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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/8/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this forum and would like to get some advice. I have IBS-D or at least thats what they think so far. I am waiting on some blood work. I have had a colonoscopy, xrays, catscans and stool samples all come back normal. Well my main issue is urgency and alot of bathroom trips. I know that all this has caused anxiety to. My Gi doc gave me cholestryimine and it started working good but i got really bad smelly gas so I quit taking it and started taking colestipol but that doesn't seem to be helping me that much. What has everyone else tried with success to help the urgency of IBS-D? I would prefer natural products but am very willing to take meds at this point.I have heard of Kyo-Dophilus Probitics helping and amnio acid called L-Glutamine and also slippery elm. I have never tried these has anyone else and if so did they work and do you still take them. I am also doing hypno cds for the anxiety. Please and advice on some products would be so helpfull. The one and only thing that works 100% for me is immodium but I don't take it daily cause I don't want my body to get use to it. I take it when I have somewhere to be like a doc appt or grocery shopping or going out of town. Thanks so much for any advice. I really am at the end of my rope with all of this.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 4/8/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Diet - you could try a low residue diet. Do a google search, you'll find lots of links. This is also known as the BRAT diet. Which makes sense when you think about it - your GI tract is inflamed and raw and you may find plain foods agree with your gut right now over high fiber, spicy foods, etc.

Food journal - keep one. One page for each day. Record every single thing you eat, drink, if you take meds that day, if you were sick with a cold and if you're female and of age for this, if you had your period then too. Which can set off D sometimes. You'll notice a pattern after a while and can pinpoint which foods/beverages agree with you and which ones that do not.

I'll let others here mention meds, probiotics, but I have found that diet is key to treating my IBS-D. I live on plain foods, day in, day out!

See the other thread about slowing things down. I listed all the foods I eat 24/7.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/8/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I try to eat somewhat helpful to my stomach. Alot of white rice, pasta, oatmeal, cream of wheat. However there are times I get sick of it so I eat a little more than that but try not to overdue it. I will have to check out the other thread to see what you eat. Thanks for your reply.
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