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Hi everyone.I've had chronic diahhrea for about 3 years now. I've had numerous tests run, including a colonoscopy, with all the results turning up nothing. I'm beginning to think my doctor thinks nothing is wrong with me. I have diahhrea almost everyday. Should I suggest that maybe he should check for IBS? Thanks for your help.
 

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Don't give up. It could be something simple like a food intolerance/allergy. Your own sleuthing is going to be a lot better than what the doc can/will do. Books on IBS (eg IBS The First Year by Heather Vorous)) give a list of conditions which should be ruled out first. Also, there's no harm in assuming you do have IBS-D and trying some of the suggestions to get the D under control. Maybe they'll work for you. Then you can try and find the root cause, if there is one.Rosie
 

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I've read a good bit about IBS and it seems to match up with my symptoms pretty well. I've tried the food allergy thing but the diahhrea occurs no matter what I eat.I may try some of the things mentioned here to see if it helps with my symptoms. I'm hopeful, as this is making my life a bit difficult. I teach and it gets hard to have someone watch my class while I run to take care of my emergency.I'm glad I found this site. Hopefully with everyone's help I can find the reason for these problems. Thanks so much.
 

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Thanks for the welcome!I'm going to buy some calcium carbonate today and see if it helps. I've read a few posts that seem to indicate it offers some relief from the IBS-D symptoms. *fingers crossed*
 

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quote:Should I suggest that maybe he should check for IBS
IBS is pretty much a diagnosis of exclusion. You've had a very thorough test, a colonoscopy, and it showed nothing abnormal, therefore if your doctor doesn't think anything serious is there, I would say it would more than likely be IBS. No test is really going to show, Oh look, theres spots of IBS. IBS can't really be seen.. nothing looks diseased, things just aren't "functioning" the way they should. That's why its called a functional disorder.
 

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Wecome Todd! I have had IBS-D for many years now and have been "living" on immodium. Recently I started taking two calcium-carbonate tablets. One in the am and one in the pm. So far, it's been great!!!!! Good luck
 

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Wow, this is a very friendly group indeed!I too have been living on immodium tablets for a while. To be honest I'm getting sick of taking the things. Don't they make a fiber supplement that contains calcium carbonate? Would that be a better bet?
 

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I believe the new Metamucil capsules have calcium in them. That is the only one I've seen with calcium carbonate. Perhaps there are others, but it is the most popular brand name I've seen with it.Definitely stick around and read the forums... The "find" feature is a great tool. I search for things such as "Remeron" and these issues can be found discussed years back... It's nice, people are friendly, and can relate to what you're going through.Hope you start feeling better soon, I know how bad this thing sucks
 

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I actually went with a bottle of 600 mg calcium carbonate tablets. I take one in the morning and one in the evening. I'm going to give it a few weeks and see if it helps.
 

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Good luck Todd! I'm having great luck with the tablets that you are going to try and that's when I take them also. (I also take my immodium every now and then in the am if I'm worried about what I've eaten) Let us know how you do!
 

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Over the last few years, I've learned to take Immodium wherever I go. My wife would always complain about finding it all over the place. I'd keep some everywhere, including the car. Hopefully the calcium carbonate will ease my reliance on it.
 

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yeah! I have it all over the place. Pop them like candy sometimes! Not anymore though. The calcium worked very quickly with me. Now, I only have a bad day once in a very great while and I'm more likely to take 3 calcium pills instead of two if I want to eat something that might "upset" me. Less expensive than the Immodium too!
 

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The calcium carbonate seems to be helping. Since I started taking 600 mg twice a day, I've not had diahhrea once. Here's hoping these results continue...**fingers still crossed***
 

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Todd:May want to consider a Gastrenterologist, who specializes in IBS - IBS Specialist.Find in yellow pages or google. Constant D, strong indication your system is infected or inflamed.General Practioners are typically worthless, 2 prescribed me with medication for depression. Before the Gas Doc determined I had H-Pylori(Helico.com)bacteria in my blood stream- bad stuff.Most Gas docs add no value, where IBS is concerned. Need a specialist!!!!Resolved my problems with supplements:Acidophilus/Aloe Vera Gel/Slippery Elm bark-Mega Doses initially(2/3 times daily recommended amount)I was desperate - a walking zombie.Hope this helps.Bill
 

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The diagnoses ofIBS use to be based on exclusion and still is somewhat, but it is defined now by a certain symptoms cluster.Do You have pain or discomfort Todd?You should't self diagnose IBS though, because many other conditions can mimick SOME IBS symptoms and some of them are very serious.You might want to read this thread for more help.For new people in the process of a diagnoses.http://ibsgroup.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/43110261/m/430102261
 

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Just an update.Since I've been taking the calcium carbonate I still haven't had a bout of diahrea. So this is how the other half lives?
I also took your advice and have an appointment with a gastroenterologist tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. Thanks again.
 
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