Originally Posted by paula43
Thank you, Sunshine. I thought brown rice has fiber, though, and I'd be afraid that would cause the runs. I am curious, how long before you have to be somewhere do you take the Imodium? How many hours does it take to work? How many do you take?
One small comment about fibre - I have IBS-D, and I take one teaspoon of Metamucil every morning, and have for almost three years now. It has helped a lot with preventing diarrhea. Many people have a misconception that fibre is solely a laxative, but in reality it can help regulate people on both ends of the spectrum.
Nerves do play a big part. I try not to rely on Imodium, but do take it occasionally and it usually works for me. But a lot of times by the time I take it, it's too late and I'm already in the middle of an attack. I don't want to resort to taking it every day because I'm afraid it will lose its effect and then I'd really be stuck.
I feel for you - eating the bare minimum before going out. I have been on cruises in exotic places (Asia, Africa, South America, even some places in southern Europe) where bathroom facilities aren't what they are in North America. And I have had to eat very little before going off the ship for the day. It makes things very difficult because due to the lack of food you don't have as much energy to explore as you like. But I have gotten by and managed to keep things under control. Just some reassurance that it is possible to live a semi-normal life with these symptoms.