Post # 1
I was recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. Not to get into too much detail but my day to day life is a mess of pain and the runs after every meal. I cannot help but feel stressed about the wedding day (stress is something that makes it worse….) My amazing, supportive and loving fiance said we should rig a small toilet under my dress just in case -joking of course!- I just wanted to know if any other brides have a medical condition that made your day stressful and if so what helped? I am going to start trying some meditation and yoga to see if that will help and hope for the best on the wedding day. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 10
Seriously you have no idea how greatful i am for your responces! For me its such an imbarassing topic, my friends and family know whats happening… but when you dont feel like you can leave the house just in case there is a problem its starts affecting all aspects of your life! I am lucky and live in canada, i have had an MRI, X rays and x2 colonoscopy’s to rule our chrons, cancer (both grandmothers have had collon cancer) and god knows what else, i feel like my diagnosis is kind of a…. well we have ruled out everything else so you have IBS.
@brox: Actually that is my worst nightmare come true so knowing even if that happens to me, someone else has had it happen too actually does make me feel a little bit better, honestly thank you for sharing!
I guess i still have 6 months until the wedding to try and figure out what my body does not like and go from there… Honestly i was thinking about just taking immodium the morning of the wedding regardless just as a back up! You guys seriously rock! Thank you for being so open and honest with me. I appreciate it so much!
All jokes asside, anything GI tract related is shity!
Post # 11
@lionskitty: The doctor thinks I also have an anxiety issue…. So i am going to try out some medication to see if that helps. Travel is my worst enemy, i makes me terrified for the honeymoon. 🙁
Post # 12
@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
@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
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
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
@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!!