SparkPeople IBS ( Irritable bowel syndrome) Team Messageboard Dealing with IBS is hard. This group is help support people with IBS. SparkPeople IBS ( Irritable bowel syndrome) Team Messageboard Being stubborn about eating correctly I just joined this team hoping for some support. I have had symptoms of diarrhea, constipation and gas all of my life but really didn't have a name for it and didn't talk to a doctor about it until recently. My doc sent me to an IBS class and that was informative and they recommend that FODmap foods. <BR> <BR> Since I have managed my life so far (I am 66) without MAJOR problems, I am being really stubborn about changing my eating behavior. I also need to lose about 60 pounds and I DON'T WAN... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 11:21:17 EST Hello I just joined this team hoping for some support. I have had symptoms of diarrhea, constipation and gas all of my life but really didn't have a name for it and didn't talk to a doctor about it until recently. My doc sent me to an IBS class and that was informative and they recommend that FODmap foods. <BR> <BR> Since I have managed my life so far (I am 66) without MAJOR problems, I am being really stubborn about changing my eating behavior. I also need to lose about 60 pounds and I DON'T WANT... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:37:09 EST Alternative Therapies for IBS Have you read that Spark article about alternate therapies for IBS? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?ID=841 </link> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:02:29 EST Trigger DUH Moment So I had a moment today where I actually said DUH you Idiot. <BR> <BR> I just started sparking again last week after a few years. <BR> I have a had a few symptom flare ups recently with no apparent trigger food eaten. <BR> Today I ready an article on the site that mentioned that chocolate has caffeine. which is one of my worst triggers. I can't tolerate it at all. <BR> <BR> So I reviewed my Food Diary and sure enough each day I had marked that I had issues for no reason I had eaten chocola... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 22:15:13 EST Anyone take Amitriptyline for IBS-D? I have tried several remedies for IBS-D with varying degrees of success. Some worked well for awhile and then didn't. My gastroenterologist prescribed 10mg daily of Amitriptyline initially. It worked somewhat, but I still had some "breakthroughs." We went to 25mg in May and I'm happy to say I've only had one episode since then. Although, I'm not constipated, I now have "incomplete evacuation." <BR> <BR> Has anyone else tried Amitriptyline for D? How has it worked for you? Thinking a... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:59:37 EST New to IBS, looking for help! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I've probably had mild IBS for a very long time - now that I look back on my history and diet - but recently had a particularly bad digestive month (cramps, gas, diarrhea, constant need for the toilet, producing nothing - you all get the idea). Finally went to the doctor last week, and while I'm still in the midst of being diagnosed, my doc almost immediately said it sounds like IBS. After doing some reading, I think he's probably right. <BR> <BR> I also read that a FOD... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:25:02 EST Add A Fitness Emoticon Everyday <em>324</em> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:46:28 EST IBS RECIPES Do you have any recipes that are beneficial for those of us with IBS? I will share one. <BR> <BR> blueberry-lime-coconut-smoothie/ </link> <link> blueberry-lime-coconut-smoothie/ </link> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:06:24 EST Starting Point: determining my Hey howdy. <BR> <BR> I've been manipulating my eating habits (less fast food out, mostly successful), more food from my kitchen, but I can't really go buying better and more food til my next paycheck comes. <BR> <BR> Either way, I feel blind right now. I'm not sure how to start with finding out what my trigger are. <BR> What kind of foods should I be eating and then gradually adding to my diet. What are the signs to look out for? My stomach seems to have a life of its own, like a teenager w... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:28:21 EST I Bowel This morning had plans for church, my husband is sick with vomiting and not feeling well so I do not want some one else to get it, and IB acting up and trying to control my weight, want to walk but very hot humid right now. been cleaning and laundry, please pray for the lord to heal happy a blessed Sunday. Sun, 6 Aug 2017 11:17:43 EST Bloating Hi All, For a while now I have constant bloating. I drink water and feel my stomach getting bloated. How do you know you have IBS? I have not yet been to a doctor for a diagnosis. I also have frequent constipation. <BR> <BR> My diet is generally healthy. I do love my veggies, but I find I cannot drink as much as I did because my stomach gets so bloated. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on what I can do to ease the bloating? Thank you. <BR> <BR> Laura <BR> Mon, 22 May 2017 18:01:07 EST Lower Bowel Pain Hello everyone, going on 4th day of lower bowel stomach pain...anyone have ideas to ease this would be greatly appreciated...I don't know what I should be eating. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:39:34 EST vegetables & nuts Does anyone else have problems with eating vegetables or nuts.? A lot of vegetables causes real problems with gas &amp; bloating. I haven't eaten nuts in years due to having such a horrible experience too. I know SP suggests eating vegetables or nuts for a snack.. <BR> <BR> Carol Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:09:03 EST Pineapple I asked a question prior regarding pineapple with no response. I seem to have real problems with it and unfortunately love pineapple. Does anyone else have problems with pineapple? I'm also wondering if it is because it is fresh rather than canned. If I were to use it in a smoothie would it lessen the gas and bloating? Sorry for all the questions, but I am just curious if it is just me or are there others out there with this problem. Wed, 1 Feb 2017 20:29:14 EST Hello I am pretty much new to this site. Last Summer I had lots of issues with my IBS/C. I had a colonoscopy and EGD which showed moderate gastritis, GERDS. Of course even when I have awful bouts of gas, bloating and constipation along with abdominal pain it never shows up with the scope. The Dr. gave me a diet to follow which has helped tremendously. But, I am now trying to figure out what my real triggers are. I have pretty much stopped eating the red meat since that always seemed to cause ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:31:41 EST New Hi I have been dealing with IBS-C most of my life. I am finally getting it better controlled, but seems like I am very limited on what I can eat. I am still working on what triggers I have. I do know wheat seems to be a problem. It surprises me that people on here can have salads. I haven't had a salad in years and only eat nuts that are crushed. I love nuts too. I'm still not sure about dairy, but have changed to Almond Milk with my oatmeal which seems to be beneficial. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:56:07 EST Linzess Hi, I've been prescribed Linzess for medication induced constipation that isn't responding to other methods or laxatives. Really ill from Miralax this weekend. Irony is I've sufferred years of IBS-D &amp; nothing that used to have me running is working either. Anyone here using Linzess &amp; how has it been? Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:00:21 EST Can IBS cause pressure in vaginal and anal area? Hello everyone! <BR> I hope all of u are doing well. I have been a member of this forum for a while now but never posted, as my IBS had been settled for quite a while. <BR> I first suffered a severe bout of IBS in 2006 and it lasted for quite a few months. back pain, constipation, bloating, pain in left side of abdomen and some pressure in the vaginal area ( I remember I tried to feel if anything was there), the doctr then said I have IBS nothing else. <BR> Now again this last month ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:28:31 EST New to team Hi I'm not new to SP, but I needed some support for my IBS and was so glad to find this team. I've dealt with IBS on and off for a couple of years, but lately it has become more of a problem. Unfortunately, I find my trigger to be fruit and vegetables. I can only handle very little raw and when it kicks up even cooked cause problems. I know the medical world says fiber is good for the condition, but doesn't work for me. Carbs work best for me, but they aren't good for weight loss. Anyon... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:52:22 EST Hi Everyone Hi, <BR> I'm Callie and I was diagnosed with IBS last year and started working with a dietician earlier this year. I've been following a low fodmaps diet which has been tough especially as I'm a vegetarian but did really help me to manage my symptoms. It didn't really help my weight loss journey though and I've been stuck with just a few pounds to go until I reach my target for literally months which is a little demotivating. <BR> I'm reintroducing foods now though with mixed results. Most ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 02:18:50 EST Jumping in Hey! Im gonna jump into this discussion... I usually do SP from my phone and isn't as easy for me to navigate the team forums, but here I am :) <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I seem to be able to control it really well these days, but I still have to be careful. Looking forward to getting to know ya'll. Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:18:08 EST Buckeye100SparkPage Hello, <BR> <BR> I am looking to make new friends and accountability partners please. I was always the "skinny" kid growing up but have gained a lot of weight over the years and it has gotten much worst the past few years. I have lost both of my parents , most recent was my Dad a few months ago, and I also have a rare autoimmune disease. Exercising is a challenge as I don't feel good most days and also have knee issues, but I know i have to loose the weight as my bmi is so high and my doctor... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:27:30 EST Hello Hello all, my name is Danielle, and I was diagnosed with this condition when I was 18. Mainly my triggers are stress, fat/ greasy foods, and some acids. I would like to know more about this condition. I am currently taking Bentyl for my symptoms. Mainly my IBS is constipation, but used to be constant diarrhea spells that were so embarassing to me for a while. Any advice? Fri, 8 Jan 2016 15:39:53 EST Howdy everyone. Hi there. My name is Alyssa. I actually have Linda on my friends list. From the BLC, I think. That's where most of my Spark friends are from. <BR> <BR>'s my introduction… <BR> <BR> I'm almost 29. I've been married for 8 and a half years. This past year my husband and I opened our relationship and decided to try polyamory. I now have another man in my life whom I consider a husband as well, and my legal husband is courting a girl who he will hopefully be dating soon. She's real... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 21:15:52 EST hello everyone Hi there I'm new to SP IBS team, I thought it could not hurt to shared ideas with others whom suffer with IBS. I became symptomatic about 6mos after my gallbladder removal and its been a painful journey. I am still learning about this illness and even though I have moments of relief . I am realizing I do need to change my eating habit and start to eliminate some food that gives me too much discomfort. I am still trying to understand my triggers. I do realize that broccoli and now cabbage are ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:37:55 EST Started My Story I started to blog the story of my journey today. I decided it would be better done in three parts, since no one's journey is short. If it were, it would just be a trip wouldn't it? ;) <BR> <BR> So, if anyone is curious, or would like to read it and give me some feed back, I would really appreciate it! <BR> <BR> Again, I have only posted part 1. Part 3 is where my IBS comes into play. Part 2 will be tomorrow, and Part 3 will be on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Danielle ~ Thu, 5 Nov 2015 15:51:31 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Danielle and I have IBS-D which can flip and become IBS-C when my gut is feeling froggy and wants to switch things up on me. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SP since 2006 I think, but have not used it in over 5 years. I got ill and then injured myself at work (Im in EMS) and thus began a weight gain that I had to get control of, and I came running back to the program I KNOW works :) <BR> <BR> I have found that it is harder to loose this time around due to my IB... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 01:03:49 EST New Mom with IBS Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kara and I was diagnosed with IBS after I had my son. Growing up my Mother had IBS and now has an ileostomy because of a perforated bowel. She says this will happen to me because I have IBS now like she did. I am not sure I believe that since I am trying to change the way I eat to avoid triggers. <BR> <BR> My son is going to be 3 in March so I have been living with this for about 2.5 years. When he was born I started having Gallbladder issues (I think they ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 07:11:42 EST Good Bye I will no longer be joining this discussion group. I have asked for advice on several occasions and do not get any replies. It seems the same people over and over are sharing and replying. Not my idea of a responsive group discussion. <em>253</em> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:14:49 EST Fibre/fiber Hi there, <BR> <BR> I have been suffering with IBS-C and slow transit for a few years now and have difficulty managing it. <BR> <BR> I find myself severely restricting my diet in order to stop any flare ups but as result I have been living on mostly sugar for almost 3 years now. My weight has yo-yoed a lot as result and I am up to my highest weight in a few years. I know that I am not living healthfully but whenever I try to eat fruit and veg or anything containing fibre my stomach goes mad... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:46:03 EST Happy Thanksgiving For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving as I do this weekend, I hope it is blessed and filled with sharing food with families and friends. For myself, I am very thankful for the blessings in my life including the positive feedback I get from SP.. <em>4</em> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:58:50 EST Hello! Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Jenni and I was diagnosed with IBS a few years ago after YEARS of pain. I got my problems when I hit my teens and suffered for roughly 10 years before I just couldn't stand it anymore with pains so severe I had to walk bent over. <BR> <BR> Because I live in Sweden, I was told to figure what caused the problem by myself, but the doctor suggested trying lactose and gluten first. So I did. I went off lactose for a few months and had some relief. Next I was off gluten for w... