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russy
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posted 03-28-2000 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for russy   Click Here to Email russy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
so easter is almost upon us and we have already been invited to my brother's house in new jersey, only a hour away. but seems like a long long journey to me. so, i have been taking calcium for 3 months now and it has dramicattliy helped me control my D. but the problem i have at hand is whenever i have to go ANYWHERE my nerves act up resulting in D. should i try taking idomium and the calicum. should i take the idomudium the night before and the morning of? and load up on the calicum. i mean my nerves are in a uproar and we have 1 month till easter. so unfortunaly i will think of this till easter,, and result in shitting myself. i hate this. i haven't really tried imodium for my IBS yet i guess fear is taking over. please tell me how you would go about a long trip. when to take the idomiun for the fullest effect. anything or any reply will be kindly appreciated.

Sassy
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posted 03-28-2000 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sassy   Click Here to Email Sassy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Russy, I don't take meds as I don't do well on them. I do take calcium caltrate. Why don't you just take the calcium caltrate like you take it normally and also watch for several days before you go on your Easter trip to not eat foods you know will trigger and attack. Outside of that, bring some supplies with you like some wet Wipes you can find them by the toilet paper in the grocery store, also look for some kind of pad of sorts to line your underwear for the trip at least so hopefully you won't soil yourself. The last thing is I would also bring a change of clothes if all else should fail. This way, you feel you have some kind of control to not show up a mess. It also may help calm you knowing that you have all the "what if's" covered. My prayers are with you. I've been where you are going many times and that's how I do it anymore.

Sassy

MartyG
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posted 03-28-2000 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MartyG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What about trying Ativan for your anxiety and Lomotil for D???

russy
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posted 03-28-2000 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for russy   Click Here to Email russy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Marty what are those? vitamins or preciption??

Marilyn34
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posted 03-28-2000 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marilyn34   Click Here to Email Marilyn34     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
russy - would it be possible for you to see a doctor before your Easter trip? I agree with Sassy and marty. Instead of filling up with all manner of meds, you need a tranquilizer like Ativan to calm you down and give you some peace of mind. The dilemma is that it's hard to get a doc to prescribe anything like that. Maybe if you just asked for enough to get you through the trip, you could get a few? Ativan works well for me, but Xanax or Valium will do the trick.
Too many other meds tend to make me feel even worse. If I take Imodium, then everything seems to back up instead of moving through, and I end up (at best) with explosive D. Also I agree with Sassy---I ALWAYS have a change of panties and jeans in the trunk of my car, plus I wear a pad for security. Sounds disgusting, I know, but you could always get some Depends, just to really feel safe.
The main point you need to think about---is not letting this miserable problem stop you from going places! Force yourself to go, no matter what happens. You don't want to be housebound.

ronty93
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posted 03-29-2000 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ronty93   Click Here to Email ronty93     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
russy, I have to agree with everyone else. My husband even went as far as to buy a porta-potty(don't laugh)and keep it in back of our van. He also got the windows tinted black. It's all about peace of mind. Little tricks. Don't let this thing make you a prisoner because it will if you let it! I know first hand! Hope this helps.

connielj
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posted 04-02-2000 12:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for connielj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Russy,

I don't normally recommend drugs, but am going to try the new IBS drug Lotronex (that so many people have already written about on this board.) I am hoping that it can be taken only "as needed."

From what I have read, Lotronex works by blocking messages from the brain to the gastrointestinal tract, unlike other drugs which are often prescribed for IBS (i.e. Librax and Sinequan, which are antidepressants, if I remember correctly.)

You might consider trying Lotronex, as it is terrible to be afraid to leave home. It takes all the joy out of life.

Good luck...

- Connie

Frieda
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posted 04-02-2000 01:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frieda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know what you mean. I had a horrible day today which I posted about. I hate it when I travel and there are no gas stations on the way. What I am going to do from now on is wear a menstral pad and have already started carrying extra panties. I have thrown out 3 so far this month in gas station bathroom garbage. It is humiliating. I don't want to be housebound as I'm sure you don't. I took 2 immodiums today after the first d attack and about an hour later I was doing much better so you might try that before you leave the house. Good luck and my prayers are with you.

ccrboxers
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posted 04-02-2000 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccrboxers   Click Here to Email ccrboxers     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Russy, It is good to know that someone else out there does the samething I do, dread those car rides. I'm going To a wedding in PA. in June and I live in TN. and I'm already getting scared. I started taking Caltrare Calcium in the purple box and so far so good, but I know I am going to take the Imodium before I go, I can't take the chance that something might happened. It is so bad now that I fly instead of driving but I still get myself workup on that but it is a better way to go for me. Please email me and let me know if you need a hand to hold.

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russy
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posted 04-03-2000 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for russy   Click Here to Email russy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thank you all for responding, this board makes a hell of a difference.

well i finally bought immoidum and i am going to try that prior to my journey so i know it will work. i just so damn scared of going in my pants again, it is the most humilating experience anyone can go thru!!

ronty93
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posted 04-03-2000 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ronty93   Click Here to Email ronty93     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Russy, let us all know how the trip goes. I can't even go 30 minutes away from home lately and it's driving me nuts. Stay strong, you're in my prayers, as is everyone on these boards and out there with this condition. LOL ronty93

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