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IBS sufferer
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   Posted 4/5/2006 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this site and need some help desperately.  I had this problem about 10 years ago for a few months in the summer (before I knew it was IBS) and miracously it went away. I am now 35 years old, and last september I was traveling in New York (I live in Louisville, KY) on vacation and it came back like lightning. Imagine being stuck in Times Square with your friends and you are racing around trying to find a restroom. I at first thought it was just something I ate, but it has been continuous all through the end of last year. My symptoms are intense feeling of having a bowel movement (usually the farthest away from a bathroom) and then nothing happens, or explosive diarrhea. I am constantly worrying about my stomach and that stress I'm sure is adversely affecting me. I have some bloating in the stomach, a lot of gas, rumbling in my lower stomach, dull pain in my lower back. Some days I feel ok, most days I am constantly reminded of my stomach pains. At work I run to the bathroom 4-5 times a day. The worry and stress are getting to me.  I have went to my regular doctor who prescribed chloradiazepoxide/clidinium capsules that don't really seem to be working. I have tried otc medicines but nothing helps. It is really starting to affect me socially since I don't want to go out and hang with friends and I have to make sure there will be a decent bathroom when we get there. Sometimes, I get in the car and immediately have to turn around and run to a restroom. Some days are worse than others but I don't want to continue like this. I will be traveling again this summer (Chicago and LA) and I am already starting to freak out about the availability of bathrooms in those cities as well as the venues at the concerts. I have tried to watch what I eat, but it seems anything I eat messes up my stomach. If I don't eat, my stomach is a mess as well.  Has anyone been symptom free for signifant amount of time?  sorry this is so long but I am really needing help...
Also, I have been researching online and noticed some homeopathic remedies such as digestrin, digesterol, etc, that claim to eliminate the symptoms. Has anyone used these? The testimonals on the websites say the have claimed their lives back because of these. I may want to try it if others have had some luck with these remedies. Thanks so much...

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   Posted 4/6/2006 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you ever constipated, or is it diarrhea? I know you said that you sometimes feel the need to go, but then there's nothing. Is this constipation or does this happen after you have had diarrhea? I call needing to go but having nothing left to come out after having diarrhea the "dry heaves". When people have the vomiting dry heaves their esophagus is pulsating upwards instead of downwards, but there's only so much stuff on your stomach to expel. If you're really sick, you can still have the need to vomit because of your esophagus going the right way, but there's nothing in there to come out. The same thing happens to intestines, I have noticed. You poop everything out, but your intestines keep pulsating downwards, making you feel like you need to poop, but there's nothing to come out.

If you don't alternate between constipation and diarrhea, then there are several things you can try for the diarrhea. First, there's the obvious, Imodium. Start with 1/2 a pill and work your way up half a pill at a time until you stop needing to go to the bathroom. If you end up taking a whole pill or two, then the next time you get sick you can just take one or two at once. I always suggest starting with 1/2 because in people like me, it's really strong and I can go from having diarrhea to severe constipation with just one pill. If you feel like they are too strong or you are going back and forth between C and D and can't afford to chance getting really, really constipated, then you can try Pepto Bismol pills. Take two at a time, 30 minutes apart until the diarrhea stops. They are milder and shouldn't constipate you (they never have me), but everyone works differently; there is a lady on this forum who does get constipated on the Pepto, but not the Imodium. And if you know you are in the middle of a bad spell, then you can preempt a diarrhea attack by just taking an imodium or pepto bismol when you get up. A lot of us have done this to keep from having diarrhea when we are out, even if we may have to suffer a little constipation the next day. You'll start to notice when your guts don't feel right or when you are in a bad patch; don't be afraid to listen to those cues and take medicine before you have a chance to get bad sick.

You can also go back to your doctor and ask for an anti-depressant. They are starting to find that some of the new ones weally help people with IBS motility problems because it relaxes the gut and lets them work. I think of it as your guts being in knots the way your shoulders and back tense and knot up when you are tired or stressed. The anti-depressants can also help calm your nerves and stress which will make your guts worse.

If you suspect a bacterial overgrowth (happens a lot after taking antibioitcs or after food posioning or "stomach flu" illnesses)--which your doctor can test you for, but you can also sort of self-diagnose; you probably have bacteria or yeast overgrowth if you have a white coating in your mouth or on your tongue, you have really smelly gas and bowel movements and/or you have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, no matter how much you brush--you can try taking probiotics to overcome this. Some recommended brands are Digestive Advantage and Culturelle. There's also the cheaper route of just acidophillus pills or yogurt. I like Stoneyfield organic yogurt--it helped me--but others here are impressed with the new Actavia brand. Even if you just get cheap generic, it can help. The thing to keep in mind with probiotics is they 1) take a while to work and 2) can cause gas. Acidophillus by itself can give me some gas cramps, but the mixed-strain pacakages and yogurt doesn't. If you experience gas cramps, try a lower dose or switch to yogurt. After a week, add some more in. None of us here has ever heard of a probioitc overdose, so as long as you are not suffering from gas pains, take what you need to get it to work. And wait. It can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month to make a difference. A lot of it depends on how much bad bacteria you have in there that the good has to fight and get out and some of it depends on how much good bacteria you are ingesting in the first place.

