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9/22/17 2:47 A

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All my best to you. I took my new medicine last night and I felt much better today than I did the day before.

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That is what I am trying.

Today I got a headache again and used peppermint oil instead of taking anything. Guess that has to actually be mixed with the carrier oil. I had olive oil on my face already (I use that with some frankincense for moisturizer), so I just put the peppermint oil on over it. Boy, did my eyes burn. I used it on my forehead and on my cheekbones. At least I didn't have too bad of problems when I went out to a farm stand (which turned out to be a Wednesday one, not Thursday). I went to another one that I like to get just a couple of things and found I can use my stamps, so got my green chilies, too. It's going to be much colder this weekend and the beginning of the week, so I am going to make some soup, including the green chili. Last year I used some of those frozen green chilies from the store and it turned out horrible.

I'm not looking forward to the weather this weekend. As far as I know I will still be working at the dog show and there are outdoor rings. Probably where I will end up.



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9/21/17 2:04 A

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I don't use sugar or sugar subs in my drinks, or oatmeal, or such. I use honey. And even it I have cut way back on how much I will use, and in what, and how often. I try to get most of my sweet fix from fruit now.

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9/21/17 2:00 A

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Thanks!

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Oh, wow. I just looked up the side effects of ibuprophen and it says it can damage your intestines. Guess I need to definitely stop taking that. I had also read that sugar substitutes can cause problems with intestines, so my sugar substitute will only be natural ones. Not helping the diabetes, though, because I like sweet things too much. Now I have to find how to make things without something like Splenda or any kind of sugar alcohol. Might take a while to see how it helps.

Janette, I hope all your tests will come out okay.



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Have a great evening everyone

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Thanks for checking in with all of us, Linda. It's appreciated. Yes, glad my meds are working, too. It has really helped my peace of mind and made me less anxious about recreational activities and grocery shopping, normal sites of D.

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Thanks, It seems my body doesn't like certain medicines including the baby aspirin that my doctor put me on. So I have stopped that medicine. As I ended up with acid reflex, then ulcer symptoms, and then IBS-D. So I will be taking Pepcid for a month. And I have a consult with a GI specialist in Oct. I was already suppose to see one as it has been three yrs since my first colonoscopy. And my mom's sister died at the age of 29 from colon cancer. Now they might go down my throat too. And it past time for my mammogram and they have been checking on that for me since I was a teenager, as that also runs in the family, and I have thickening of the breast and other issues with it. So next Tuesday I have an appointment for it. And it is past time for me to get my eyes checked again, and I have the start of cataracts and other issues. So that is happening in Oct. Plus they want me to go to a dermatologist to check out some growths on my face, chest and torso that they don't like the looks of. Especially since my mom had skin cancer. And it is past time to go to the dentist too. So I will be going to a lot of doctor appointments on Tuesday's for a while. Thanks for checking up on me. All my best to you always. Janette

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Darlene - yes, it is so difficult to find something that works for some of our problems - without causing other problems. Aspirin does cause bleeding in the stomach.

Janette - hoping all went well today at the Dr.

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I had been doing the ibuprofen because the Tylenol didn't help too much and I can't take aspirin or my stomach starts burning and bleed. I've never tried Aleve,

Janette, I hope all went well at the doctor.



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Thanks, I will be off to the drs in about 30 mins. All my best to you all always.

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I have not had too many belly issues over the past couple of days. We plan to eat Italian food and hope that it doesn't cause a problem. Many times it will cause gas and an occasional bout with D. I have been drinking a lot of water. I am also exercising a lot which often helps me.

Janette - good luck with the doctor tomorrow. I hope that they can find a fix for your belly issues.

Angling - happy to hear that your meds do work for you.

Darlene - I don't take ibuprofen because it rarely works for me. I have to take an aspirin per day due to my cardiac issues. I hope that the peppermint oils work for you. I often drink peppermint tea.

Health Now - I hope that you are feeling well today.