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 14:58:04 EST farae hello <BR> i am new to the site. I am starting my weight loss program today. going to try the post daily and connect to keep me accountable to something. <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:30:52 EST Happy Monday Hope you all have a healthy and blessed week. <BR> For those inclined, please say a little prayer for a speedy recovery for me from my breast reduction surgery which is scheduled for tomorrow Sept. 13. <BR> Thanks <em>213</em> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:32:48 EST Too much fruit+dairy +wal-mucil I think we all know how that ends! Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:17:50 EST My constipation remedy If I have coffee w/ a dairy product or an artificial creamer, I'm unblocked w/in a couple of hours. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:40:50 EST Hello Hello my name is Sam, I am new to this group and to ibs. I was just told a few months ago that I have ibs-d and this has not been a fun few months. I am a stay at home mom of two kids and in collage and i do not have time for all this pain and bathroom trips. If anyone has any ideas on how to start feeling better I am all ears and will try just about anything. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:15:15 EST Happy Monday I'm wishing all a safe, healthy and happy week ahead. Hope your symptoms are in check. <BR> I had a small problem on the weekend but I was at a wedding and my diet was off so am back to normal today. Had to take an immodium though which I hate doing. <BR> Be Well <BR> Islayy <em>30</em> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:02:22 EST IBS-C Improvement Hi. I thought I would write up my own experience in hope of helping other people with the same condition. There are so many people looking for help out there, and so few people posting with solutions. <BR> <BR> First a little background. I'm 35 and I started out with "a bad tummy" starting in middle school - constant bloating, sudden diarrhea, etc. It turned into IBS-mixed in my 20s, with increasing pain and problems, and then from around 31 it became IBS-C which got to the point where I... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:32:10 EST Blessed Sunday <BR> Have a healthy and happy week. Very busy week ahead for me so am going to try to be as healthy as possible. Migraines have been been getting me down. Humid weather is a trigger. <em>521</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:15:54 EST Blessed Sunday <em>213</em> <BR> Hope you have a great week ahead. Last week my system was totally---off bloated and bouts of d. <BR> Seems to be clearing up but will need to go back to basics this week. When I am not feeling well, my nutritional cooking seem to go. Tracking my food and fibre contents will help. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:29:29 EST gas attacks Does anyone know what to do about gas attacks that come on every night? I have talked to doctors about it and the only thing they say is I will need to take gas relief tablets. I will end up having to take 3 at a time and sometimes more than one time in the evening to stop it. Many times it feels like a heart attack because I get sharp pain in the middle of my ribs and it goes into my arms. I have even ended up at the ER because it was so much like a heart attack and they found nothing ot... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:33:04 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with IBS and other digestive issues for the past decade. I had my gallbladder removed at 20 due to stones and recently found out part of my pancreas had died due to a pancreatitis I had at 19. I also have a weak liver, not due to drinking, so eating is a challenge for me and the daily consequences I face really heightened my anxiety which makes the whole thing worse. Being able to talk to people who could understand would, I am sure, help a lot. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 03:29:34 EST Anxiety Disorder and Stress = IBS Hi! As I've stated on a few other posts today, I'm learning even more about managing my IBS-C. While being worried that something else might be going on (more serious like an ulcer), I found through my research this morning and over the past few weeks that all of my symptoms, even dizziness, go along with IBS-C and anxiety disorder. <BR> <BR> Here's the reason for this thread: What do some of you do to relieve stress? I'm not necessarily into meditation and yoga (due to religious persua... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:32:42 EST Happy Monday Happy Monday and a blessed and healthy week to all. <em>524</em> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:07:00 EST Hi I just got diagnosed. Been suffering with symptoms since I was a child. Been 30 years atleast. Finally starting to feel better! <BR> <BR> I am a married mother of 3. I work from home and struggle to stay motivated at times. On slow work days, my bed is way too compelling. <BR> <BR> But I have been getting in atleast 10 minutes of activity everyday for a week and am starting to feel a little more energized. <BR> <BR> I look forward to "meeting" you all. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:08:20 EST Change in IBS-c... Cause for concern? Hi all! I have had IBS-c my entire life and have a recurring fissure. I used to take laxatives, magnesium, fiber pills, and stool softner every night and it helped a little but for some reason I stopped taking all of that. It got horrible again (I go about once or twice a month off supplements) and I recently restarted all of those supplements. <BR> <BR> But! suddenly (after about two weeks of restarting these pills) my movements have become bright green and I have stopped going as consiste... Tue, 26 May 2015 19:40:01 EST UGH! I feel awful. I have nausea & constipation...any idea what I could take to make it go away? Tue, 26 May 2015 08:30:53 EST Happy Monday <em>252</em> Mon, 25 May 2015 20:18:44 EST Happy Monday <em>213</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 14:26:54 EST IBS and Low Carbing Hello! I'm new to this particular Team, am also part of the Low Carb/Atkins Team. I love Spark People in general, very helpful, great advice, and nice food & exercise trackers! I just wondered if anyone who has been diagnosed with IBS is also doing low carb diet? I have had success losing weight but am noticing more stomach issues. It's hard to incorporate lots of leafy greens, vegetables, and nuts for this diet when there are stomach issues. I've incorporated very slowly, over the course of ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:53:26 EST Happy and Blessed Sunday Good Morning All <BR> Have a safe, healthy and happy week. Spring is finally starting here. <em>257</em> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:35:01 EST Happy and Blessed Sunday Good Morning All <BR> Have a healthy and happy week ahead. Spring is finally starting to come out here. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:29:45 EST Stomach/back pain I just saw my stomach doc. Hadn't seen her in 2 years. I told her that I get lots of sharp pains in my stomach and back without diarrhea. She said this is a form of IBS, that one does not need to experience diarrhea/constipation. Anyone else ever experience this? Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:02:23 EST Abdominal Massage Has anyone tried an abdominal massage? I have not but plan to. If anyone has had this massage, what are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>at-are-the-benefits-of-abdominal-massage/ </link> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 14:08:30 EST Have a Blessed Easter <em>30</em> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:04:02 EST Happy and Blessed Sunday Hope you have all had a restful and rejuvenating Sunday. I am looking forward to the week ahead as I hope you all are as well. <BR> Islayy <em>213</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:33:02 EST hello I have been away from Spark People for almost 4 years now and today I was diagnosed with IBS after having severe abdominal pain radiating to my back for about 3 weeks, with an CT scan being done today. <BR> <BR> I was told that my chronic constipation is the cause and that I should eat "more fiber". WOW, being told to eat more fiber does not make it clear up or make the pain go away, so right now I feel pretty helpless as to what to do. <BR> <BR> I of course "googled" IBS and have learne... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:49:19 EST Happy March 1st Have not posted anything for a while. On a vacation in Florida, I fell off a treadmill and was trapped in a corner while the treads were running continuously over my leg. Someone came to my rescue but I have been going through a lot of pain and meds since then. I am getting lots of care here and am so thankful for our health care system here in Canada and for the insurance for travel that we purchased before our trip. <BR> If anyone has had a similar problem with meds, please let me know wha... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:35:16 EST HELP My IBS generally affects me in the form of diahareia. I had a small accident on the treadmill last Sunday. The pain pills and the antibiotics the Dr. prescribed have left me not able to have a b,m. <BR> Does anyone have a preferred laxative as that is something I have never taken? <em>46</em> The stool softeners are doing no good at all. <BR> Being in pain being unable to perform an important bodily function is a whole other story. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:30:04 EST Very New to Social Media Hi, <BR> I'm trying something new! Feedback and tips are welcome--I'm diving in without looking at the "rules." As I come to better understand my feelings I'm looking for support and also a place to share what I'm learning along the way. Thanks for providing a forum. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:44:16 EST HAPPY MONDAY Good Morning All <BR> Pretty much symptom free the last 2 weeks. One little glitch and have no idea what triggered it. <BR> Have a healthy and blessed week. <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:17:27 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:28 EST Have a Blessed Week <em>30</em> <BR> Have a healthy and blessed week. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:26:42 EST Happy New Year May the best of love, health, peace and prosperity be with you all in 2015. <BR> One little problem with IBS but New Years was sidelined for me suffering from an intense 5 day migraine. Still, am looking forward to 2015 starting with a month of sunny( I hope) weather in Florida.. <BR> Regards to all <BR> Islayy <em>381</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:26:23 EST Learning more Hello - Went through a trying time this year and now I hope 2015 will be better for me. I have a sedentary job, but am interested in meeting new people who have the same interest and goals as myself. My main goal is to lose weight and to get my A1C numbers down through better eating habits and exercise even if the exercise is just walking at this point. Taking things slow and making changes slowly so that they will be long lasting. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:17:51 EST Happy Monday Happy Christmas Good Morning All <BR> I am wishing you a happy Monday and all the peace, joy, love and good health in the coming Holidays. <BR> Merry Christmas Happy New Year <BR> Islayy <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:47:05 EST New here. Any ideas to help me? Read more please.. I have always thought I had IBS. My family dr put me on Bentyl a few years ago but I never really got any relief. The past couple months have been very horrible for me. Stomach aches and diarrhea every day. Feels like someone is squeezing my intestines. It always hurts a little above my belly button in the middle. Anyways, I saw a gastroenterologist and had an endoscopy and colonoscopy done. Plus biopsies. Everything looks great. So I was told I have severe IBS. The dr put me on a gi cocktail... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:14:15 EST Happy Monday <em>41</em> Good Morning All <BR> Happy Monday!! Wishing everyone a healthy and productive week. <BR> God Gless <BR> Islayy <BR> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:18:06 EST Computed Tomography Enterography Has anyone had this scan done before? I am scheduled to have one done next week. <em>234</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:23:09 EST Happy and Blessed Sunday Good Morning All <BR> Wishing good health to all in the coming week. <em>524</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:33:43 EST Here again This time with Crohns HI! My name is Crystal and I'm 35. I've recently been diagnosed with Crohns and already had to have 18 inches of my small intestine removed. I'm ready to get healthy and hopefully regain remission for as long as I can for myself, my husband, and my girls. Looking for all the friends and help I can get! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:51:26 EST Here again this time with Crohns HI! My name is Crystal and I'm 35. I've recently been diagnosed with Crohns and have already had 18 inches of small intestine removed. I'm ready to become healthy and regain remission as long as I can for myself, husband and kids. Looking for as many friends as I can get! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:45:35 EST Good Morning Welcome to a new week and a new time schedule. It is sort of nice having that hour back but don't like all the darkness. Whatever the time, hope everyone has a great day and a great day ahead. <em>30</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:26:00 EST ?? about IBS I have IBS and since I have lost weight eating healthlier I dont do to the bathroom but maybe every 3 days has this happened to others and have right lower gas pains ....just checking hoping someone can give me some help with going from alot of D to now a lot of C Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:33:35 EST New to SparkPeople. Help IBS and balanced meals I am new to SparkPeople and slowly learning about all it has to offer. After completing some goals I found out about SparkCoach. I have IBS and it has been controlled for a few months now, however I find that my meals aren't very balanced. I can handle bread really well, in fact I eat it nearly every meal because it helps with symptoms. I would like to start incorporating more vegetables and fruits, however they are triggers as well. Does anyone have any help or suggestions for me? Than... