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I have been on Miralax for years, which worked for a while. But it seems to only get progressively worse. Now I am afraid to travel and I am supposed to take a vacation with my boyfriend this summer who doesn't know about the IBS-C. I have tried Amitiza, Zelnorm, suppositories, enemas, in varying amounts with varying (but NEVER consistent) degrees of success. I try to exercise a lot and I do yoga as well. I have even been to Mayo clinic and physical therapists. Nothing is consistently working. Usually Dulcolax works as a rescue med, but every so often it doesn't and it spirals out of control, which it is doing now. Which sucks, because I have to move this weekend. I have also tried probiotics - nothing. I have tried flaxseed, Udo oil, nothing. Loading up on fiber makes it worse. I should say that usually I have incomplete evauation, usually of mushy quality. Can anybody please tell me something else that has worked for them? I am desperate. I have a good life - I just got a Master's degree and now going for the PhD. Great boyfriend (only been dating for 2 months and I've hid this from him as best I could), great family. But when this gets bad I hate my life and have contemplated (so far not seriously don't worry) suicide.I thought maybe you all could help. I've never been on a help group site or anything like this before. Any help is much needed and appreciated.
 

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Your story sounds similar to mine. Tried everything multiple times and fiber just makes my C worse. The best solution I have found so far is Walmart's Equate women's laxative tablets (lactose free which I need). Their version of Correctol. It's much gentler than Dulcolax. For it to work, I don't eat anything after dinner and take 2 tablets around 8 or 9. In the morning, after breakfast and two cups of coffee.....a normal bowel movement and I'm good for the rest of the day. Hope this helps you.
 

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I should add....once in a while this doesn't work for me but the next day it will. And if I overdo it on certain foods/drinks that are constipating I may take 3 tablets. But, out of everything I have tried this has been the best for me and the least embarrassing (no explosive diarrhea). You'll have to experiment with it and see what dosage produces a normal bowel movement for you. Good luck.
 

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First of all, welcome to this website. Their are wonderful people on here with a wealth of knowledge.Like you, I have tried everything. I cannot take fiber as it makes my C worse. I agree 100% withStacey, generic Correctol works the best for me. No cramping or explosive diarrhea. I also use Amitza which doesn't work for everyone. When I get up to use the bathroom around 4:30 a.m.I take an Amitza which usually works within 3-4 hours. It just will not work for me on a fullstomach. However, as I said before, Amitza is not for everyone, but might be worth a try.
 

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Thank you for your response. I haven't been able to make it out to the local Walmart yet, I have been moving/traveling. Today I had my first day at the summer job, which was awful courtesy of the IBS. Still I forced myself to go to yoga tonight though. I want to give myself a few days to get used to my new surroundings/schedule before trying anything new. But it is definitely on the list. I did try Amitiza with mixed results. I didn't necessarily find it helped get more out of me, just made what did come out more liquidy. But maybe I will try it again. I seem to cycle through things a few times. I am slightly paranoid that my IBS has the ability to adapt and evolve to whatever new treatments I throw at it, because everything new seems to work for a few weeks, then stop. Is that weird? I have some contraband Zelnorm I got from a pharmacy in New Zealand. My doctor at Mayo clinic recommended it. Zelnorm worked amazing at first although made me nauseous, but it was worth it until it stopped working. Now it doesn't make me nauseous but it is no longer effective. I swear I am about to try something I would have called cuckoo just a few years ago like hypnosis or something. This is ruining my life, I am so sorry for everyone that has to live with this. I am going to Italy this summer with my boyfriend and I can't even be fully happy about it because I am worried I will feel like #### the whole time. And we have only been dating a few months I don't exactly want to dump my lifelong battle with IBS on him, not really a turn on... agh.
 

