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Help if yoiu can!!!!! I am a 42 year old white male. For years I have had alternating bouts of constipation and periods of very loose bowels. I had my gallblader removed a year ago. I have read various descriptions of stool types and must admit I look at mine often. Sometimes when I am feeling constipated they are extremely long and solid. At times when i am sufferring from very loose bowels, they range from small solid formed stools ( several of them) to flattened out yet wide. I know this sounds gross, but I am looking for answers.I have never suffered from constipation for more than a couple of days at a time, and the same for loose bowels. However, in the past two weeks I have been suffering from the looseness. What happens is that usually my first movement is almost normal. After that what happens is it seems to start an action in which I might have to go (of feel like I do) three of four or more times times over the next several hours. Each time the amount of course diminishes, yet the urge remains for some time. I see many people talking about diarrehea, but I seldom have what I am used to referring to as diarrehea. Are the things I described above similar to what ya'll are talking about? I have never seen any sign of blood or bleeding (except occasional small spots after wiping so many times.) I also at times like this have noticable gas, and what feels like leagage some time. I do no have serious stomach pains, although I have in the past. Now is it is ususally just like I know my bowels are there just moving and undulating! I do suffer from serious stress and anxiety symptoms at times. Several years ago I went through several months of Fibro Myalgia type pains, until my doctor gave me Amytriptiline(sic). i am now un Buspar(anxiety) and Lotensin (blood pressure). Anyway I know this is long, I am just wondering if these are the types of symptoms being talked about. Especially, the description of diarrehea, and frequency. Thanks for any information. Does the Caltrate or similar really work? I did not realize that fiber would or could help, I always thought it was for constipation only.I have not been to a Gastro Dr., my old doctor where i used to live said I probabley suffered from IBS, but never any test other than the magic finger!!Please amswer some of these questions if you can.rbenc[This message has been edited by rbenc (edited 01-23-2000).][This message has been edited by rbenc (edited 01-23-2000).][This message has been edited by rbenc (edited 01-23-2000).]
 
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I think I've had all the symptoms you describe at one time or another. The stool descriptions are very familiar to me. My most frequent symptoms are severe D and cramping which are usually relieved by Caltrate. I've had most of the tests to rule out bowel diseases, so IBS was the diagnosis. Mine comes and goes with stress and probably some foods, which I still haven't identified. It doesn't cause big problems so I haven't really been too concerned with finding relief. Hope this helps.Gary
 
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That's the problem with IBS, there are no true symtoms. D & C, gas, bloating, pain, cramps, even sweating and chest pain during an episode. Unpredicable as can be. But fiber does help with both D & C. Also, I have found that acidofolis (spelling?) and mulivits with digestive enzymes help. For me, I have to stay away from foods with lots of spices and dairy. I also see my Chiropractor 2 - 3 times a week and my homeopathic doctor 2 times a year. Other IBS Pts have found luck with many other things. Don't give up there is a lot of help out there.
 
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Hi! I have a lot more going on than "just IBS," which is certainly bad enough. My IBS is mostly, not completely, under control now (a little sluggish now, C sometimes). It started out as loose stools almost every day. The loose stools quickly turned to "mush" (similar to D, but not quite the same) 20-25 days/month once I started taking major H2 reducers/blockers, which was necessary to do for my reflux. I also had lots of abdominal pain and nausea, which in retrospect was probably also due to my meds I was given plus a polyp growing in my colon.Please DO see a GI doc again for tests, as a precaution. I speak from my own personal experience there. My GI specialist was not a very good one, but EVENTUALLY he did give me a few tests I needed -- and it was a GOOD thing! Also, try some of the suggestions you learn from this BB (such as flax oil, minerals, diet, etc.). Hope that helps!P.S. Hope you don't mind my asking, but I was wondering why you specified "white male" in your description? You prob. didn't mean anything by it -- but remember that IBS is an "equal-opportunity" disorder! It strikes women, however, more often than men (but seriously doubt that it affects one race more than another). Just curious...[This message has been edited by JanetMD (edited 01-24-2000).]
 
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I have the same problem, it is normal, well, to all of us suffering from this. I have never taken caltrate before, so I don't know if it works or not. I guess it's going to be different for everyone though. Maybe you should try it. You never know what may work!
 
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