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I'm new to the IBS Self Help Group. I'm 38 and have been suffering with IBS off and on for nearly 15 years. My father also was diagnosed with it. I've been to doctors who have prescribed meds that help control, but I still suffer at times. I'm often afraid to go far from home unless I'm working. I've had some bad experiences. Long car rides are stressful. I'm trying to work on my diet, but pinpointing foods that may cause problems has been difficult. I used to drink 2 or 3 glasses of diet pepsi a day, so I'm wondering if nutrasweet is a culprit. I also like chocolate, so I'm cutting way down on that. Dairy doesn't seem to bother me, though. I'm thinking about seeing a naturopath, maybe also a therapist. Any advice from fellow suffers? Thanks!
 
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Ummm. I've tried seeing a GE and a PhD to treat my mind and gut with a combination of drugs: imipramine, buspar and paxil. Since I don't have a history of real high blood pressure, I'm taking it for granted that the real woozy, light headed feeling I've been getting lately when I stand up after sitting down for a while is due to the combo, so I'm tossing out the imipramine for starters.
 
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Hi and welcome to the board. Hope you find lots of help here. Have you read any of the information on calcium supplements? It seems to be working wonders for quite a few people with D. Most are using "Caltrate Plus". ~~~~~~~~Lynn------------------"A merry heart does good, like medicine."
 

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It's possible to look up topics that might be of interest to you by using the search button. Take a look at "What works for me" .Caltrate Plus has freed a lot of us from diarrhea we owe this to Linda (search her name). Good luck
 
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Hi Sherree - Welcome! I, too, am relatively new here and am so grateful just for the moral support. I have C-type IBS mostly; just nasty D when the severe attacks of pain are upon me. The anticipation of travel makes the symptoms worse - the thought of getting on a plane and having a bad attack of pain and needing the bathroom until I "clear out" makes me shudder with dread! But I'm trying not to let it interfer with my family's life. We just took a 5 l/2 drive up to San Francisco. I went fully prepared, including plastic bags in case of the absolute necessity of having to go in the car!! Thank God for a supportive family. Keep coming back to the bulletin board - just being here with everyone else calms my stomach!Ken, just a note to you -- that woozy, light-headed feeling you're getting when you stand up could very well be from low blood pressure, not high. Medications can lower your pressure to a point that your body is not used to feeling. Please check with your doctor or pharmacist on this. I've had low blood pressure all my life and this is exactly how I feel when it drops just a few points.Be well -- Christine
 
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