IBS-D

Posted by pjss48 @pjss48, Dec 11, 2018

I have IBS with diarrhea. I’m taking med for it. Had several bowel movements already today. How do you get things done in house and go out on errands and going to Dr appointments? Driving me crazy!

@taya

For years I have had problems with diarrhea. Coffee is the main trigger and I never drink that away from home.
My dr says just take Immodium which causes the opposite problem. Traveling is a nightmare as I am always looking for a bathroom. I don’t have control over the diarrhea and am constantly laundering clothes and cleaning up the bathroom. Any suggestions?

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How much immodium did you taking that controlled the diarrhea but caused constipation? Before I was diagnosed with IBS and went on the low Fodmap diet, I took only 1/2 of an immodium each morning which pretty much controlled the diarrhea. Once in awhile if I did have an episode I took another 1/2. Never had an issue with constipation. Of course immodium only treats the symptoms and not the cause. But there are days on this diet that I am tempted to just forget it and go back to daily immodium!

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@pjss48

I have ibsd and having diarrhea a lot. I’m on bentyl and immodium. Can they quit working? I don’t know what to do.

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luky06.ene number(unit) immodium.Diarrhea the and.

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@pjss48

I have ibsd and having diarrhea a lot. I’m on bentyl and immodium. Can they quit working? I don’t know what to do.

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luky06.For diarrhea one number immodium.you do not get another one.

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@taya

Thank you for your reply. I’ve had colonoscopies which were fine. I will try Metamucil. I take Klonopin and Mirtazapine for anxiety but don’t think they are a problem. I think I will find a probiotic, maybe that will help.

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Same here. Sorry to here. Seems like at times traded one problem to another. And some kind of science peoject

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@taya

Every morning upon awakening I have a dull stomachache, just an overall feeling of malaise. Usually around noon I start to feel better and continue with my regular activities. Could this just be anxiety? Anybody have this problem?

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Could be what you ate the night before. Do you eat before bed or drink before bed? Sometimes that can cause stomach aches. But yes it could be stress or anxiety those things really can affect your body in a negative way

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@pjss48

I have ibsd and having diarrhea a lot. I’m on bentyl and immodium. Can they quit working? I don’t know what to do.

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For me everything changed when I started using Fiber twice a day. Not fiber gummy's but fast absorbing powder…It has no flavor and you can use it in coffee or tea and it really works…

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@ngarriso

For me everything changed when I started using Fiber twice a day. Not fiber gummy's but fast absorbing powder…It has no flavor and you can use it in coffee or tea and it really works…

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What is it called?

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@pjss48

I have ibsd and having diarrhea a lot. I’m on bentyl and immodium. Can they quit working? I don’t know what to do.

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Benefiber Fiber Supplement twice a day in any drink…. @ jackiem95

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@pjss48

How can a person with IBSD have surgery on knee or hammer toes when I also have depression and anxiety disorder. I can't

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Hello @pjss48

I'm not sure I understand your question regarding surgery on your knee and hammer toes. Has your doctor indicated a problem based on your history of ISBD and anxiety issues? If so, it might be helpful if you could share more information as you feel comfortable doing so.

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@jackiem95

I have a long term problem with GERD and more recently with IBS-D. Am on the low Fodmap diet and recently saw a new GI who changed my PPI to Dexilant along with two Pepcid tablets—one before dinner and another at bedtime. This was working—until I became terribly constipated. Dr. told me to take Citrucel for the constipation. I tried the powder and the caplets, both of which caused really bad acid reflux. Forget that! Now I am supposed to take Miralax. I think to myself: here I am on this restrictive Low FODMAP diet to control diarrhea—and now I am supposed to take a laxative
that causes it?? I am wondering why I just don’t eat some of the restricted foods on the diet that used to give me diarrhea? Dr. says Metamucil causes a lot of gas. Well, if I go back to the Metamucil wafers I successfully used for years before the IBS, having gas is better than being plugged up and uncomfortable.

Am I losing my mind here? Has anyone had the problems with constipation on Pepcid or similar meds? Were you able to solve it without a heavy duty laxative like Miralax that more or less restricts you to the house while you wait for it to work?

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@jackiem95 I have been having a problem with loose stools also, and Metamucil and Citrucel have both been recommended. According to my PCP, they add bulk which supposedly firms the stools. Frankly, I did not have success with either, and I had minor success with Imodium. I have come to realize that I must have IBS-D or something like it. Initially I thought it was a lactose intolerance but I have cut out lactose and still had a problem, albeit a lesser problem, so obviously it was not just the lactose that was causing my problem. I have not yet figured out what else is.
I will have to look into the FODMAP diet, perhaps that will help. I will be interested in hearing if you find any solution to this problem.
This type of problem really does impact lifestyle, keeping a person at home.
JK

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@jackiem95

I have a long term problem with GERD and more recently with IBS-D. Am on the low Fodmap diet and recently saw a new GI who changed my PPI to Dexilant along with two Pepcid tablets—one before dinner and another at bedtime. This was working—until I became terribly constipated. Dr. told me to take Citrucel for the constipation. I tried the powder and the caplets, both of which caused really bad acid reflux. Forget that! Now I am supposed to take Miralax. I think to myself: here I am on this restrictive Low FODMAP diet to control diarrhea—and now I am supposed to take a laxative
that causes it?? I am wondering why I just don’t eat some of the restricted foods on the diet that used to give me diarrhea? Dr. says Metamucil causes a lot of gas. Well, if I go back to the Metamucil wafers I successfully used for years before the IBS, having gas is better than being plugged up and uncomfortable.

