hey. i had D. on a good day i would go 4 to 6 times (with immodium), on a crappy day i would go up to 15 sometimes 20 times a day, with cramping, exhaustion and often the explosive urgent D. i also had anemia, blood in my stools, sometimes vomiting---overall yuckiness.
while on the drug i was my same old sick self, sometimes a good day sometimes a bad day. i don't think the drug itself made me sick, it just didn't work wonders right away for me. it was about a week after finishing that i felt a heck of a lot better.
now, i was also on, Nexium, The Pill, Zoloft, Acidophillus, Multivitamin, B Complex during that time. i know only take the pill, acidophillus and my vitamins... i am no longer anemic and i go MAYBE 2 to three times a day, not D but formed... i have gone more than that when i ate a half a jar of salsa--but it was formed, not urgent and nothing like what it was.
i know that i will have bad days when i eat poorly, but i am beginning to think that there is hope for everyone... though i have no idea if it could help ibs C.
the breath test is really easy, fasting, drinking some lactulose (had D afterwards) and a breathalyzer every 15 minutes for two hours. i sat with my ipod and a book. and my nurse talked to me about the digestive system, she was really into bacterial overgrowth...
take care and i wish you the best of luck!
what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?