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Old 10-30-2013, 05:29 AM   #1
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Slippery Elm helps!

I have had IBS-D for 2 years. Nothing I have tried has helped. I finally tried slippery elm (375mg 2x a day) and my horrible cramps are gone. I am so happy about this, that I had to post here. Dr's are clueless about it. I can't skip a day or the cramps will come back. Just Google "slippery elm and IBS" and you will see several articles on it. It has been a lifesaver.

 
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Re: Slippery Elm helps!

Glad to hear you have found something helpful.
Quite often the simplest of things help the most, long may it continue,

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Re: Slippery Elm helps!

Thanks so much. I just want people to be aware that this can possibly help them too.

 
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I have had IBS-D for 2 years. Nothing I have tried has helped. I finally tried slippery elm (375mg 2x a day) and my horrible cramps are gone. I am so happy about this, that I had to post here. Dr's are clueless about it. I can't skip a day or the cramps will come back. Just Google "slippery elm and IBS" and you will see several articles on it. It has been a lifesaver.
Glad to hear it helps you for your IBS-D. For those of you have IBS-C, slippery elm can help with relieving your constipation and help you to maintain regularity.

 
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Re: Slippery Elm helps!

I have not wanted to try Bentyl. I am so happy this works. Try this first my friends

 
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:30 PM   #6
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I take Slippery Elm 2 capsules 400 mg each twice a day. I also take Ginger Root twice a day as well as a teaspoon of Heather's tummy fiber twice a day. I even go as far as eating an Activea yogurt every day.

While I think the combo is helping, it doesn't "work" for me. I still have so many issues. However, I know it helps since the day after I miss my regimine I am a mess!! I have dealt with this IBS-D for well over 20 years now! Along with this I have developed panic and anxiety disorders which bring on a whole new set of symptoms! My job has been in jeopardy and even though I want out of my current job I am "afraid" to find another as I fear they will not understand either.

This has been a never ending battle of tests and trials. Give this up. Try that. See what might be trigger foods. Although I give up some things I love and then just have have it and I get no ill effects! I think oh wow I can eat that!! Then the next time WHAM I'm sicker then a dog!!!

Good luck to you lady! I hope the slippery elm works for you. I have also taken the Bentyl but it didn't control it either. I wish you all the best!!

 
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I take Slippery Elm 2 capsules 400 mg each twice a day. I also take Ginger Root twice a day as well as a teaspoon of Heather's tummy fiber twice a day. I even go as far as eating an Activea yogurt every day.

While I think the combo is helping, it doesn't "work" for me. I still have so many issues. However, I know it helps since the day after I miss my regimine I am a mess!! I have dealt with this IBS-D for well over 20 years now! Along with this I have developed panic and anxiety disorders which bring on a whole new set of symptoms! My job has been in jeopardy and even though I want out of my current job I am "afraid" to find another as I fear they will not understand either.

This has been a never ending battle of tests and trials. Give this up. Try that. See what might be trigger foods. Although I give up some things I love and then just have have it and I get no ill effects! I think oh wow I can eat that!! Then the next time WHAM I'm sicker then a dog!!!

Good luck to you lady! I hope the slippery elm works for you. I have also taken the Bentyl but it didn't control it either. I wish you all the best!!
It's a terrible disease and you just never know. One day you can be great and the next wham! I've been doing great on it. Then the other day I took 2 Tylenol. It KILLED me. I cannot take Advil or Tylenol, haven't tried aspirin yet. Too afraid. Best to you too!

 
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:39 AM   #8
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Re: Slippery Elm helps!

Have you tried Paxil?I have heard that it can help.

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Old 11-05-2013, 12:12 PM   #9
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No I haven't. I really wanted to stay away from medications if at all possible.

 
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:17 PM   #10
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Re: Slippery Elm helps!

I to wanted to stay away from Paxil too,however I could not take getting up every night around 2:30 in pain. I am willing to try it. Been on it for two weeks it takes three weeks to work.

 
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:51 PM   #11
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I to wanted to stay away from Paxil too,however I could not take getting up every night around 2:30 in pain. I am willing to try it. Been on it for two weeks it takes three weeks to work.
Good to know. I know that pain... UGH

 
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:58 PM   #12
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Re: Slippery Elm helps!

does slippery elm also help with gas?

 
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:14 PM   #13
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does slippery elm also help with gas?
I don't have gas and those painful cramps when taking it. As far as diarrhea, it has helped maybe 50% better. I have to take it 2x a day. If I forget, I get the cramping/gas back again.

Give it a try. It can't hurt. It started helping after a few days. Best of luck to you.

 
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:13 PM   #14
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Re: Slippery Elm helps!

Been on Paxil for one month for IBS now.It is working great.No getting up all night for trips to the bathroom.worth trying.

 
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