Originally Posted by Precious55
I too have problems with working, and my bowels. Before I go to work in the morning I go constantly and have constipation. I'm probably doing all the wrong things, because I have to take an Imodium, simply because I work in a position where I can't run to the bathroom whenever I want. Then, the night before I have my 2 days off I take a laxative (a womans laxative), and lately I have bad cramps when I do. I hate all this as I have never in my 55 years had trouble with constipation. It's always been diahrrea. I would appreciate any suggestions. I recently had an ERMC for blocked Bile duct and was told I had Diverticulosis and Sphincter Of Odi. I dread going to work some days as I never know how my body is going to act.
I have lived with the diarrhea you describe for more than 30 years, but constipation has never been an issue for me. Imodium was my best friend. I started out with Lomotil, then when Imodium was available OTC, I used that, would gag me so bad! I ask my doctor to give me a RX for the capsules, because the OTC ones did not help me. The RX ones have helped for years. But, I still had accidents on occasions where I had to take a shower to clean up.
When this happens, it is almost always acidic, like I had eaten an orange. Well, I tried eliminating all kinds of foods to see if that was what was triggering it. It did not seem to matter though. The good, bad, and ugly foods did not seem to foretell if I would have an accident. So, I just lived with it, taking my imodium as a precaution when I knew a bathroom would not be available.
About 4 years ago, I began to gall bladder attacks. Man, those hurt! And I have had 3 children. Anyhoo, I thought, great! that was part of the problem and having the GB removed will take care of it. But, back in my mind, I thought of the many years that I have had this problem with diarrhea w/o the GB attacks. Well, about 6 months after the surgery, here comes the attacks again! I thought, well, what is this? My GB is gone, so why would I still be having attacks. I began my research and would take all kinds of suggestions to my doctor.
Where I lived there was not gastro specialist. So, at that time, the doctor did not connect the diarrhea to the attacks of pain in my RUQ radiating to my back. I would go to the ER and it was if they thought I was just making it up to get pain meds because they could find nothing wrong.
There is NO diarrhea with these attacks. And I have tried to pinpoint what brings them on, to no avail. I can be having a beautiful day, eating very healthy and whala, here is an attack!
Well, to make a long story short, they were considering taking my appendix out, not inflamed, but thought that could be causing my pain. THe surgeon said no need to......and.......he could stop my diarrhea, but could not stop the RUQ pain because I had SOD and that required an ERCP, which they did not do where I lived at the time.(was in the process of relocating to another state). I can't tell you how relieved I was to finally know that what I had actually had a name!
So, he prescribed Cholesytramine. It is a powder form that I drink 2 times a day......and it does take care of the diarrhea. My diarrhea was acidic because it contained bile acid and the drug I take is a bile acid sequestrant. Much like metamucil, except that binds with water, so can not be used for SOD. But it does not stop the attacks or the pain.
I was finally off the imodium. The problem with this med is it interferes with the absorption of the fat soluable vitamins such as Vit A and D. I suffer from osteoarthritis and I take a vit D3 supplement, so I have to time when I take that and hope enough of it gets absorbed to help my body's need for this. And it is very expensive, over 100.00 per month.
I am not having an ERCP done because of the low success rate, would rather suffer the attacks, which I never know when they will happen and take 25 mg demerol tablet if they get past my level of pain tolerance. I hate taking pills!!!!!!!, especially narcotics. But, nothing else less helps with the pain.
I was a breast fed baby and my mother tells me that I had colic very bad. I am now convinced that I have had the disorder for a very long time, which is why I had the diarrhea episodes for so many years and continued after having the GB removed.
After I had my first child, I lost one of my episiotomy sutures too soon and developed a rectocele. Well, after having another child, I had problems controlling my bowels. I went to a doctor about that and they wanted to to plastic surgery with a temp colostomy for it to heal properly. I said no, I would just live with it. I had another child and the doctor tried to repair it as much as he could.
It is odd, most times I can control it, but it seems when there is bile acid involved, that is when I can not control it.
I research natural alternatives to help with the spasms. But it seems there is so little known in the modern medical world of how to stop these spasms, there is very little about it in the alternative world also. I have tried taking enzymes, but that did not seem to matter.
But, my search for a solution is endless and I will not let up until I find one or modern medical technology advances to the point of having a safer and higher success rate to cure this ailment.