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Tue, Jul 14 1:10pm · Dry eyes in Eye Conditions

My husband is a chemist. He said there are many parabens but, he is not aware of one called polyparaben. The person writing the label may have mistakenly referred to a group of parabens as a polyparaben thinking that poly means many. In this case, poly refers to polymer which is a long chain molecule such as plastic. ‘Doesn’t sound good to me. I’m glad you pointed it out.

Mon, Jul 13 9:35pm · Dry eyes in Eye Conditions

Same for me. Good to know I have agrienf with the same problems. I use Restasis, Systane, and all of the Biotine products.

Sat, Jun 27 10:22pm · What food can I eat after Diarrhea? in Digestive Health

My family physician diagnosed me with IBS after I had diarrhea for about 3 weeks. He tested me for various other possible causes and could find none. Then he referred me to a physician’s assistant in gastroenterology. She agreed with him. I am lactose intolerant, but I always drink lactose free milk and take lactase pills when I eat cheese, yogurt, or ice cream. Nevertheless, she wanted me totally off dairy products. I have done that since early May. It made no difference, but I have kept that up since then. Recently I started using almond milk with cereal for breakfast. The other advice she gave me has really helped. Metamucil! I started with just a little in a glass of water and gradually have increased it to more than a heaping tablespoon. It has made a huge difference. I no longer run from my bed in the morning to the bathroom hoping that I will make it in time. I used to have this every morning with several urgent runs after that. My problem at present is trying to gain back the weight I lost ( about 5 pounds). For a thin person that’s a lot. I am trying to drink “plant based Ensure “. It is completely non-dairy, high protein, and tastes pretty good when cold.
I’m looking for meal ideas. Thanks for writing.

Wed, Jun 24 7:14am · What food can I eat after Diarrhea? in Digestive Health

I am really interested in this discussion because I was diagnosed with IBS in early May and have been struggling with what to eat. My gastroenterologist took me completely off of dairy foods because I am lactose intolerant. However, I only drink lactose free milk anyway and always take lactase pills when eating cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. Avoiding milk products has not helped. I am having trouble identifying trigger foods.

I am constantly hungry between meals and have lost 4 to 5 pounds. Not good for me as I am ver thin.

Taking half doses of Imodium 3 x during the day has helped me to have fewer “emergency episodes”. There had been 1, 2, or 3 very urgent episodes right after waking in the morning. Has anyone used Rifaxamin?

Thu, May 28 2:22pm · Dry eyes in Eye Conditions

I use Restasis twice a day. My brother-in law, an ophthalmologist, said to use Sistane in between or Zaditor which he said to refrigerate.

Mon, May 25 10:05am · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I use Restasis twice a day for dry eye (part of Sjögren’s syndrome). It was prescribed by my brother-in- law who is an ophthalmologist in Anchorage, Alaska. It works well for me but not for my sister who also has Sjogren’s. We are all very individual with so many different variables. It’s hard to even imagine all the factors that make us the way we are. That explains our differences in our reactions to various medications.

Tue, Apr 14 11:18am · Sjogren’s Syndrome – Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

Thanks for the advice. I think I will talk to my doctor about "my diagnosis".

Tue, Apr 14 11:16am · Sjogren’s Syndrome – Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

What is meant by autoimmune gastrointestinal inflammation? How is that diagnosed. I sure have GI issues.