Posted 22 February 2005 - 11:20 AM
I just wanted to know if any of you use Imodium on a daily basis in addition to the gluten-free diet to help control your diarrhea? If so, does it help at all?
The reason I ask is because despite being gluten-free since Sept 2003 I continue to struggle with diarrhea every morning and sudden BM urges (cannot hold it at all).
Posted 22 February 2005 - 01:11 PM
Boy, have I been down that road....
Immodium, Lomotil (which I found out had gluten in it), everything under the sun the dr. gave me didn't work. I had permanent diarrhea for almost a decade! Sometimes 10 - 12 time a day. I also was not able to keep it in. I always had to stay close to the bathroom....
After years of this, my celiac dr. finally referred me to a professor at St. Michael's Hospital. He did a colonoscopy and sent several biopsies for testing. He suspected I had collagenous colitis, also known as microscopic colitis. Sure enough, the pathologist report said that is exactly what I had. If you google it, you will probably find what you read very familiar. The first treatment was a high dose of bismuth. 8 Pepto Bismol pills a day for eight weeks. That treatment apparently works for 35% of collagenous colitis patients. It didn't work for me. I am now on Budesonide and it has worked miracles for me. I almost took a picture of my first solid bm, I was so happy!!!
The next time you see your dr., perhaps ask him about collagenous colitis, it might be the reason your diarrhea is not going away....
Have a great day!
positive bloodwork, positive biopsy
Celiac, collagenous colitis, hypothyroidism
endometriosis (at age 20)
spinal stenosis (early 20's)
Biopsy August 2006 confirmed complete villous atrophy despite being gluten-free for years and bloodwork within range showing compliance with diet. Doctor has confirmed diagnosis of Refractory Celiac Sprue.
Endoscopy also showed numerous stomach ulcers, have started taking Losec.
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