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naturegirl
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posted 04-02-1999 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for naturegirl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm kinda bummed out. I went out to eat today and had a pretty bad bout of D. I was at the mall and had to high-tail it home in a hurry. i ended up seeking refuge in a bookstore bathroom as the situation turned into an emergency. The cramping was so bad that I had to stop my hurrying and lean against a tree for support. I'm not sure what to do and if Linda you have any advice I'd love to hear it. I started out taking 1/2 tabs of caltrate 2 times a day. I was ok for a week and then had D for two days so then I increased to 1/2 tab at breakfast and 1 whole at dinner and lasted about 18 days before D. Do you think I should increase again? Thanks all.

ricky
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posted 04-02-1999 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ricky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For what this is worth, the caltrate has helped, but if I stess out too much, or I think "I shouldn't eat this its going to make me sick!" and I go ahead and eat it, guess what--I get the big "d," cramps and the whole shot! Also, a stessful day and situations-- the same. I am sorry you had a bad evening.

Ricky

naturegirl
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posted 04-02-1999 12:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for naturegirl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ricky. I guess I was hoping for a cure and the Caltrate isn't it. I suppose I should look at the bright side, though. i have seen a remarkable improvement. There was a time in my life where I'd have D 4-5 times a week. I might start taking a little more Caltrate though--2 tabs a day. Thanks for the sympathy.

ricky
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posted 04-02-1999 12:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ricky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Naturegirl,

I take it twice a day and I think it is also important to take it before meals--when we eat it stirs up the bowls. I have talked to others who take it as many as 3x a day. I would try at least 2x per day if you don't have problems with constipation. I have never had the pleasure!

Ricky

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posted 04-02-1999 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LNAPE   Click Here to Email LNAPE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Naturegirl,

Sorry to hear you had a bad bout. This will happen form time to time. I think upping you dose would be the best bet for you. You can take up to 4 a day. This calcium is not a harmful thing. I think I work in reverse of you. I always take three tablets and if I feel a bit constipated then I cut back. You take the very minimum you can get by on and I think you too should increase the dose and only cut back if you feel you are getting constipated. I never worry about that because as soon as I stop the calcium the diarrhea will return very soon. I know it is not a cure but it sure has improved my life since finding this calcium connection.

Good luck.

Linda

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posted 04-02-1999 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gena     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So sorry to hear that Naturegirl..I can totally relate as I have often found myself in the confines of a bookstore bathroom after a sumptuous meal (or even a slice of pizza). What I am wondering is this: does the Caltrate repeat on anyone here? As in, do you burp it up a lot? I have tried to take oyster shell calcium in the past and it always repeats on me terribly so I have shied away from other calcium supplements. I do take TUMS from time to time and those don't give me any problems, but I'm wondering about the Caltrate.

well...good luck!

naturegirl
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posted 04-02-1999 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for naturegirl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to all for your replys. Linda, I'll definitely up my dose. Gena, as far as the burping, I haven't noticed that much with the Caltrate. I suffer from acid reflux from time to time and so I tend to burp a lot anyway but as long as the meal doesn't contain ONIONS/tomato/garlic I feel ok for the most part.

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posted 04-02-1999 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LNAPE   Click Here to Email LNAPE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gena,

For me the caltrate does not repeat as you put it. The oyster shell is not the best form of calcium to take for ibs or even for bone loss I have heard. Whi don't you try the caltrate plus 600 in the purple and white box. I asume you have ibs diarrhea. Let me know if I can help.

Linda

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posted 04-03-1999 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jennie P   Click Here to Email Jennie P     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CALTRATE PLUS is NOT a cure. I think you will all agree with me that any relief is better than what most of us go through. I started on the caltrate at the end of January and went two weeks without D. I thought this was the miracle I had been looking for. It has cut down on symptoms tremendously, but, I still have D from time to time. Going a week without a problem is so great.....if I do have a problem, I pop some immodium and get immediate relief.

Caltrate certainly helped out a great deal, but, does not cure IBS. Some have more severe IBS symptoms than others and so maybe the caltrate will work with different degrees of success.

Of course, I recommend a try....it could help you. It did me, but not enough to call it a cure!!! Thanks Linda.....for more better days than not!!!

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posted 04-03-1999 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scotty57   Click Here to Email Scotty57     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was having the same problem when I started the Caltrate, Every 15 days i would explode with D. But Guess what It happen 3 times 45 days and I kept track. After that I've been great. Im now on my 27th day and no great problems. I was going 6 to 8 times a day, That was a good day and now I'm a 2 to 3 timer unless I get stupid and eat something bad I'm taking 2 a day. Hang in there!!!

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posted 04-03-1999 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for naturegirl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys for the encouragement. It's just what I needed. For now I'm going forward with the hope that better days are ahead due to the Caltrate and the fact that I'll be graduating college soon and hopefully will be facing less pressure. Now I'm not quite sure what to do about the flex sig that i postponed because of my spring break trip. My head is telling me to go ahead and have it done...a negative result is better than none, but the motivation just isn't there because I feel like I'm making some progress. However I would like to maintain a relationship with my GI doc in case I need him in the future so I guess that means going ahead with all the tests he has scheduled for me. So I suppose I just answered my own question. Yuck I'm not looking forward to that, esp after that article on potentially dirty scopes.

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posted 04-05-1999 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cadia   Click Here to Email cadia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree the Caltrate isn't a cure,as much as we want it to be it isn't.
I learned that when i let myself go one time thinking caltrate would save me and i ended up with (d) again but without the pain.So any improvement is a good one.Except for that celexa that messed me up i'm ok, i get gassy alot but the caltrate helps with the pain,and i will take a little (d) over any pain,deffinetly!I just hope you all get better,and i hope i will continually get better. i just have to learn that just because it seems to work i can't just eat everything i want.-Cadia

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