My 3 Meds
Well, I’ve made yet another adjustment to my diet!! It seems that just following a FODMAP diet isn’t enough for me to have regular bowel functions. A bit of logic and investigation has led me to discover my new best friends – My 3 Meds.
In my posts earlier this month, I wrote that my symptoms seemed to be getting worse. A lot of loose stools, a lot of gurgly tummys after meals. I hate living like that so I went looking for yet another ‘tweak’ to my diet.
I sat down and took a look through the IBS Self Help and Support Group Forum (www.ibsgroup.org/forum/). This is an awesome on-line resource for people suffering from IBS and related diseases – It’s a great place to see what others are trying and what new research is coming out. Because there are so many causes for intestinal trouble, there are just as many possible solutions to try! If you haven’t checked out the site yet, take some time to go through it. If anything, it helps to not feel so alone.
Under one of the discussion forums I discovered something called Linda’s Calcium Info. This intrigued me even though I am highly sceptical of anyone telling me to take stuff. However, there were lots of people who seemed to be helped by it, and I already had calcium pills in medicine cabinet so I thought I’d give it a try… here is her suggestion:
With each meal, take a half calcium tablet. Avoid calcium tablets with magnesium and avoid eating lettuce.
That’s it. Weird, huh?
I figured that I already needed to take calcium (because dairy is on my ‘no eat’ list), and I had the calcium tablets without magnesium on hand, so…. what the heck – let’s give it a try.
Can you believe it – it worked! I noticed right away that my stomach was less burbly, and within a couple of days I almost stopped having bowel movements. This scared me a little, so I only started taking the half-calcium tablet with dinner. I don’t know what the magic is, but I’m going with it.
Now, just a word of warning – according to the forum, this doesn’t work for everyone. Some people find that it causes a gas problem. As I said, everyone is different. All I know, is that it worked for me.
I didn’t want to pin all my hopes on a miracle cure because of all the summer road trips we have planned – I’m just not keen about being on the road with diarrhea. So I also began two other ‘treatments’:
- I figured that my stool might be soft because my diet is pretty light on fiber. So I picked up a container of Metamucil and stared taking a spoonful with a glass of water each morning.
- My physician, naturopath, and dietitian all recommended that I take a probiotic every day, so I found a good quality one (that doesn’t contain FOS or other non-friendly FODMAP ingredient).
With the combination of the half-calcium tablet, the fiber, and the probiotic I almost feel normal lately. Regular bowel movements that are of good colour and form, no burbly tummy and no bloating.
It does seem to be important that I take all three, and I will be experimenting to see if it’s critical that I take all three every day. I’ll also experiment with the lettuce ban. I have enough banned foods to deal with, I don’t want to add more.
I feel funny calling them My 3 Meds, as no prescription was needed. But I feel safe In taking them, and I’m feeling much more confident about the road trips coming up. Stay tuned to hear how things go…