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9/18/17 1:18 A

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I have heard that different pain pills can cause issues with your bowls, "D" or "C". And I know that Aspirin and Ibuprofen can be hard on the stomach. I always avoided Aspirin as I was warned as a child not to take it because of my asthma and allergies. And Ibuprofen is hard on my stomach so I avoided it too. I always took Tylenol. But when I was diagnosed with gallstones and a fatty liver, and was told my liver wasn't working so well they told me not to take Tylenol any more. They told me to take Ibuprofen, so I took it with food and hardly took it. Mostly I was taking Aleve muscle relaxant as it seemed to help more with my scoliosis muscle aches. But it too, has to be taken sparingly. And it can cause issues with bowls.

My doctor's before warned my to stay away from the fibers like Metamucil and such as your body can get so use to it that then it doesn't want to do it's job without it, and you could end up needing to take more and more. I was told to use natural stuff like oatmeal, rice, bananas and toast to deal with my IBS. And that is what I started to do again with this. I haven't seen my newer doctor for this yet, I see her Tuesday. So not sure what she is going to say. But I know I would rather do natural foods, herbs and such. Or just take medicines for a short period, not for a long time to deal with it if possible.

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Fiber is the "go-to" answer for most doctors but it causes problems for many ibsers.
Haven't heard that ibuprofen aggravates ibs but most anything is possible. See how it goes when you don't take it.

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I keep getting told to take a fiber supplement. Only problem with that is then I get the runs that just keep going all day. Well, maybe I could lose weight that way.

I have had problems all week. Today probably because I went to lunch with my friend, but I don't know the rest of the week.

I am wondering if Ibuprofen could be causing some of the problems. I have been having headaches and taking that only about once a day, but wonder if that causes IBS problems. Maybe I will use some peppermint oil to try to get rid of them for a while. Too late today. I already took it.



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Janette I hope the doctor can find the source. Even low level GI issues are wearing when they persist. Feel better.

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I was dealing with ulcer like feelings that I thought was from starting a baby aspirin at night time like my doctor wanted. I only took it for 4 days and had stomach issues. Stopped it and stomach was still acting up. Now it looks like it might have turned into IBS with some cramping on and off and loose bowls. But it's not like real "D", I don't have the real urgency to go and I am not running back and forth to the bathroom with it. It hasn't really been much of an issue with my work. Just uncomfortable on and off, and more of a nuisance than anything. I have been feeling off every day since the 2nd of this month. But it comes and goes during the day and some days are worse than others. I go back to the doctors on Tuesday for it.

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Only one or two episodes with D since I started taking Amitriptyline 25MG that my gastroenterologist prescribed for me, which is something of a miracle for me. Unfortunately, trying to swing the other way, though. Not enough fiber or water. He told me to take Benefiber daily, but I haven't started doing that yet.

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Been busy with work and such again. My IBS still hasn't been acting up for some time now. All my best to you all always.

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Thank you all for the tips. Feeling a bit better. I normally have D but then it alternates - perhaps, due to food. The gas pains can be horrible. But I do find gas pills that sometimes help. If I think to do some yoga with a lot of bending, it sometimes helps as well.

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Hi Linda. Posted from phone& created new item instead of replying to you..
I noted enteric coated peppermint oil caps, chewing gum, coffee& ice water, & oil to help with pain & C.
I also use max, 250 mgs, Phazyme for gas.....it's so helpful!
I hope you're feeling better!

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I've been having all of it the past 2 days. It is miserable. I was reading about enteric coated peppermint oil caps helping with pains. I'm going to check my local pharmacy to see if they carry it. Sometimes adding oil to salad or other veggies helps. Chewing gum can help trigger movement. I'll do it while walking, again it helps sometimes. Also coffee in the morning followed by icy water. Hope you find relief soon.

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i bought vinegar hard to take peppermint tea works good for me have a cat in lap so typing slow hard to follow all the walking u guys get in wow
last week the ibsd 4 days so stopped the poly gycol or miralax now other on weigh-in

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I have been suffering from the alternating IBS. This past week has been more of the C. I hate it when I am bloated and suffering with gas symptoms. I have been taking fiber so I am not sure why this has been happening. I also have been drinking plenty of water. I also have been exercising and getting movement. I am hoping that something will help.

