Post Edited (manyembers) : 8/29/2007 10:37:24 PM (GMT-6)
manyembers, thanks for your suggestion. I just called a colonics place and the person there said that I'm "very, very sick" (since I hadn't gone for an entire month at one point).
she said that i have to see if i can tolerate enemas before i can go to her. Have you tried enemas??? If so, were you ok with it? she said that it might make me throw up/pass out. how scary!!
she said to get the one with a bag that i can use over and over again.
Did you ask her why you needed to give yourself an enema? What did she mean by "tolerate"? After all, if you do get sick and throw up or pass out, does that mean you can't tolerate enemas? That makes no sense to me.
I wasn't asked this question before I went for colon hydrotherapy. At least, I don't remember it being asked in that way. I suppose they want to know if you can tolerate having something inserted into the rectum and water being introduced but there is a big difference between an enema and a colonic. I have taken enemas that did make me very sick but I NEVER had that experience with the colonics. And I went over 25 times!
If I were you, I would call back and ask for further clarification. If there is another clinic in your area, I would call them as well.
Post Edited (Canyonbabe711) : 8/31/2007 10:23:48 PM (GMT-6)
This is a naturopathic doctor? What are her credentials (i.e., where did she study? Does she have an N.D. degree)?
I am just getting up-to-date with these posts so I'm sorry I didn't see this before...but I'd agree with canyonbabe about the calcium confusion. Calcium has been studied a lot recently as an antidote to diarrhea and has been found to improve abdominal pain and bowel movement frequency in people with IBS-D. It can be constipating in some people. Manyembers, out of curiosity, where did you hear that calcium helps you "go?"
Magnesium, on the other hand, has the effect of increasing stool transit time and causes diarrhea in some people.
I just read one study that showed that polycarbophil can help relieve symptoms of IBS-C. Polycarbophil is the generic name for Fibercon or Equalactin (cheap stuff you can find OTC at the drugstore). You might want to give this a whirl.
A GI doctor who did a colonoscopy told me that I have a "tortuous colon with spasms and twists all over the place." She also said that many times she didn't even think she'd be able to perform the colonoscopy as the colon was also very tight. But no polyps were found...
As for the motility in the esophagus, this problems was found doing a manometry study.
I had a colonoscopy done a few months ago from a GI because I hadn't gone for a whole month. There she found that the colon was tortuous and twisted, with spasms from all the straining. I ended up with IBS because I wasn't eating, that's why I had the constipation. Now my whole digestive system is a mess.
I'm going to go to the pool now. Enjoy the weekend, friendly