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I'm 20 years old and I was diagnosed with IBS-D in late 2005 by my family doctor and sense then it has gotten less severe but not to the point that I would like it to be. I have tried countless amounts of stuff, as a lot of you could probably relate to, from calcium supplements to something called slippery elm. Nothing has helped much. It is not unusual for me to not get out of the house (except for very short car rides or walks) for months at a time and I really want that to change.My symptoms have changed a bit sense I was diagnosed and to be honest I haven't been to see my doctor, or any doctor for that matter, for a few years because of their lack of help and finding more help on websites like this. My symptoms now are more situational that constant if that makes sense. Ill have the occasional diarrhea (2-3 times a week) with limited abdominal pain on most days. The issue that I have is when I attempt to get out of the house, I get what I call 'incomplete evacuation' which I hope a lot of people can relate to. No matter how many times I go to use the restroom before I go out, I feel like I need to go to the restroom again as soon as I leave and throughout the entire car ride (caused by the anxiety I'm assuming), thus making travel very difficult. I prefer to stay away from prescriptions unless its a last resort, the side effects I get aren't very pleasant for most of them and they seem to do more harm than good. Sorry for being all over the place in this post, I hope I didn't confuse anyone while reading it. Here is a list of medications that I have used in the past that are options for trying again. I just want others opinions to see what has worked for other people or what you guys think may help me.-Calcium supplements-Immodium (I use to take a few hours before going somewhere)-Peptobismol (I would take a dose or two before leaving the house)-Digestive Advantage (I got a free sample from them and tried it for a week and a half to two weeks and didn't help much)Thanks in advance.
-KH18Edit: I'm even open to diet ideas as well to help. I currently am selective with what I eat to stay away from trigger foods but haven't found any diets that help with 'incomplete evacuation'.
 

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Like you I have tried alot of things and I finally gave in to medication. I take lomotil and it works wonderfully for me. I take 2 in the morning after I have a bm and they last all day. I take Librium for anxiety but not on a daily basis. I to get alot of side effects when it comes to meds but I have to say the lomotil and librium I really didn't get any. It helps soooo much with the urgency. Have you tried lomotil before?
 

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Thanks mrae, I haven't tried those two medications, I'll be sure to ask my doctor about them next time (planning on scheduling an appointment in the near future). A few prescriptions I've tried were antispasmodics (which didn't help at all) and a beta blocker to help with anxiety. The rest were anti depressants or stuff that I forgot because they only did harm.Any other replies would be very appreciated. -KH18
 

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A couple of years ago I was on Zoloft which made me more nauseous than usual and also gave me extreme insomnia, the next time I go to my doctor I'm going to bring up the idea of prescriptions, I just have to be aware of the side effects ahead of time I suppose.
 

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I have been using a flavonoid supplement, Provex CV, designed for cholesterol control. It also seems to have anti-inflammatory properties and. according to an old study on platelet behavior and colon inflammation, may be treating my problems directly through control of those platelets. In any case, I had constant D for 10 years and have now had a normalized bowel function since the end of 1999. Certainly for the past 7 or 8 years, I would consider myself almost always within the normal ranges of frequency, consistency, and urgency.Mark
 
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