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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!
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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In Canada, its called Constella, or linaclotide. Yes, it works. However, I got very bloated and had pain that kept me up most of the night. Afraid to take it again. (my gastroenterologist said you could take it on an as needed basis instead of everyday). There are no drugs without side effects. There are just different bodies reacting differently to medications.
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Recommend prune juice with every meal.
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There's a bottle in the frig 😝…may have to switch to dried prunes.
Miralax has not caused too many problems like diarrhea unless I ate a lot of cooked spinach or greens. My urology doctor (she is the head of the urology department at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, NC) had me start on just a little bit of Miralax and a serving of oatmeal to add bulk (Metamucil gives me gas). Add a little bit of Miralax until you find the right balance. I do use an extra dose if I have some cheese or chocolate which constipates me. Hope this helps.
I just read some more replies and saw some on Linsess. I get very severe diarrhea with the full dose and still some diarrhea, but not as much on a lower dose. I don’t use it any more. Prunes or prune juice give me bad gas. I take Dexilant in the morning and Ranitidine at night for reflux. I also take 2 Colace in the morning and 3 at night. I also have very bad reflux because the opening to my stomach doesn’t close at all. Citracel gives me severe reflux as does anything with citrus. I also have endometriosis so bad that all of my intestines are one big lump of scar tissue. My bowels and bladder have dropped again and my Urology doctor said no surgery now, it won’t help much.
So I eat a lot of vegetables (not in the cabbage family-too much gas) and fruits, especially bananas and blueberries and exercise like taking a walk or stretching or even lots of vacuuming, gardening, etc. The oatmeal recommended by my urologist is to add bulk to my bowel movements. I soak it with milk and eat it raw not cooked. Try it, it has a nutty texture. I also make a pumpkin mousse which is just pumpkin pie filling made with skim milk, eggs, 3 packs of sweetener, pumpkin and a little pumpkin pie spice. I bake it at 370’ for 55 minutes uncovered and it keeps in the fridge for a week. I add it to my morning cereal like bran flakes or wheat Chex plus the soaked oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of ground flax, some sliced banana and 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries. This breakfast keeps me full and satisfied and keeps my bowels moving.
@coralbells1 check out heathers website. https://www.heatherstummycare.com
She has special fiber and try her tummy tamer tablets with meals Tummy tamers have peppermint, ginger and Finnell which calm things down a lot as you digest. Her products are for sale there or on amazon. Good luck.
Thanks,but peppermint and ginger (especially peppermint) are notorious acid reflux triggers.
I agree! It has been proven to keep the sphincter open to the stomach.
Thank you for thinking about me, but the opening to my stomach doesn’t close at all and peppermint makes it real bad. The ginger, I can tolerate and I don’t know about the fennel. I appreciate it!
I find fennel teeth tummy soothing.
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Tea not teeth!
How do others handle constipation? Usually I have diarrhea. Been taking IbGard.
Suggest you see a nutritionist about the Low FODMAP diet.
I will look into it , thank you
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.
Has anyone successfully worked with an Integrative Medicine specialist for multiple digestive issues including IBS and GERD? A friend referred me to someone who is a PhD in integrated medicine. I think some practicing in this specialty may also be MDs or DOs. Anyway, this partiuclar person is supposed to be very competent and has had success treating IBS patients.
You may notice that I moved your message to this discussion about IBS as I thought it would be beneficial to bring more people into the conversation.
You’ve asked a very pertinent question – the need to address gaps in conventional treatment for IBS, GERD and a few other digestive issues is an important priority. Integrative medicine can help people with many conditions better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life by reducing fatigue, pain and anxiety. Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic:
These published studies might interest you as well:
– Complementary and alternative medicines in irritable bowel syndrome: An integrative view https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3923011/
– Acupuncture and related therapies for treating irritable bowel syndrome https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1756284818820438
– Remedial yoga module remarkably improves symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome patients https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876382015300561
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