I am new to this board, but am glad I found it. I always had tummy troubles but this past year took an ugly turn. I now wake up running to the bathroom first thing in the morning. At the beginning of the school year I was referred to a gastroenterologist for the first time. Since then I have been taking Bentyl and Lomitil and doing my best to teach first grade and help my hubby with our 2-year-old. Now the Bentyl is giving me some nasty side effects and of course this happens while my doc is away. Thank God that I am on spring break right now,because I doubt I could teach this week. The on-call doc took me off the Bentyl, but ended up putting me back on after I was doubled over all weekend. Now I feel shaky from the Bentyl and still cannot go out and lead a normal life. It' all becoming a bit overwhelming and I am looking for any advice that can help me feel better physically and emotionally. It is depressing to have tell my daughter that I can't read to her because I am always sick. Please let me know if there is anyone out there with hints on how to juggle yuor life when your always in the bathroom or in pain.