(Closed) Does anyone else have IBS?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I’ve had a lot of luck eating fiber gummies every day. There are still foods I have to avoid, like restaurant mayo, but I don’t have nearly the amount of episodes that I had in college. Then, it was almost every day.

I’m also far less stressed now, which has helped an incredible amount. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Yeppers I have had it all my life 🙁 My doctors have put on multiple medications, but nothing has ever seemed to work for me. I tried Align, but it just didn’t help me at all. I control it by trying to eat well – avoiding dairy since that seems to set it off more than other types of food, but as you know… sometimes it doesn’t matter what you eat! I think because I have had it since I was little I have learned to cope with it… Although I know that isn’t the best solution!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

On a day to day basis my best bet has been controlling what I eat.  I am sensitive to high fat food so I am careful to avoid them (although sometimes I indulge despite the risk!).  I just try to eat healthy foods and lots of fruits and veggies and have had good luck with this.  I also can have problems when I am stressed or nervous.  In those cases I have a prescription that works well as a stomach relaxer. The only problem is that it makes me sleepy, but it is worth it.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

ME ME ME!!!! I got “diagnosed” with it about four years ago. I say diagnosed, because they tested me fore everything under the sun and then my doc said it was IBS. Ugh.

BUT!!! I found something that helps me tremendously. Nothing she prescribed worked, but I read about taking peppermint pills in a magazine and went out and bought some. I’ve never gone back to anything else and it actually helps. I get a kind from Whole Foods called PepoGest (http://www.amazon.com/Pepogest-Peppermint-Oil-60-sgels/dp/B00068G7S0)

Hope that helps!!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had IBS, but as it turned out it was celiacs disease that was causing it.  It took my Dr years to figure it out.  Have you been tested for celiacs or gluten intolerance?  There are a lot of things that can lay behind it, so make sure that your Dr. checks everything they can.

Good luck

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This might sound weird but COFFEE lol… it works awesome. I hate coffee but that is the only that has ever worked for me

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Ahh, coffee is one of my no no foods 🙂

Endometriosis can also be a contributing factor. I would get IBS symptoms during my period, when in fact it was endo. It took years for my doctor to put that together.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mostly, I avoid “trigger” foods and try to stay as low stress as possible (which is difficult bc of my anxiety disorders).  Increasing fiber for me is a double edged sword – overall I think it has helped me but sometimes I find that it makes things worse. 

IBS (according to my doctor) is usually an exclusion diagnosis which basically means “we don’t know what’s wrong with you except that it’s not [insert list of stuff here].”  I was diagnosed with IBS but am reasonably certain that something else is going on, probably gluten intolerance as MichelleMyBell mentioned.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Try Activia with Fiber.  It has been the ONLY lifesaver for me!  They say it’s guaranteed to work or your money back in 14 days.  I recommended it to my mom and in-laws who now eat it on a regular basis.  You can find it in almost every grocery store.  I even found it at the Super Walmart down the street.  Just make sure it’s the one with fiber in it cause it works the best compared to the one without it.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My sister has IBS… very sorry that you have to deal with that 🙁 What works wonders for her is Immodium. She takes it prior to eating a lot and just whenever she is having stomach pains from it she takes it. It works very well for her!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I found that eating a clean diet and exercising has helped my IBS. The exercising works because it reduces my stress levels. Also, I have started taking magnesium supplements which work amazingly well. I am no longer on meds. I hope you find out what works for you.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

For me it is all about the diet.I take align as well. I think it is different for everyone–you have to try a lot of things and see what works for you.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

aww really- I found that coffee is the only thing that keeps everything going. Also Pregnancy lol- I actually have been “normal” since I got pregnant and gave birth to my daughter. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee

Fiance has IBS and removing gluten has helped tremendously! I don’t have IBS, but feel better now that we have started eating a gluten free/low carb diet (except for the occasional treat). PM me if you have any questions about recipes or why gluten free works.

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