Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • sfboy987

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    Feb 28, 2013 8:36 AM GMT
    I've talked with my doctor, and he also seems to think I have IBS. It sucks, especially when I know I exercise often, eat really well, and drink lots of water. Anyway, has anyone else had this problem?

    I'm starting to consider testing certain foods that might trigger my stomach aches. Should I just eliminate dairy products entirely? They don't seem to affect me (at least I don't think so), and I would find it very hard and sad to cut out dairy products forever. A bit of an embarrassing issue, but any advice?
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    Feb 28, 2013 3:04 PM GMT
    I actually have IBS don't eat dairy anymore which sucks because I love it(sometimes I do but pay the price). You just learn what irritates your stomach and what doesn't, like for me anything too: spicy, greasy, salty, dairy, and sweet stuff. Best is to find what does and doesn't and work around those types of foods (but you don't have to eliminate them entirely) maybe just consider eating them sparingly. Also unsweetened almond milk is a great substitute!
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    Feb 28, 2013 3:20 PM GMT
    This may sound weird, but I used to have IBS and, the best treatment for me was therapy which helped me deal with expressing anger. IBS may be caused by certain foods of course, but, in some cases, it can be triggered by emotions as well.
  • LJay

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    Feb 28, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    Why eliminate dairy from your diet if it doesn't irritate you? There seems to be a trend these days to pick on a category of food, such as dairy, or wheat, or gluten, or meat, or whatever and to eliminate it on general principles. Far better to find out what is best for you and proceed accordingly. The therapy approach may well be a good one and worth looking into. I find that stress, tension, and emotional upset do indeed contribute to my stomach problems and you may also. It is worth checking out.

    Whatever you do, make it specific to you and not merely because it is the current thing. You will get better results that way.
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    Feb 28, 2013 4:25 PM GMT
    If you find out that eliminating certain foods doesn't help, go see a gastroenterologist.
  • Sportsfan1

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    Feb 28, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidIf you find out that eliminating certain foods doesn't help, go see a gastroenterologist.

    This is the best advice. I have had IBS for many years and have found that stress is the trigger and not the foods I eat. I am of Mexican descent and have eaten spicy foods my entire life. They are not the problem. The best advice is to have a colonoscopy and sit down with your gastroenterologist and see what treatment is best for you. I avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, most nuts and of course no popcorn at all. This seems to work for me.
  • Beeftastic

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    Feb 28, 2013 9:37 PM GMT
    You can try to eliminate food types from your diet for two weeks at a time and see if you improve. Try dairy for two weeks, then wheat etc. You might find relief with eliminating one of those, but it might not be that either.

    I had mystery fever for a while that my doctor thought was an undiagnosed allergy. I spent several months eliminating foods two weeks at a time and found that diary and wheat didn't bother me at all.
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    Mar 01, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    I have dealt with IBS for 30 years. I have been to specialist, had all the tests and nothing helped. I was on many meds to help control it. Lomotil, Bentyl,
    Xanax and Imodium. The IBS has controlled my life, plain and simple. For me it seems to run in the family. My Mother had it. My brother used to make fun of me for it and and said it was all in my head. He developed it and he still can't go anywhere unless he knows exactly where all the restrooms are located on his route. My sister also has it but not to a severe extent.

    I would take 3-5 imodium and 1/2 a xanax at one time if I knew I was going someplace I wasn't familiar. An IBS sufferer needs to know where bathrooms are located and how quickly they can reach them. It may sound strange but unless you have had severe IBS, you just can't imagine how hard it is.

    Over the last 1 1/2 years I have lost 50 pounds. I noticed over this time my IBS started getting better. I have to assume it was because I cut out most dairy, most fatty and greasy foods. That is the only thing that has changed. Most of time for the first time in my life, I don't think about the IBS anymore.

    I suppose people have different triggers and stress is probably a common denominator. No good advice, just my story and my experience. It's an embarrassing problem and most people never will talk about it. Glad you brought it up.
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    Mar 01, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    eat gluton free.... i had IBS, not anymore... icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 01, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    I have a really sensitive stomach. No hamburgers, greasy foods otherwise stomach problems. So mine is anything unhealthy. no milks, sugar, breads.

    Breakfast - oatmeal, yogurt with fruit
    lunch - salad with salmon or tuna
    dinner - veggies and some kind of meat
    glass of wine every other day.
    very little for dessert. maybe homemade oatmeal cookies with honey
    I have to be creative with dinner to make things bearable
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    Mar 01, 2013 12:48 PM GMT
    I suffered with IBS symptoms since high school. I actually though stomach pain after eating lunch was normal. I also suffered with intense fatigue after eating.

