Hey there and welcome! As always (you'll find out) I have some questions for you that might help us offer you some advice. Bear with me here! If I sound like I'm grilling you...I am (forgive me, I'm pre-med and, in the past year, have become all too knowledgeable about bowel disorders and diagnostic testing!).
What kind of doctor have you been seeing for this problem? Have they run any tests whatsoever on you? How long have you been experiencing the constipation (C) and diarrhea (D)? How severe are your symptoms (i.e. do they prevent you from any normal daily activities, or wake you from sleep)? Did they come on suddenly or gradually? Do you have any other symptoms, like abdominal pain, gaseousness, bloating, fevers, or bloody stools? Can I ask how old you are? Any family history of inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, or any other significant health problems?
It does sound like you have classic IBS symptoms from what you wrote. For your alternating D and C, I don't think Imodium would be your best bet, at least not long-term...only for those days you can't get off the toilet and need to be somewhere! One of our members, dbab, can attest to this; as I recall, years of Imodium therapy didn't end up being a good idea in her case. Have you tried fiber therapy with an over-the-counter powder or pill like Citrucel or Metamucil? This can help both D and C. If you have abdominal pain, there are anti-spasmodic medications like hyoscyamine and dicyclomine that can help minimize stomach contractions.
Welcome to the site, and I hope we can be of help to you.
Thank you very much for your replies, I am seeing just your average doctor for this. I have had a colonoscopy and my doctor said that he thinks I have IBS. I do have the symptoms of IBS, the alternating between C and D. I turned to Imodium at first and it would work, I didn’t mind the constipation the next day because it allowed me to carry out the day with no hesitation. If you don’t mind me asking what is diverticulosis? I have tried to take Pepto- bismol and it has helped. My symptoms aren’t that severe. But on some days I have experienced times where I’ve had to rush to the bathroom relatively quickly. That was not nice. The fact about family history is I don’t know, I am adopted and haven’t had the chance to look for my parents yet. I am in school and I am really busy. So it is difficult for myself to take time and actually find them. I do experience some bloating and cramps in my lower abdominal area. I know that spicy foods can trigger and aggravate it more. It’s hard though to avoid eating them, but I’m getting better. I am thankful that I can finally talk to people about this. I still am a little reluctant to tell people in my life about this, because I don’t like the idea of people thinking that there is something wrong with me, when I know that it is a common diagnosis. Thank you again for the welcoming to this site. It is very comforting to know that I can relate to others who are going what I am going through.