(Closed) Does anyone else have IBS?

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got told I probably had it when nothing else cropped up to explain my digestive… er.. distress.  I actually found *reducing* fiber helped… I was probably topping 80 grams a day at that point, though… so after cutting down I was still getting a good amount.

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Like everyone else, I find eating a pretty clean diet and avoiding trigger foods to help. Also, I take full spectrum digestive enzyme capsules before I eat, which was suggested to me by my nutritionist around when I got diagnosed and seems to help a fair amount. A bit of exercise, like running a couple miles regularly, seems to help too.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I take miralax and nexium. I was just diaginosed so I am still adjusting to the proper dose of miralax to take. I has helped a lot. Once I became regular again I stopped feeling nasuea, the intense pain (felt like someone had punched me), and the burps that felt like I was going to throw up.

Activa helped me for a little while. I was already eating foods that were pretty high in fiber and healthy, but I began eating more brown rice and whole grains.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I avoid trigger foods, like others. I completely cut out all soy products. And I take Primodophilus Rheuteri probiotics every morning. If I have an IBS “flare up”, I’ll take 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. They have really made a huge difference.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been diagnosed with IBS before but, like Michelle above, that wasn’t it at all. We’re just now figuring out that I’m actually allergic to wheat (not the gluten, like Celiac disease), but a true wheat allergy. Since wheat is in everything, it’s really hard to pin down. 

So I say just be 110% sure it’s not food allergies or diseases like Celiac before you settle for an IBS diagnosis.

Post # 22
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Worker bee

idk maybe im weird but the medicines actually work for me. haha but there is an over the counter ibs pill. its called IBS. and its specifically for that.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i feel like i do, my stomach is bloated all the time.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am one of those “you don’t have A, B, or C so it must be IBS.”  I was taking fiber pills and Align but neither of those worked too well….I now take the cheap version of Align and watch what I eat for the most part….limit the high fat, high grease, soda and sugar….and exercising has helped me tremendously

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Quick question for you ladies–have any of you had your gall bladder removed? I suffered with a “nervous stomach” as a kid, but my stomach got much worse after I had to have my gall bladder removed right before college. I could hardly eat a thing without getting sick. If you’ve had your gall bladder out, your body has nowhere to store excess bile, and it floods your system, making you sick. A prescription medicine called cholestyramine/Questran prevents bile acids from being absorbed and from causing irritation. I’ve been on it for several years and it is like night and day. I actually have a life again that doesn’t revolve around my upset stomach. If you’ve had your gall bladder out, I urge you to talk to your doctor about this medicine. My doctor wanted to try every other medicine and test out there first to make sure it wasn’t something “serious”, but when I finally got on this medicine, my life improved dramatically.

For resources, I recommend Heather Van Vorous’s books and website. I have “The First Year: IBS” and “Eating for IBS.” The latter is a cookbook with recipes even my Boyfriend or Best Friend loves. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I do, and I take Levsin before I eat. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Horrible way to live, but you just deal. My mom takes herbal supplements and they work very well for her.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have it too.  I take nexium for acid reflux.  I’ve found that although ginger helps me digest food it makes my intestines spasm (along with a lot of other foods).  I highly suggesting buying Calming tea by Yogi Tea.  It’s yummy and it helps me relax mentally and it stops my intestines from spasming (nothing else helps! including prescriptions, probiotics, fiber).  Good luck!

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

dude…I don’t know…i need to get to the doctor..All I know is that I don’t want to “get the shits” in my wedding dress! (that would be not a good thing) *sigh* It’s been this way for years…as when I go out to eat, generally I have to scope out the bathroom before hand and get my pathway to it memorized. I have been putting off going to the doctors for about a year and honestly…I am quite scared that I have colitis or Crohns disease…or an allergy to MSG/WHEAT…who knows. I thought that I was the only one who had issues. lol. Thanks for the vent about my large intestines. You BEEs ROCK!

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Julialimei: your gallbladder actually helps clean out toxins in your system so it is important for digestion. I read an article a little while ago which was talking about how doctors are reconsidering how easily they decide to take out gallbladders because they keep finding out new information about how the gallbladder fully works in the body! I am glad you found a medicine that helps you!!

Post # 31
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

For bees who are more likely to have the really bad stomach aches where you really have to go to the bathroom, try using imodium (the tiny ones) before you eat a meal. This is just for those occasional outings when you are worried you will have to go and won’t be able to get out without being noticed. I know its unhealthy but it works for me to take like 5-6 of them before I eat. I don’t do this everyday. I deal with the stomach aches as they come and only do the overload on imodium for certain occassions.

My doctor had put me on muscle relaxant pills because he thought it was just me being a hypochondriac with nerves just like everyone else in my family thinks. Needless to say those didn’t work so I’ve found imodium works but I try not to overtake it because I am sure that’d be unhealthy.

I have even changed my diet completely, with not so much change in stomach problems, and lost 30 lbs even though I don’t work out. I need to start working out again because it really does wonders on keeping you regular and makes you feel better about yourself!

 

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