Hi there EMom, and welcome! I think your mother would benefit from going back on the supplements that seemed to help her in the past - probiotics, fiber supplements, etc. - but first she should see a GI or at least her PCP if she hasn't seen one lately, just to make sure this isn't something new and weird. She might try Immodium, but should start off slow because some people react so drastically to it. The probiotics, fiber supplements, and maybe some yogurt with lots of active cutures (like Activia) might be a good jumping-off point!
Sorry--I probably wasn't clear. I said "she's back on the wagon" with respect to taking her supplements--all except for the fiber, which I wasn't sure about
due to D. Yet I know that the ratio of soluble to insoluble fiber for IBS folks is what's important, so maybe the fiber would be a good thing?
I have talked with her about
seeing her PCP, and she is prepared to do that next week if things don't normalize. Thanks Sarita!
Keriamon, I'm not sure she's taking Calcium with D--even though I know I have mentioned it to her. (I've read quite a bit about
D3's beneficial effects for the intestines/colon in general.) I will call her about
that! Thanks! Also, what are sugar alcohols and how would they cause a "bad spell?" Lord knows she eats waaaaay too much sugar in general...
Thank you again!