Hello all. First off, I am new here, so let me say thank you and hello to everyone that posted all of the wonderful information on this site.
Now, I am a 21 year old male, that was recently (8mo) diagnosed with IBS-D. I have been having problems since I was young, but they used to be "seasonal" problems. Every year got worse and worse untill finally, I am in the bathroom 20 times a day, sometimes in tears with pain. It seems like the more I go, the more I have to go . Anywho, I finally got the courage to go to a doctor, and after all the fun tests I am sure you have all had, it seems they almost "dissmissed" me and said "you have IBS-D have a nice life." My doc told me to quit basically everything (despite the advice of the Gastroenterologist) and it seems to have made things worse. Not much helps except taking 3 immodiums every morning and pray its not a bad day. It has gotten so bad, I can no longer visit my 300 acre farm, because the 250 mile trip will take 8 hours after bathroom breaks. I hate going to work, because we only have 2 bathrooms and they are inside our tiny break room and everyone eats at the same time. I feel bad using the bathroom, no matter wat time of the day. Anyway, I am sure you all know where I am coming from, but it feels GREAT to get that off my chest.
My [b]main[/b] question is: I have read on here that 250mg of Calcium CARBONATE (not Citrate) with each meal for 3 days, than 500mg with each meal, will help nearly as much as the immodium. Can I use Tums+Calcium for this, or should I really go buy more medicine? The reason I ask, is because my father has a STASH of Tums+Calcium from reflux before he was given perscriptions, and I am a poor 21 year old trying to make my car payments I believe it is 500mg calcium carbonate along with a bunch of other things. One that worried me was something like 100mg of Magnesium S something. It wasnt just straight Magnesium, two words. I read that magnesium will make things worse, and I had a really bad night and am trying to calm things down for work tommorrow. Took 4 immodiums, 2 bannanas, 5 bottles of water, 2 pepto bismal, and a lactaid fast act to calm me down earlier :(
Secondly, is there anything else I can use to calm things down besides Immodium? Dont get me wrong, it does its purpose most days, but I am deffinatly noticing that it takes more than it used to, and it also does not help with the stomache cramps or the feeling of needing to go non stop all day long. I would like to try and ween myself back off of it, but using the bathroom 20 times a day is not an option right now.
thanks in advice, and I appoligze for the long post.