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New to this. with chronic D, I am exploring natural ways to treat IBS. I've read much on Calcium but am concerned of side effects. Any suggestions?
 

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We all need calcium in our diets and most of us do not get enough. I have been taking the caltrate plus calcium in the purple and white box for over a year and after suffering for 23 years with ibs diarrhea I have never felt so good. This is all I take and the diarrhea is under control. Email me if I can answer any questions for you.Linda
 
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What brought on the chronic D- could it have been antiobiotics? I had 2 months and 15 pound weight loss this year and didn't put the connection together that my gastro did(it was weeks prior that I had taken zithromax for bronchitis)- she put me on "metronidazle(cheap and I didn't have any side effects with it). This cured me (I took 2 rounds- 20 days) of my endless D... I was blaming it on IBS but usually with IBS(I have had it 20 plus years) D will come and go somewhat and not be so relentless....just a thought, hope it helps someone...
 

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Hi Jonie, and welcome. If you don't exceed the dosage, their probably won't be a problem with it. Have you tried a slow introduction of natural fiber(such as ground flax meal, and oat bran) taken at regular times? Also try staying away from white flour and sugar products, caffeine, alcohol acidic, and spicey foods.Hey karena, you and me babe! That was my problem too. You got yours ironed out quicker than mine though. My GI doc.,GP,and Gyno doc. couldn't put the puzzle peices together so I suffered 4 yrs. with it. I also lost 15#'s with it and had IBS for 20plus years too! Then I went to Milwaukee Medical College, and the GI specialist there wanted to order both antibiotics and an antifungal. By this time, I had read and heard about the Candida-antibiotic possibility. Did your GI doc give it that name? They have been calling it med-induced colitis of late, as per here on the board. My doc. was an oldie and he didn't want to give me too much information, so he basically gave me the prescriptions and said something like, "just in case there is something else growing in there." I didn't like the idea of taking another antibiotic; especially without any testing for infection. I also hated his arrogant attitude. He would come out with statements and a synical facial expression saying things like "I didn't ask you that", and "I'm not saying you should see a psychiatrist, but maybe if you were a happier person." A couple months later I got into a good Allergy Clinic that treated food allergies and Candida. My prescription was expensive (Diflucan) but my insurance card only billed me the max of $10.00. I had two rounds of it also, but because it is such a strong antifungal, and the fact I lived a few hours away from this clinic, so could not be monitored as carefully, I was put on only 2tabs/twice a week taken with food. Therefore it took 6mos. for me. I had no side-effects either. Were you told to stay away from sugars and only eat fresh fruits and no flavored yogurts?------------------
 

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Jonie, I agree with everyone that suggested Calcium Plus. Even though I still have D (and sometimes bad) it gives me more days of freedom than I used to have. Immodium AD is good to use as a backup. I also heard good things about Donnagel but have not tried it yet. Try staying away from milk and milk products and see if that helps any. I hope you feel better soon!
 
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