i dont think the vitamin D necessarily 'cures' IBS, but i think it has an impact on a lot of things in the body. when one thing is out of wack, it affects us. and those of us with IBS, i think we get those effects in our guts :(
Maybe you just need a different dose. I have been taking it for some time now I had went off it for awhile but had to get back on it. I only take it once a day but we found out in May my 17 y/o daughter has IBS and she is taking it 3 times a day. It works well for me I haven't had to take immodium in a long time. My daughter has some bad days still but way better than it was. I didn't know that vitamin D had anything to do with IBS but last year my dr tested mine and it was less than 10, I now have to take 50,000 once a week.
8/20/12 199 9/16/12 186 10/1/12 186 11/10/12 179 12/16/12 176 1/21/2013 170-been stuck there for awhile.
Vitamin D makes such a difference. if i skip a day, i'm so tired i can barely stay awake, miss more than 2-3 days, and i'll have an IBS attack.
i kind of wonder if it has something to do with vitamin D helpin calcium uptake. calcium helps relax smooth muscles (ie our poor tummies!) and i used to take calcium, and that always helped. i still do on occassion, but since you cant take it within 2-3 hours of other meds, i tend to forget it :/
i've taken dycyclomine as needed for years.. however, i use it to avoid the cramps and D that come with being anxious/nervous, and i dont take it all the time. so when i need it, it works.
i used to also take immodium at least once a week (that would keep me 'normal' for most of the week)
but honestly, the only thing that's made me feel normal is vitamin D and a low dose of elavil. my doc tested me for Vitamin D, and i was crazy low. so i started supplements for those. she also put me on a super low dose of elavil (25mg) a day. Now normally Elavil is an antidepressant - but it's prescribed in much higher doses. lower doses are used for pain maintenance, like mine. What i've found is it took the edge off my anxiety - which always led to an attach, and it has a C side effect. i'm not nervous anymore to go out, and i can finally be a little more spontaneous. it's honestly like 'magic'. i've been on both for about 2 years, and i hope it lasts. talk to your doctor, see what they think. it honestly cant hurt to try - i suffered for 20 years and was ready to try anything!! how do i know both are working? if i miss either one a few days in a row, i feel it.
I'm happy that you are no longer suffering!!! My GI put me on 20 mg. as you already know, then he wanted to take 10 mg. back. I told him that it had only been a month and talked him into letting me have the 20 mg. You are on the maximum dose. That's what the pharmacist said. Well, continued good health!
I agree that having a specialist, a GI doctor helps! My family practice doctor realized he was a bit out of his league with me when I was in so much pain he couldn't help me. My GI had a colonoscopy done, a very falsely feared procedure, and he was able to get a better idea of what was happening with me. It was through him that I became more familiar with what to eat and as well as the proper dosage and meds. to use . I, too, am on dycyclomunine, but a little bit larger dosage, 40 mgs. That keeps my spasms under control during an attack, which fortunately happens seldomly nowadays! I hope you are able to keep searching for help, this can be kept under control, but sometimes it takes a lot of work to get there!
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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 19 9/4/12 11:19 A
This is so true but there are probably more people looking on a website first. I just wanted to add to the info the GI gave me.I also want other people to know that the tests are not as scary as you think. Really!!
yea that's strange, you would think they would tell you to watch your diet and "journal" what you can eat and what seems to bother you. I actually don't have a GI doc. I just know what to stay away from. It's hard cos I really like different flavored coffees and I know they bother me but sometimes I'll just "bite the bullet" I hope yours gets better! I have been using soluble fiber before meals and avoiding drinks with a fizz. seems to help alot. Have you ever checked out Heathers IBS website?it's a good one! Sue
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 19 9/3/12 3:08 P
Yeah, he's my GI. He ordered a colonoscopy before he told me I had IBS. I have more D than C. But, I told him I didn't want to live my life chained to a toilet. He told me the meds wouldn't make me perfect and never mentioned diet. Weird.
Iam guessing that is a perscriptioin drug for D? What kind of tests has he done so far? Iam going to my GYN next month and Iam asking her what I can do. I think special docs know more than the fam. doc. obviously.... I guess all we can do is keep track of our own diet and see what triggers ourselves. Sue
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 19 9/3/12 10:24 A
I've been taking 20 mg. of dycyclomine for a few months and still have to take immodium every day. I have a doctors appointment Thursday and he keeps me tested and does all things necessary. I don't or can't eat right. I'm hoping someone out there has an idea I can use.
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