Am I losing my mind here? Has anyone had the problems with constipation on Pepcid or similar meds? Were you able to solve it without a heavy duty laxative like Miralax that more or less restricts you to the house while you wait for it to work?

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I think @sue225 @pjss48 and @kariulrich might have something valuable to add to this discussion about problems with constipation, acid relux, IBS and managing digestive issues with meds and diet. So hard to find the right balance that works.

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@jackiem95

I have a long term problem with GERD and more recently with IBS-D. Am on the low Fodmap diet and recently saw a new GI who changed my PPI to Dexilant along with two Pepcid tablets—one before dinner and another at bedtime. This was working—until I became terribly constipated. Dr. told me to take Citrucel for the constipation. I tried the powder and the caplets, both of which caused really bad acid reflux. Forget that! Now I am supposed to take Miralax. I think to myself: here I am on this restrictive Low FODMAP diet to control diarrhea—and now I am supposed to take a laxative
that causes it?? I am wondering why I just don’t eat some of the restricted foods on the diet that used to give me diarrhea? Dr. says Metamucil causes a lot of gas. Well, if I go back to the Metamucil wafers I successfully used for years before the IBS, having gas is better than being plugged up and uncomfortable.

Am I losing my mind here? Has anyone had the problems with constipation on Pepcid or similar meds? Were you able to solve it without a heavy duty laxative like Miralax that more or less restricts you to the house while you wait for it to work?

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@jackiem95 I can certainly sympathize with your problem as I've had three surgeries of the upper digestive tract and I'm always trying to figure out a diet that will work to keep my system regulated, but not work so well as to cause diarrhea. You mentioned Miralax and referred to it as a "heavy duty laxative" however, it is not a laxative but a stool softener. Have you ever tried it? There are other stool softeners like Colace (that is the brand name but it is available as a generic) It does take a few days of treatment before you notice a difference.

A balanced diet is always important as well as exercises, especially after eating. Stretches and bending at the waist, walking, etc. can also be good ways to prevent and/or treat constipation. Also, drinking lots of water is important as well. I have heard of some members who do self-massage on the abdomen, massaging in a clock-wise manner.

I suppose, as @colleenyoung said, you have to keep working to find the right balance that will work for you.

Have you tried mild exercises after eating?

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@hopeful33250

@jackiem95 I can certainly sympathize with your problem as I've had three surgeries of the upper digestive tract and I'm always trying to figure out a diet that will work to keep my system regulated, but not work so well as to cause diarrhea. You mentioned Miralax and referred to it as a "heavy duty laxative" however, it is not a laxative but a stool softener. Have you ever tried it? There are other stool softeners like Colace (that is the brand name but it is available as a generic) It does take a few days of treatment before you notice a difference.

A balanced diet is always important as well as exercises, especially after eating. Stretches and bending at the waist, walking, etc. can also be good ways to prevent and/or treat constipation. Also, drinking lots of water is important as well. I have heard of some members who do self-massage on the abdomen, massaging in a clock-wise manner.

I suppose, as @colleenyoung said, you have to keep working to find the right balance that will work for you.

Have you tried mild exercises after eating?

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Miralax is actually an "osmotic" type of laxative. In larger doses it is used as the bowel prep for a colonscopy.

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@colleenyoung

I think @sue225 @pjss48 and @kariulrich might have something valuable to add to this discussion about problems with constipation, acid relux, IBS and managing digestive issues with meds and diet. So hard to find the right balance that works.

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Thanks Colleen. How do I find the relevant posts by these members?

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@jackiem95

I have a long term problem with GERD and more recently with IBS-D. Am on the low Fodmap diet and recently saw a new GI who changed my PPI to Dexilant along with two Pepcid tablets—one before dinner and another at bedtime. This was working—until I became terribly constipated. Dr. told me to take Citrucel for the constipation. I tried the powder and the caplets, both of which caused really bad acid reflux. Forget that! Now I am supposed to take Miralax. I think to myself: here I am on this restrictive Low FODMAP diet to control diarrhea—and now I am supposed to take a laxative
that causes it?? I am wondering why I just don’t eat some of the restricted foods on the diet that used to give me diarrhea? Dr. says Metamucil causes a lot of gas. Well, if I go back to the Metamucil wafers I successfully used for years before the IBS, having gas is better than being plugged up and uncomfortable.

Am I losing my mind here? Has anyone had the problems with constipation on Pepcid or similar meds? Were you able to solve it without a heavy duty laxative like Miralax that more or less restricts you to the house while you wait for it to work?

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Linzess works wonders, with no gas! Comes in different strengths. Easy capsule to take each morning.

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