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Hey everyone. I'm 21 years old and a college student. I have always had a problem with stress-related diarrhea, but recently, it has become a more frequent occurence. It seems like I can't ever eat a meal without having to make a dash to the bathroom after. It is inconvenient and embarassing, and it's getting harder and harder for me to do typical things without having to worry, which then makes the problem worse. I talked to my doctor about it, but she didn't seem too concerned. I think it might be IBS-D, and I would like to know if anyone has any advice for me. Are there certain foods to stay away from, or techniques to avoid the stress? Thanks for any help.
 

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hi bookworm,i just noticed you're from chicago too--plus a "bookworm," which i am, i guess, because i teach english & love to read... all i can say is get to lnape's thread on OTC, look into heather's site, take citrucel, calcium as lnape says, &, for goodness' sake, just sit back & research all the threads on this forum because you will find so much info about food & possible triggers.i know that sounds time-consuming, but it sure worked for me.i have gone from dreading work, thinking of quitting my job, to enjoying work.& it worked within days, though i'm still tweaking.good luck,begone
 

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The during/shortly after meals is pretty typical as the colon becomes more active after meals normally and in IBSers that is often exagerated. Some people find taking pepperming or a small dose of imodium 20-30 minutes before a meal can help calm down that reaction. If the doctor prescribed antispasmodic medication that can help as well.Ditto on LNAPE's calcium threads (300-600mgs calcium carbonate with meals) and Heather's site/books www....comYou might want to check out http://www.ibsaudioprogram100.com/ and over on the Cog. Behav. Therapy and Hypnotherapy forum. A lot of people find this program really helps with the stress-triggered IBS thing.K.
 
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