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Author Topic: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.  (Read 2744 times)

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Offline kentb

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How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« on: May 08, 2007, 02:22:58 PM »
I know many of us on meds have experienced chronic diarrhea, I also know it can present at the most inopportune times and that this is not a topic many like to discuss but it is what it is.  I would typically manage the problem as it came up by taking imodium as needed.  This would then fix the problem for the next 12-24 hours but often resulted in constipation, once that passed then the cycle tended to repeat itself.  So as I was packing my pill boxes for the month I placed one single Imodium in with all the morning meds and one in with all the evening meds.  this has a least for me done the trick!  My movements have been solid and I finally have gotten my life back.  I know this may not work for everyone but I felt compelled to share, something I don't do very often, but if this info. can change anyone's life the way it has mine then I'm glad to share what worked for me!
regards,

Kent

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2007, 03:06:46 PM »
Yep... done that for years with each dose.  Except at times I've had to take FIVE imodium with each day's dose, so that's a max of 10.  Imagine my bowels... so sad, so dire. 

You should look into taking Pancrecarb, which I always recommend.  It's an enzyme that helps with absorption issues.  Imodium only treats the symptom, Pancrecarb addresses the cause.  I've found combining the two with each daily dose allowed me to decrease my imodium intake and my bowels are all around more settled and constant... a better equilibrium.

And of course, when you address absorption this means your digestive system is making the most of your HIV meds... doubly important.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline DanielMark

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2007, 03:23:37 PM »
Imodium is my friend, but I  started taking Caltrate Plus last month and I haven't had the liquid rocket craps since.

As to not liking to discuss diarrhea, discussing it is the hallmark of true friendship I say. :-*

Daniel
MEDS: REYATAZ & KIVEXA (SINCE AUG 2008)

MAY 2000 LAB RESULTS: CD4 678
VL STILL UNDETECTABLE

DIAGNOSED IN 1988

Offline mjmel

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2007, 03:34:56 PM »
Philly, Trying the Pancrecarb but after a week of am/pm dosing, I don't have a improvements. Should I increase Pancrecarb to one at midday or do one Imodium?

Kent, after dealing with this for years it's time to find something that works. Don't feel this subject isn't proper cause I really appreciate any suggestions at this point.
xxx,
Mike

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2007, 03:42:45 PM »
How many are you taking at present?  I eventually upped mine to 3/twice a day but I combine it with 2 immodium/twice a day.  Everyone's digestive system is going to be wildly different, so you'll have to play around with the dosing for a while until you find what is appropriate.

Mind you, if this combo does not work you MUST be insistent with your doctor about being aggressive with this.  Trust me... you don't want to get resistance to medication like I did with PI's, and they seem to think my chronic diarrhea greatly contributed to this because it went on for so many years.  There are stronger things out there on the market.  Tincture of opium is one they use, and I forget the name of the other.  I have a friend with really, REALLY, bad chronic diarrhea. that has to take all of that stuff.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline redhotmuslbear

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2007, 03:46:46 PM »
mmmmm...... I love topping a hot online scat scene!   ;D
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." - BF Skinner
12-31-09   222wks VL  2430 CD4 690 (37%)
09-30-09   208wks VL  2050  CD4 925 (42%)
06-25-08   143wks VL  1359  CD4 668 (32%)  CD8 885
02-11-08   123wks off meds:  VL 1364 CD4 892(40%/0.99 ratio)
10-19-07   112wks off meds:   VL 292  CD4 857(37%/0.85 ratio)

One copy of delta-32 for f*****d up CCR5 receptors, and an HLA B44+ allele for "CD8-mediated immunity"... beteer than winning Powerball, almost!

Offline mjmel

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2007, 04:06:28 PM »
reply to philly: one cap Pancrecarb in morning with my meds & breakfast and same at night. No immodium. Strenght of Pancrecarb MS-8.

reply to redhotmusclbear: Oh gross! That business/scene makes me run for the hills. Which is where I am living now, BTW!  :D

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2007, 04:54:04 PM »
OK, but give me an idea of how bad your runny behind normally is.  If you're not seeing any difference I'd up it... but I'd still take imodium, and if you read my first post here it's what I always write about this issue.  You must treat both the symptom and the cause together.  At least this is what I've found works for me.  (mine is the MS-8 as well)

Best of luck dear.  Trust!  I know your pain.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline Nico

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2007, 08:36:47 PM »
Crap! (no pun)
I have avoided Imodium  since 2000 and all other treatments since I thought they were counter active with HIV meds.  No, I did not ask my Dr., I just assumed it was bad.  "My Bad"!

I travel alot and make sure I map out every Airport crapper and watch what I eat with clients due to fabo Norvir.  So its OK to take anti azz blast meds!  A normal life and an lunch with clients where I don't need to excuse myself for a fake gotta go "phone call" or "contact lens problem".

Geez, 17 years into this and I still learn. 

Thanks!
Rog
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2007, 08:45:47 PM »

I have stated it before, I am fortunate that I have not had to deal with the problems of diarrhea, or constipation, either prior to or after starting on meds.  Everything still seems quite regular in that area. Just lucky I guess, plus maybe because of the regimen that I am on. But I am certainly keeping notes just in case...
Get a few rumbles and gurgles on occasion, but nothing else...

Ray


Ps glad things are working for you Kent
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Offline mjmel

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2007, 09:01:45 PM »
Thanks for the feedback, philly. Appreciate it. I know what to do now. Up the Pancrecarb dosage + immodium to start the day. I am going to get my doc involved with this till it's corrected. It's bad but not the worst. That's as descriptive as I'm gettin, friend. I know it's that damn Norvir.
Thanks Again!
Mike

Offline fondeveau

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Re: How I've won the battle against chronic diarrhea.
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2007, 11:48:12 PM »
One Dannon Activia yogurt per day.

 


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