    It took years to learn about this, but I finally did an elimination diet: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet

    After a month or two of eating on an elimination diet, then you can slowly add things that are "questionable" one-at-a-time to see if they upset you.

    I finally narrowed down that I am sensitive to wheat. Sure enough, my monthly pancake binge always confirms the truth. I shouldn't eat wheat/gluten, and when I don't I never have problems.

    Talk to your doctor about it too, because they will have suggestions on the order in which you should reintroduce foods. For example, gluten sensitivity can cause dairy sensitivity if you're consistently eating wheat/gluten, but once you eliminate the gluten and give your gut time to heal, dairy can be eaten again without problems.

    And while it's a pain in the ass, keeping a food journal really helps you to remember exactly how you were feeling, in the moment, with each thing that you put into your body.
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    Mar 01, 2013 1:02 PM GMT
    For me, Metamucil has worked. That is, increasing your fibre intake significantly.
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    Mar 01, 2013 1:13 PM GMT
    Read "The Paleo Solution" .With his mother nearing death and the author half way there he discovered that eliminating wheat , diary, sugar ( all processes food) cured him.
  • wild_sky360

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    Mar 01, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
    Have you been through any..or many rounds of antibiotics; even as a child? Some docs and even veterinarians are prescribing probiotic supplements after every antibiotic treatment; sometimes concurrently. I don't understand the logic of that if you are still on treatment. It's perhaps of some limited value.

    I used to suffer IBS with some frequency, and like JerseyJames said, I experienced discomfort and fatigue after eating practically anything.

    It's been an ongoing thing for decades, but I've drastically reduced the frequency with consistent probiotic supplementation and adding a great deal of psyllium fiber each evening before retiring. I prefer a big handful of the more expensive tablets than stirring grit into water like metamucil. Walmart has the best price for psyllium capsules at $4 vs $12-$16 for a comparable amount of metamucil or other store brands.

    The fiber keeps things moving along faster, to reduce or eliminate reabsorption of waste due to slow bowel function and the probiotics either replenish or enhance the good digestive microbes in your gut flora. You have to experiment with different brands for a week or two at least to properly assess effectiveness. The experience of my friends and myself is that some are more or less effective in your own particular system. I think I've tried 8 all together. We've swapped out and had some successes with each others rejects.

    You may even find one that makes you feel worse, though not likely. But if so, that could actually be a good sign of it's effectiveness. If it is strong and viable enough to displace enough bad microbes, you may experience a healing crisis when the bad one's die off. The best approach is to start slow, and build up to several capsules several times a day...some with meals and some on empty stomoach, regardless of intstructions.. .

    You can spend a LOT of money on these, which is unnecessary unless the lower priced brands don't offer relief. I've found good success with competitively priced store brands from both Vitamin Shoppe(retail or online) or from Vitacost(online). I alternate between them to mix up the diversity.

    This routine has provided much relief for a chronic problem. There are still occasional bad days that because of their isolation can be attributed to a guessed cause to avoid in the future.

    all the best and hope you are feeling better soon.

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    Mar 01, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    And if you're looking for a natural fiber supplement, chia seeds in bulk are great. I buy mine on amazon, and a little googling will reveal their pros (and i guess limited cons).
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    Mar 02, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    Repost from gluten thread:

    I've trialed the FODMAP diet with patients before, it is the only specific diet plan specifically designed for irritable bowel syndrome, and is based on a theory that IBS is a issue with absorption of carbohydrates. FODMAPs [Fructans (in wheat, onions, and artichokes), Galactans (in legumes, cabbage, and Brussels' sprouts), Lactose, Fructose, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Mannitol], are fermentable carbohydrates, that are broken down in the gut and produced gas byproducts. Glucose is not a FODMAP, and is absorbed quickly without fermentation. Although there are some detailed versions of the diet, in essence you would get the effect from any basic low-carbohydrate diet. The Paleo, non-gluten, or Atkin's would all indirectly have the same effect.
  • Asmodeus

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    Mar 02, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    OMG I though I was the only one!!!
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    Mar 02, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    Have you tried taking metamucil 3 times a day? Should work..
  • chris_hasting...

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    Mar 02, 2013 11:05 PM GMT
    i have a gluten allergy that has essentially induced IBS as well as lactose intolerance.

    still pushing through it.

    no more IBS but still mucho gas.