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First of all, let me say....I hardly ever have "D", unless induced by laxatives. I could count on one hand the number of times I have had "D" without taking a laxative...but I have "D" with a capital "D" today and the only thing I took that was different from my regular stuff was, I tried a different magnesium supplement last night. In addition to my Perdiem/experience regimen, I have been taking 500 milligrams of magnesium before bed. I have always used the GNC brand, which I beleive is magnesium oxide, but I ran out of that and while at the health food store, the other day, I saw a magnesium supplement made by Solgar, which is magnesium citrate. I read somewhere that the citrate is better for "C", so I decided to try it. The citrate pills each have 200 milligrams of magnesium, so I took (2) last night for a total of 400 milligrams and I have been "pooping my brains out" this morning...could the citrate be the reason?? I can't think of anything else that would account for this. By the way, I am not complaining, I have been feeling really "bunched up" lately and it feels good to get rid of all this "####", but it is embarrassing to be running in and out of the ladies room at work. I wonder if I should cut down to 200 milligrams? Any other "C" types taking magnesium citrate????------------------"Remember To Stop and Smell the Roses"Rose (C-type)
 

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Rose,Seems like the D gods have cast their spell on us C's!Oh Rose this is not funny but me like you have never had D in my life. I have had D for the last few days. I think mine was caused by an injection I got from ER on Friday night. It was a steroid called solumedrol and it has seemed to work on my stomach etc. At first I was excited;;; wow;;; maybe I will get rid of some bloat and lose a couple of pounds but now it is really beginning to nag me. The cramping is painful and I get worried that I won't make it to the bathroom. I have been in the restroom at my new job alot the last few days and I am getting to know everyone in a hurry...walking the halls and meeting in the bathroom. I bet any money in your case it has to be the magnesium. And maybe the way it is reacting with he perdiem. I would cut back and see what happens.I am hoping for something in between the two now...Not C and not D.
 

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RoseYAY!! It sounds like if you could cut down the dose you'd be doing great! Who knows? THis may be something that your body just has to get used to and maybe it will get better in time. I would cut down the dose and increase it gradually to see how much you need for optimum relief. I am so happy for you. Is your stomach cramping or anything with the d? Maybe you should just go home and enjoy sitting on the pot all day! s n t
 
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Oh Rose, this sounds wonderful!!
I know I wouldn't want to have D all the time, and I sympathize so much for the D-types.... but I would love for maybe just a day of it!! I still haven't tried taking any magnesium, but I think I should now! I really don't understand the difference between the two kinds, but sounds like I will look for the citrate kind!! Seriously though... I hope you can regulate the dosage. Having to deal with that at work must not be fun. I don't work, but I've been in situations where I've made frequent visits to the bathroom. (never know when the laxatives kick in...!) Let us know if cutting back makes a difference tomorrow.Take Care
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Rose,last week i bought some Magnesium,i read it was good for C and around PMS,well i thought i'd die,that next morning i had 5 Bms in 2 hours! i know thats what did it,my doctor told me when i asked him. Be Well,Krissy
 
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I think it's the magnesium too. I have the magnesium oxide kind and when my husband took it without enough calcium tablets, it gave him D and he doesn't have IBS. It was when "I" got a episode a couple of days after he started having morning D, that I came to and realized what I'd done. I thought the mag citrate was less apt to cause D. Don't you take it "with" calcium?? And I don't mean milk!! ;-)Patti33
 
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Hi RoseYou must be quite excited at having d (sounds strange but I know how you battle with c!). I have tried the magnesium variety you refer to but alas it didn't have any noticable effect on my c. I'll be interested to hear if you continue to have positive results. Good luck!roz
 

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Hi Rose- It sounds to me (not that I am an expert or anything)that the magnesium you took is what gave you the D. Actually I remember that the bowel prep that I had for my colonoscopy was to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate. Obviously for a bowel prep you get a huge amount, but I bet its pretty close to the same thing (the pill you took). If you can adjust the dose to perhaps make you "normal" that would be fantastic!
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Rose, I hope like others that have posted, that you can adjust the dosage and be "normal" with this new magnesium. The real reason I am posting to you is that your post title tickled me....you could write a Dr. Seuss book with that title!! Don't know if you noticed it or not, but it gave me a chuckle!
 

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Rose you are soooo lucky! I've never tried mag citrate but I will now. Let us know how you do with adjusting the dose, maybe you'll find the perfect dose that helps! I like the person's suggestion of going home and enjoying sitting on the pot all day! (not to take away from the D people's pain) but it sure must be nice after being chronically plugged!
 

