I'm a 65 y/o male, diagnosed with IBS 10 yrs. ago.
I started taking a probiotic 6 months ago with pretty good results. In the last 2 weeks , However, the IBS has returned , worse than ever. In the past, just 1 Immodium would stop things and settle things down for quite a while. This latest flare-up seems to be much, much worse. I have to take 1 Immodium every day. I've read about people who take up to 10 caplets/day, but that scares me , especially since they seem to grow tolerant of it. I'm considering calling the doctor since I'm worried that IBS may not be the culprit. So, what do people think about the Immodium dosage, and, inconjunction with a probiotic?
I first posted here a month ago and got some useful tips. One suggested using probiotics, which I began. They seemed to help quite a bit...after almost 3 weeks of greatly reduced symptoms, the IBS is raging again. About a week ago, after having a lunch out, I had an attack of diarrhea. That seemed to set the IBS cycle in motion again. The lunch was nothing special---just a small sandwich. Now, every time I eat, within 1/2 hour, the IBS hits and lasts for about 2-3 hrs. At ti,es, the pain is almost overwhelming. I've gotten to a point where I almost don't want to eat. In my case, here's what seems to help. 1. sleep--it seems to shut down the digestive process
2. a glass of white wine in the evening.
3. lying facedown on the floor, trying to generate as much body heat to my midsection as possible.
Doctor seems baffled, so I'm kind of left to my own devices.
Any other help or suggestions would be greatly appreciatedView Thread
My first time here... I was diagnosed with IBS 5 yrs. ago. Dr. prescribed Hyomax SL--1 per day. Medication has generally been helpful, but, in the last 2 weeks, IBS has gotten worse. It hits after a bowel movement and, frequently after I eat. When it gets very bad, I take 1/2 Immodium tablet...that seems to quiet things down.
I have had no changes in my diet, stress levels or anything else that I can think of to explain the worsening conditions.
So, several questions;;;
1. Do most users of Hyomax use it once/Day ? I do and maybe I've become "tolerant" of it. Maybe I should use only when I feel an attack coming on. 2. Is it ok to use the Immodium as I have been ?
i should add that I also take peppermint oil tabs. 2x/day and have just started taking a pro-biotic tab at night before bed.
I've read that it's mainly women who suffer from IBS. Well, I'm a 65 y/o man and I have great empathy for all who deal with IBS. When it hits, it's not just my bowel that's irritable, it makes my behavior very irritable.
Thanks for any help and for reading my complaints.View Thread
Thanks Earthtonegirl. Do you have any opinion regarding occasional use of Immodium? I have found a few things that have seemed to help in the last few days... 1. when i feel the pain starting, I drink several glasses of water over a few hrs. That seems to relieve the pain.
2. A glass of white wine in the early evening also seems to quiet things down.
3. If I exercise when an attack begins, that seems to help. Even walking for an hour or so is beneficial.
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