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Sorry I have been MIA. I have been busy with work and such. I just went back to the doctors the beginning of this month and then again on the 29th after not going for two yrs. My blood tests were not as good as I hope, but they could have been a lot worse too. My liver isn't doing so well again and my bad cholesterol is up a little again. So I have been put back on fish pills, my blood pressure medicine, and a baby aspirin each night now. I have to watch more closely what I am eating again and lose some weight again or they want to put me on Cholesterol medicine which I don't want to start. I know when my brother had to go on it his muscles and joints really started to bother him and I have enough of that going on as it is, I don't need medicine making it worse.

I had started doing a lot of walking with lady friends before the doctor's appts and my feet were bugging me, turns out I think I just needed new running shoes. After getting them I haven't had issues again.

Last weekend my right foot and leg got all bite up by something and really bugged me. I think I was having an allergic reaction to it. My shoes rub a lot of the bites and make it worse too. So I have been wearing flip flops the last few days that don't rub on the bites. I think it might have been fleas or spiders. No sign of fleas on the dogs or in the house though. It looked more like flea bites to all that saw them and the doctor said lots of people are coming in with the bites right now.

All my best to you all always. Janette

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I am always looking for recipes to try. It gets hard when you can't eat many things. Great idea.

I am still doing my smoothies, but am having problems with them being too high in carbs. I just opened a new carton of yogurt, so it will be close to a week before I can get a new carton. I am learning there are some things I cannot put in them, too. I was adding clove and that caused problems, I think. I tried eating something else one day to start the day and that triggered an IBS episode. Somehow I have to figure out how to get the smoothies enough lower in carbs so I won't have problems with the diabetes.



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Thanks for the idea about recipes. I will make a thread. I will also see if I can find some good recipes.

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We have a wonderful team of over 140,000 people. That is a great number. It is unfortunate that most people do not come to our message boards. We are inactive team. I am encouraging you to give suggestions for new ideas to make this team active again.
I was really sorry to read this but I will make sure that I stay active here and will consider any ideas I can come up with to communicate with our team. How about recipes or cooking ideas? Has that been done?

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Darlene - I recently tried the apple cider. I honestly did not see any improvement. It may work for some but not for me.

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I would guess that after you've been hit with IBS problems several times, any time you go out in public (or in some cases out of the house) stress will hit and cause the IBS to hit. I know that happens to me. I would just get ready to go out the door and it would hit, so I think stress had something to do with it.

Meanwhile, I need to not have anything but my smoothie at breakfast. Tried some crackers today and that wasn't too good, though I didn't get really bad.

I have read often to drink warm lemon water or water with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar to help with digestion. Have you tried that and has it helped any if you have? The warm water is supposed to wake up the digestive system. I have tried it, but it didn't help me.




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I often find that whenever I am invited to a dinner event, I often find that I have issues. It could be the food or it could be stress. I just hate that.

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You're right, Carol. I don't think I could go to a party like that. I have trouble enough with any eating out. I'll see what happens on Sunday when I am supposed to go out with my cousins. Don't know where they are going to want to go.

I am back to the smoothies working, I think. I did try some chia seeds in them and had some problems yesterday. I think the cookies Saturday were also still bothering me. Today I actually got out to take Cassie for a walk in the rain (light mist kind), went to the gym, went to see a friend, and did a little shopping. That is usually hard for me unless I have taken Imodium. Had to get more protein powder, though.



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The worst thing is when you're invited to a party at a pizza place which I've been invited to twice. People do not understand. They just say to try just one piece.

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Today I had a good day but a bit of acid reflux tonight instead of IBS. I ate chocolate cake and that is always so bad for me I am sticking with water this evening.

Darlene - I sometimes don't get notifications either. I often go back and click the notification list but it still happens.

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I hadn't had pizza for some time until yesterday. I've been continuing the smoothie breakfast and from that only had one problem with that. I made one with peach and that didn't work as well as berries. Other than that, the only real problem I had was eating some cookies. I gave the remainder of the cookies away. I am learning that some things don't taste as good anymore since I started the smoothies.

I did find out one of the things that really hits me with the gas and it's something I really like, so I got some store brand Beano. Hope that will help. Now to find where I put it.

