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    I had radiation some years ago and have had periodic problems with diarrea that is getting uncontrollable. Any one have any old remedies that they know of besides Emodium...I'm living on the stuff. Anyone else have this problem....getting discouraged real fast. I can't drink juice, eat any fruit or oatmeal or fiber of any kinds. HELP

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    Rice and cheese might help. Have you talked to a dr?

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    What about the BRAT diet ? Bananas Rice Apple sauce and toast. That is what I use to give my kids when they were sick and had that problem. That is what their doc told me to do ...

    Sharon

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    Have you talked to a naturopath? I would think there would be several natural options that may help. I know when the kids were little unripe bananas were suggested, not totally green ones but more green than yellow.

    I also seem to remember my mum saying stewed apples were really good too. It would pay to research anything well though, you never know if something is an old wive's tale or actually worthwhile trying.

    Good luck... it must make life very difficult!

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    I was going to suggest the BRAT diet, but then I re-read your post, so that won't work.

    The BRAT diet is bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.

    Hope you find some relief for your problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    What about the BRAT diet ? Bananas Rice Apple sauce and toast. That is what I use to give my kids when they were sick and had that problem. That is what their doc told me to do ...

    Sharon
    Snap! :-)

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    Oh, I am sorry to hear this. I have an aunt with Crohn's Disease. I also have stomach problems and have almost had some embarrassing times.

    Are you sure it is related to the radiation? I found that cutting out Splenda helped me a LOT. I like the taste of it, so I was sorry to do that, but after I stopped using it, I noticed a huge improvement. Also, certain foods seem to trigger it for me- onion soup mix, for whatever reason does NOT agree with me. Try keeping a food journal and see if you can see a pattern.

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    My aunt had the same problem after radiation, her doctor gives her something.

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    the one thing I have completely illiminated was chocolate of any kind. That was a sure trigger. The one thing that is frustrating is not knowing what to eat. I can get away with a bagel in the AM or soup at noon but I am going to research crohns disease also.

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    Watch your food additives. I have the same problem when I have MSG (monosodium glutomate) and Aspertame. MSG has MANY names it goes by -- do a Google search and Aspertame is in a lot of food products (it's the blue sweetener). Good luck!

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    aspartame - also known as Nutrasweet - aggravates a lot of people

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    I've had this problem in the past, I lived on the BRAT diet and hard cheeses, vitamins and supplements. The doc even had me drinking hot rice water as no coffee or tea was allowed :( I hope you can find relief soon, I know how miserable that can be.

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    You REALLY need to go see a Dr. and try and NOT get this fixed on the internet, although our intentions are good.
    Go to a Dr....ASAP!!!
    Kirsten

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    My dad had radiation treatments with the same results as yours. He mostly eats rice, boiled chicken, bananas, etc,

    Have you tried the yogurts with natural cultures in them? They are supposed to help you replace the natural flora that is supposed to be in your intestines---they help with constipation or diarrhea.

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    I hope you find something and share it. I am almost afraid to eat out where I can't go right home. I don't know what it is and I've always had a sensitive digestive tract. I had my gallbladder removed years ago and I'm pretty sure it started after that. I don't think it's food though. Once I was about to eat lunch at work, took ONE BITE of a potatoe chip and immediately had to run to the ladies room.

    One day something is fine. I'll have it the next day and NOT! I never know what's going to trigger it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    I hope you find something and share it. I am almost afraid to eat out where I can't go right home. I don't know what it is and I've always had a sensitive digestive tract. I had my gallbladder removed years ago and I'm pretty sure it started after that. I don't think it's food though. Once I was about to eat lunch at work, took ONE BITE of a potatoe chip and immediately had to run to the ladies room.

    One day something is fine. I'll have it the next day and NOT! I never know what's going to trigger it.
    Pam I know what you mean, I was told by my Dr. that its having the gallbladder removed that causes the problem. He said stay away from greasy foods, I do but thats not it either. I never know what will happen, it is better if not eating out.

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    I think it would be a good idea to see your doctor. I'm sure he will have some suggestions.

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    There is an over the counter medication called "Digestive Advantage" (Walmart, K-mart, Rite Aid, Eckards, Kinney's)there is one for Lactose Intolerance, and one for Chron's, and one for IBS...I personally use Lactose Intolerance and it is better than Lactaid by far. Have used IBS in the past and that is better than Imodium. Hope this helps BUT---you need to discuss this with your Dr.....as you know, it's no joke. :oops: :hunf: Joan

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    when i was suffering from it really bad for about a week the DR gave me something called Lomatil (think i spelled it right) I only had to take two or three and it stopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    I hope you find something and share it. I am almost afraid to eat out where I can't go right home. I don't know what it is and I've always had a sensitive digestive tract. I had my gallbladder removed years ago and I'm pretty sure it started after that. I don't think it's food though. Once I was about to eat lunch at work, took ONE BITE of a potatoe chip and immediately had to run to the ladies room.

    One day something is fine. I'll have it the next day and NOT! I never know what's going to trigger it.
    Pam, you just summed me up in a nutshell! I just never know -- and it gets very hard to go out with friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryparrish76
    when i was suffering from it really bad for about a week the DR gave me something called Lomatil (think i spelled it right) I only had to take two or three and it stopped.
    Is that prescription?

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    gosh, sorry what you're going through. I've had irritable bowel for years, and have a few triggers. Canola oil is the biggest, so i dont eat french fries when having fast food. And artificial gravy. Like if we're gonna have hamburger helper for supper, no way do we get beef strogonaff with the brown gravy, we get the lasagna hamburger helper cus it has tomato sauce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Quote Originally Posted by henryparrish76
    when i was suffering from it really bad for about a week the DR gave me something called Lomatil (think i spelled it right) I only had to take two or three and it stopped.
    Is that prescription?
    Yes it is

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    Oooch, what an unfortunate side effect, I really feel for you. I also think it is best for you to go to the doctor. The digestive system is a tricky thing at the best of times, everyone reacts in different ways to things.

    Every time I have something wrong with me I look it up on the internet. After hours of searching, finding scary stories about the 'thing' I have, getting 101 different 'diagnoses and 202 different 'cures', my common sense finally kicks in and I take myself to the doctors.

    Good luck with finding some relief

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    While waiting to see your dr you might try some Pro-biotics. It will replace the natural bacteria in your intestines.

    Vicky

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