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:55:30 EST Weigh Scales Does anyone else have a problem with weight fluctuations from one day to the next. This a.m., I was 2 lbs heavier than I was yesterday. This has been happening for ages and I don't know if it is my scales or me. <BR> So frustrating.. <em>24</em> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:47:15 EST Happy Monday Good Morning and Happy Mondayl. <BR> Unfortunately, I have not had a great start to the day--woke up with really bad d. I hate taking immodium but may have to as I have so many things I want to accomplish today. <BR> Blessings to all <BR> Islay <em>41</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:50:12 EST Beginnining of a New Week Happy Sunday and if I am correct, the first day of autumn. <BR> Thanks to all who replied to my post regarding my cycling between bouts of d and constipation. <BR> It helps to hear from fellow "sufferers" <BR> Hopefully this will be a good week for all of us. <BR> Islayy <em>41</em> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:40:38 EST Weigh In How often do you weigh in? I don't want to weigh in all the time and then get disappointed. Sometimes that takes my motivation away. But, I know that I should weigh in at least to know if I am accomplishing my goals and whether or not I need to step it up a notch. What are your thoughts? Anyone? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:33:59 EST Bloating Constipation, when will it end? Hi everyone, my name is Yvonne and I'm new to this team. I have been suffering with IBS for a couple of years now.. and as you know some days are better than others. But, this past week has been the worse. I'm avoiding the foods that I know I need to, I'm drinking plenty of water and I just started back on a exercise routine. This pain is so aggravating and annoying and then when you think you found relief there is none. Laxatives don't even help any more... what else is there to do.. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:41:01 EST Happy Monday <em>381</em> I am so thankful for this site. It really does help to know that others are suffering the same as I am with meds, bouts of incontinence etc. It is very helpful to know what others are trying in order to curb the symptoms. <BR> Thanks and a happy and healthy week to all. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:21:15 EST Good Morning Happy Sunday All and hope the week ahead goes well. <BR> Remember that He never gives us more than we can handle. <em>41</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:25:56 EST HELP So I have had horrible IBS since i was a little girl. I have always had trouble going #2. But lately i have changed my diet (in a good way) and started taking my fiber vitamins. I drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, i eat my servings of fruit and veggies and even stepped up my work out. I work out at the gym 5-6 days a week for 60-75 minutes. I cant seem to go #2 at all! In fact i have gained weight! I have gained almost 10lbs !!!!!! And its all in my lower abdominal area. Right now its been a... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:46:16 EST Good Morning <em>30</em> Happy Monday To All <BR> I was so glad to read that I am not the only one who has a problem with immodium. Not sure how to get around it but continue to be reasonably strict about my food choices and avoid my trigger foods. <BR> Remember the days when we could eat anything without incurring any side effects? <BR> Have a great week. <BR> Islay Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:38:59 EST 5 Days on spark and I am discussing IBS... So when I stumbled on Spark, I thought I found a way to get on track for my general nutrition and exercise. I was ecstatic! As I ventured around the site, I found that I could get an email about IBS topics. That led to me getting an invite to an IBS discussion board. What? Talk about my IBS to strangers? At first I was dumbfounded. Why would I do that? Then I thought about it. My family knows my live revolves around my need to be within butt's reach of a toilet, most of my coworkers and subor... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 16:46:39 EST Touchy Subject Please Read! I have IBS related fecal incontinence. <BR> The Gastro doctor said to just wear a diaper and get over it. <BR> This was just not acceptable. <BR> <BR> I have a life to lead! <BR> Have tried everything including a bladder lift. <BR> Before that I also had a leaky bladder. <BR> Nothing has helped. <BR> <BR> Saw my Urologist for a checkup and had an accident in her office. <BR> I was quite embarrased. <BR> She spent a lot of time with me and asked lots of questions. <BR> She told me about a ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:06:37 EST Very touchy subject! fecal incontinence Yes! I have it occasionally and sometimes often. <BR> It is embarrassing, interferes with daily activities and forget leaving the house during attacks. <BR> <BR> Had a bladder lift which was supposed to help. No success. <BR> <BR> The Gastroenterologist had no solution for my problem. <BR> Told me to wear adult diapers and get on with life! <BR> <BR> I just saw my Urologist for annual checkup and told her about my problem. <BR> Was kind of forced into it since I had an 'accident' in h... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:18:37 EST water ? Actually, it seems to be about anything I drink. <BR> <BR> Does anyone here find they have trouble when they drink water, or tea, or whatever? Last week I had problems after drinking some Iced tea. I thought the problem was because I was trying to drink most of it (it was expensive and I drank about half is 5 minutes) too fast. That would make complete sense. But the other day I didn't drink a lot at once and today only had a few sips of ice water and barely made it back into the house... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:19 EST newbie on board Greetings all. I'm not sure how I got on this team, because I no longer suffer from IBS and didn't think I had IBS selected as one of my teams. <BR> <BR> However, maybe by sharing how I was able to overcome IBS, some of you may be able to benefit. <BR> <BR> After researching and researching my symptoms, I came across many articles suggesting that a Gluten-Free diet might be beneficial. So I started with a Paleo diet and really watching what I put in my body. It's not easy, because I like... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:49:24 EST What to eat I seem to get IBS with no warning or trigger. Junk food does not do it. Fried foods don't do it. Salads seem to do it, so how do I get a healthy intake of vegetables, particularly leafy greens. Once I get it, it can last for months. I have had a multitude of tests run and they all come back negative. Any suggestions? <em>239</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 11:09:22 EST Greetings from a new Aussie low-FODMAPer Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've recently started following the low-FODMAP diet in an attempt to control my IBS symptoms and have decided to use Sparkpeople again to try to keep track of my eating habits and nutrition levels. I've used Sparkpeople in the past, but this is the first time that I've taken advantage of SparkTeams or community forums, so I'm hoping the lifestyle change will stick this time! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a lovely day! <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Hvanthi. Fri, 23 May 2014 01:51:45 EST Lactose Free Recipes Good Morning <BR> Does anyone have a source for lactose free recipes? I am so tired of going through every recipe and finding either cheese or milk or both part of the ingredients. <BR> Thanks <em>213</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 10:02:20 EST Good Morning My past week was much better and am looking forward to improving in the next week. <BR> Hope everyone has a good week and I know I have said this in the past but remember that the Lord never gives us more than we can carry. <em>213</em> Sun, 4 May 2014 10:22:51 EST Help for IBS Has anyone visited this site? www. You can find a lot of good information there to answer all your question about IBS. <BR> When I follow their plan my problems with IBS are much improved. