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I really don't want to add a sob story but I do need to tell you what's going on for you to be able to help me. The last three weeks have been HX#*.....my husband of 34 years has been diagnosed with Stage III3 B Lung Cancer...supposedly inoperatable and incurable.....it's been doctors, broncho/med, start of radiation, more doctors and plenty of bad news piled on top of more bad news. On top of that my stomach has gone crazy....diarreha everyday. I need Immodium just to get thru the day of meetings. Is this normal, as if anything in my life is normal right now? Any suggestions? I really don't care about myself....but I want to and have to be there every step of the way for my husband. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance....Del

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Do you have Celiac disease?

Nerves, stress, trauma etc... can all be causes of a "nervous stomach" regardless of Celiac. With everything you're going through, I think that's a very possible explaination.

Good luck to you and your husband. I'm sorry that you're having to go through this.

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Yes, I do have Celiac.....thank you so much for your kind reply!!!

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Del,

My heart goes out to you! Please accept my prayers for strength during this time.

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I'm sorry to hear that. But I think I might be able to be of some help. I remember my mom telling me that when her dad died her stomach was so upset she could not eat. She said peppermint tea helped a ton. It is my understanding that there are certain compounds in peppermint that calm, sooth, and relax the bowels.

And if you do not want to drink tea you could take enteric-coated peppermint capsules. They are supposedly a very effective alternative treatment for IBS. They are also fairly safe, I have taken them myself when I had severe IBS symptoms and they helped a ton.

Again, I am sorry for what you have to go through. I really do sympathize. Good luck and I hope you and your husband feel better.

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I have nothing to add except that I'm so sorry for all you and your hubby are going thru! I'll keep you in my prayers! Oh....ginger is good for tummy also, if you can tolerate it.

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Thank you for your kind words and your suggestion....will try that now!

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Thank you so much....especially for the prayers!!! They are appreciated more than I can say!

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Thank you so much...please keep praying!!! That's the only thing that is going to help us thru this!

Also thanks for reminding me of the ginger....it has helped me in the past!

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Stress makes EVERYTHING worse.

My thoughts and prayers are with you!

When my stomach has been extremely out of order, bananas help get some food down and stay put. A baked potato can be a meal in a pinch.

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Thank you so very much for your thoughts, prayers and suggestions!!

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Del,

My heart and prayers go to you and your husband, and an extra prayer that the doc is wrong. That kind of stress can certainly cause the digestive problems that you are experiencing. I'm sure others have better advice on what to take or do. I just wanted you to know there's a bunch praying for you, and I believe there is power in collective thaught. God be by your side.

Susan

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I can't thank you enough, Susan, for your prayers....we are relying on the prayers of many!!!

Our anthem/battle cry is this"

Lord, this time you've given us a mountain

A mountain we're going to climb

Lord, please carry Bruce up that mountain

To the top and down the healing side!

Hope everyone on here sees that and joins us in the battle!!!

Del

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Del, I have no suggestions to add; it sounds like others have had good ideas to offer. I just wanted to say that you will be in my prayers also. And positive thoughts are coming your way for a much better than expected out come for you and your husband. Hugs to you both.

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Thank you for the caring thoughts and prayers!

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Del, I'm so sorry to hear about all of this. The suggestions given for your GI issues are all good ones and I hope that you can get some relief from that. Yes, stress can affect even the strongest stomach :(

Please know that you and your husband will be in my thoughts and prayers. I wish him the strength to fight and fight hard!

Take care :)

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Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers!!!

I didn't come on here today looking for support but I sure found it....thank you all so much!!!

Keep praying!

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Just to add to the mention of peppermints. I just eat peppermint candies, portable and soothing. So sorry this mountain has been put into your life. I'll visualize you both reaching the summit and heading down the healing side.

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Thanks for the tip and bless you for the kind words! Keep praying please!!!

Del

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I can't thank you enough, Susan, for your prayers....we are relying on the prayers of many!!!

Our anthem/battle cry is this"

Lord, this time you've given us a mountain

A mountain we're going to climb

Lord, please carry Bruce up that mountain

To the top and down the healing side!

Hope everyone on here sees that and joins us in the battle!!!

Del

What a beautiful verse, Del! I wish much strength and all the healing powers for you and your hubby. Take a deep breath and go for walks when the stress builds up....it really does help. Bless you both.

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What a beautiful verse, Del! I wish much strength and all the healing powers for you and your hubby. Take a deep breath and go for walks when the stress builds up....it really does help. Bless you both.

Just don't walk too far from the house.... speaking from experience...

When my father was diagnosed with cancer, I went through a 96 pill bottle of imodium in three weeks. Didn't help much, but it was all I had at the time. I can tell you that my mother, who was my father's caretaker during his illness until his death, very much needed me. She needed my support, the things I did around the house while they were gone, and for me to be of some help taking care of Daddy, because it made him feel better to have me there too. Do you have anyone in your life who can be YOUR helper, Del? I say ask, because it really will help relieve the burden, especially with your food restrictions.

A few links to herbal stuff that may help your tummy more than Imodium.

http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Booksh...Books/15/31.cfm

I read through this one and the nutrition and supplement advice is very good, scroll down to get to it.

http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_diar.htm

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Just don't walk too far from the house.... speaking from experience...

When my father was diagnosed with cancer, I went through a 96 pill bottle of imodium in three weeks. Didn't help much, but it was all I had at the time. I can tell you that my mother, who was my father's caretaker during his illness until his death, very much needed me. She needed my support, the things I did around the house while they were gone, and for me to be of some help taking care of Daddy, because it made him feel better to have me there too. Do you have anyone in your life who can be YOUR helper, Del? I say ask, because it really will help relieve the burden, especially with your food restrictions.

A few links to herbal stuff that may help your tummy more than Imodium.

http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Booksh...Books/15/31.cfm

I read through this one and the nutrition and supplement advice is very good, scroll down to get to it.

http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_diar.htm

Not really sure what your point was but taking walks is a huge stress reliever and gives a person some breaks from all the daily regimens that must be followed during treatments. You need to step outside and deep breath good air and have the sunshine hit your face for half an hour or so. Obviously if a person is having diarrhea, they should seek medical intervention because 3 weeks of that is not good in and of itself.

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Not really sure what your point was but taking walks is a huge stress reliever and gives a person some breaks from all the daily regimens that must be followed during treatments. You need to step outside and deep breath good air and have the sunshine hit your face for half an hour or so. Obviously if a person is having diarrhea, they should seek medical intervention because 3 weeks of that is not good in and of itself.

My point was that if you have intermittent diarrhea and you're a half mile from the house, you're not gonna make it back in time if you have to go. I was not disputing the therapeutic nature of the outdoors, in fact I agree with you. Such therapy becomes ineffective when you've crapped your pants. I was merely recommending she stay close to home.

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