diarrhea daily, had 2 stop elavil so now it came back, wat meds help????????

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   Posted 1/1/2006 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
i was on elavil and cholestyramine powder aand it worked well but i had a weird reaction and they said they thought i wad allergic so i am tappering off and the d is coming back, they gave me levbid i think its called and it works but it dries me out sooooo bad that id rather have d!! i tried zolloft and it helped but i was sleeping all day and night!! i dont know wats next, i tried lotronex but cant afford it, im on dissability! any suggestions?? wat does everyone take  that works? my doc is even at a loss so basically i need 2 fiin something and he will perscribe it. i am just about 2 start school and i cant go like this thats 4 sure!
love to hear from u.
28 yr old from mass. i got fibro, migraines, anxiety, scholiosis, osteoporosis, ibs-d.i also have difficulties with tollerating meds! and chronic fatigue syndrome, acid reflex, asthma, allergies and insomnia-at night. im tired all day!planter feciatis-pain in feet, depression.
meds i take-neurontin, elavil, singular, prevacid, fosamax-1 wk, klonapin, atenolol, demeral and vistral- as needed for headache and pain,cholestyramine powder, provigil-as needed for major fatigue, and claritin.

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   Posted 1/1/2006 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I would definitely talk to your doctor about trying a different antispasmodic. There are plenty out there and they don't all work the same for everyone. I had to try a couple before finding the correct one. Does your doctor have you on a fiber regimine or tried it? I guess I am old school but I am one that really believes in fiber and I have had much success with it including keeping a food diary.
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   Posted 1/5/2006 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
What kind of diarrhea do you have?  Is it just water, constant loose stools without water or is there bile (yellow and burns)?  I have had good success with two things: calcium and Welchol.  The Welchol is only for bile diarrhea, and if you haven't had you gall bladder taken out, your doctor may not give it to you.  Bile diarrhea is a sign of a bad gall bladder, but even after you have it out, you can continue to have the D.  But a lot of G.I.'s are getting wise to the fact that Welchol--which is normally a cholesterol medicine--soaks up the excess bile and stops the D. 
The calcium is really good for the other types of diarrhea.  I developed D last summer that was separate from my usual bile problem.  I had constant loose stools but no water.  I started out taking two calcium pills a day (generic Caltrate 600 w/ Vitamin D) in addition to my Welchol and that straightened me back up. 
I notice in your signature line that you have acid reflux.  Did you read my post (it has a yellow caution sign beside it) on heartburn meds?  Also read the one on C. difficile.  Certain heartburn meds make you much more likely to catch the bad bacteria known as C. difficile, which causes pain, bloating, gas and lots of D.  They can determine if you have it by testing a stool sample.  If you have it, they can treat it with antibiotics and probitics together. 
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