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:01:11 EST crohns and lap band surgery Has anyone with crohns had lap band surgery. If so did it effect your crohns Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:46:17 EST hello Hi, I am new here, too. <BR> I have never seen a site that seems to offer so much to so many. <BR> The doctors seem to be tired of my complaints but I know you all will understand if I have to run off quickly. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:33:57 EST GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE Hey guys and girls just was wondering how do you guys manage to leave your house without having to come back to use the restroom or before you leave hit the restroom at least 4 times...ugh? Pain in my butt <em>246</em> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:56:32 EST What exercises work for you? Hello all! I am in the middle of a flare-up (diarrhea, gas pains, and some mild vomiting - I have a great gastro and am on medication to control these symptoms, but sometimes it seems there's not much we can do). <BR> <BR> My dilemma is that I still want to get a workout in! Even though my body has a hard time with it, my mind has a hard time WITHOUT it. They say exercise can be good for IBS sufferers, but I have found the opposite lately, in terms of pain and overactive bowels. What have y... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:31:33 EST 3rd Time's a Charm! I'm a 30-something wife & mother of 2 boys. When I first started with SP, my only goal was to see the #s on the scale go down. Needless to say, that only lasted about a week. <BR> <BR> In 2012, I had an emergency appendectomy which led to 2 more surgeries over the next year & a half. The appendectomy led to the discovery of a ruptured ovarian cyst, followed by surgery to remove another cyst in which it was discovered I had a severe case of endometriosis and one of my ovaries and tubes w... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:20:52 EST new designer fiber may ease ibs I just got this in an email and thought I would share it with you all. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>gner-fiber-may-ease-ibs-symptoms/ Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:06:11 EST Nexium Lawsuits from kidney failure. If you have taken or are taking Nexium, you may want to read this? <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>-lawsuits-kidney-failure-renal-failure<BR>-nephritis/ Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:46:49 EST 2/25 Health News article Today there is an article in the Health News section on SP about the mechanics of bowel movements. Do you understand it? It says the activity is too low when someone has diarrhea and too high when they are constipated. I don't really understand what is too low that causes diarrhea and why would the activity being low cause that. It seems like it would be the other way around. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:04:54 EST IBS and flu From what I have read of others' postings, I believe my IBS is on the mild side. I have been taking pre and probiotics for several years and I know this has helped. Eating a healthy diet has also played a big role in keeping things in check.I do not take any meds for IBS, for which I am thankful. I tried a few things in the past, like Miralax, but it didn't really do anything for me. <BR> <BR> My problem is when my system gets messed up, like most recently when I had the flu, my stomach, or ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:30:45 EST Has any one tried Adult Depends or other brands? I needed to get back to trying to sort through stuff in a storage unit and try to empty it out, but I was afraid of having IBS-D there again and not making it to the bathroom in time. So I haven't been there for probably 3 weeks now. So I went and bought a 10 pk box of ladies "Silhouette" from Depends. They are not a big bulky plastic thing like kiddie diapers. They are really soft stretchy cottony like material with a big long and wide pad. So it is almost like wearing granny panties wi... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:07:32 EST New to SP but not new to IBS Hello everyone.... <BR> <BR> So glad I have stumbled on this forum....people that don't suffer with IBS just don't understand..they don't understand how aweful it feels to be constipated for days, bloated so badly that your pants that are 2 sizes to big don't even fit...your stomach hurts and you feel sooo dirty... <BR> <BR> I have suffered from IBS my entire life...I am now 40 years old...I have tried everything and anything ot try and control this....nothing works...not 10 glasses of wate... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:13:19 EST Question on one of the Teams goals? I have a question about the teams goal: "Keep a food journal to find your triggers 4 times a week per week", we are suppose to fill in a number for this goal on our goal pages, is that number supose to be how many times we did the journal a day like: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, vitamins/pills, and drinks would equal "six", or is it each item for all of those times which would equal way more than "six", or what if you filled out your spark page all at the last minute at night, so that w... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 02:17:49 EST IBS Therapy I just saw something in Woman's Day about something called Irritable Bowel Syndrome Therapy that can be .found at Walgreens and CVS. It is a homeopathic therapy. Has anyone tried that? Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:45:20 EST Started Align... I bought some Align yesterday and am hoping for good luck and relief! What has been your experiences? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:37:22 EST Colonoscopy I am having a colonoscopy and am taking Colelytely the large jug, on 2 different days. Also I have gerd. I have to be on a clear liquid diet the two days of the prep. My colonoscopy is at noon. When I normally eat sugar and don't have enough protein I can get shaky. However, I am not a diabetic I am wondering what fluids to drink. I am concerned about the sugar in Gatorade and the amount in apple juice. I don't start the prep til 4pm. so I wnder how much liquid I need to drink and how f... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:54:56 EST Hello! So glad to have found this board! Hello everyone. I'm Denise. I joined spark people a few weeks ago (rejoined after many years actually) on my quest for health and weight loss. I was diagnosed with IBS a few months ago, and the only real advice I got was to take metamucil twice a day. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and getting some great information! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:14:28 EST No more coffee, not regular now I ran out of creamer the other day so I just decided to quit coffee and start having tea instead. Now I am not as regular as I was. Has anyone else had this prob? I don't want to be hooked on 'the bean' and it makes me pee too much as well! (Sorry) Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:33:52 EST Hi. I'm back on this team. Hi. I wanted to share something I've found, just in case there's someone else out there who hasn't discovered it yet... <BR> <BR> I can eat Ground Beef and Ground Brown Turkey/Chicken Again! <BR> <BR> I discovered if I use a large quantity of canola oil to cook the meat and then THOROUGHLY drain in a sieve, the canola oil displaces the bad fats in the meat so I can eat it without upset. (Mind you, I may be losing some of the flavour in the process, but it still tastes good to me to be abl... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:52:06 EST Hi, I'm Jaynee! I have IBS and it has never severely limited me or affected me until this week. I have had flare-ups for several years. They hit, last about 30 minutes and move on. Not this weekend! I had one hit on Friday night and it was wave after wave for 24 hours! Now I need to evaluate how I am eating after losing 138#! I don't want to change my diet, but something has to give! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:23:38 EST Gastritis and acid reducers? Advice?! I have been told by my GP that I need to take prevacid everyday to relieve the symptoms of my gastritis/ibs. Has anyone taken this approach? Any advice? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:26:14 EST I'm new This is the first time I have joined a team. I was just diagnosed with IBS. I have been over weight for most of my life and have tried every thing. I have lost and gained 70 lbs a couple of times now. This IBS issue is causing me to get serious and make a life change. I would love any advise ,support, or recommendations you have to get me started on this new life journey. Bvanderv7 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:19:59 EST Does anyone have a problem with Fresh Vegetables? I have been working on the Diabetic Diet, and I am running into problems. <BR> <BR> I can't eat any vegetables with skin on them. That lets out peas, cucumber, squash, and alot more. I can eat Tomatoes, and for a time I could eat Romaine. Regular Iceberg lettuce really messes with my IBS. <BR> <BR> What I think I am going to do, short of eating pureed baby food, is steam vegetables. I love Peas, so I think I will puree them and make a soup. I am also Lactose intollerent, so I use Soy Mil... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:04:26 EST Source of IBS-D Hi everyone. I was diagnosed a number of years ago with IBS-D. I have chronic diarrhea and if I have a solid BM it's a miracle. In the past I just said ok, I have IBS and I'll deal with it. Over the last few days I've become very angry with the diagnosis and want to find out WHAT is causing the IBS. <BR> <BR> I've thought about possibly asking for a food allergy test, but I know that my insurance will NOT cover it. I've thought about the possibility of my issues being an intolerance ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:15:41 EST 09/17/2013 <em>15</em> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 03:23:20 EST Help!!! My daughter has been suffering for over a week now. First a bit of background - she has had chronic constipation since birth and has had to take something for the constipation every day of her life - sometimes several times a day. <BR> <BR> A little over a week ago, she began having burning diarrhea and was up all night with it every 10 minutes. This went on for several days, but instead of it being every 10 minutes, sometimes she could wait 30 minutes. Then she started having lots of recta... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:40:12 EST Miralax Daily? Is it safe to take MiraLax everyday? the fiber therapy hurts my stomach too much. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:34:07 EST New Team Member Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Stephaney and I am 29 years old and from Texas, but soon to be the Grand Canyon! I have IBS/gastritis/constipation/bowel issues for the last 3 or 4 years. Bowel issues are genetic in my family and my grandpa actually died from terminal stage 4 colon cancer and it killed him in 3 months within him finding out he had it. Plus his sisters and brothers have had bowel cancer removed and gone through chemo and whatnot. My aunts and uncles suffer from bowel ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:23:23 EST How Do You Deal With IBS-D @ Work? Good Monday Morning All!! <BR> I was wondering; how do you deal with IBS-D symptoms at work? It's embarassing to say the least but there isn't much we can do about it. Any tips or tricks from people who work in an office with a "shared" bathroom? My office has a bathroom with 2 stalls and I work with a lot of women. It seems like the place is never empty for me to... you know... Luckily there is a bathroom on the 1st floor that people almost NEVER use. I don't know what I would do if I had to... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:17:15 EST IBS-D and SOOO Hungry Hello all! I'm in the middle of a flare-up :-( <BR> I can't recall if I've ever had this problem before because I've just started "listening" to my body and trying to create a healthy lifestyle. Basically, about 25-45 minutes after I eat I get "sick" with IBS-D and basically get rid of everything I've just eaten. Last night I passed a bunch of spinach and lettuce because I had a salad. Afterwards, I'm so so hungry but I don't want to go over my calorie, carb, cholestoral etc intake for the da... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:46:42 EST Pelvic Organ Prolapse and IBS June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse month, and I just wanted to ask the women with IBS if they have Pelvic Organ Prolapse also. The reason I ask is because many women in the facebook group (POPS) - Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support run by Sherrie Palm, have IBS, usually IBS-C since the prolapsed organs cause constipation. I wanted to invite any woman here to the POPS group on facebook, because it's a wonderful informative group addressing the problems women have with POP. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:54:35 EST Really upset and discouraged right now Hey all. <BR> <BR> I haven't really been on SP in awhile, and I don't come on this board all that often either, but I'm just feeling really blah. I kind of need to rant more than anything. I hope that's okay? <BR> <BR> I haven't had a bad IBS flare up in a number of years. I've had minor ones, but never bad. The last 5 days, I've had a bad flare up. I wake up anywhere from 2am-10am (I sleep late because not working right now) with terrible cramps and I end up having diarrhea. Then, over the... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 23:08:50 EST medication trials Have any of you tried a medication trial for your IBS? Would you? There is one listed on the "jobs" on Craig's list and I am always getting things for those kind of trials. I have never thought to try one except if I had to for cancer. I am wondering how safe they are. Mon, 20 May 2013 22:40:12 EST New member-does anyone document symptoms here? Good morning! I have had Crohn's for 25 years and am currently in remission. I had a small bowel resection in 2000. Since then I have had many different health complications and have come back to SP to document diet and other health data.. <BR> <BR> I wanted to know if anyone documents things like cramping, diarrhea, and pain along with their food logging. I didn't want to reinvent the wheel if anyone already has "food" entries for these things. I am taking an immune suppressant for another ... Sat, 4 May 2013 10:10:01 EST so discouraged... My 21 yr. old daughter has had terrible constipation her whole life. At the present time, she takes 2 and a half capfuls of Miralax per day in pear juice. <BR> <BR> She just told me that she "cracked open" down there and is bleeding badly. She had not passed a hard stool. She has a fissure (inside the anal canal) that has bled very badly before, but I don't remember the outer part tearing in the past. <BR> <BR> We're been fighting this for 21 years and she (and I) both have many other men... