• 3 months ago

    Nervous IBS

    Now that I'm in my senior years I find that when I travel to distant places I get an irritable bowel within the first three days of travel that can cause very embarrassing moments. I've talked with my doctor who advises taking Imodium before I leave but I don't know what the consequences of that would be. Friend has advised probiotics, and a bland diet before leaving.
    Suggestions welcome.

Responses

  • 2 months ago

    RE: Nervous IBS

    Hello! I have IBS and can definitely relate. Even traveling to work can be a challenge for me at times. I've never used Imodium but I've heard that it does help with the diarrhea problem. I'm still trying to figure out how to cope with IBS--I know it really sucks! You could try the Imodium and see if it helps. Here's a link to info about it: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.drugs.com/amp/imodium.html
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Nervous IBS

    Hi, I've lived with IBS-D since I was 18 and I'm 43. So I feel your pain. I've taken Imodium and it does seem to help that day. I only take one though and I think the dose says two. I don't take it everyday because from what I've heard you can get used to it and need to take more then eventually. So I only take it in certain situations or if I have to be somewhere where a bathroom is not really an option right away. It's a scary feeling which then makes the issue worse. I've been having issues lately due to a new stressful job I took and now I went back to my old one. My stomach cannot handle it. Plus I have bad anxiety which makes it hard to deal with as well. Hope you find something that works and if u do let me know ! I'm also going to try digestive advantage, I've heard some good things about it. I've already tried probiotics from Metagenics and I didn't seem to help me. So maybe this one will. Best of luck!
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Nervous IBS

    I can surely empathize with with you. I have had IBS-D for 34 yrs. I am 62 now. I'm retired as of this year. I took Imodium when I was working. The problem is your system does get to it and then it takes more to work. I've tried so many things over the years. My gastroenterologist prescribed Colestid. It helps and I also take probiotics by AdvoCare. The 2 together help but I still have flare ups. I wish there was a cure because people who have this deal with it daily. So if I find something that works I will definitely let post and I would appreciate it if anyone else has success I would love to know.
      • 2 months ago
        I really feel all of your pain and frustration as I've had it for approximately 10 years now. The anxiety of scouting out bathrooms whenever I have to go somewhere is becoming a part of my itinerary. It is very embarrassing at times. I am a nervous flyer and actually hate being in my car when their is a traffic jam. I always think of how its going to happen when I have an accident. Thank goodness not yet but I've had to pull over on the side of the road thinking I had to but never did. Imodium is my life line and I keep it in my purse. I use it for those times when I know it will be a while to find a toilet. What has been helping me in the past is staying away from red meat, a good probiotic, and Meriva-SR. When I'm travelling I always keep activated charcoal in my possession as this is really good for the stomach especially eating out. Try these and give it a few weeks and let me know if any of it helps. It has been helping me more lately because I've sticking to not eating red meat.
      • 2 months ago
        Hi, my story similar to yours. Use cholestramine for 24+ years, works well. Have few flair ups. But prior to this & change in diet for fiber would have "issues" for anywhere from 3 to 8 days. Unable to go out, eat, see people. This is a blessing. Expensive, but works the best of any treatment