Diarrhea, probiotics, and fiber supplements: An update, of sorts

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 7/27/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I thought I'd give a little update, since everyone here was so helpful and patient with all my questions last month.
To recap, I had my gallbladder out two years ago, but didn't develop diarrhea right away.  It was about 6-8 months ago, that it got really bad (in urgency and frequency) for me.  I finally saw my doctor, who referred me to a GI, and his dx was IBS due to excess bacteria (I'd had strep treated with a standard course of amox in Sept of last year).  He doesn't think it's at all related to having the gallbladder out.
He recc'd flagyl, heavy probiotics, and Fibercon.
I'm pregnant, so I declined the flagyl, because my problem is "just" urgent diarrhea, even though it's daily.  I don't have pain or a sicky feeling or anything.  I was/am uncomfortable with the flagyl at this time, because of the risk/benefit ratio.
Anyway ... it's been about a month.  I take two capsules of Floragen3 probiotic every day, plus two Fibercon pills twice per day (yes, four Fibercons per day). 
My symptoms are much improved.  I generally have one episode of urgent diarrhea right after lunch, and then it's done.  Before, I was going 4-6 times per day, every day and sometimes more.
As an added bonus, a few times per week I have an early-morning BM that is SOLID.  I can't believe it when it happens, I get so excited.  Seriously, my last solid bms were in November.  I don't know if it's just me being weird, but just knowing that I'm still able to have normal ones is comforting.
So that's my story.  I'll be keeping up with the probiotics and the Fibercon indefinitely.  I think I'm at a point where this is just "me" and there's not necessarily something wrong anymore.  I might try the flagyl after I deliver, but we'll see how things go once the hormones and everything settle down.
Thanks to everyone who helped me along the way. 

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   Posted 7/27/2008 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news, Treester! I'm so glad you found a regimen that works for you.
Sometimes we just have to face that facts, that this is us, and we have to make the best of it. It can't hurt to keep our eyes open along the way though (i.e. maybe trying flagyl down the road).

Cheers to a smooth pregnancy.

Please keep keeping us posted. :-)
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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 7/27/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, I too found fibre supplements and probiotics a huge help for both my crohn's and IBS...indefinitely indeed.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 7/28/2008 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
It is nice to read when one of our members has found a regimen (meds, diet, fiber/no fiber, etc.) that works for them isn't it?

I tried Fiber-con for about 2 years. It didn't make things worse for me but it didn't really help that much either. I finally broke down and tried Colace, at the urging of my GYN doctor. The word "laxative" on the box label always made me reluctant to try it. He has said for years that I don't need a fiber supplement, but just a simple stool softener (so I don't have an obstruction someday, but I honestly laugh at this comment, because I go ALL the time!).....but he was right about the Colace, it's very, very mild. Similar to what I found the Fiber-con to be (although Fiber-con didn't really regular the stool consistency, not as much as Colace does for me).

When people ask how I am managing my IBS-like symptoms (from having had most of my sigmoid removed, 15 inches of my colon, gall bladder removed, due to rectal cancer 9 years ago), I just smile and say - oh I do okay but it's fine line I walk sometimes. It's truly a balancing act somedays!

But again, I wish you well treester with your pregnancy and after you deliver. Things may go as well as they are going, post delivery. Let's hope for that, for you!


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   Posted 7/28/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
That's good that you're better. Once the baby comes, you might even get rid of that lunch-time run. Hormones can wreck havoc on bowel function.
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