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An_256078 posted:
Hello. I'm 25 year old male and I have started having problems with getting heavy diarrhea almost immediately after eating. I am in the Marine Corps and this problem didn't arise until my second time in Afghanistan, and it only became worse after my third time. At first I thought it was just the change of diet all the time but I've been back for almost 6 months now from my most recent deployment and it still happens. I thi I I might have developed IBS but Naval Medicine isn't known for being the best at taking time to investigate problems. I've tried changing up my diet to simple fruits vegetables and other complex carbs but it's still the same. It happens to me at least 3 times a week. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to make it stop?
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jscout responded:
Ask the doc. for "Levsin" It's a med that slows down digestion, and you don't have to take it all of the time. Just as needed. You may have picked up a bacteria that is making your system work too fast. (look up SIBO) You can also take immodium as needed. Good luck and thx for your service.
 
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krystie2323 responded:
Hello, my son also has problems with IBS-D (diarrhea). There is no "test" for IBS, you just tell the doc your symptoms and they can do other tests to rule out a more serious diagnosis.[br>[br>Its taken 2 years and we are still working on figuring out what causes his attacks and how to prevent and control them. From what I have read it doesn't seem like there is any way to stop an attack - you have to let your body process through it. You can help to prevent it from happening in the first place.[br>[br>It seems there is a genetic disposision to having bowel problems that can be triggered by high stress. For my son it was a death in the family. Once it "starts" it seems to be a forever problem. There apparently is a strong stress/IBS correlation. We had my son go to a councelor to learn coping skills. It helped to have some options.[br>[br>You should find out if anyone else in your family has any issues (possibly undiagnosed). We are also military and I know how difficult it can be to get a timely appt let alone a doctor who can really help. GET A REFERRAL to a gastroenterologist - they are so much more knowledgeable and should be able to help you.[br>[br>A HUGE one that helped us was to start a very specific food journal - write down what you eat and how much, this will start to show you a pattern of "trigger foods" to avoid. You may be gluten or lactose intolerant and not know it as well. Eating meals that were too large is a big trigger, that helped a lot.[br>[br>We went through several medications and found that Bentyl seems to work for my son. It doesn't stop the attacks but can reduce the severity, he was have problems 4-5 days the med seems to reduce it to 1-2 days.[br>[br>The best thing you can do is to change your eating habits - avoid triggers and follow a strict diet when you are having one. We eat very healthy with lots of fruits/veggies and wheat bread and found that too much can cause an attack! This is what we do when he is having an attack:[br>[br>* White breads (such as French or sourdough), not whole wheat or multi-grain[br>* Toasted plain bagels[br>* Toasted plain English muffins[br>* Cream of Rice cereal[br> * Pretzels (salted or unsalted)[br>* Fat-free Saltines[br>* Plain angel food cake, homemade or from a mix[br>* Plain baked potatoes (without the skin)[br>* Plain white rice[br> * Cold fat-free cereal such as Corn Chex, Kix, Rice Chex, Rice Krispies, Honeycomb, or Corn Pops, eaten dry.[br>* At all costs avoid bran, granola, and whole wheat choices, as well as cereals with raisins, other dried fruits, or nuts[br>* Bananas[br>* Plain cooked pasta (not egg), sprinkled with a little salt[br>[br>We have a "cheat sheet we use as well - it came from a website that sells "natural" medications and we've tried a few of those without much success but we have the green/yellow/red food chart in our kitchen and it helps:[br>[br>http://www.helpforibs.com/diet/heathersibscheatsheet.pdf[br>[br>But definitely start a journal to learn what foods to avoid and ask your doctor if they can prescribe a medicine, if it doesn't help - ask for different ones to try.[br>[br>GOOD LUCK!


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