I still don't get the notifications from some teams. Some only part of the topics I will get something. Doesn't make sense to me.



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Yes, even one piece of pizza can do it. It really is annoying not to be able to often socialize at certain restaurants because we do not know how much it can bother us. The gassy feeling is horrible when at a social setting. I hate it!!

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Thanks, I do not think I will plan on trying it just in case. I am like you. I have the problems with foods causing gas or if it is really bad pain. I am doing so much better since I am on a restricted diet. I cannot have greasy foods either. Some people just do not understand. They'll tell me to just have one piece of pizza lol

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I do have issues with cauliflower and some other veggies. The biggest problem I have is gas. I don't get D from it. My biggest issue anymore is stress or fried foods. Since I retired, I don't have D as often, because the stress is gone. However, I will say that some foods that bother me on occasion don't always bother me. It is not always consistent with me.

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Hi Linda, I'm glad your cataract surgery went well. My sister had that done as well. I'm supposed to have it done in a year or two.
I have a ? I was wondering if you know. Is cauliflower a trigger for you even if it is in a soup. I know it is a trigger for people with IBS, but I was unsure about it in the soup. I chose not to have it just in case, but was wondering about it.

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I hope that everyone is feeling well and has a great week. My cataract surgery on my right eye turned out well. My left eye surgery will be on August 8th.

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I hope you are all feeling better asap. I have been busy with work and walking.

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Hope your surgery went well today.

I was supposed to have laser surgery to get rid of the scar tissue that grew over my left lens. Sure hope the right one doesn't get any of that. Didn't end up with the laser surgery because my right eye is having problems and she got more concerned about it. So she has ordered about 4 times as many lab tests as my PCP does to try to figure out why my eye is doing this. For a few of them I can tell her they would be negative. One is even an STD. Highly unlikely I would have that. One is something where Mayo clinic says every thing it does involves respiration and there isn't anything wrong with mine. One is for severe kidney problems and I don't have them and that has been tested for. Maybe she should have checked with me on those things. She won't do the laser surgery until I do all those blood tests and I don't want to. Besides that, until I get a Medicaid card I have to pay more co--pays that way and I don't have the money to do that. Can't get that through to any of them, though. They don't care if you are totally broke.

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My IBS has not been acting up but indigestion has been horrible. I have been trying apple cider vinegar with no success. I just bought a new box of peppermint tea and that will be my next step. I have cataract surgery on my right eye tomorrow. The left eye in 3 weeks.Anxious to get it over with. I also have gained 3 pounds since April. ugh

Darlene -thanks for the anniversary wishes.

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Somehow got knocked out of here again. I must not see all notifications when I start getting tired, but for some reason it is always this one I get knocked out of.

Linda, I hope you had a wonderful anniversary.

I have been trying something with smoothies lately. I make a smoothie with protein powder, yogurt and berries every morning. The last couple days I've added half a banana, other days either a spoonful of honey or maple syrup. So far that seems to have helped with my IBS. Only had to take Imodium a couple times and that after I ate too much of something. The only problem with it is I don't get enough calories or nutrients. I haven't been hungry except once since doing the smoothie for breakfast. So I am going to stick with this for a while, but just try to either get more to eat or get some vitamin supplement to get more nutrients.

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It is very hot here as well. It wasn't very comfortable when I went outdoors today. I am feeling well although I have a stiff neck. ugh! I did a minimal amount of exercise today and house cleaning. Tomorrow I have plans with hubby. We are going out to dinner, although our wedding anniversary is on Friday.

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Take care, really hot here still

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I have been feeling pretty well. I have been walking and getting in some other exercise. I like to mix in strength exercises as often as I can. I had planned to go to the gym this morning. However there was a rainstorm this morning. So I did indoor exercise and now that it is sunny - I will take a walk.

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That is great news!

We are in the high 80's and 90's. I got up early and went walking with some friends in a local park this morning.

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No D since starting the Amitriptyline on June 23. I'm pretty encouraged. I can tell, though, that I'll have to boost the fiber and water to avoid going the other direction.

Talked with my doctor today and he is reducing my dose from 25 mg to 10 mg, hoping that will be enough and not end up with C, which I haven't had.

