I need to add that I had a major colon resection 14 years ago due to cancer, I'm missing the bottom 1/3 of my GI tract. Hence, why I have multiple bm's per day, for life. Internally I have nowhere for stool to back up, collect through out my day. My symptoms match IBS at times, that's why I've found this forum and a few others here at HW to be a safe haven.
I saw many posts about
the probiotics I was taking - Renew Life Ultimate Flora - and thought they may help me regulate my colon better. Initially I thought they did! But this summer has been quiet, very relaxing, very little stress and a few days I forgot to take them. You see if I'm home and all you know what breaks loose, it's no big deal, I just take care of it and go on my way. So forgetting the probiotics wasn't a big deal. Then a few days later I began to notice, hey I feel better! Funny how these things work out.
And for the record Renew Life products are wonderful, this I do know but maybe they were giving me more D and inducing the dumping episodes. It's possible. I've noticed that people who struggle with constipation take them, than those who have D. I should have been more careful when I started on that path! And they are not cheap either, $1 a pill! The money I've spent on them.......well, I can't go back in time. I went on them in 2010. But once they saved my husband from going to a dermatologist (who could not see him for 6 weeks), he had a nasty rash all over his arms, legs, groin area. In the past the doctor would say it was a topical yeast infection. He was miserable and couldn't even the doctor to write a prescript
ion. One night I sat down to reread the Renew Life products' reviews and many said they cleared up yeast infections (usually for women) in a day. I told him, here take one of these pills, then another 12 hours later. Guess what! The rash went completely away. We cancelled the doctor's appt. So probiotics are not harmful and do a lot of good. But maybe they were not MY particular resource to go to.
Tell your daughter to ask her doctor to prescribe cholestyramine powder, comes in a can, you mix it with juice and drink it. Followed by a tall glass of water. Make sure she brushes her teeth immediately, the medication can erode dental enamel if left on the teeth. I think it helps me greatly. I also was once given a different manufacturer's medication at refill time and it was like a placebo effect with me, so now I know to ask for cholestyramine made by Sandoz. The one I avoid is PAR Pharmaceuticals (even though the ingredients are the same on the can the Pharmacist told me I'm not the first patient to notice a generic medication can vary manufacturer to manufacturer).
Good luck to you and your daughter.
*edit* Just remembered the Pharmacist had samples of Cholestyramine for when I was waiting for my Rx to be filled by Sandoz and not PAR Pharmaceuticals. Perhaps you can ask your Pharmacist or her doctor to provide her with samples, possibly from both manufacturers and she can see which one helps her the most.
Post Edited (Marsky) : 8/10/2013 8:58:04 AM (GMT-6)