Re: New to the board and really worried.
Hi! I agree with Super Sarah. I've had IBS with "D" for 20+ years which has worsened considerably since my gall bladder was removed in '97, and then again after GERD surgery in 2001. There were times I was even incontinent when I couldn't find a bathroom fast enough. This was no way to live - I'm only 40 years old. I tried calcium supplements which worked for awhile, and increasing my fiber which worked for awhile, and although I've continued taking calcium and fiber for my own health, they didn't stop the diarrhea, especially after eating. I read about bile salt diarrhea occurring after removal of the gall bladder, and taking Colestid for treatment of it. This drug is actually for high cholesterol, but also works as a bile-binding agent, and creates constipation in some folks. For me, it created normal formed stools, even if I drink a few beers. I've had a normal life with Colestid now for at least 2 months. See your doc to rule out other medical problems first, and then discuss bile salt diarrhea with him/her. Do some internet searches on the topic first; that's what helped convince my doc to let me try it. I hope I never have to give it up.
Good luck to you!