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That's too bad, Linda. Rudeness seems to be the norm these days and it's not always younger folks - seems to be everywhere. My DH and I say "Common courtesy is no longer common." You can also exchange courtesy for sense. lol

It's really hard not to take it personally and I frequently want to retaliate with some witty quip (usually thought of AFTER the fact), but I'm trying lately to view the offender as an unhappy person and feel sorry for them instead. Works sometimes. Other times I just steam.

Happy Sunday.

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Wow Linda, that is just sad that she had to be that rude! Maybe she was just in a bad mood, or maybe that is just how she is.

I got in over 5 miles walking in a short time yesterday with work and errands. Taking it easier today. I will get a lot more walking in the next two days, even with the heat we are having. Take care, Janette

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I have had a good and busy day. We stopped by one of my DD's this afternoon and spent time with them. Later, I went to the grocery to pick up some items. I was pretty miffed when I left. A woman, 20s, said to me as I walked down the aisle - get out of the way. I didn't process it immediately but hubby did say something rude to her. She didn't say a word after he spoke up. I feel sad sometimes. Between the young that are rude and especially as we age. But I did get over it. We went out to dinner and enjoyed it.

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Thanks!

We can watch several fire work displays in the distance from local Cities, and then our own local park is about a mile from us and we can see them really well from our front yard.

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I have been feeling much better. We may go out to dinner tomorrow but will be back before the 4th of July festivities begin.

Janette - enjoy your day off work. We no longer go out for the 4th of July. But there are fireworks near us that we watch.

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Happy 4th of July to you all.

I went to work this morning. I have tomorrow off. Then it's back to work Wednesday morning. I should be off Thursday. Then I will be working Friday mornings now on for a payroll company that switched it's run/pay date to every Friday instead of Mondays. So I will be back in the office for at least a little bit on Fridays. Then I should have my Weekends off.

We will just be staying home the 4th, our youngest dog doesn't like all the noise, so we will be keeping a watch on her.

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All my best to you all always. Janette

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Today I went to see my cardiologist/ I got a new prescription. I also called my family doctor and explained my sinus infection not clearing up. He called in a different prescription to my pharmacy. It will be so nice to feel better again.

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I just pretty much took it easy this weekend and tried to stay as cool as possible. But I got a lot of walking in today with work and errands for work after that. Take care I hope you are both feeling better asap

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Donna - last Saturday, a week ago, I went to the doctor and he gave me antibiotics and cough meds. The antibiotics may have helped a little but not much. I may have to go back.

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Linda, I hate to hear you are still battling your sinus infection. Have you been to the doctor?

Cardiologist may not be happy, but at least he can work with you to come up with a plan to reduce the cholesterol.

Thank you. On night three of the new meds. Going to give it a month before I decide if it's helping or not.

Have a good week

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I cannot believe that I still cannot get over this sinus infection. I am so ready to get well. Little exercise today. But my D is not acting up. I have an appointment with the cardiologist tomorrow. My cholesterol is very high and he is not going to be happy since I have heart disease.

Angling - I certainly hope that your new meds help. It is so rough having issues such as this and feel helpless as if nothing is there to help.

Janette - hope that you have a good week at work.

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All my best to you all always. We are having a really warm one today. It is 90 and climbing. Take care, remember to drink your fluids if it is hot where you are.

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All my best to you always. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Started the Amitriptyline last night Fingers crossed that this helps.

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I have heard that some people after they have their gallbladder removed can have issues if they eat anything fatty. That it can just go right through them and they can have to run to the bathroom with out the cramping and pain. And can make it easy for them to have accidents if they can't get to a bathroom fast enough.

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Linda, yes I can get D anywhere. Happens frequently when I'm grocery shopping. Awful. I've completely had an accident when I didn't have time to find the restroom. My doctor prescribed Amitriptyline 25mg this week. I'm picking up the prescription today. I hope it helps. He says IBS-D and functional diarrhea are basically the same, except with the cramping and pain, I guess.

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Glad you are feeling better, Linda.

