Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:02 PM
Hi, Leebe20 --Have you tried calcium carbonate or fiber capsules (psyllium)? I've had IBS for decades. It comes and goes, and this summer it got worse. So I decided to approach the problem systematically, once and for all, instead of just taking Imodium and hoping things would get better on their own. I started by reading Heather Van Vorous's book The First Year: IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) -- An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
. From this book I got a general idea of how IBS-D can be controlled through diet and how important soluble fiber is at every meal. Then I joined ibsgroup.org, read some of the postings, and found Linda's posting about calcium carbonate (especially Caltrate Plus). I'm now making sure that I eat something high in soluble fiber at every meal and snack, and I take 2 fiber capsules of psyllium and one and a half Caltrate Plus pills a day. For the first time in my life, I feel that I can control my IBS-D. I no longer have diarrhea or urgency or gas. My GI tract just FEELS quiet and normal! Frankly, things are going so well that I'm afraid to start messing with my routine. I don't know if it's the inclusion of soluble fiber at every meal (I'm especially fond of sweet brown rice) or the psyllium or the calcium carbonate that is responsible for my success. Maybe all three are. None are bad for me, so I figure that I'll just stick to this routine forever. Good luck!