I appologize for not providing more information, let me help you, possible help me :) I will deffinatly try and stop and get some Caltrate while I am out today at the doctors (if my stomache will let me :( ).
I have not tried probiotics, mostly because I just learned about them last night (although I have always had a hunch bacteria was the reason for IBS). My problem is the cost of the pills, especially since I cannot eat Yogurt.
I am lactose intolerant. I can eat/drink dairy products just fine, but 4-5 hours later it will hit me and I will not be able to leave the bathroom for 2 or 3 days, and have stomache cramps for a week. Point in fact, I felt good last 2 or 3 days so I had some cream chipped beef and forgot to take a lactaid with it, now I had to call out of work today :( I have heard fiber helps, but I also heard it makes things worse so I never really tried it. I did give Mens One A Day a try for a month under docs orders, but it didnt help at all, if anything it made things a tad worse.
I dont think my issues are nessesarily "watery stools." Please bear with me, since I get uncomfortable talking about my stools, but I will try and explain teh best I can. They look relatively normal, but when flushed the usually "explode," although when the immodium does its job and I am only going once a day they are regular movements. Only on days like yesterday and today when no matter what I do or take I cannot stop going to the bathroom, are my stools watery. Usually I just go to the bathroom a lot with semi normal stools untill about the 5th bathroom trip, then they start getting watery. No matter what, I usually have a small amount of blood on my toilet tissue when I am done.
So far I have had a Colonoscopy, a prostate check, some blood work, and dietary elimination. The Gastro guy told me after the colonoscopy that he didnt say anything wrong and to deal with it and call him if it gets a lot worse. I have not had a food allergy test as far as I know unless it was done with the 3 litty vials of blood they took.
Usual diet huh...Sorta changes weekly with what triggers and what doesnt. Never eat fast foot, always upsets me. Usually I will eat a steak (mostly in the oven but grilled now that its summer) with corn or the like twice a week. I have a baked chicken with mushrooms in tomato sauce over white rice once a week. Baked chicken is also pretty common. Sometimes I have spare ribs, once a month we order american-chinese. I just started eating a lot of bannanas since I am pretty ill, they dont seem to make things worse but who knows. I cannot eat any diary products at all, and deep fried foods usually make me pretty ill. My doc basically had me eliminate Alcohol, Caffine (I was a coke-a-holic..12 pack a day or more but I quit, didnt help), Cigerettes, nuts, and diary. I stopped drinking anything besides water, and sometimes Gatorade. I was drinking gatorade only, but water and Crystal Light is much cheaper. I am only eating home cooked meals for dinner, never eat breakfast. My lunch is usually some left overs, sometimes a roastbeef and ham sandwich with some chips, other times I eat those frozen dinners for lunch. Latley I stoped eating lunch all together. I have thought about going organic, but it is very expensive.
Sorry for the long post again, but no Docs have been able to help me, and I think my job is in jeapordy with so many doctor visits. If I didnt have a fear of the bathrooms at work, and the immodium was doing what it used to, it would be much more tolerable. I have always had a fear of public restrooms though, ever since I was little. I feel almost embarressed using them, especially the ones at my current job since there are only 2 for MANY people and they are inside our small break room.