Post # 1
I am relatively new to my diagnosis (about 8 months) and I have been struggling with attacks recently that leave me bloated to the point where my pants won’t fit! I’m trying to cut out dairy, which is really hard for me… i started drinking Smart Balance Lactose-free Fat-free milk, which seems to help. I heard peppermint oil capsules help, but I’ve also been told that it can cause heartburn (which I already suffer from).
Can anyone comiserate or have any advice about these damn attacks? They’re painful!
Post # 3
I’ve had it all my life.
I eat dairy very sparingly, but other foods can upset it as well (red meat, greasy or fried foods, etc).
I don’t have much advice as the few meds my dr has recommended for me never seemed to help much, but I can surely commiserate! It’s deff unpleasant.
Post # 4
I have had IBS as well as acid reflux/GERD for 6 years. I take Omeprazole (prilosec) every morning and it helps to cut down on both problems (one must irritate the other-lovely!) I have kept a food journal that helps me keep track of foods that cause me to have issues… red meat, greasy/fast food, lettuce (very rough on digestion)… things like that!
Acid reflux can cause bloating, so maybe taking some kind of OTC acid reducer every morning may help. Other than that, just learn what foods to stay away from and it gets easier to control flares. Drink lots of water and add more fiber to your diet!
Good luck 🙂
Post # 5
I was diagnosed around the same time as you. Unfortuantely, it a trial and error game. I only drink lactose-free milk and have the dairy capsules that I take with all dairy. PEANUTS – I cannot eat which is a bummer because I LOVE peanut butter. No more reeses for me 🙁 However, I recently stumbled upon soy butter that tastes just like peanut butter. I can no longer eat pretzels, high quanitities of cheese, 100% whole wheat bread, excessively spicey or greasy food….
Ask you dr. for a list of foods you should avoid (high gas producers). I had NO idea about some of these foods and since I’ve eliminated them from my diet, I have felt human again!!
Post # 6
@TinyTina: It sucks, doesn’t it? I’ve cut out all fast food, and I rarely eat anything fried anymore. What I would give to have some fries right now! 😉
Post # 7
@kaitybug: I had GERD before I was diagnosed with IBS, so I’ve been on Nexium for about 2 years now. The only time the heartburn flares up is when I’m having an IBS attack… kick me while I’m down, why don’t ya!
I need to keep a food journal.. I’m usually pretty good at avoiding the tough stuff to digest. I’ve been told a lot that I have to add more fiber to my diet, but I don’t seem to be able to tolerate whole grains anymore… I get really bloated and have abdominal cramps. I’m sticking to white flour foods (though I know they’re not really healthy), because even a little bit of whole grain throws me off. Wtf?! Thanks!
Post # 8
@MsYellowJacket: I’ve cut out a ton of foods as well. I tried to start eating fruits more, but they seem to be bad for my acid reflux. I haven’t had citrus in over a year, and now strawberries are starting to get to me! And peanuts? Oh no! I didn’t even think of that… I love peanuts! Thanks for the advice!
Post # 9
I was diagnosed with IBS about a year and a half ago. In that time I have learned how to make it more bareable.
- Lactaid- Ohh lactaid how I love thee. Seriously Lactaid has helped me out so much, I recommend trying it. Just take it with your first bite of dairy and it should help you out.
- Maalox- When I feel an attack comming on I take liquid maalox. Out of all of the OTC medicines this has been the one that helps me the most.
- Ginger capsules- I take these when I have a slight stomach ache.
- Heating pad- I would have horrible attacks and I would be in so much pain that I would be crying. One day I was on the couch and I tried it. It didn’t take away the pain 100% but it made it bearable.
Best of luck!!
Post # 10
@shimmerofheaven: Yea, after a while I’ve just gotten used to not eating it. Every once in a while I cave though. 😀
@Mrs.LetsGoPens: I second heating pads / hot water bottles. They have really helped with me with the pain.
Post # 11
I’ve had IBS my entire life. Sadly it’s a complete pain and (for me) “safe foods” are not always safe and “unsafe foods” don’t always have me running for the bathroom. I found it helped to take acidophilous (at least 1million organisms). Problem is that can get a bit expensive, you can also try yogurt for the same effect (though the # of live organisms in yogurt was not enough for me). Also taking Lactaid before dairy helps A LOT. It takes time to learn what you absolutely shouldn’t eat (for me it’s onions and spicey foods, a small amount is usually ok but that amount varies daily!).
I wish you the best, I know how difficult it is! Keeping a food journal can also help; put notes of how your body reacted.