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Hi,I was reading your story and found it similar to mine. I am also new to the site, though I have visited it numerous times throughout the years in dealing with IBS. I have alternating IBS, C dominant. I will be writing about my experience over the past five years, but wanted to reply to your post. First, yoga, AWESOME. I'm glad to hear that you take yoga. Dealing with IBS is the reason that I started practicing... and it had helped tremendously... for awhile. Like with all the other "treatments" the IBS seems to have a way of crawling back in. Also, with IBS C, sometimes the last thing you want to be doing is folding over with your abdomen feeling so full and heavy. I would say definitely stick with yoga even if it does not seem to help. BUT, don't feel bad or discouraged or guilty if you miss some days. If nothing else, it will help keep you feeling grounded and centered and focused when you are dealing with the worst of the IBS. I have had a strong practice for over two years, but have gone through periods where I was not able to practice at all. Do as much as you can. Yoga, unlike some other physical activities will help trigger "energetic points" in the body that help promote relaxation, stimulate circulation/metabolism, and cultivate mind/body connection that gets lost in the frustration of dealing with IBS. Ever say stuff like "I don't feel connected to my body" or "It's like my body isn't listening to me". I know I do. I found that even with the most painful IBS, it's key to recognize that the mind/emotions are directly connected with what is going on in the gut. Yoga helps keep that dialogue going... Even if what your gut is saying is NOT what you want to hear at the time.Also, you mentioned that you are, kind of like I was "at wits end. Ready to try something crazy, like hypnosis"... Well, I did. Let me say that I had never really considered hypno as an option. I was determined to find a "reason" for the abdominal pain, bloating, constipation...I tried every single route I could think of, natropathically and medically...Every diet, every laxative, every oscopy, I saw Gi specialists, I saw cardiologists, obgyn, I tried anti-depressants, all liquid diets, anti candida diets...As I am sure you have tried as well...So when nothing helped and I hit rock bottom, i tried....hypnotherapy. I started out with IBS Audio Program 100 (there is a forum topic on this sight called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnosis for IBS that you can check out) And at the same time, I was referred to a clinical hypnotherapist by a friend that I started to see at the same time. I will say that I was a skeptic. I was not what you would consider a spiritual person and I saw hypno as "new age" self help oddity that had nothing to do with me. I was a firm believer that I could "fix" what ever was "wrong" inside me that was causing the IBS, through tests, medicine, treatments and Dr.s visits. I was determined that they would find something that I could treat. But when no one comes up with anything and you are at the end of your rope.... well, I said, I don't have anything to lose.I started with the hypno tapes, you can buy them online from healthyaudio.com for about 80 bucks and download them immediately. Considering the thousands of dollars I had spent on medical tests, prescriptions, not to mention the other thousands of dollars on supplements, food, vitamins, I thought, another 80 bucks at this point won't make a difference. You listen for 5 different sessions of self-hypno for 100 days. The website has complete information and is very helpful. So far, this is the only thing, along with clinical therapy that has helped. Unfortunately since I was feeling so much better during the course of the program, I stopped midway. I started in June and have been more or less symptom free until a couple months ago... Couldn't figure out why the IBS came back... So I decided to start the program again and this time will see it ALL THE WAY THOUGH
Anyway, long story short... Never despair, even if IBS comes back, you can always make it through...Even if you literally feel like ######.What helps me aside from the hypno:Diet: I try just normal/healthy. Avoid most processed foods. Anything fresh and whole, veggies, protein, nuts. If my belly gives me a lot of trouble, I will go elimination/liquid for a couple days, rice protein shakes, etc. Try not to get too caught up on diet as it can drive you crazy and cause more stress on what food is "good" or "bad"Supplements: After going through cupboards of supplements, the ones that I go back to are:Omega 3Magnesium Glycinate (helps keep bowels moving)Probiotics Digestive enzymes with meals.Anyway, just some comments on your post. Yes, do yoga. Wits end? Try hypno. You have nothing to lose :(Good luck! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I would also love to talk yoga with you and how you started to practice.Love,Sarah
 

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Just to say welcome to you both - and also to let you know that if needed, there is 'live' support that is included with the IBS Audio Program 100 should you need it! We are always happy to help!
All the best to you in your journey to feeling better!
 

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Sarah,Just wanted to tell you that I did order the tapes and they are on the way. Thank you for the suggestion. I will post on how it is going as I notice things. And of course thank you for the support. It is certainly not the most glamorous problem to have by far.Brooke
 

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Hi Brooke - Glad to hear you are going to give the program a try - just a helpful hint - Mike has found that most folks have better progress when you don't actively read or write about IBS while doing the IBS Audio Program because the sessions are developed to get your mind (and body) away from IBS thoughts and symptoms. When you frequently post or read about symptoms, you are in effect, slowing down progress and bringing the IBS back to mind - of course that doesnt mean you cant come to the BB for some TLC and support, but keep it in mind for reading and posting about symptoms, etc. It is a gradual process and the timeframe is different for everyone - Also, I have been to Mayo Clinic for my IBS as well - but I had IBS-D - was asked to be in clinical trial years ago - went to a school affiliated with them - I think it's great you are going on for your PhD! The IBS Audio Program contains a bonus CD entitled the IBS Companion, which gently explains what IBS is to others in your family or social circle - at some point, it may be an easier way to let your bf know - when you think the time is right, as this eases the burden of explanation - and actually takes some of the stressors off you regarding the IBS - and is in itself sort of "therapeutic" in that sense!Hope it helps you out ...All the best!
 

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cookies4marilyn...I'm glad i popped in to have a look at forum today as i am thinking about purchasing the Audio Programme,it seems to have great results.I am at my wits end and desperate for something to help my severe ibs which has ruined my life,like a lot of people i have tried absolutely everything there is to try and saw all the so called experts and still i suffer so for me the CD's are a last resort.One thing i try and do is stay positive if i can!So fingers crossed that i can get some sort of relief if i buy CD's.
 

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Hi Diana - If you read my journey, you will know I did this program as a last resort as well. Most of the people who do it wish they did it first - After almost 20 years of pills, diets, supplements, etc. I too was at my wit's end and lost much of my life due to IBS - I can never get those years back - so I know how you feel. It wasnt until I came to this BB in 2000 and other severe IBS folks convinced me to try it that I finally relented - thinking all the way that it was sort of 'out there' but being almost house-bound I figured one more thing to try cant hurt.For me, since my IBS was so severe it took awhile to work - other folks have had it work within a few weeks or so - but it is a process, and if it doesnt help with the first round, give it another go later. Since you are in Scotland, you are not that far from Cheshire England and you can always call the UK office or email the contact page on the healthyaudio - or shortcut - http://www.ibscds.com site with any personal concerns or support along the way!There is hope - it is not a cure and does not work for everyone, but it has helped the vast majority of folks who use it to reduce or even eliminate their symptoms. And if it did not work well, especially since it has been available to the public (and discussed on this BB ) since 1998, folks would be aware of that, but most of the results are positive! So that in itself is very hopeful!
If you have any quesions, do let me know!
 
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