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Hi everyone, thanks for your responses. I know the "D" types would never understand this, but I actally "enjoyed" the "D" today..I didn't have much cramping with it at all. The only bad thing was like I said the embarrassment of running in and out of the ladies room at work. I sure wish I was home.
. I am posting again, because I thought of one more thing I have done the past couple of days and I don't know if this helped to loosen things up also, but I have been under a lot of stress lately and stress makes my "C" worse, so somebody I work with told me to take St.John's Wort. She said she takes just 1 per day and it elevates her mood and takes the edge off the stress. Well I bought some and took 1 yesterday morning and 1 this morning and it does help to relax me. I wonder if the SJW helped to relax my intestinal muscles and the Magnesium helped to loosen things up? I guess time will tell.------------------"Remember To Stop and Smell the Roses"Rose (C-type)
 

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Hi Rose, Queen of "C" I vaguely recalled that this is what often came in a bottle for those patients that had GI exams too. It is categorized as a "saline laxative" prep. Look under that heading in this write-up on the following link: http://www.aboutdigestion.com/script/main/...salinelaxatives I heard that magnesium glycinate - chelated is the safest kind for digestive problems but have not been able to locate it. Anyone that knows where to find it, it would be appreciated.
 

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Thanks for the link, Moldie. There is an oral solution in a bottle, that comes in Lemon/Lime or Cherry flavor called Citrate of Magnesium which is used for some bowel preps. I have used this occasionaly when I am really bound up. This bottle prep is indeed a laxative and I believe it contains a high concentrate of magnesium. The magnesium citrate pills I bought are just a magnesium supplement containing 200 milligrams each. The FDA reguirement for magnesium is 400 milligrams for adults per day. I never had this reaction when I was taking the GNC brand, which is magnesium oxide, so maybe it's the citrate that is doing the trick. I really hope so. I hope today wasn't just a fluke. Maybe tonight I will take 1 and a half pills, which would be 300 milligrams and see what happens tomorrow.------------------"Remember To Stop and Smell the Roses"Rose (C-type)
 

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That is GREAT, Rose! Heck, if I were you, I would use this time to wean off the Perdium with senna! You may not even need it anymore! Maybe you could even stop the Experience if it continues and just play around with dosage, etc. ------------------C-Type IBS (slow motility)
 
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I went from chronic c to multiple bowel movements with d. This started happening after I had tapered off my fiber intake. Makes no sense. I started using fiber for the constipation. It seemed to help until a year or so ago. Tried more fiber but didn't help. Guess I'll try friggin' delicious citricel again. My GI said it just goes along with the whole "irritability" aspect of this. Whatever.Brian
 
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Hi everyone. I have not posted for a while as I had things in control. I was taking a teaspoon of perdium morning and night, magnesium (300mg), acidophallus and digestive enzymes and I was going every morning (even had D sometimes) However, I wanted to cut out the amount of pills I was taking as it was becoming a bind. I stopped acidophollus and magnesium. I was fine for a few days and then, all of a sudden (unless it was the chinese meal I had) I began a bout of IBS-C. I have been that way for a week (I was giving the chinese a chance to calm down) but there is no change. I can still go with the perdium but it is a struggle and I am suffering from gas. So, I have come to the conclusion that I need the whole caboodle to keep my IBS under control (acidophollus for gas and magnesium for movement). As a by the by, when I was taking the whole lot I noticed that I could actually reduce the perdium to control the movement (if you know what I mean). I have tried and tested and think I will have to accept that I have to take umpteen pills every day to keep the IBS under control.Good Luck------------------SD
 
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Confirmed. I have been taking Magnesium Citrate (400mg - 200 am and 200 pm)again for 2 days and my bowels are moving again. Never stop the magnesium if you are IBS C (especially if slow motility like me)------------------SD
 

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I think I can pretty much confirm the Magnesium Citrate is what should be used if you are "C". After my "D" last week I cut down to 1 mag.citrate pill which is 200 milligrams, and I haven't had "D" since. So just to test it, I took (2) mag. citrate pills last night (400 milligrams) and I have "D" again today. ( Again, I am NOT complaining...sorry to all you "D" types, but I would take "D" anyday over "C" ) At least it is a change of pace.
Tonight I am going to try 1 and a half pills which would be 300 milligrams and see how that works. I urge the "C" types to add Magnesium Citrate to whatever else you are taking. The FDA requirement for adults is 400 milligrams of magnesium per day, so you might as well take it in citrate form, if it will help you "go". I am taking Magnesium Citrate by Solgar. I bought it at a local health food store, but I know that www.vitaminshoppe.com sells it also. You get 60 tablets for about $6.00.------------------"Remember To Stop and Smell the Roses"Rose (C-type)
 
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