(Closed) Anyone with IBS and worried about wedding day??! I am…..

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have Crohn’s disease, and I was definitely concerned about the day of.  However, I just made peace with the fact that I may have to excuse myself to use the restroom during the day.  Luckily, I didn’t have an issue at all, but just remember that its okay if you have to go to the bathroom.  Try not to stress about it, that will just make it worse!  Oh, and it will probably help if you have a private restroom you can use. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Hey there! Definitely know how you feel as I have stomach issues that are made worse by stress too and have been concerned about not feeling feeling well/having issues the day of. Basically my strategy is going to be to try and avoid eating things the week before that I know bother me more than others. For me not having enough water or sleep seems to affect it as well so I will make sure to keep up with those. PM me if you want to talk!

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If it makes you feel any better, I had diarrhea about 5 minutes before I was supposed to walk down the aisle. In my dress with my bridesmaids, we went to the connecting school’s bathroom where it all came out. I got it out of my system and popped a few Imodium and managed the rest of the day/night just fine.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I also have IBS and it can be terrible. The best thing to stop the symptoms of it is to not be too stressed out about it. I feel that working out regulary really helps me so you should definetly try that. Also in the time before your wedding try to establish what food seem to bother you the most and avoid those foods before your wedding so as not to get a stoamch attack during that time. IBS can be hard because it sometimes hard to tell if foods will bug you or not but its all about knowing your body. I try and write down the things I eat and rule out the ones that bother me so I know what to avoid. It’s definetly a learning process but it will get better. 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve been going back and forth with the hospital/doctors about my stomach issues.  It’s a joke between family members and I since I have been dealing with this since I was a teeanger, but it’s really annoying and affects my daily life.

At home it’s okay, I can deal with the constant bathroom breaks but when I go out with my cousin (who is also my MOH) they always want to eat lunch and this dreads me so much because I know I have to eat certain foods because if I don’t I will have to ask them to make a pit stop on the way home because my stomach won’t make it.

It makes me want to avoid social events with family and has caused me to lose alot of touch and miss out on things a lot because I’m more embarrassed about it than anything.  So it’s usually a joke for us when we pick a place to eat because we all know “Tiffy’s stomach cant handle that”

And we actually joked about it already for the wedding.. that I would be so nervous and stressed worrying that day that during the ceremony I will have to run down the isle to go to the bathroom.  Then we joked about how I would even go to the bathroom in my dress..

Joking about it is one thing, but actually going through it is another thing completely.  My fiance and I live off of Pepto & Immodium.  So I know how it feels as well.  But my doctor just keeps telling me I’m lactose intolerant instead of doing a scope to figure out why because not all foods I eat have dairy in it.  🙁

So yea, I also worry about this as well as other issues light my weight, my looks, etc.

My plan is to eat crackers and water the day of wedding, just to calm my hunger and not upset my stomach to where I will need to go.  And will have pepto in my purse!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I had different issues, but like a PP mentioned, immodium! My issues were similar enough that I still popped one on the big day just to be safe – my stomach does not like acidic foods so I sometimes feel irritated.

Hopefully it helps to reassure you, that on the day I was not hungry or thirsty at all. I ate only half my dinner and that was because I was forcing myself. Nerves, I guess. Let your BMs know your deal, that when you say bathroom it means drop everything and immediate help.

ETA – if it makes you feel safer and better then HONESTLY just wear a diaper. Nobody will know, you will feel better, and your Fiance will understand. As another person who has to deal with poor health I am assuming you have a really healthy and well developed sense of humour about this whole situation by now.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

For atleast a few days before avoid foods that bother you, and try to get some rest (the pp’s have said this but definitely important) I have an anxiety disorder that makes everything way worse, I have meds that make a big difference, talk to a doc about it but make sure you try it before, it can make some people really sleepy and you need to take less, and Immodium is your BFF here too.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@PoeticDoveInLA:  Have you or your doctor considered celiac disease or gluten intolerance? Your symptoms sound very similar to mine! But then we figured it out.

Post # 13
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224 posts
Helper bee

@MrsHoneyC:  I have Coeliac’s but it’s triggered IBS in me, too. Even when I cut out all gluten, I still had issues. It was only when I cut out all dairy and red meat (and most white meat, too) that I really started to notice the benefits.

Maybe it’s not so much the cutting out of foods that makes a difference, but I found that when I stopped eating wheat, dairy and meat, i HAD to eat more whole foods and vegetables.

I have never felt better.

My insides feel ‘clean and empty’ now and I almost gag at the thought of eating steak or a burger because I can’t bear to think of the thick, sluggish meat rotting in my stomach.

Have you ever read The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone? http://www.amazon.com/Kind-Diet-Simple-Feeling-Losing/dp/1605296449 Cannot recommend it enough. It absolutely changed my life.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had the same diagnosis, we don’t know what’s wrong so it’s IBS, also we don’t know what’s wrong so you have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). If you haven’t booked your honeymoon yet I’d think of picking something somewhere you’re more comfortable, it’s about getting away with your sweetie and I’d rather be comfortable and enjoy it than be stressed.

As an asside, while travel freaks me out too I travelled alone for the first time (except short distances to family), to the US for the first time, all the way to Florida from Montreal to meet my guy face to face for the first time, customs searched my bags, my plane was late….and no panic attacks, in fact, no problems until I left (then I felt like crap), I think he’s my miracle cure.

Post # 15
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Wannabee

I used to have the same issue- NOTHING I ate agreed with me. I started taking one calcium before each meal and now do so much better. I have also found that if I know I am going somewhere important- and what is more important than your wedding day- I will eat a small meal and take an immodium. Immodium doesn’t cross theblood brain barrier and only effects the digestivesystem. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@treacle:  Ugh, red meat bothers me so much, too! It’s one thing I always avoid because I know it makes me sick. I haven’t eaten it in probably two years and it turns my stomach thinking about a burger or steak!!

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