I’m experiencing new symptoms with ibs- hard and loose stool in same trip to toilet

Edited , 4 users are following.

ive been diagnosed with ibs-D for a couple years now. im only 21 so im still trying to understand it. because my main issue is with loose bowels ive been taking anti diarrhea supplements like imodium for a while. ive been worried that ive taken them too often however when i bring it up to a doctor they dont seem too worried! im currently waiting for a referal to a gastro specialist (this is the secound time ive been reffered. but in the meantime im not sure what to do!

After i have a flare up i usually take some imodium (more so if im going out somewhere) however sometimes when i take it i am consitpated for a day or 2 but sometimes it doesnt work at all! when im constipated and i finally have to go the pain is really bad i get these horrible cramps and its hard to pass to put nicely ! however once i pass the hard stool it is instantly followed by a loose one sometime diarrhea in the same sitting' im not sure if this is normal for ibs espeically when using medicins like imodium? like i said ive been using imodium for a while as previou medications pescribed by doctors havent worked or have mad it worse! im not sure if this is a cause for concern so i thought i would come here before the doctors as they will most likely tell me to wait for my specialst appointment which could be weeks from now!

0 likes, 6 replies

Report / Delete

6 Replies

  • Posted

    hi Hannah, i think having read your post that this is usual. you take imodium which stops you having diarrhoea, you then after having so much find you are releasing hard poo then back to how you were. try speaking to your doctor and maybe cut back on the imodium. it might help. every medicine has side effects so you may be doing yourself harm. you could ask your doctor to give you anti-disrrhoeals instead, or is the imodium what your doctor gave you.? i hope you get this sorted!

    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      hi, thanks for the advice! the doctor hasnt pescribed me any anti diarrheas i might have a go at asking them about that? its really reassuring to know this is usual though! i feel im always learning something new since being diagnosed!

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      hi hannah, I hope you get the support you need! it's about time your doctor's took you seriously. insist on support. i have got to the point where i don't take no for an answer!

      Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Hannah,have you tried an exclusion diet? ie taking out of your diet one type of food for two weeks and seeing if things improve. The most usual culprits are dairy food milk/yoghurt/cheese/ cream. Or gluten which is mainly wheat products. I thought i had IBS but gave up all dairy products and that was it...back to normal. you have to read all the ingredients on the labels of prepared meals and cakes/biscuits and avoid them. But its worth it once you understand what you are sensitive to. It takes a few weeks of trial and error and you may have setbacks but do try.

    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      hii, yes i was referred to a dietician a while back and was put on the fodmap diet however it wasnt much help! my ibs is mainly linked to my anxiety so being on a strict diet triggered my anxiety which in turn triggered my ibs! i want to trt and change my diet a bit however whenever ive tried to cut anything out there hasnt been much difference which is really frustrating!!

      Report / Delete Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up