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10/9/19 8:59 P

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I found out what I CAN'T eat. Those meal replacement bars (i.e. Zone, Lunabars for Women). I don't know what is in them, but if I eat more than one in a short span of time (i.e. one for breakfast one day, and another for breakfast the next day), I get messed up.

Recently, I even learned IBS can trigger an anxiety attack! I eat quite a bit of dried fruit, and my family practitioner suggested I use Senna Laxative. For hemorrhoids, my family practitioner also suggested using witch hazel mixed with Preparation H. She said the Preparation H doesn't work well enough by itself.

Another nurse also suggested eating apples (fresh with skin) and oatmeal (not quick oats either). Fresh peaches really help me, too.

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They have me on at least 2 stool softeners/day after my recent surgery. The pain medication will bind a person up immediately. emoticon I have to hug my heart pillow for dear life.

In fact, I'm doing well enough with the pain that I'm just using regular Tylenol. That's good because I'm still bound up. I'm eating raisins to help.

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Hi,

I have looked up for several liquid options on the internet and came across prune juice as one of the most effective remedies for constipation. It is rich in fiber and other nutrients that make it a healthy laxative. To get more insight into the same you can check out this article- www.foodsforbetterhealth.com
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I was diagnosed as well this year and still have not been able to find relief until now. I have changed my diet, taken probiotics, special vitamins, peppermint oil, laxatives, etc. and nothing has worked. I went to a dr. for my weight and I was telling him about my condition and he told me about nutraMetrix which is a digestive enzyme with Probiotics. I have been taking it for a week now and am happy to say that I have had a BM everyday! I usually go a week or more without going. I hope it keeps working. I was also prescribed a new medicine for IBS-C which I just got filled, but this has been working so I haven't started it yet.
Hope this helps.

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3/4/08 7:07 P

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The Equalactin is over the counter. It is a little hard to find - I had to get my pharmacist to special order it.

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I have IBS-C and what works best for me is taking one citracel caplet in the morning with a glass of water. I do not eat anything fried, and I cannot eat raw vegetables, I have to cook all vegetables and fruits. At first, I was very very frustrated, but it isnt so bad now :o) I cut the core out of apples and fill them with oatmeal and raisins and nuke them in the microwave for about 4 minutes, you can cut bananas in 1/2 lengthwise (with peel on) and put under the broiler for about 5 minutes, take it out and drizzle with honey. It has taken me quite a while to get used to these changes... i love salad, but cannot eat it. Doing these things plus walking everyday and I feel 100% better!! I go to the bathroom almost every single day... where as I used to go maybe once every 2 weeks, if that.

Hope some of this advice helps you!!!

Oh, and there is a great book out called Eating For IBS... it helped A LOT!!!

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2/28/08 10:24 P

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I've got IBS-C and struggled for years through painful bouts of day after day after day without bowel movements. You know when it gets to the point where you have to lean back when you sit down because sitting at 90 degrees puts too much pressure on everything blocked up inside you??! Ugh!

I'm a faithful believer in Miralax now. For those on fixed incomes (like SSDI) like myself, or with good health insurance, be aware that although Miralax has gone OTC you can still get it prescription as "Glycolax" or other generic names if your doc will write the script and your insurance will pay for it. (Medicaid will.) Always worth a shot if you take it regularly like I do, as it's not cheap.

Even with the Glycolax, sometimes things still get a bit out of control, and I know I need to clean everything out. The stuff they use as prep before medical procedures works wonders but you have to save it for rare occasions, and it is very important that you discuss it with your doctor first. It isn't to be taken lightly, read the directions carefully and follow them, but it does work when you're really against a wall. What I'm referring to is this type of solution:

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As a general rule, ask your doctor how many days without a BM is too many, and what you should be keeping in the medicine cabinet to use if you pass that point. Plus what you should do if even that fails. Letting it go too long can lead to fecal impactions which are very dangerous.

I also made a recent discovery, which probably sounds pretty stupid, but it kind of goes with relaxing and meditating and all of that, and it was a major AHA moment for me. I'm 5'2" tall. My feet only touch the floor when I'm on the toilet by the very tips of my toes. DUH! It's hard to relax when you're perched on your tip-toes! My bf has long been saying that I don't sit and relax and wait long enough, and I think the reason was that it was just too uncomfortable of a posture for me. I can't believe it took me years of fighting IBS to realize that something as simple as a foot stool might be a good idea, lol.

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I think we're buying apples the first! If I don't go daily, I clog. THEN I get D when I finally do go! Maybe my body is still adjusting to no GB. I've GOT to get more FIBER too, plus, I take fiber tabs. I'm a learnin'.

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2/26/08 11:20 P

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Jackie,
Your body builds up a tolerance to meds. That is why you have to cycle them to prevent that from happening. If it has been 14 days since you have had a BM, probably nothing you ingest will really help that. In that situation, you need to go get a colonic irrigation (sometimes referred to as colon hydrotherapy). That has always helped me in the past with severe cases of constipation. Or, give yourself an enema every to every other day. ( Not the enemas in the store. You need your own enema bag, and give yourself distilled water enemas. Warm the water slightly so it is a little above room temperature, but not hot to the touch.) This helps the colon muscles relax and breaks up hard stool. Lay on your left side when administering, and try holding for 5-10 minutes. ) Doing this is a lot better than taking a multitude of medications.

2. Once you get more regulated, you can try cycling Smooth move 1 week on, then switch to a different brand the next week. Then take a week off and use enemas if necessary. This way, your body will not become tolerant of the Smooth Move and stop working.

