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Hello,Wondering if I have stumbled into the right place.Looking for help with the ache in my gut - especially in the morning. Most days start off with an unhealthy dose of D. followed by calm and then self pity.I'm sure you've all heard this before. I suppose a Self Help Group is where you go to be among people who suffer the same stuff or perhaps want to learn more about IBS so that they can help others who are suffering.Maybe some of you are here just observing. I'm guessing this is what it's all about. Helping each other in the way that you know how.... but what I'm really after is IBS help.So please tell me more about this and what you have found that helps you or somebody else.Thanks,Jeff[This message has been edited by Jeffrey Roberts (edited 05-18-99).]
 

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Hmm, let's see..... I'm sure if you keep reading, you can find some good answers. Or better yet! Ask directly and you shall receive tons of help from tons of wonderful caring people.Have you tried calcium supplementation? It'll help with the big D! Try either calcium carbonate or calcium citrate.ps. - can relate to the calm and then self-pity.......------------------Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.Missycat
 
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Jeff, I have gotten help from the following:Equalactin (OTC)Librax (Prescription)Imodium (OTC)Acidolphilus (refrigerated kind) (OTC)Calcrate Plus (600) (OTC)------------------LET'S ALL PRAY FOR A CURE TO THIS IBS SOON!BETTIE
 
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er ummm.... I believe that was a call to order. And just in the nick of time
Thank You Jeffery!OK, for my morning D troubles I have found that eliminating caffeine except for 2 cups of 50% decaf in the morning has made a huge difference. This means no soda.
Caltrate Plus: It took me 4 weeks to find a dose that worked for me. So don't give up on it to soon. For me I take 1/2 of a tablet every other day. (ladies, that "special" week I take a 1/2 tablet every day)Eating smaller meals. BIG HELP for the 4-6pm D troubles.Getting up and going to bed at the same time each day and having my meals about the same time each day make things better also.
 

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Jeffrey - My diarrhea has been helped by the Caltrate Plus. Upon the recommendation of several very helpful people on this board. I found that it didn't take effect for me right away - I had to play with it a bit to find the right dose for me. I originally started with 2 of them a day, helped a bit, but didn't have quite the effect I'd hoped for. I was going to give up on it til I was advised by a couple of the caring people on this board to try 3 a day. This has worked wonders for me, I'd advise you to give it a try. Be patient and I'm sure you'll have good results. For 4 whole days, I haven't had any "D" at all. Except for a bout of "D" today which I'm sure was caused by some stress and anxiety. Today has been a bad day stress-wise so I'll assume the "D" was from that - I really believe the Caltrate Plus is working.As for the discomfort in your gut, do you mean cramps, rumbles and gurgles? I still have that unfortunately. So, I don't know what to suggest for that - sorry.I hope I've helped a bit...The best of luck to you with your discomfort.
 

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Jeff,As always we *Thank you*, its certainly not easy being a moderator. I agree, IBS help here is Essentially for IBS & IBS-related issues (with a "side" order of humour
) Amen Jeff & BillTake Care to all.Lisa K
 

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Thanks for bringing us back in line Jeff...we needed that!Just for the record, here's what I do to control my IBS-D:Acidophilus in the AM one hour before breakfastDecaf coffee only (w/rice milk -- lactose intolerance)one teaspoon miller's bran in my cerealCaltrate 3x per day (w/ea meal)one calcium citrate before going to sleepLots of chamomile/peppermint tea for any rumblings and/or pain.
 

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Current regimen seems to be helping with pain and D, but causing slight constipation recently...so here are Steve's "Seven Steps to Heaven" (It's a Miles Davis song, and should not be taken literally...I still have bad days, but this is heaven compared with before these changes).1) Consume no corn products--especially corn-derived sweetners such as High Fructose Corn Syrup. Watch out for bread made with HFCS!! I go with bread that uses honey instead.2) Get plenty of water and whole wheat fiber as described in IBS Relief: A Doctor, Psychologist, and a Dietician Provide a Team Approach. I don't know if it matters or not, but I'm hooked on some expensive ozonated water (about $5 for a 5 gallon bottle). I also follow the low gas & low caffiene diets recommended in IBS Relief to some extent--gas didn't seem to be a big problem for me, but occasionally caused pain.3) Every evening I have a couple spoonfuls of goats milk yogurt with a couple blackberries and a couple of Whole Foods brand butter cookies (made with REAL sugar, of course)4) Late evening I have a cup or two of Eater's Digest tea from Traditional Medicinals.5) Mornings I have 2 Flax toaster waffles--high in calcium for those believers (20% of your USDA requirement) and Omega3 fatty acids and fiber.6) Keep muscle tension low by any means necessary--for example, I've obtained a lumbar support for my desk chair and learned a little deep muscle relaxation and bought a recliner. (See the IBS Relief book mentioned above for an excellent explanation of why this helps.) 7) Along with that, of course, is maintaining the right outlook on this stuff--again I point to a couple of books...the IBS Relief one, and anything you can find that you like about Zen philosophy. And remember, Zen isn't all sitting in strict meditation...there's alot of humor in it too, and although it may appear to be a sidetrack when we joke on this group, laughter still is an important medicinal--if not the best.
 