The other thing you can try for diarrhea is calcium. Just one yogurt a day really helped my guts last summer. You can also get Caltrate 600 w/ vitamin D supplements and take one or two a day (I think some people here take three, although the bottle says to take two--but that's for calcium absorption, not for treating diarrhea). Calcium--particularly that brand/type--is constipating in and of itself, but there is some evidence too that calcium helps soothe irritated or inflamed guts (probably why my mother liked to drink milkshakes when she had heartburn). Your guts can become irritated from "stomach bugs" or food posioning, things like that, or from bad bacteria. It can also be irritated by excess bile (my problem). So you may want to go ahead and try the calcium and probiotics in conjunction since they can help each other out.

And lastly, some people here get help from fiber supplements. I think Metamucil is the brand of choice for people with diarrhea, but don't quote me on that. Like probiotics, fiber supplements can cause gas, so you have to add them in slowly.

(Now who has a long post. :-) )

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   Posted 4/7/2006 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for replying. No I usually only have diarrhea and it's the kind that gives you about 30 seconds to find a bathroom.

As for the bacterial overgrowth, I don't have a white coating over my mouth or tongue but I do usually have really foul smelling gas and I have a constant weird taste in my mouth (like when you have a tooth pulled out and it leaves an infectionally taste).

What about Digesterin or Digesterol? Their websites claim to mostly eliminate IBS symptoms? Has anyone tried these solutions?

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   Posted 4/8/2006 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Your best bet would be to try probiotics. It will help with bacterial overgrowth. It should suppress the foul smelling gas and bad taste in your mouth. I haven't tried Digesterin, or Digesterol, but I am on a few probiotics. Try anything (Digesterol, Digestive Advantage, Nature's Cure, any probiotic)... they should help. It won't cure you but it should help you feel better. If you find that after a couple weeks you aren't seeing any results, try another. Keep going until you find one you like. You can also ask your doc or pharmacist to help point you in the right direction.
Also, like Keri mentioned, calcium works great to control D.
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   Posted 8/3/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Pro-biotics have not been proven to be effective. I have Crohns Disease and it is one of the most difficult and longest to finaly dianogose diseases. I would demand a Colonoscopy and a endoscopy to find the real reason but it sounds so familiar and yes, i have been given the medicine you mentioned as I have both IBS and Crohns! It does work for the IBS so I would go to Doctor and demand you be checked. It is so debiliatating I have been on disability since 2004 as you stated, how can you every other week or so, wok an 8 hour job when every 5 minutes you are running to bathroom. In the meantime, my Gastroenterologist has allowed me to take 4 immodium in the morning and 4 at night and no proof anymore would do any good, since that is higher dose than recommended on box , you might want to ask!

Good Luck and let me know if I was accurate!


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   Posted 8/3/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
by the way, i was diagnosed at age 25, when most people are. and yes some people an go into remission for 10 years or more at a time, i wish i was as lucky!

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   Posted 8/3/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Have you tried Caltrate D? A number of people say that helps with diahrea. I don't know exactly about the probiotics helping with the diahrea but it sure helps balance the stomach. There are many people on this site that have found them a big help including myself.

I usually have IBS - C but the other day I had exactly what you described and knew I could not drive home that fast. I made an illegal turn and ran into Wendy's. Of course someone was in there but I did manage to hold it. I was thinking about all you that have this on a regular basis and was really feeling for you. I had it the day before but was home. I realize now it was the sugar free jello that I had had for 2 nights. Bad stuff, that sugar free for most people with IBS.

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   Posted 8/5/2008 4:07 AM (GMT -7)   

My symptoms were very similar, especially the urgency, and I finally went to a GI.  He supsects that it was ibs due to a bacterial imbalance, so he had me start heavy probiotics (I take one called Floragen3) plus Fibercon fiber supplements for bulking.  He suspects that my problems all started as a result of a standard course of amoxicillan for strep last year, so he also suggested a round of flagyl, which is a really strong antibiotic.  The thinking is that it will kill off everything, good and bad bacteria, and then you basically start from scratch with the probiotics to rebuild the balance.  However, I declined the flagyl and opted for just the probiotics and fiber.  I have definitely seen an improvement.

Had you been on antibiotics for anything prior to your symptoms returning? 

Good luck, I hope you find some answers soon.

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   Posted 8/5/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of people with a lot of different opinions. I tried probiotics, but they didnt change my symptoms, what my IBD resonded to was an anti inflammatory drink called Haldi, it also relieved my GERD. It actually tastes good as well. I think they promote the good bacteria(normal flora) present already in the bowel, but give the added benefit of decreaseing inflammation. Good luck,



drink 1 Haldi beverage daily
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