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I have had IBS-D for 4 months now. Needless to say, because I am D type, I have by merely skimming over, or bypassing the threads on C. But now I need your help for C type.Last night I spoke to my sister - she has been IBS-C since April - but does not know where to get help. I told her about my great "friends" on this BB, and told her I would try to get their advice for C types!! (can you tell I'm buttering you all up)Sorry to have to ask the VERY basic questions, but I'm at a loss - WHAT CAN A C TYPE PERSON DO TO GET THINGS MOVING??? Does acidophyllis work?What about Aloe Vera juice?Will L-glutamine help with C as well as D?Should she start an elimination diet?What other vitamins, minerals or natural products can she take?What works for gas?What works for the pain?Gosh - thanks in advance to all of you!
catherine
 
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Hi BEAR! Many things your sister could try, there is citracel, metemucil, fibechoice, I heard Evian water has helped many, magnesium, oatmeal, there is a thread that a certain bread helped many, forgot the name, look up the threads and you will find it, think stomachtroubles posted it, as for gas, beano, gas x, I am sure ther are others, my mind is jello, just woke up a few minutes ago. If the pain is bad, have her see a DR and prescribe something for pain, or she could try tylenol, or advil for the time being. She will need to seek what food and drinks affect her the most by trial and error. Hope she feels better!
 
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Hi catherine - sorry to hear your sister has this too!
If i knew the answers to all your questions as to what helps - i would be a happy lassie!I can tell you what sometimes works for me when i am particualrily bunged up and bloated.I found that hot water and lemon juice in the mornings used to help get things moving sometimes.One of the best things is to eat more small meals rather than 3 big ones - as it is easier to digest. And make sure you have a completely stress free environment when you eat - i find that if i am stressed or worried when i eat i get bloated and spasms immediately!!!
Eat plenty of fibre and take a fibre suppliment - i have had great results with psyillium husks or ispagulla husks... but remember to drink lots of water with it too! very important!Relaxation is very very important - i found hypnotherapy tapes, yoga, long hot baths etc... all very helpful!
Peppermint tea also very soothing.Smithicone is sometimes good for gas and bloating esp after you have eaten.Magnesium is good for cI also take 1 calcium a day - but this is because i can't take milk and i find it binds the bm together better which helps it come out easier!!charcoal tablets or dill tea are good for gas.erm... i'm sure there are lots more - but that's all i am doing just now...seems to help most of the time?hope this helps a bit? i will be very interested to be reminded what else people do!!
 
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Mustang/bear - i think that bread is from a company called 'food for life' they have a rather snazzy website - at something like: www.foodforlife.com - but don't quote me on that?!sadly i can't get it in the UK - but it sounds fabby!
 

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I am the C type and I eat that bread everyone is talking about thanks to "Stomach Troubles" another member here. I eat two slices every morning and I am regular every day now. I used to to 3 weeks with nothing. The bread has a web site and you can find a store that sells it near her/you. Here is the info: www.food-for-life.com. The web site has been down for a few days (probably our fault). Here is the type of bread it is: "The Original 100% Flourless" "Sprouted Grain Bread" "Ezekiel 4:9"If you can't get to their website, just call some of your local health food store to see if they carry it. It really has changed my life.
[This message has been edited by NewForMe (edited 08-11-2000).]
 
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Thanks everyone - my sister has a lot of stress in her life right now and her doctor is basically doing nothing (she is in the process of hunting for a new one - but it takes time). She has lost sooooo much weight (she's probably about 85 lbs) because she is afraid to eat. I hate to see her like this.I don't know if I can get that bread either, as I am up in Canada - but I'll try!Thanks again!
 
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catherine - if she is under a lot of stress then that is probably the primary thing to tackle - and fast before the ibs really gets a hold!! i wish i had known how damaging stress can be to the body before this much damage was done!!And loosing weight - that could be a sign of lots of things other than ibs - you don't usually lose weight with ibs - i think!?!?maybe she should try some L-glutamine - that can help repair damage done to your gut through stress - and also she needs to control the stress some how and get calm again! Easy to say i know - but so so so important!!!
 
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Dear Bear,I am IBS-D but years ago was C. Citrucel was a dealable product for me and does not produce gas like metamucil. Donnatol worked great for abdominal pain(still does)I really wish I was more informed and could help more, but I had to tell you how sweet you are and how lucky your sister is to have you. You have been so kind to me on my posts and here I am with not a dimes worth of advice. Although I would like to concur with the person who said addressing the stress is probably a good place to start dealing with IBS. Good luck sweetie, and good luck to your sister.(85 lbs is darn thin)Has she been tested for other things?My heart goes out to you both.Love and Peace,Karly
 

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Hi Bear:Eric is right, she should have testing done. There are other diseases out there that mimic IBS, and testing is the only way she'll find out for sure. It's better to know for sure.JeanG
 
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