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Today I finally felt good enough to get in a good walk, almost 3 miles. After the sinus infection, I am really glad to be getting some energy back. I did go to the grocery store to pick up a few items. The weather was good, but hot and humid. We expect a lot of rain tomorrow.

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I was busy with work for a bit there, but I think it is settling back down for a bit now. I am supposedly off until Monday morning, and not expecting any calls or emails from work, but I never know. Our weather had been getting to me too with the heat, in the 90's or more. I don't do well with heat. Luckily today is cooler and breezy. But we are going to start warming up again each day until we are hot again on Sunday, Monday and maybe Tuesday, and then slowly cool down again. I made myself some carrot juice for today and tomorrow for the first time. I cut up four carrots really small and put them in my bullet mixer and kept adding water until I got it where I wanted it. I will have to pick up more carrots and frozen berries and such when I go to the store next.

I hope you are all doing well, all my best to you always. Janette

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I hope you are both feeling better asap. Luckily I am still doing good with mine. I had to run several errands for work today and one for myself after work too. So I ended up getting in almost 5 miles and over 11k steps in a short time today. It is really warm out there still today. Going to check my messages and then go sit in front of a fan

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Angling - I don't know much about FG. However, it sounds like you can get D with no warning or pains. I imagine that must be terrible. Can you be anywhere and this just happens? WOW. All my best to you. Let us know what the doctor can do for you.

Janette - glad that you are feeling well. You are going to have a hot day again.I think you are right. The D may be coming from antibiotics. It happened again today.

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Sorry, No. All my best to you always.

It's 7 am now and we are in the 60's and working up to around 90 again today here. That is hot enough for me. I am off to work again, I will crank the a/c and get a lot of walking in with work and running errands afterwards. Take care

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Thinking I have FG, functional diarrhea, instead of IBS-D. Scheduling an appointment with my gastro doc to discuss. I never have any stomach pain or cramps - just unexpected diarrhea or loose stools, primarily in stressful situations. Sometimes certain food seems to be a contributing factor. Anyone heard of FG?

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6/21/17 2:28 A

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Thanks! Yes, it could be the medicines. Some antibiotics can cause issues like that. The bf had it bad when he was on antibiotics for his dental work.

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6/20/17 10:27 P

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I am still suffering with a sinus infection. At least I guess I should be better soon because of the meds I am taking. Today I was hit with an explosion D just out of the blue. I had not eaten poorly. I am not certain what happened. It didn't happen long and soon was over. I wonder if it is the meds? I thought the side effects mentioned a possibility of C.

Janette - you are doing so well with your walking. Congrats!

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6/19/17 5:47 P

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Good afternoon everyone. All my best to you always. Seems my boss went back to Chicago Friday afternoon for some sort of emergency and didn't let me know until today after I called and left him a msg and sent him an email too.

I walked over 4 miles today in a short time for work and errands. Now I have tomorrow off, WooHoo! I will go back to work Wednesday morning.

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6/17/17 1:00 P

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Yes, it is so sad that people don't always try to turn things in that they find, or they get turned in and someone there decides to keep it instead of holding it for the owner. Or people steal other peoples stuff. I hope someone decides to do the right thing and gets it back to you.

I sat around all dressed up, all day yesterday waiting for my boss to call me into work, and nothing. No call, no email! I was suppose to go in sometime after 2 pm, but he was suppose to call me when he was done running errands and at our office ready to talk to me before taking off to Chicago again so we could tie up any loose ends at the office before he leaves.

So now it starts all over again today. I was tired this morning, especially from the heat wave we are having, and from being bored all day waiting for a call that never came. But I got up, got showered and all dressed up again for work, and now it is another waiting game. I will be hanging out by the fans in the house waiting to see if I have to go in.

Maybe he will just call me or email me with what ever info he wants me to know before he takes off to Chicago, instead of making me come in the office just so he can talk to me.

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6/16/17 9:19 P

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I still have my cold and aggravated by it. But I did go to the hospital waiting room where my son in law was having surgery. There was a large mass on his shoulder. However, they do believe it is benign. Of course, they are doing a biopsy.

