep her working that long.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 7/17/2006 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
That was me and when I need to take something I only took 1 every couple days. It never cramped me up or gave me the trots that way, just a natural movement. At the moment I am back to normal except I do trap gas sometimes and then I will take 1. My Dr. said fine but I am sure he didn't mean everyday. actually no one really needs to go everyday. They say we in the US are obsessed with going every day and that is not necessary. I though the BRAT diet was used for diahrea, nausea and upset stomach not for constipation.

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/17/2006 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Probably why she was having so much trouble on it--it was for the opposite kind of poop!

lcr319
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   Posted 7/17/2006 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks you guys for all your advice. I have tried dulcolax in the past and it made my gas problem worse. My crazy doctor gave me the brat diet because she thought it might be easy to digest and totally didn't consider the constipation issue. That seems to be a common thread in my quest to live with ibs. All of a sudden she calls me at work and tells me she booked me an appt to get an ultrasound and a cat scan. I would have thought i needed them first before she decided that i had ibs. Sometimes I wonder if I actually have ibs. The more research i do the more i wonder if i don't have some kind of parasite. All of a sudden my inner ears have started itching all the time. I had that a couple of months ago so i'm sure it's not from my meds. What ever it is i have i sure hope she figures it out and it's not fatal.
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