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Pamela Joanne

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Registered: Aug 99

posted 08-18-1999 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pamela Joanne   Click Here to Email Pamela Joanne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had IBS for 25 yrs. getting worse as I get older.. 43 now. I have D as my only symtom with a little pain.. not much. GI's over the years show "everything is alright". I have heard that a prescription drug to lower cholestral called CHOLESTYRAMINE is used by people that can talk their Dr. into prescribing it to them. I have tried Slippery Elm, Kyo-dohilus, and chlorophyll, to help and it does for periods of time.. then stops. I have not used the prescription drug mentioned above because my Dr. will not prescribe it to me. Anyone have something that works for just D and leakage? I travel and am job hunting again and this is murder as you all know.. would also like to talk to people with helpful hint to funtioning out there in public, workplace ect. ect. I am happy to have found this board knowing there are others out there but sorry you have to endure this as well.. would not wish this on my kid's meanest teacher!! Let me hear from you, Pam


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posted 08-18-1999 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LNAPE   Click Here to Email LNAPE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

If you are looking for something that works for Diarrhea you should try the caltrate plus calcium supplement with vitamin d and minerals. I have bee successful using this for over a year and I suffered almost daily for 23 years after having my gall bladder removed. I take one with each meal and I felt better from the first day of taking it. Let me know if I can answer any questions on it. Email me.


posted 08-18-1999 09:58 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I started suffering IBS this year soon after having had food posioning. I never experienced anything like this (I'm 27) before....thought I was dying or something. The Doctor I visited explained to me that I displayed all the symptoms of IBS and instead of referring to it as "not a physiological problem" explained that the colon (gut) was working away involuntarilyand needed to be calmed down with a gut tranquilizer which would also stop the D. He prescribed Librax and it has been a complete turn around for me. I told him I was worried I'd have to take it forever and He said not to worry. He said even if I do have to take it regularly from now on it's safe. Try Librax if you can.


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posted 08-19-1999 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joany     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am also exclusively IBS(D). I have tried many many remedies, too. Recently, after having a flexible sigmoidoscopy, my gastroenterologist prescribed CHOLESTRYRAMINE (4 grams per day). I QUESTIONED this because it's a drug used for lowering cholestrol and not a well-known drug for treating IBS.
It's been my absolute life saver.


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posted 08-19-1999 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hmmmmmmmm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Believe it or not fiber can work well to control the D. I take ground flax a few spoons in a cup of acidophilous yogurt. Works pretty well for awhile but I still get D sometimes. I use caltrate plus too it works I wouldn't want to go without it but neither of them totally stop the D for me.

τΏτ-whereever you go there you are


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posted 08-19-1999 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chrisseese   Click Here to Email chrisseese     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the board. I too am a professional who had to deal with work and numerous bathroom trips due to D. I began taking the Caltrate Plus a month ago and unless I eat a trigger food, I have been D free. I take one in morning and one in evening and it seems to cause just enough constipation that I have only one trip to the bathroom per day for my bowels and it is solid for the first time in many many many years.

Make sure you get the Caltrate Plus. It is the only supplement I have found that contains calcium without magnesium. Calcium by itself causes constipation and magnesium by itself causes D, so put them together and they counteract eachother, but seperate, they help those of us with IBS, depending on which one we need.

Hope you get some relief whichever way you go.


If a toilet is my throne, I want a padded seat!!


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Registered: Jul 99

posted 08-19-1999 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kitty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Pamela! I'm also IBS-D and have found that Caltrate has helped me. But I really have to watch my diet. Have you tried altering your diet? Try an elimination diet to see if you have any food allergies. Start off with chicken breast, well cooked veggies and rice (all minimal seasonings) and see how you do on that. If you do good you can add diff. foods little by little and see how you react. I stay away from dairy, most fruits, spicy foods, garlic, onions, chocolate, most sweets, and popcorn among other foods. I've never heard of CHOLESTYRAMINE before now, but it looks like it worked Joany! Maybe you should give it a shot. But I would try Caltrate first since it's natural and if that doesn't work then try the CHOLESTYRAMINE. Good Luck!

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