3. I agree with what everyone is saying about the apples which are a wonderful source of fiber. Try shredding carrots in your food processor as well. They are also an excellent source of fiber. Eat prunes everyday.

4. Also, if you still need meds, Dulcolax oral laxative taken before bedtime, is a good one to be used once a week for a good release. Again, don't use it to often as you would build up a tolerance to it too.

5. Don't strain, whatever you do...that will just cause strictures to form and make it near impossible to pass stool.

6. And meditate every day or pray to relax your body. The Intestines are sometimes referred to as the "Second Brain" because they have so many nerves second only to the brain. Our intestines our extremely sensitive to stress so try and relax.

7. I have IBS-C too. I was prescribed all these different meds, (Zelnorm, Amitiza, Mirilax) and nothing ever worked. I took myself off all meds and starting cycling the herbal teas as I told you and giving myself enemas when necessary. I am also taking Transformation Digest Enzymes with all processed meals and I am happy to say that I am in great shape. No more undigested food or mucous. I can eat whatever I want now with the enzymes and keep myself fairly well regulated.

Good Luck and God Bless.

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Is Equalactin by prescription or over the counter?


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I was on Miralax for a couple of years. It just didn't seem to help much at all and gave be gas to boot. Now my doctor has me taking two Senkot S every night. It seems to be working better than Miralax. Remember that you won't necessarily go everyday. Some people NORMALLY only go two or three times a week. Also try increasing your fiber intake. Good luck to you and GOD bless!

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2 things.
1-Prune juice isn't so bad and has about 3 fiber counts per glass. I actually surprisingly found I like it!
2-I called the makers of fiber con and found out 2 tabs=1 fiber count. However it is INSOLUABLE fiber. I think that is what we need to push food thru.

I have a lot of IBS-C lately and noticed my fiber is low. I have to go daily or get too hard.

OH, besure and include the juice in your nutrition plan. It's not empty calories. (Unfortunately it won't work for fresh fruit in the challenges!:( ).

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I have IBS-C and D. My doctor had me start taking Equalactin to control both symptoms. He explained it is a laxative that works by providing bulk if the stool is too loose and draws fluid to soften it if it is too hard.
It worked better than anything I've ever tried, but I hated having to chew the chalky tablets up to 8 times/day. I did some research and found that Fiber-Con - (and the generic equivalent calcium polycarbophil)have the exact same active ingredient. It is much, much easier to take, and less expensive too.
I take two every morning, and most of the time it keeps my IBS under control. For the times it doesn't, when I have a flare of either D or C, I just increase the dose.
It has been a Godsend for me, I still have flare ups, but not nearly as often as I used to.


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I also just started on Amitiza, and the first few days were rough (a lot of cramping, gas, and noises), but I think I am finally getting used to it. My roommate is an MD and she also told me to take Colace if I still have problems (but make sure you check with your Dr. first). I know how uncomfortable you are, hang in there and good luck!!

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Have you called your doc? Maybe a phone call will help.

From my experience, gluten/wheat (breads and pastas) was constipating for me. Try not having grains and doing the apple/prune juice thing. After you recover from this, you might want to up your diet in fruits and veggies. Rice is constipating as well.

I wouldn't overload on all the fiber right now. JMHO. Miralax works wonders. Ask your doc how often you can take it, and if taking it til you're unblocked is okay.

I hate being blocked for two days - can't imagine how you feel.
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Hi clrambitions! I was in your boat until recently. I finally got a med that has really helped me for IBS-C. It is Amitiza. Been on it for almost 2 months and it's like magic! I have not had any problems or side effects and I would recommend it to you. Look it up on line and do some research. It is by prescription only so get some samples from you doctor first so you can try it out. Good luck...keep in touch and let me know how you are doing!

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Thanks for the advice. I had a colonoscopy about 4 years ago and I do have diverticulosis which they offered the Miralax. Fleet and I are really good friends as well but I am going to try the apple and prune juice!! Wait.... prune juice is yucky isn't it? Of well, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

I don't take fiber pills or wafers and maybe I need to. I have tried Citrucel but OMG that mess was bulky and not very easy to get down!

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Try running a fresh, thouroughly washed apple through your food processor, and drink a good glass of prune juice. Eat normal meals. If you don't eat enough, you may not have much waste. If the apple and prune juice do not do the trick it's time to head to the Dr. and find out if you have a blockage. If you take fiber, you MUST drink water to help keep it moist and bulky. 14 days is an indication of more than normal constipation. I think I would have to schedule a colonscopy. Diverticulitis usually causes constipation or pylops could be another danger. Hope it lets up soon.

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Hi Jackie welcome, my name is also Jackie LOL
Do you take fiber on a regular basis? If you don't that might help start slowly.
Now I have IBS D and C so when I have C really bad I take Dulolax and that seems to keep me in the bathroo for hours emptying out.
You might also want to go to the pharmacy and see if they have a fleets enima and that might help you.

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I suffer from a pretty bad case of IBS-C. I think my longest period without a movement was 14 days. At that point I was completely bloated and felt bottom heavy. Sunday it had gotten to 7 days and I decided to take matters into my own hands. I drank the Miralax powder every 2 hours from 9 am to 3 pm and at 7 pm drank a Smooth Move tea. To my dismay this morning, I barely squeezed out a decent poo around 9 am this morning. I drank my 64 oz of water yesterday so what am I doing wrong?

What do you do when the laxatives don't work? Please help!!!!

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