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Roughage is all but solving my D problem and seemed until last night to have stopped me needing the anti-spasmodic prescribed-spasmonil (alverine citrate). I did think at one point that Immodium worked better but once D stopped assumed that any tummy discomfort should be dealt with by Spasmonal. What I am wondering is if anyone has an opinion on which works best. Am I incorrect to choose Spasmonal over Immodium because the D has eased up? I assume Spasmonal is stronger because it was prescribed by the Dr, also I thought Immodium was only for D. I ask this because I have wondered before whether the Spasmonal gives me more stomach discomfort. I take it because I feel the spasms start (of course they may not develop but who wants to wait and see)and because they usually accompany that awful feeling of needing to go (went 6 times yesterday), but then I get a different kind of stomach discomfort - any help/info appreciated.
 

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I take immodium as a preventive measure and i haven't had any problems since. Antispasm drugs never worked for me and by the time i took them the attack was over anyway. I wasn't about to wait for an attack to come on, I wanted to avoid them all together.It's good that you increased the roughage in your diet...that's always the first thing you should do
 

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I take immodium as a preventive measure and i haven't had any problems since. Antispasm drugs never worked for me and by the time i took them the attack was over anyway. I wasn't about to wait for an attack to come on, I wanted to avoid them all together.It's good that you increased the roughage in your diet...that's always the first thing you should do
 

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Because the patients throw things at them when they get the "you need to eat more fiber" lecture.
For many people with IBS adding fiber does help, but it makes some people worse. It's one of those Your Mileage May Vary things.Some doctors believe in the eat more fiber more than others do. Some push it on people even when it makes them worse, others don't mention it much at all.K.------------------�When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall�Think of it, ALWAYS. �Mahatma GandhiMy story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html I do not work for anyone who sells any IBS related products.
 

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Because the patients throw things at them when they get the "you need to eat more fiber" lecture.
For many people with IBS adding fiber does help, but it makes some people worse. It's one of those Your Mileage May Vary things.Some doctors believe in the eat more fiber more than others do. Some push it on people even when it makes them worse, others don't mention it much at all.K.------------------�When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall�Think of it, ALWAYS. �Mahatma GandhiMy story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html I do not work for anyone who sells any IBS related products.
 

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Kmottus - are you a Doctor? - I have just written terrible things about them - if you are sorry.My Doctor never even suggested the roughage route - a wealthy friend who on suffering from IBS and getting no joy from his GP went privately to a specialist and was told about it and then passed the info onto me. Having said that I have had a bad 24 hours so I am hoping that I will still be saying good things about roughage - I was so hopeful this was it - a bit depressing really, thought I had cracked it.
 

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Kmottus - are you a Doctor? - I have just written terrible things about them - if you are sorry.My Doctor never even suggested the roughage route - a wealthy friend who on suffering from IBS and getting no joy from his GP went privately to a specialist and was told about it and then passed the info onto me. Having said that I have had a bad 24 hours so I am hoping that I will still be saying good things about roughage - I was so hopeful this was it - a bit depressing really, thought I had cracked it.
 

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Doctors vary substantially in quality and some of them are bad and some of them are good. It can take time and effort to find a good one.Fiber is really a good thing for people to try first. For those it works it can work really well. Unfortunately there is no cure-all for any disorder and IBS appears to be one of the more fickle ones. It is really good to here from people that found fiber worked well for them, and should be encouraged as a first thing to try.Unfortunately here in the US many doctors got indoctrinated 5-10-15 years ago to tell all IBSers that the MAIN or ONLY thing wrong with them was they weren't eating enough fiber. Current research shows it helps many IBSers, but offering fiber and ONLY fiber is no longer considered good medical practice. It is definitely one tool in the tool box, but too many doctors here think it is the ONLY tool.K.------------------�When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall�Think of it, ALWAYS. �Mahatma GandhiMy story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html I do not work for anyone who sells any IBS related products.[This message has been edited by kmottus (edited 09-25-2001).]
 

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Doctors vary substantially in quality and some of them are bad and some of them are good. It can take time and effort to find a good one.Fiber is really a good thing for people to try first. For those it works it can work really well. Unfortunately there is no cure-all for any disorder and IBS appears to be one of the more fickle ones. It is really good to here from people that found fiber worked well for them, and should be encouraged as a first thing to try.Unfortunately here in the US many doctors got indoctrinated 5-10-15 years ago to tell all IBSers that the MAIN or ONLY thing wrong with them was they weren't eating enough fiber. Current research shows it helps many IBSers, but offering fiber and ONLY fiber is no longer considered good medical practice. It is definitely one tool in the tool box, but too many doctors here think it is the ONLY tool.K.------------------�When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall�Think of it, ALWAYS. �Mahatma GandhiMy story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html I do not work for anyone who sells any IBS related products.[This message has been edited by kmottus (edited 09-25-2001).]
 
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