Is calcium citrate good for keeping away diharrea?

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   Posted 8/13/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone I hope you all are well I'm just having the worst night I hate speaking about negative things things are so negative because of my IBS symptoms.I hate having to deal with the dreaded D I hate saying the name because I just wish it's something I'll never have to experience for the rest of my life.When I think it's been held off for a good while not having a bad bout of it I feel I've found the answer from ever having to deal with it.Then days like this happen it's just makes me so angry I dont know which I hate more having gas or experiencing a bout of the D.I thought the enzymes were the answer from not going through the D ever I just want to be free from it!!!!! Is calcium citrate good for the d? I heard if you experience constipation you should not use it please let me know what you guys know about this I would greatly appreciate it.
People say I need to keep my faith in God and still thank him no matter how bad it is.I truely feel it's the worst that it can every be sometimes this is why I ****ing stay home all the time after I eat a meal.God forbid if I had to go through a bout of the D out in public I'd probably end up taking my life my worst nightmare coming to life!!!! I ask God everyday dam day why are you allowing me to go through so much misery? I'm sick and tired of this all of this my life is so miserable I have nothing to be happy about.IBS has taken away everything I loved about my life!!!!! I dont want to accept that I have to live this way!!!!! I'm ****ing mad!!!!! I would not wish IBS on my worst enemy!!!! no one deserves to go through what we go through!!!!! food is not supposed to cause us harm but be fuel and energy for our bodies.I swear if I ever come through all this mess and God has healed me from IBS.I will make it my life's work to fight for the main reason for IBS and a cure,I will fight for funding for people who are home bound by this helping them out having to quit thier jobs or school.I will fight for more support groups and having a community for those who feel alone in this fight!!!!!!! being able to show more compassion and understanding for those who deal with this.Hopefully helping people not feel so embarrassed by this this is my promise!!!!!
I want better then what I have now I will get my life back!!! and I will be happy!!!! I will get to spend time with my closest friends!!!! I will travel this beautiful world!!! I will be in a loving relationship!!!! this will not be the rest of my life!!!!!! I have faith!!!!! I have to!!!! I wish you guys the same strength to get through this and hope you all will come out alright!!!!! sending all my love!!!! :-) blush

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   Posted 8/13/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
The word on these forums is that calcium CARBONATE is the one to help control diarrhea, not citrate. Caltrate 600 is the one people seem to get help from. Doesn't do a lot for me, I've found, though. But many have found great relief with calcium.
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.


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   Posted 8/13/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I've tried caltrate before and did not notice much difference.   :-(

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   Posted 8/14/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried it too but it didn't do much for me either. Although what I'm trying to achieve is consistently formed stool and accept the fact that I will have multiple bm's each day (living w/o my lower colon due to cancer/resection). Quite different from stopping D.

Sometimes I think I need to give it another try. Perhaps in moderation it could help me.

jt80 - I would suggest you cut the pills in half with a sharp knife, I did this one of the several times I tried it. The first time I went full pill, 3 times/meals a day. While I didn't experience sudden C, I did get backed up from being swollen inside. Again, this is just MY wacky system now due to the fact my surgeon rearranged things below. I can always feel when I'm becoming inflamed. So anyways, I read later on that if you try the Caltrate 600 calcium supplements, start out with half pills. Then you can work your way up to full pills.

I know you have to chew the pill with your meal, not before you eat or after you eat. And also don't consume a large beverage during that meal. A few sips of water is okay. But take in your fluids an hour or two, before or after that meal.

jt80 - Hopefully the member here with a wealth of info on calcium supplements will post and give you specific guidelines in trying it.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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