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You know I've found a lot of things work but only for awhile. Right now although I have D at least 3-5 times daily I consider myself in pretty good shape. I am saving trying calctrate till things get bad again. I am pretty convinced IBS is much more a sign of my emotions then what I eat or don't eat. I think just sharing here with others experiencing the same symptoms, anxieties, sharing remedies is great. I have to admit I often get lost in the posts and can't find my way back to interesting threads. I don't have the time to read them all unfortunately. I usually give myself a half hour in here to read but that isn't near enough time to read a days worth. How about a clever IBSer inventing a moniter mounted on the bathroom wall because obviously we all spend a lot of time in there and we could read the posts while, waiting or wiping.
 
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Here's my routine -Acidophilus in the morning before breakfast1 oz. aloe vera juice in my juice ### breakfastA digestive enzyme with each mealCarlson's psyllium after breakfastCalcium with breakfast and dinnerA bland diet - will expand as I continue to improveRelaxation techniques each dayPositive thinking - a post by Terio (4/13) really helped me
 

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I take Caltrate Plus in the purple and white box 2 or 3 times a day. I decide by what or where I may be eating whether to take 2 or 3 tablets. This has been a life saver for a year now and I eat just about whatever I want whenever I want. I started with 3 a day and noticed a great improvement from the first day. I was able to cut back depending on what I eat. I do not get the constipation for the calcium as some have but things have been pretty normal for a year now. Linda
 

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That was funny.
I read this one slowly and I got a real kick out of Missycat and then Bettie, I was worried about some of us until I reached pattiann2 and odeal. I love the straight man, he definitely has the best job. You bring up a good point, there are over a hundred members on this board, maybe not everyone is on everyday, but the chatter of us regulars could be an influence on someone lurking in the background waiting for pertinent information. Not everyone will be outspoken enough to write or respond, even in such a group as this, where we all suffer from IBS, it can be daunting but we still have an obligation to help if we can. Here's an idea of things you could try if you suffer from "C".Drink more water, getting more fluids into your system should loosen your stool.Ease off of certain fibers, making your stool more bulky may cause more of a problem then you need.If you go more then three days without a bowel movement, try a glycerin suppository, it's gentle and will help with keeping a constipated movement painfree.If you have C on a regular basis, try starting your day with two cups of coffee in the AM.For stomach pain due to bloating and gas, try a warm bath, or hot water bottle, and a cup of mint tea.There are a variety of over the counter (OTC) medications but becareful what you take, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.If you go five days without a BM (bowel movement) and the suppositories have not brought relief, you can either try a home enema kit( not a lot of fun but it does the trick) or you can visit your local emergency room for an Unpacking (a nice term for a not so nice treatment).There is a ton of other information on this site worth seeing, use the search function for any topic you can think of. And don't be afraid to approach any person on this board who has supplied their personal e-mail information in their user profiles, that's what we're here for, support.Wes------------------Only those who risk going too far, will ever know how far they can go.
 
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Hi Jeff - was hoping we would hear from the boss! Could it be the pain in your gut is from some added stress this month?? Since our emotional state seems to rule our stomachs, I would guess that's why things we try that work for a while don't last. During the times I have been plagued with early morning gut pain, I look to see what I ate/did the night before. A walk after dinner and then a cup of peppermint tea and a heating pad has done wonders to help me wake up with a happier stomach. You might also want to try taking a Zantac 75 before going to bed. I'm amazed how well this works even when I can't relate the pain to stomach acid.Stay well - Christine
 
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Wow, IBS. I have sort of forgotten I have it
Caltrate Plus works very well for me. I have seen a tremendous improvement in my "D" since starting Caltrate at the end of February. I have even started drinking a little milk again!!
YIPPEE MILK!!!!
 

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Hello Jeff,I read, learn, gain solace and "inwardly digest" a lot of good things from this board, have been here a few months now, so glad I too "stumbled into the right place"!best wishes, Ama
 
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Jeff:I simply must say this. I caught on to what you were doing right away. I am still fairly new to this site; I came here to see what others were doing about their IBS; I still seek out information. But I have noticed that most people seem to be D. I am C and D; and this is very tricky! But right now I am on 40 mg of Bentyl every day and I eat more fiber which has regulated me for the most part. But I must also add that I was also and still get depressed and I desperately need to laugh. I think this site should provide IBS info; but I like the humor as well. I have an idea - maybe this site could become two-sided? One side for IBS info only and the other side for much-needed humor?The names could be: 1)IBS info and 2)IBS humor!That way, it would be more beneficial to all of us. What do you think about that?AMF
 
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