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Hello everyone I have just joined today. I suffer from IBS (I think) and have just had a barium meal done and a colonoscopy - not nice! Nothing was found.I tend to get really bad D each morning which i can deal with, although if I get nervous about soemthing like a long car journey I get worse. However, I tend to get really explosive D every now and again say 3 or 4 times a month. I really think I am allergic to something as it seems to come from nowhere. have noticed it with eggs and smoked mackeral and also cold coke. Does anyone else have this prob. I also feel as tho I can't keep it in and get in more of a panic if I am out somewhere. Have explained all this to doc but the won't test me for food intolerances for some reason. Say I need to work it out myself which I have tried. Had this prob for about 8 years now. Please could someone tell me if they have the same probs. Thanks x
 

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Although not a D sufferer (I'm a C person!)I did a food diary (very strict- indicating all ingredients) to find out my triggers. My dietician was like your doc in that food intolerance tests were not advised (the indication being that they are too sensitive and I may end up being able to eat nothing!!)Have you tried to do this yourself? (for a few months, see if there could be a particular ingredient/artificial flavour or colour that may set you off).As for that panic feeling, even without D I can empathise. I did have a bit of counselling to help me (as much of the panic was you could argue unfounded!) I also take bach flower remedies when in unfamiliar surroundings or in situations where I have no control over my time- it was the not being in control as to when I could go to the toilet that used to freak me out...I know a lot here take immodium for trips out etc; they will be able to advise you better on this though. (Have a look at past threads on this forum for more help)Hope you find lots of help on here...
 

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sometimes we struggle with hot or cold things as they "shock" the stomach. anxiety gets most of us at times. smoked things also irritant the gut.check out the post about food triggers and keep a food and drink dariy especially when u have explosive D, thats ussually a bad trigger consumed they can react in around 15minutes too.ah from the uk my specialist refused me interlorance tests after my lactose one was clear... however in time when uni funds arent so tight im going to pay to have them done private. the trouble with uk is ibs isnt taken seriously they think its a disease of the mind rest assured though what we have is real. i use loperamide hydrochloride (generic immodium) my gp is good and as i haev to pay he prescribes me around 6months worth.i know food diarys are a pain in the bum, i tried a good few times but i started to see a pattern you have to keep them for months and months... ive had ibs 3years now and i know m,ost all of my triggers, it took me around 2years to find them out though... you really need to relax, easier said than done but stress can bring on explosive D... try the white diet, fish, chicken white rice, white bread and potatoe... you may find some relief though be warned i get alot of explosive D from starches especially potatoe and rice
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thanks for the support guys. Its good to find places like this so that you realise that you are not alone. My other trigger seems to be when we go to visit family on the east coast of Scotland. I'm wondering if its the water there - I think my in-laws think I am mad although they are sympathetic. Does anyone every "recover" from IBS do you think or is it always there. My concern is that I think about it all the time that it will never leave me. I spend my life taking immodiums!!!!!
 

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It could be the water.When we go visit the inlaws on their farm, the opposite happens. I actually slow up. We both have well water, but ours has a lot more manganese in it (i drink mainly bottled RO water anyhow at home).I figured out it was because I don't drink nearly as much water when I was away from home, and that was one things that helped me reduce my water intake which in turn helped my symptoms.
 

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Twilight (cute name)Anyhow....welcome to this Board. You will find a lot of good advice here...just keep reading.Sounds like you need a new doctor for one thing, and IBS has a HUGE mind-gut connection. If you let it, it will get worse every time you have an episode. It's common for us to worry about not being near a bathroom, etc. It can take away your social life if you let it too. Try to be honest with your close friends and family, share and read on here. It will get better for you.I think making sure you don't have some food allergies is a good idea, but I would bet money that most of us on here will tell you that IBS is a pretty unpredictable thing... we all learn different ways to deal with it. I wish I had a food allergy, but I don't.I've had IBS-D 18 years...and learned over that time, that I can "think" myself into holding it at times, I know not to eat big meals before anything stressful, I use a lot of imodium. I sometimes wear a pad or even Depends..and I try to tell myself that the majority of the time I am OK (which is true in my case) In 18 years I have only had 2 episodes where I had explosive D with no warning..and as you will read on here-that happens to people without IBS too. I suspect those were really related to bad food.Anyhow....all of us with IBS are different, you've found a good source of support and information.Jeanne
 

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my life tooexplosive D ain't fun at allmy major trigger: eggsi think my beloved Tea is also a triggeras is pretty much everything i eat.explosive D's back, after being away for 2 yearsi'm going to have to go back to old standby:- subsisting on protein shakes made with rice-milk & whey protein (i'm allergic to milk and all things soy)- taking psyllium husks + caproil + bentonite clay, once a day for 3 weeks or so- Primal Defense, daily, away from the husk/oil/clay mixtureafter 3weeks i ought to be on the mendperhaps something like this can work for you too?also - simplifying your life as much as possible, yoga/some stretching relaxing exercise, doing things you love.it's so good being able to talk about this, no one in my family/circle of friends can really understand this... especially when it's about D vs. explosive D and the terror of "where the hell is the bathroom!!!!!!"
 

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The panic just makes you worse doesn't it. Has anyone every got over this - where's the loo syndrome? My worst nightmare is a long traffic jam for hours. Brings me out in a sweat just thinking about it. I try to take a book with me so I can "concentrate" on it, but I do tend to get really narky is someone tries to talk to me!!!
 

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ha! me too!it's so hard when someone's trying to talk to you and it's taking every ounce of concentration to not blow it. happened to me yesterday in a car, i couldn't hear the person talking, told them to let me off right there and then so i could dash into a donut shop.re: dealing - where the hell is the loo!!!!that's where my life is limited....i've cut down and cut back on activities and movement. luckily, at my work i can come and go as i please and use the loo whenever i need to.i find that after a while, the psyllium husk thingy works... and so i don't have to run around scared anymore. ditto w/ the protein shakes....'cuz if i have anything else to eat, it's gone baby.i'm grateful that the city where i live have pretty easy to access loos... and i don't have to pay to use it.good luck TwilightTeaser.
 
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