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Does anyone have a suggestion? I have to play the piano at church for my husband Sunday morning, and my IBS always acts up in these situations. I am not on any prescription. I live in Canada, and my doctor has never offered me anything other than Imodium, which doesn't work really well. Please reply soon so I don't have to let my husband down!!!
 

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Slb, have you tried Caltrate Plus? A lot of people are having great success with it. I tried it myself, without success, so I switched to just plain Calcium with Vit. D. Some people are sensitive to the magnesium in the Caltrate. I have found that by having a bowl of oatmeal every morning and taking 1 Calcium at breakfast and one Calcium at supper, it keeps my IBS-D in check. I still take 2 imodium before I go out, more for peace of mind than anything. I hope you find something that works for you. There are so many helpful, caring people on this board.If you do a search on Caltrate, you will find numerous success stories.GrannyP.S. I noticed in your profile that you live fairly close to me.
 

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My heart goes out to you!Can you get Kaopectate (kaolin mixture) in Canada? I find it does the trick for me when I have to face something like your ordeal. My problems start as soon as I wake, and I tend to be resident in the bathroom until moments before I have to leave the house. First of all, take an Imodium last thing the night before. Then on the following morning take a liberal swig of the kaolin (straight from the bottle if you have to!) after each BM. It always works for me, and got me through my Dad's funeral without mishap. Don't forget to wipe the chalky ring from around your mouth before you go into the church. My friends joke that they can always pick me out in a wedding group photo by the ring around my mouth!!There is a slight downside - I usually finish up with dreadful C for days afterwards, but it's worth it once in a while if it gets you through a public performance.Good luck. You're a very courageous lady, and I hope your husband appreciates what a big effort you are making to be supportive to him.------------------Phyllis
 

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try taking six fibercon pills a day. It should significantly reduce D and urgency. It has been a life saver for me. Give it about 4 days before seeing a big difference. The effect is not immediate, but it does work.
 

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slb,Everyone has given excellent advice, as usual.But to address a bigger problem, I think you need a new doctor. For him to only suggest an over-the-counter medicine when there are so many prescriptions out there that could help you doesn't seem right.But perhaps you are not happy about taking prescription meds. That's understandable.Anyway, that's my two cents worth.Good luck on Sunday! I'm sure you'll do great. love to all. mama
 

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slb: Good luck on sunday. I find that if I take imodium at least 2 to three hrs before I need it to work, that it works better. Hope that you have no problems what so ever. Maro
------------------"FRIENDS ARE ANGELS WHO LIFT US TO OUR FEET WHEN OUR WINGS HAVE TROUBLE REMEMBERING HOW TO FLY"
 

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1) Don't eat any breakfast. (I'm assuming this is a morning even)2) Don't eat anything after 9 at night.2a) Take an enema before you go to bed.3) Drink as little water as possible.4) Take some Immodium (it is a narcotic for the gut, so no "movement" in the gut or the toilet before you go to bed and in the morning. 5) Get up earlier than usual and move around- like a short walk. also spend some time crouching on your heels. This will stimulate a bowel movement if you are going to have one.6) Have one strong cup of chamomile tea just before you leave the house (use at least 2 teabags and let steep 20 minutes.)This is what I used to do in the "old" days when I could not leave the house .Remember that what you are fearing is not necessarily going to happen.Good luck. Hope the performance is wonderful and that all goes well.[This message has been edited by marianne (edited 03-11-2000).]
 
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