Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:41 PM
I posted in the Calcium topic but thought I'd try here to see if anyone has any quick suggestions. Hi all,A brief description of my issues: I am 23. I developed ibs-d sometime during high school. It's gotten worse since. My freshman year of college I went to see a GI. He did a food allergy test, took stool samples and confirmed my ibs. He told me to take imodium, prescribed me levsin which didnt do much, and later perscribed Elavil (I never ended up taking this because of other risks and didnt want to end up on anti depessants/anxiety meds permanently.) For years i have been taking 4 benefiber tablets in the morning and imodium almost constantly when I eat. I wouldnt leave me house if i didnt have it. Its my only savior. I usually take it before i eat, this dose can range from 4-11 tablets or even additonal if i still end up with D. I usually dont have D in the morning like many (unless I drink alcohol the night before). Mine is usually always after dinner (and very urgent even tho I always take imodium before I eat) and occasionally after lunch ay work(soo embarassing!). This is particularly horrible for me because I love food and eating out, trying new cuisines all the time. Lettuce, brocoli don't bother me- my main problems are dairy (but not cheese on pizza or sandwhiches), red meat, eggs, spicy foods, Cola (but only when I drink it with a meal), alcohol. The imodium is starting to not be as helpful as it used to and it's worrying me.My current situation- I ran out of benefiber and cant find it anywhere. Apparently the plants closed (temporality?) and there's a shortage. I purchased Citrucel after some research. This is not cutting it, my stomach is worse than ever with the recommended dosages. Benefiber mad my stomach feel stronger and stable, it definitely added some bulk. Metamucil doesnt work for me either. Im using this situation to try to explore new options and came across the calcium thread.Yesterday I purchased Caltrate 600+ plus minerals as suggested. I took half of one with my small dinner yesterday. This morning i took another half as soon as i woke up with the Citrucel. I ate a muffin when i go to work and had horrible D (this NEVER happens with muffins, bagels etc..). After that i took 5 imodiums and a whole caltrate. I have since taken more imodium as well and am still sitting at work miserably. I know it hasnt been long at all on the Caltrate but am wonderig if i should get the kind with out magnesium? This one has 50mg idk if that makes much of a difference.I welcome any advice!! I had big plans for this weekend and dont want to cancel them because of stomach issues!
Does anyone reccommend a good fiber? Thanks!