Re: Please Take A Stab At This!
My doctor had me try Cholestyramine for my chronic, daily, painless diarrhea. I was to take it in the mornings after breakfast for 2 months, and keep a detailed symptom diary during that time. Well, I must say I kept an immaculate diary of symptoms, number of bowel movements, consistency according to Bristol, other symptoms, etc. etc. ANNNND the doctor glanced at my 6 pages of perfectly laid out work for about 3 seconds before saying "Alright, well you can discontinue the cholestyramine since it's obviously not helping you."
In fact, the only thing that made my life livable while on that medication was almost daily Imodium, as usual. I'm more and more convinced something muscular is going on, in which case, I guess IBS-D would be accurate. The only time my intestines calm down and stop rumbling and gurgling and moving and inflating and deflating and acting like snakes is when they're dulled with Loperamide.
Anyway, NOW I am in the middle of a 4 week stint of Xifaxin, which is doing NOTHING for me. Obviously SIBO isn't my problem, based on the 3 tests I've had at 2 different gastro offices that came back negative for it. My doc wants me to try this as a last ditch, before he prescribes Lotronex.
I am really curious about Lotronex, but if he doesn't want to prescribe it, then I guess I'll just stock up on more Imodium and hope my bowels simmer down in my 80s.
On a side note - Anyone else notice that certain Imodium formulations work better for you than others? I find that only the chewable pills (which are always sold out at most stores!!!) offer me regular, predictable relief. If I have to swallow any pill, whether it's Imodium or Tylenol or whatever, I question if they're being broken down properly because they don't seem to be working very well for me. I suffer from extreme migraines and the super duper pain meds that once worked barely have an effect, if any.
Yes, still grasping at straws here.