I've been taking cholestryamine powder with either orange juice and recently punch flavored Gatorade and prefer the Gatorade it seems to stir better and no clumps then when you out in water or juice. I don't need a shaker when using Gatorade. Ok so yes, it has really helped me and most days I don't have any problems. But sometimes, the D still happens and the dumping syndrome with the hot and cold chills, dizziness, and general malaise really sucks! Yesterday I had taken my powder, and then right after ate a handful of peanuts because I was so hungry. Within 10 min i was running to the bathroom with D. Now I know I didn't wait long enough after taking my powder so that was the culprit. But it seems once I have one episode, then I am likely to have 2 more in the day. Even when intake Imodium! Currently i take one packet of powder per day in the morning. So anyway, after the first D, i had to lay down. For me, i also get anxiety. So i am laying there with anxiety, hot, sweating, cramps, my butt puckered (sorry tmi) from the bile salt acid,and just miserable! I wait 30 min, and get up, still feeling week but i have to work (I work from home).
So sometimes I do everything right, wait 30-60min after taking the powder to eat, etc, and I still get D. I had gastric sleeve surgery in 2009 but always had the BSD since 1998 when my gall bladder was removed. So I am anemic, but I am also obese. Most doctors don't believe me when I would say I would have D 3-6 times a day. Even now my GI doc looks at me and says he has patients losing weight that have this problem. I wish! I mean if I am gonna suffer, would be nice to at least have some positive side affect! (Not to make fun of those who can't gain!).
I also have hypothyroidism and taking synthroid but there is something wrong because I cannot lose weight, even with this problem. I haven't had a doctor believe me enough to want to dig deeper. i guess they all think I must be drinking shakes or something since I can't eat a lot. I've even given them food diaries and they still think I must be leaving something out. I eat a good breakfast, whole wheat toast, light butter, with oatmeal. For lunch maybe half a sandwich on whole wheat. For dinner, 2-3oz of chicken, a vegetable, no starches, so usually another vegetable. I don't drink soda, sometimes unsweetened tea, mostly water. Snacks are light yogurt with fruit. i cannot lose! I stick to this diet because I like it, i don't feel like I am missing out. Once in a while I will get a frozen yogurt, but that's it. I am 5'5 and weigh 260.