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Posted 14 July 2001 - 06:45 PM

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I have been suffering diarrhoea for 3 years and have been steadily increasing my dose of imodium, i am taking 10 a day now and still getting watery D, particularly after fatty foods.All investigations have proven normal but i struggle against diarrhoea EVERY day and have lost about 20 pounds in weight ( i am really skinny now) I am really at the end of my tether now, what should i try next? I am on an experimental course of Creon for chronic pancreatitis but after a week i have not noticed any appreciable improvement. Obviously i think there is some other reason for my symptoms e.g. IBD, but as i say all tests have found nothing. My colonoscopy did reveal some ulcers but these were "non specific". I would like to hear from anybody else with IBS who has to take as much medication as i do to control it, it would put my mind at rest.


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Posted 14 July 2001 - 07:13 PM

I've had IBS-d for so long it feels like I was born with it. Since I lost lontronex I have started taking immdiuom again. I take from6 to 10 a day just to be able to go to work. It works pretty good most days but about once a week the D breaks through. Also I have a lot of gas. I try to avoid foods that make it worse like pizza and mexican food. I don't think taking this much will hurt us but I'm not really sure. I take it because without it I surley could't go to work.

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Posted 14 July 2001 - 07:13 PM

I've had IBS-d for so long it feels like I was born with it. Since I lost lontronex I have started taking immdiuom again. I take from6 to 10 a day just to be able to go to work. It works pretty good most days but about once a week the D breaks through. Also I have a lot of gas. I try to avoid foods that make it worse like pizza and mexican food. I don't think taking this much will hurt us but I'm not really sure. I take it because without it I surley could't go to work.

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Posted 14 July 2001 - 10:52 PM

A few days ago I started taking Imodium before I had a D attack. I take two at night right before I go to bed and two in the morning as soon as I get up, before anything else hits my insides. This seems to work better than taking it after the fact. After the first bathroom run, even though it is formed, I take another two.Am I saying this is the final answer? A big NO, because it has only been a few days. It is going to get a good test though because I had a fresh tomatoe, skin and all for dinner.It might be worth a try.Rhea

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Posted 14 July 2001 - 10:52 PM

A few days ago I started taking Imodium before I had a D attack. I take two at night right before I go to bed and two in the morning as soon as I get up, before anything else hits my insides. This seems to work better than taking it after the fact. After the first bathroom run, even though it is formed, I take another two.Am I saying this is the final answer? A big NO, because it has only been a few days. It is going to get a good test though because I had a fresh tomatoe, skin and all for dinner.It might be worth a try.Rhea

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Posted 14 July 2001 - 11:13 PM

You might want to read this thread by LNAPE about calcium helping diarrhea http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum1/HTML/008610.html
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A total of 183 patients(with unexplained GI symptoms) had breath tests, of whom 134 (73%) were positive for fructose malabsorption"
"80% of patients had lactose malabsorption "
http://ibsgroup.org/...910563#73910563

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Posted 14 July 2001 - 11:13 PM

You might want to read this thread by LNAPE about calcium helping diarrhea http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum1/HTML/008610.html
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A total of 183 patients(with unexplained GI symptoms) had breath tests, of whom 134 (73%) were positive for fructose malabsorption"
"80% of patients had lactose malabsorption "
http://ibsgroup.org/...910563#73910563

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Posted 15 July 2001 - 02:56 AM

TRY THE CALCIUM! Also lomotil is alittle stronger than immodium. Ask doc. But try the calcium first, I have a feeling it will help and cut your dosage with immodium. Terio

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Posted 15 July 2001 - 02:56 AM

TRY THE CALCIUM! Also lomotil is alittle stronger than immodium. Ask doc. But try the calcium first, I have a feeling it will help and cut your dosage with immodium. Terio

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Posted 16 July 2001 - 05:27 PM

Rhea..this also works for me,and it was my GI who suggested it several years ago.I can't do it everyday though because I get real bad stomach cramps,but I stick to it faithfully while on vacation.

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Posted 16 July 2001 - 05:27 PM

Rhea..this also works for me,and it was my GI who suggested it several years ago.I can't do it everyday though because I get real bad stomach cramps,but I stick to it faithfully while on vacation.

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Posted 16 July 2001 - 06:13 PM

Questran is a bile binder (you release bile usually proportionally to the fat in a meal). Some people find it helps with diarrhea. It constipates soemthing like 30% of normal people that take it (usually prescribed to lower cholesterol).Did they check for C. dif.? It causes unrelenting watery diarrhea. Usually it starts after a round of antibiotics.K.------------------I have no financial, academic, or any other stake in any commercial product mentioned by me.My story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html
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Posted 16 July 2001 - 06:13 PM

Questran is a bile binder (you release bile usually proportionally to the fat in a meal). Some people find it helps with diarrhea. It constipates soemthing like 30% of normal people that take it (usually prescribed to lower cholesterol).Did they check for C. dif.? It causes unrelenting watery diarrhea. Usually it starts after a round of antibiotics.K.------------------I have no financial, academic, or any other stake in any commercial product mentioned by me.My story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html
My story of beating IBS: My Story with IBS
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Posted 16 July 2001 - 06:28 PM

Thanks for all the advice, i've bought some calcium tablets today so i'll see how they go. They can't do any harm can they...and i've tried everytging else!

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Posted 16 July 2001 - 06:28 PM

Thanks for all the advice, i've bought some calcium tablets today so i'll see how they go. They can't do any harm can they...and i've tried everytging else!

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Posted 16 July 2001 - 06:48 PM

Calcium constipates you - that may work. Or ask your doctor about Remeron...that has worked very well for me. It blocks your seratonin 5Ht3 receptor controlling gut reaction. I use to pass pills whole before Lotronex & Remeron.

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Posted 16 July 2001 - 06:48 PM

Calcium constipates you - that may work. Or ask your doctor about Remeron...that has worked very well for me. It blocks your seratonin 5Ht3 receptor controlling gut reaction. I use to pass pills whole before Lotronex & Remeron.

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Posted 16 July 2001 - 08:03 PM

ShyOne, I think maybe the problem is going to be figuring the right amount to take. I ended up sitting in the bathroom because I got constipated (duh) so I tried cutting the imodium down to one pill twice a day .... not enough. Try the balancing act again.Calcium (without magnesium) did not work for me. I stuck it out for several weeks but was reaching the point of almost dehydration because I was running so many times day and night, so I dropped that.One thing, for those who can take a nap during the day, it does help.Sometimes I think I am as stubborn as this IBS, if that is possible.Rhea

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Posted 16 July 2001 - 08:03 PM

ShyOne, I think maybe the problem is going to be figuring the right amount to take. I ended up sitting in the bathroom because I got constipated (duh) so I tried cutting the imodium down to one pill twice a day .... not enough. Try the balancing act again.Calcium (without magnesium) did not work for me. I stuck it out for several weeks but was reaching the point of almost dehydration because I was running so many times day and night, so I dropped that.One thing, for those who can take a nap during the day, it does help.Sometimes I think I am as stubborn as this IBS, if that is possible.Rhea





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