Janette - thank you so much. Yes, I have searched everywhere for my phone. I went back today to where Iost it. I went to security and lost and found. No luck. It really bothers me. I know that I will get another phone. But just knowing that someone else may have it irks me. The day before I lost the phone, I had found car keys on a bench in front of a grocery store. I took them to the store employees for when she returned. Too bad that the same thing didn't happen for me.

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6/16/17 2:09 A

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So sorry to hear it! I hope it turns up asap. All my best to you always.

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I had no IBS issues today. But I had a lousy day. I have a cold and sore throat. I went to a public place and ended up losing my phone. I went to security, the cleaning lady, etc. No one found it. I had to call and turn off the service. The worst thing is that one of my daughters gave it to me as a gift. I will check with security, one more time, tomorrow. ugh! I hope Friday is better than Thursday has been.


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6/15/17 6:29 P

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Good afternoon! I went to work early this morning and parked, and then walked to a local restaurant to meet a couple of ladies from an internet group I belong to besides, SP. Had a nice visit, then walked back to work for a bit. Ran some errands for my boss and then headed home. I got in over 5.75 miles already early today.

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My mom and sister had issues way before me. So the family was already use to it. I usually only have issues when under lots of stress. Like problems at work or that. So I don't have a lot of problems all the time with it.

And foods don't normally set me off. My food issues is heart burn or acid reflex that developed with gallstones in just the last several yrs.

My bf has more issues than me usually as he had his gallbladder removed and fats can just run right through him, but he doesn't want to change his diet like he was supposed to do.

But the heart burn thing of mine can be an issue with him, as sometimes things bother me and sometimes they don't. But I am supposed to stay away from greasy and fried foods. Acidly foods can bother me too. Like tomato sauce doesn't always agree with me, so sometimes I can eat pizza with no problems and other times I don't even want to try. Garlic and ginger can sometimes bother me too. Even though ginger is suppose to be good for stomach issues.

When I am under stress and having issues I will wear or carry adult diaper things with me just in case. I haven't had to do it for a few yrs now, and luckily when I did wear them or take them, I never needed them. But they gave me peace of mind just having them.

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6/15/17 12:50 A

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Wow, I got no notifications again. I'm like Linda, can eat something one time and not the next day. Now I am having problems with a lot of things that I usually can eat. I try eating a small omelet, but that will set me off. Takes less than a half hour. Had a tuna melt the other day (on tomato instead of bread) and that set me off. Couldn't eat beef, either. I am doing okay with chicken and the crab cakes from Kings (Krogers) are okay.

I have stopped the things with artificial sweeteners. I never had problems with the stevia and have been using it for almost 12 years. Only now I don't like it in any of the hot tea that I have here. Instead I have honey. I like it in iced tea, but for about a year I have been doing the iced tea without any sweetening. Sometimes I still need something and will use a little stevia, but usually not. I just need to cut down on the sweet stuff anyway.



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6/14/17 11:39 P

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Countrycarol1 - I absolutely understand. No one in my family really understands how hard it is for me to find foods that will not aggravate my IBS symptoms. For one reason, I often can eat one item and it will not bother me. The next day I can eat the same item and it will bother me. It is so difficult. When I am with others, I normally stay away from salad because lettuce and certain items can cause a lot of gas for me. I also drink a lot of water and try to walk. It often helps me. You are fortunate to be able to eat cheese. That normally aggravates my digestive tract. Good luck. I hope that you find items that will not bother you.

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6/14/17 10:13 P

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I am planning on going up north to my Aunt's house next week. I am quite concerned about the food of course. I tried to explain to my sister my concerns. She said for me not to make a big deal out of it. Obviously, I want to plan ahead to avoid having an attack which I call it. I have been doing so well on the Fodmap diet. I do not eat red meats, avoid lunch meats, limit my dairy (I can have cheese, but have almond milk instead of regular milk). I have problems with too much fiber so I have to be careful with cereals with a lot of fiber and fruits. Does anyone else have the problem with family members just not getting what we go through visiting people or going to restaurant. I was also told they go out for pizza. I have problems with pizza too. I told her I would not be going, she said "I'm sure there is something there you can eat". I cannot eat greasy foods & doubt a pizza joint will have healthy foods.

