Post # 1
Warning this thread may contain TMI for some bees! Anyone with IBS or related conditions will understand though haha.
By ruling out other conditions I have been diagnosed with IBS (usually C but once in a while D, so i guess alternating.) When it’s acting up, I’m generally feeling really unwell, lethargic, I’m super irritable, I have cramps, bloating, extreme nausea and general abdominal pain.
I am so lucky that both my fiance and my employer are generally understanding…I have talked to my boss a lot about it as I’m scared of being seen as lazy or unmotivated, or whatever else negative pereceptions they might think about someone who has issues with sick time. I still feel soooo guilty everytime I have to miss a shift because of the way I’m feeling. Or everytime I bail on any kind of social event early, or maybe don’t make it at all. I feel AWFUL and just wish people could understand or relate.
How do IBS bees deal with it when it intereferes with life?
I wish I had a job where I could work from home. Unfortunately I am an OR nurse and I can NOT just un-scrub at any time and use the washroom, and I can’t even focus properly when I’m in such pain and discomfort. A lot of days even if I am not scrubbed in, and am working as a circulating nurse, it’s hard to get out for a break, sometimes you dont get one, and if you do it definitely isn’t decided by what time suits you best… ie, i need to use the washroom and may be a while… that would be a good time to have your break and deal, but for me it just won’t happen.
I need to find a way to deal, I hate that it’s affecting my job.
I know a lot of people have trigger foods but for me, I haven’t figured them out. My safe foods might be great for a couple weeks and then cause issues the next.
Even if you don’t have answers bees, just knowing someone else deals with this too is really comforting.
Post # 3
I have IBS but I have figured my trigger items: caffeine, dairy, and broccoli. My doctor also gave me dyclociclomine- i think dont have the bottle on me now- and it works in 15 mins. Mine I get such a pain in the stomach it is unbareable. You should get an allergy test done. It may help figure out your triggers. with the meds it is completely maneagable and I can go on with my life with no issues. good luck.
Post # 4
@Jessicachantal: I have IBS and my limitations on food are insane! I can barely eat anything and if I eat the wrong things I’m running to the bathroom!!! I find that going to the gym and keeping a regular active routune my syptoms are not as bad. If I go few days without working out I start to feel the effects. Aslo try to get enough sleep..when I dont get enough sleep my IBS starts to act up and I get stomache attacks really bad
Post # 5
I’m sorry, that sucks! Your profession definitely isn’t IBS friendly! I’m luckier in that aspect… I work a desk job and nobody really bothers me about it I’ve had to call in once because of it, but that was several years ago and Im managing it much better now!
My triggers are usually dairy and red meat mainly. My two favorite things =(
iM glaby my boyfriend understands… Because honestly its not the easiest thing to live with! Like sweetchiquita12 up there, it’s usually better with exercise. Weird, yes, but idk. I wass using probiotics for a while but eventually stopped once I started figuring out that adjusting my eating habits was easier.
Post # 6
Following because I’m also curious. I eleminated dairy, gluten and yeast from my diet. I also take probiotics, digestive enzymes and other supplements which help a bit. I take oval for the bloating but it doesn’t do much. I work overnight and apparently night shifts can cause digestive issues. My bloating is so severe I have trouble walking. I’ve cut down on shifts it’s so bad. I’m waiting for diagnosis right now to see if ovarian cysts are an issue too… but seriously IBS is more debilitating than people know.
Also gum. -_- I love gum. But the sweetener in it is murder.
Post # 7
@sweetchiquita12: I agree 100% with the working out comment. As soon as I get out of my exercise habit, my symptoms increase greatly.
I haven’t yet figured out my trigger foods either. Things have been much better once I gave up soda however! OP, what have you been doing to help manage your symptoms?