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

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 63
9 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

I was diagnosed with IBS 9 years ago and have been through every elimination diet going.  We found that my worst trigger food is dairy products, and I went completely dairy-free for 3 years and that included obsessively label reading for hidden lactose in products (couldn’t each any potato crisps other than ready salted as they use lactose as a flavour binder).

Stress and tiredness is also a big trigger for me, and unfortunately I’m a shift worker.  I tried Mebevarine but found it next to useless, Buscopan I was popping like sweets in the early years until I isolated my trigger foods.  Then 6 years ago I moved cities, registered with a new GP and got to talking about my IBS, I said I expected to spend most of my weekends in the bathroom with problems but I was OK with it.  She was horrified and did lots of research for me, and we decided together that low-dose amitriptyline was worth a go.  I’ve been on 20mg at night since then (occaisionally take a higher dose if it’s playing up) and I’ve never looked back.  The chronic lower abdominal pain disappeared, the lethargy and headaches vanished too. 

After being dairy free for 3 years I can now tolerate some dairy products – I still can’t stand milk, them smell alone makes me vomit, but I can enjoy yogurt and cheese again.  I drink soya milk now and love it.

Mine has been well controlled for a number of years now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it rears its ugly head the week of the wedding, so I plan to stock up on immodium and buscopan just in case!

Post # 64
4509 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi bees – I saw this thread was revived and I wanted to let you know what worked for me on our wedding day.

1) I took two Immodium that morning.

2) Took my dicyclomine before meals

3) Avoided greasy or creamy foods a few days before and on the day of


No problems! It went off without a hitch, and I didn’t have to squeeze into the tiny venue ladies room with my dress any more than a non-IBS sufferer would have to!


ETA – Oats and other similar fibers have been shown to help with IBS and it seems to work for me. (I started eating oatmeal for breakfast almost everyday and my symptoms have gone down). I made sure to have oatmeal for breakfast on the big day, which might help some of you.

Post # 65
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My friend that recently got married has IBS, and she didn’t seem to have any problems. But she’s been diagnosed for a long time and has been on proper medicine for it.

As for myself, I don’t have IBS, but me and my dad have really sensitive stomachs. Diarrhea is a frequent occurrence. :/ As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned what triggers my upset stomach:

-red meat
-fast food
-sweet tea

There are others, but basically, sugar and overly processed foods tear me up. So I’ve learned that if I’m going on a date with SO, or I have a big event, I make sure to avoid those foods at all costs. If I’m iffy about a certain food, I’ll take an OTC anti-diarrhea pill. Equate works fine for me.

I’m sorry you’re going through this. I know it’s frustrating!

Post # 66
10697 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State



Did the doc give you meds?

Imodium is a godsend.  If I’m really worried, I’ll take 4.

Just sharing experiences here,not giving medical advice.

Post # 67
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

My IBS goes through stages …Its mid-point at the moment, Im hoping it will be ok when comes to wedding. I had it really bad about 6 years ago, and since then have come to terms with it more so…it seems to have got better when Ive accepted it.


Somethign my doctor gave me – Im not sure if it is available in America or not but it REALLY helped – Omeprazole. A saviour!


Also when I worked as a carer one thing we used for bad tummies was pomegranet juice.


๐Ÿ™‚ hope this helps

Post # 68
46 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

That’s me! I have IBS, D prominent. I was just in a wedding the other weekend, too, and feared my condition would act up (stress fires it up, as well as eating/drinking the wrong thing). As long as I take an Immodium before bed, one in the morning, and one every couple of hours throughout the day (max of 4… 5 if I’m really feeling uneasy)… I’m ok! And I need to avoid fruit and hot beverages like the plague. I made it through as a bridesmaid (I was REALLY worried about that) and I’m hoping I’ll make it through as a bride! 

Post # 69
13 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

I also have IBS and am worried about it affecting me on my wedding day ๐Ÿ™ The only advice I can give is try to stay calm and relaxed and not let the stress get to you too much (easier said than done, I know!). But if you’re ill don’t let it get to you, nothing is going to ruin your big day, not even stupid IBS! Good luck hope you have a brilliant day! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 70
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

yes i have bad IBS  i think i will just watch what i eat starting like the week before.. normally in the morning my stomach is horrible but after like an hour of taking immodium it starts getting better.. i think ill just prepare myself but getting up earlier and taking the medicine and not eating any food i know will bother it..

Post # 71
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I actually did not eat a thing all day until the ceremony was over!! I was so nervous that I was not wanting any food anyway!

Post # 71
2 posts

MrsHoneyC:  how was your wedding day? I feel like I’m going through exactly the same thing at the moment, this is the reason why I haven’t set a date yet

Post # 71
2 posts

MrsHoneyC:  how was your wedding day? I feel like I’m going through exactly the same thing at the moment, this is the reason why I haven’t set a date yet

Post # 73
777 posts
Busy bee

I just stumbled on this thread and I’m so glad I did! I have been suffering with IBS for five years, only diagnosed this past February, I don’t know how It came to be, but my stomach hates me and I hate my stomach. Things that seem to set me off: pop, dairy, raw veggies, sugar, alcohol and pasta (but not bread) and I’ve got two big concerns..

one, the wedding day

two, our all inclusive two week honeymoon that follows.

My Fiance is really good about making me follow the FODMAP diet, but when he’s away, I stray and end up feeling sick! I’m concerned I wont be able to enjoy myself on the honeymoon ๐Ÿ™

does anyone have any advice on what to eat leading up to the wedding? I’m going to have a gluten free menu option for food at the wedding, and what should I do about our Jamacian vacation!?

Please help ๐Ÿ™

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