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6/13/17 2:50 A

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Prayers and all my best to you and your loved ones.

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6/12/17 11:24 P

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I had a good morning. I went to get a haircut and a facial. However, the enjoyment did not last long. Hubby has been sick for a few days. I got an appt for him at the doctor, surprised I could get in so fast. He is diagnosed with bronchitis. Happy that we have meds for him now so he can heal. Also, ran to the pharmacy to get his prescription and picked up a few items in the store. Tomorrow I have an eye appt to see if the doctor will do cataract surgery. My eyes are getting so bad at this time. It is not easy to see everything At least my belly is feeling okay.

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6/11/17 8:58 P

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Saturday I did my third walking tour of Escondido. There was 4 ladies counting the guide for this walking tour. I think when I did it the two times in 2015 that there was probably about a dozen or so of us. They were all a lot of fun. If I don't have to work Saturday, July 8th, I will do the next one, it is going to be on some old homes to the west of where I live.

I posted about the walks in here, and also in my profile in My Fitness Pal, and also in Facebook on a group page I belong to for ladies in Escondido that are 50 +. One of the ladies that showed up Saturday saw my posting on Facebook and decided to join me at the last minute. We had never met before or even chatted on Facebook before. She is kind of new to the group, and I haven't been able to attend any of their events for a long time since I have been working and busy. I didn't even see her response to my post because she responded after I had already left for the walk. The other lady has been in Escondido for about 12 yrs. I think she might have actually been on at least one of the walks I did in 2015? At least she looked familiar, and looked like someone in some of the photographs I had just looked at recently from then. She said she lives several blocks to my south and walks all over Escondido all the time. So I will have to keep my eyes out for her when I am out and about. And check those old photos again. The lady from FB is going to try to met up with me again and some ladies from the Escondido group for some events that some of the ladies from that group have already scheduled. They have a breakfast gathering this Thursday close to my house that I will go to if I don't have to work then. It will be at a French Bakery Restaurant on Grand Ave. It was on the Walking Tour Saturday. I had actually been to that restaurant once before with the ladies from Facebook, probably a couple of years ago.

I only took a couple of pictures before the walk of a few of the commercial buildings since I knew that was what the tour was going to be on this time. But didn't take any pictures on the actual tour. As we were such a small group we were doing a lot of personal chatting and discussing the commercial buildings and the history of our City. The guide had several really neat old pictures of what the commercial buildings on that street looked like at the start of our City in the late 1800's. They were really neat, and I hadn't seen them before. I thought they looked so much better than any pictures I could take now, especially with my cheap old flip phone. I am going to look online and try to find some of them to post for you all. I did take a picture of what use to be the first bank, but it has really changed and is no longer a bank. I also took a picture of the AT&T building. I remember hearing something about it in one of my previous tours. I need to do some research on it, I think it was an old PacBell building, and not sure what they said before that. There is a boarded up furniture store that use to where a hospital was. We have several buildings that are empty downtown right now, and a Church and some schools are taking over some of them, but some of them we don't have any idea what is going to happen to them yet. Even Draper's and Damon's fashion store that we meet in front of has just closed down. It is sad to see so many stores closed. A lot of them moved to our local malls, but some just went out of business.

I think next months tour will gather more people from Escondido because it is going to be about our old historic homes that are still here and are in pretty much their same state as original. Where as the commercial buildings have changed a lot over time, and had lots of different types of businesses taking them over and making changes.

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6/10/17 8:10 P

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I walked a mile from my house to the meet up spot for my free guided tour. Got there early and walked around waiting for the tour. Did the 1.5 hour tour. And then walked the mile back home. It was nice at first, not too cold or too hot. There was a nice cool breeze. As we were walking west it got windier for a little bit as we were walking on the south side of the main street of Escondido, Grand Ave. But then we we crossed the street and started to walk east to see the other side of the street, and the sun was shining. So it was warm, but not too warm. It was a perfect day to take a long stroll. I ended up walking over 6.5 miles, so my feet need a rest. Not planning on doing anything else today.

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6/9/17 1:19 A

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I spent the day cleaning house and doing laundry

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