Posted 5/17/2007 4:22 PM (GMT -7)
I am sorry if i didn't sound grateful for your advice. It was good advice! I have tried colestid, which is similar to welchol according to the docs; however, i was unable to tol it. It caused a big problem for me for months - see above- I'm a little reluctant to try the calcium, because of the constipation effects and distention it could give me with as little as 1 tab. Also I have GERD and the calcium seems to bother it pretty bad.
Lately, I have been very down because of all the pain!!!!! I have lost so many jobs from this, and it has effected my family life so bad, not to mention my friends; (What friends since I got this? You know they get tierd of asking you to go somewhere and hearing I can't, I'm sick time and time again). I mainly go places by myself or with immediate family - because of the pain and embarrassment that I endure most everytime.
I have even been to a pain clinic where the doc basically told me that ibs and fibromyalgia is like saying I have nothing at all, because there is no underlying cause; there is nothing to treat he said. The pain med that I take doesn't work well at all anymore, because I have built up a tolerance to it, and my primary doc doesn't know what he should put me on, because I am so complicated. I have taken numerous anti-depressants and other psych drugs that didn't help - given to me by my gi doc at the time. I take Cymbalta now it and it does help a lot, but I still have the pain and diarrhea alternating w/ constipation.
I have very few food triggers that I have been able to identify. They are red sauces for spaghetti, lasagna, pizza. Onions and broccolli - not a whole lot, but occassionally I can eat these and I am fine, but rarely.
Currently, I do not have health insurance and am not eligible for any gov help. So, I really can't afford to try another pain doc, although I'm not sure I am ready for that anyway given my last experience. I guess I just needed to vent to someone who understands. Please accept my apology if I didn't respond appropriately to your good advice.
I have read many of the forums that you have responded to and you give very good advice; as well as a lot of other people. Thanks again!
p.s. I am very sensitive to immodium. i also can't do fiber. if u have anymore advice i would love to hear from u or others; or even just how u deal w/ day to day life with this awful condition.
severe post-infectious ibs d x 4 yrs alternating now w/ibs c; gerd; hx of c-diff; some type of myalgia; migraines, anxiety, depression, ptsd; endometriosis; gallbladder removed; liver adenoma removed; multiple hospitilizations for abd pain; hysterectomy + adhesion removal; meds: darvocett, cymbalta, mobic, vivelle patch, as needed= xanax, clonopin, maxalt, phenergan, levosin, amitiza & restoril.