(Closed) Any IBS brides out there?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

*waves*

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Hi!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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 ๐Ÿ™  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 # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@shimmerofheaven: Yea, after a while I’ve just gotten used to not eating it. Every once in a while I cave though. ๐Ÿ˜€

@Mrs.LetsGoPens: I second heating pads / hot water bottles. They have really helped with me with the pain.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

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.

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