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Initial post: Jan 12, 2009 5:11:45 PM PST
MDSasquatch says:
Serious Question - I, on occasion (4-5 times a month) find myself in a very uncomfortable situation. Shortly after eating, I experience what my wife calls "Panic Poop". My stomach cramps up and I have a very short time to find a toilet. More times than I care to experience, I am in a car or nowhere near a viable bathroom. The type of food doesn't matter. I have not messed my pants, even though I have come close. I once destroyed a throw carpet in the bathroom and defiled a bucket in my minivan.

I have tried almost every remedy I can think of, the only thing that works is to avoid eating and driving. I think it is more anxiety than anything else.

Any home remedies out there?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 5:15:43 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 5:16:17 PM PST
Boo says:
I'm not aware of any home remedies. A member of my family suffers from anxiety and had the same issues. He had to take medication and just started therapy.
Good luck! =)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 5:20:04 PM PST
T. Call says:
They're hardly using cork for wine bottles any more.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 5:20:38 PM PST
manbearpig says:
1. Roast some fenugreek seeds
2. Grind them into a powder
3. Mix a spoonful into a glass of buttermilk and gulp it down just before you start driving or after eating

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 5:23:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2009 5:37:21 PM PST
C. Spencer says:
I recommend talking to your doctor about it. It might be something like Celiac's disease, or another thing related to what you're eating.

Edit: I can't have dairy or gluten (which is in wheat, barley, oats, rye, etc.) and I tend to react this way to getting a little bit of either.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 5:24:31 PM PST
Fede says:
You sure it is not food related? Sounds like it could be lactose intolerance or some form of adverse reaction to too much dairy. I am no expert, but I have heard it could cause these symptoms.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 5:27:38 PM PST
Mark Time says:
Drink a lot of single malt scotch, it may not help but you won't worry about it so much.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 5:29:20 PM PST
Moscow says:
I don't think this is a situation that calls for a "home remedy"
Aside from keeping a bucket handy, that is....

Actually, it is fairly common for a person to have a defecation urge right after eating, but not an uncontrollable urge.

I think you need to observe your own feeding patterns and diet preferences very closely, and of course, your patterns of defecation. While you may actually have some type of physical malfunction, I suspect that it is related to a cycle of eating/diet that does not suit your particular physiology.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 5:33:53 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:06:05 PM PST
MDSasquatch says:
I do keep a bucket handy.

I eat XXX at home = no problem

I eat XXX and get in a car = problem

Come to think of it, Chinese Food and Bread seem to be the biggest offenders

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:08:02 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:10:30 PM PST
Don't you know better than us? I thought you were a doctor, do the sasquatches you treat have that different a digestive system? I think Polly had it right though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:12:06 PM PST
MDSasquatch says:
MD = Maryland, not Medical Doctor

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:22:53 PM PST
Raven says:
You should go a doctor.He may have to do an endoscopy(a small camera looks into your stomach)My mother had the same thing happen and the gasroenterologist found that she had a rare stomach disorder.Surgery was the only option but since she was past 80 she wouldn't consider that.There is also irritable bowel disease.It could also be a food allergy,my daughter and I are lactose intolerrent and anything that has olives or is cooked with olive oil affects us.This is not a laughing matter and you should see your DR immediately.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:25:13 PM PST
meccano says:
It is rare that I hear or read a new expression, but I must admit that is the case with the term panic poop. I must remember to use that in conversation at my earliest opportunity.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:33:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2009 6:34:36 PM PST
J. says:
It seems to me that this "remedy' (drinking alot of Scotch) will take care of the driving issue also!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:33:43 PM PST
Letha says:
You really should contact your doctor. Someone has already mentioned irritable bowel syndrome, and that is associated with anxiety and depression. Since you are saying it is mostly anxiety, that's a likely cause. If you have developed panic disorder (very, very common) associated with driving, this will make any IBS worse.

Just do a Google search of "panic disorder and IBS" (keep the quotation marks), and you can find some pretty good introductory information on the topic. The other posters have already given good suggestions--finding the dietary triggers, talking to your doctor, etc. I think if you look this topic up specifically that you'll see that they probably are right. But, your doctor will know. So, a trip to see him/her is probably best.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:35:54 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 6:36:53 PM PST
MDSasquatch says:
Thanks Doc Mom, you get the award for the night's best response

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2009 6:33:59 AM PST
Justme says:
As someone who had to have their gallbladder removed many years ago, I have a problem with this happening. The anxiety over it almost always causes it. I have an issue with using public restrooms on top of it and it just makes it worse. Two things that I do to try and keep it from happening is eat a low fat diet, it gets worse when my diet is higher in fat because your body produces bile to break down the fats in your food. More fat=more bile (bile makes things soft) the other is eat small meals, like a granola bar or fruit or whatever it is you like, eating a large meal kicks your body into 'evacuate mode' quickly. I can sympathize with you on your issue, it is no fun to have it happen, especially in a public setting. Good luck.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2009 5:58:25 PM PST
toonin says:
As a young man I had this exact problem. Doctor recommended Metamucil-which people assume is only for constipation. It serves more purposes than that. I''ve been taking three spoonfuls each night before dinner ever since. I've never had the problem again. That is all simplified but the heart of the matter. I also watch milk products and I used to be careful of soup and hot drinks. No more for the latter. I imagine it's a good idea to see a doc and have any necessary tests-I certainly did, but you might try this in the meantime. Metamucil is simply the husk of a grain.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2009 6:10:11 PM PST
PC Guy says:
It might be a problem called "dumping syndrome" http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dumping-syndrome/DS00715
I know someone that has that, sometimes controlled by diet. See a Gastroenterologist.
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