OK, so I’ve had irritable bowel syndrome (or something similar) for about as long as I can remember. I have always just chalked it up to stress, a love of spicy food and a family history of (ahem) crappy colons.
So, anyway, I get an ear and lung infection a few weeks ago, and the doc put me on a particular antibiotic (Clarithromycin). After a few day I notice that I’m, well, creating normal poop with, you know, actual shape!
I hopped on the 'net and found that certain cases of IBS (or its ilk) are apparently caused by an overgrowth of bacteria beyond the neighborhood in which they’re supposed to hang out.
I also read that some IBS is caused by antibiotics, so please don’t take this as anything other than a medical anecdote. YSMV.
Anyway, who knew that such an unintended side effect could cause such happiness???