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Redhead
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posted 05-03-1999 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Redhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone else find that merely the act of eating will trigger D? I can't tell you how many times I have to stop right in the middle of a meal to run to the restroom. Luckily, I have a wonderful hubby who understands that when I say, "I have to go NOW," it truly means NOW.
Anyone else experience this?

Annette
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posted 05-03-1999 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Annette   Click Here to Email Annette     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Redhead,

I have had that problem at times. It doesn't happen everytime I eat though. A couple of weeks ago I ate crablegs, coleslaw and a piece of lemon pie. It wasn't 30 minutes before I had severe cramps. I had D too but I had the pain for about 15 minutes before anything happened. I wonder why this happens sometimes and not others. Maybe its the combination of certain foods. I don't know. Just about everyting about this disease is a mystery to me.

silver
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posted 05-04-1999 12:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Annette, my guess is the coleslaw. I get so sick every time I eat the stuff. Also watch out for yogurt.
Redhead, try to keep a food diary, you would be surprise at what you eat that could trigger these attacks.

Rob
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posted 05-04-1999 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, when my IBS was at its worst, EVERY meal, EVERY time, no matter what I ate, no matter where, even if it was only a small snack, I'd have D w/in 15 minutes of the first bite, which often meant I'd be getting up from the dinner table to go to the bathroom (sometimes running)- by the time I came out, dinner was cleared and everyone was working on dessert! Anyway, I can't explain it. I've kept a food diary - didn't help that much. I know the obvious triggers, but sometimes what appears to be the best meal still causes a problem. Also, I alleviated symptoms when I eliminated all meds from my system. Still have this problem sometimes, but not always. Its random, unfortunately.

BobJ
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posted 05-04-1999 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobJ   Click Here to Email BobJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I have had this symptom also...

I believe some of it has to do with some kind of neural response (there's a name for it - "gastrocol..." something) when the digestive tract senses that food is being ingested. Under certain circumstances, that neural response may "tell" the colon to empty out because "more stuff" will be coming through. For us IBSers, that neural sensitivity may be elevated and easier to trigger than "normal" folks. I think this is why some IBSers respond well to those anti-anxiety meds -- it's not necessarily that they're depressed or otherwise "mentally off", but rather the anti-anxiety meds can suppress that elevated sensitivity in the gut.

In any case, my wife used to be amazed at how quickly I would run off to the toilet after just a few bites of dinner. She would frequently remark that she was baffled by how "fast" the food had "gone though" me. Well, it's really not the food that you just put in your mouth a few minutes before the rush, it's more like the food that's been hanging around in the colon, maybe stuff you ate yesterday, that's been "told" to make room for the new stuff.

Although my understanding of this is anecdotal, I do believe there is medical evidence of this (I think it's a well established mechanism) and, I'm sure, some fifty-cent latin words to go along with it all.

BJ

moldie
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posted 05-04-1999 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Redhead; I just wrote a whole big message, but alas it was erased when I tried to send it saying I used the wrong password. Wish it would have told me this in the beginning. I'll make this shorter in case it does the same thing. You owe it to yourself to find an allergist who deals with food allergies. I'm going to one now, and am grateful I did. Citric acid is a common offender of IBS but it might be something else for you. You could try eliminating one food at a time but this gets complicated with the diets we have these days. Foods are not as simple and pure nowadays as they were. Lots of things can be added to them, whether in recipes or in packaging. Some people are bothered by white sugar and flour so you could try getting rid of those (they're not that good for digestion but they taste good so we eat them). Anyway good luck. I hope you get some relief soon.

Moldie

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TomZ
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posted 05-04-1999 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomZ   Click Here to Email TomZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Have you tried the Caltrate Plus yet ? It has helped me tremendously. I don't have the same kind of urgency that you speak of as I used to anymore. I know I sound like a Caltrate sales person, belive me I am not, but I feel guilty not to share its benefits with others that have the D.

Good Luck,

TomZ

Gena
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posted 05-04-1999 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gena     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all..well I have yet to try caltrate, but I do intend to! I am sick of living on Immodium and pepto bismol. Especially in work situations and other types of unfortunate situations.

I know exactly what you mean about the timing of the episodes when eating. for me it happens always within 20 minutes of chowing down. i am so used to it now and so is my boyfriend that it's not really such a surprise anymore. it's just one of those things you have to live with. we're lucky we have things like immodium to help us cope but i want to rid myself of these symptoms just like everyone else. i agree with ron's assesment that it's neurological. we should do more research on the triggered bowel response.

Redhead
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posted 05-13-1999 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Redhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To all who answered, thanks! BobJ, what you said makes a ton of sense to me. I don't think it has much to do with WHAT I eat, but the ACT of ingesting food that triggers it. TomZ, yes, I started taking Caltrate Plus (purple and white bottle) about 4-5 days ago. I take one with each meal. It *seems* to have helped a little bit (no liquid D) but still could be better. Maybe I just need more time with it. Anyhow thanks everyone!

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