Thanks a lot for your input, I really appreciate it. I am presently taking Benefiber in the morning, and a stool softener in the afternoon. I can't seem to tolerate raw vegetables, but I eat a lot of cooked ones, and fruit. It never seems to make a difference with my constipation though. I think I have had the IBS for many years without realizing it. My doctor just kept telling me to eat more fiber. But I would get so bloated and sore that I was just miserable. Then I would resort to a laxative to relieve all the pressure. Eventually I started waking up during the night with terrible bowel pain and D. Sometimes I would feel like I was burning up, and just sweat & sweat. Then I would be afraid to eat anything & just eat crackers for a few days. Then the cycle would start all over again. It seems everytime I find something that seems to help, it only lasts for a month or so. Last February I had my first bout with diverticulitis, and it was awful. By the time it was done, I was afraid to eat anything. My pharmacist told me about
Beano, and I use that after bouts of IBS because my stomach seems very sensitive when I first start eating again.
Does anyone else take diuretics for high blood pressure? I was wondering if they make a difference as far as the C is concerned. Sometimes I stop taking them for a day or two because I worry that there is not enough fluid in my system for a soft bm. I try to drink a lot of water during the day, but it seems like I am just peeing it all out.
Thanks again for your help. I am relieved to know that other people have started out on a lower dosage of Zelnorm. When I looked it up on the Net, it said it is usually prescribed in 2mg or 6mg. It's reassuring to know that I can halve the dose. Before the Zelnorm I tried Dicetel, but it didn't work at all. My family doctor told me I could take as many as 4 stool softeners a day, but I found that more than 2 made me bloat & feel very uncomfortable. The only reason why I tried the Zelnorm is because I don't know what else to do. My husband got very sick last Spring and is unable to work. I am so scared of getting sick myself and not being able to go to work, that I think I just make myself worse sometimes. But since last summer, I seem to be going in cycles of about 3 weeks - more or less. Luckily, the last one was the day after Christmas and I didn't have to work that day. But the time before that, the D hit me just as I was leaving for work, and I spent the whole morning in the bathroom. So now I get nervous that it will happen again. I lost 20 pounds this past summer because I stopped eating for a few weeks. Just had saltine crackers and flat 7-UP, and water. Sometimes I wish there were food capsules we could take and not bother to eat at all. Sorry that I am rambling, but this IBS leaves me with the feeling that my body has turned against me. No one else in my family understands what it is like, so they think it just goes away. Maybe I am the only one who feels this way, but it seems like I am always concsious of it - either worrying about the D or the C. I just hope the Zelnorm will work for me and I will be able to feel "normal" again for awhile.