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:59:20 EST Hello I have had IBS most of my life. My mother had it and I think I probably even had some symptoms as a child. Stress plays a big role in my IBS and I am learning how to manage it more effectively. I also have a very strong family history of heart disease. Every member of my family--mother, father, younger brother, younger sister--have died from a heart attack or a blood clot. I am the only member left of my immediate family. I have two beautiful grandchildren and want to be around for them so ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:43:14 EST Prayer/Positive Energy/Thought Request Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm still having a really rough time at work. For whatever reason the new administrator(s) in my building have been harassing me. I am a hardworker and do my job. This is the first time I have had a problem. Today I received an email telling me they observed me chewing gum while in the library with students and that I need to refrain from doing so. This are the things that I'm referring to that are giving me such trouble with the IBS, as well as migraines. I w... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:07:05 EST upper abdomen "burn"/upper back pain My doc is in the process of diagnosing me. I have a colonoscopy scheduled in two weeks. I find that my upper abdomen hurts as well as my upper back. (My doc says pain "radiates".) Some days I go to the bathroom 5-6 times by lunch (not always loose; always different though- even the color!) and other days I don't go at all. Some days, I have gas and/or burp, other days not as much. My lower abdomen doesn't hurt a lot, but I do find that I experience some discomfort, sometimes on the left... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:01 EST Job related stress Has anyone had to leave their job because of the stress? This year has been awful and my IBS is at it's worst. I'm having another attack today because of an email from my principal wanting yet another meeting regarding my job. Ugh! I am being singled out this year, not sure why. Lord give me the strength. Not to mention I have developed migraines this year. I don't believe this is all coincidence. Suggestions? I know it's easier said than done, I need to find a way to not let the str... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:32:03 EST Heather's Tummy Fiber Greetings! <BR> <BR> Just dropping in to see if anyone's tried Heather's Tummy Fiber. It's made specifically for people with both types of IBS by someone who has IBS herself. I've been taking it since college and it truly does help me when I'm consistent with it. I have IBS with SEVERE constipation and when I'm on Heather's Tummy Fiber consistently I'm actually regular! Like, once-a-day regular! <BR> <BR> Here's her website: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Good night, all! Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:20:45 EST Please help! Laxative for stool test Hi guys, <BR> My GI doctor needs to do a stool test for parasites to see if it's possible a parasite is causing my Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth. While I am having 3-5 B.M.'s per day...they are more fatty than watering, and not quite "bad" enough for this particular type of testing. Doctor insists we need to test for parasite so he told me to take some of the laxatives leftover from my colonoscopy bowel prep. Took two Senakot pills Sunday morning, and it just seemed to stop me up rathe... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:44:01 EST Hello everyone! My name is Lacey and I'm 30 years old. I live in the Chicagoland area and have been on Spark for about 2 years. I have had weight issues since at least high school. I lose and gain, lose and gain. I have a love/hate relationship with food. I have been diagnosed with IBS for about 5 years now, along with GERD. Sometimes everything is working just fine, and then bam it acts up and I'm either going to the bathroom constantly or not at all. The GERD also does fine for awhile and the flares... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:56:50 EST Do you get sharp pain in stomach? I was recently diagnosed with IBS. Is it normal to get sharp pains in your stomach with it? I am also gassy and burping a lot and having diarrhea sometimes. And my stomach hurts almost constantly. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:13:11 EST Hi Everyone I have been dealing with SIBO for approximately a year and a half. While doing research about it because I found that my GI doc hadn't given me enough information about it. That it is chronic, that it is now linked with IBS, that you have to change your entire diet, etc. it has occurred to me that my symptoms are very closely related to IBS. <BR> <BR> Not sure who has read it or not but I am about halfway through a book by Dr. Mark Pimentel from Cedars Sinai called A New IBS Solution. ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:54:56 EST Hello! My name is Sylvia and I live in Chicago. Looking forward to being a part of this group and learning more about IBS! Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:07:21 EST How do you get exercise? I am so sick of this problem. I finally had a good day to go out and take Cassie for a walk (it's been cold) and I was not getting attacks this morning and early afternoon. I didn't make it but to the 2nd house from mine and had to turn around and run back here. I haven't wanted to take Immodium because it causes problems the other way, but ended up taking it again. I have been having attacks daily since I ate some Chinese with a lot of veggies. Chinese w/o veggies usually doesn't bother... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:03:52 EST Miralax For those of you who use this for constipation, how do you take it? Like what do you mix it with & how much & how often? I really need to find something that will work! <BR> <BR> Eve Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:06:55 EST Foods to eat or avoid with IBS? What foods tend to help when you have IBS? And what foods should you avoid with IBS? Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:59:54 EST Citrus... I know we all have different triggers but I'm just curious if anyone else has noticed a problem with citrus intake and D flareups? Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:17:07 EST Hello, New and looking for help Hello lovely Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I have a preliminary diagnoses of spastic colon/IBS (does that mean the same thing?). I'm looking for resources and suggestions of what to do. <BR> <BR> My main complaint is pain in my abdomen (always in the same place) which worsens with exercise. My doctor said he could feel an inflamed and swollen intestinal wall when he palpated my abdomen. <BR> <BR> I don't tend to have "toilet" problems on a regular basis, which is what I always assumed IBS was ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 07:55:18 EST Colonoscopy Since we all have IBS here, any advice before and father a colonoscopy? Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:06:54 EST Hello Everyone My name is Lesleyanne, I am 35 yrs old originally from England but move to Poland in 2011 with my boyfriend (he is Polish). <BR> <BR> I have serious health issue related to my bowls since I was born and had 27 operations to rectify it, for a few years I was doing OK but over the last few I have been getting a lot worse, I spent a lot of time last year in hospital in extreme pain etc and now I find its relating to my depression and anxiety. <BR> <BR> I have always been ashamed of my illnes... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:17:24 EST I'm new too - Can it really be IBS Hello there, <BR> <BR> Maybe I am in denial, but I've had a very hard time accepting my being ALWAYS sick to IBS. I wanted a definate answer not just "we couldn't find anything so it's IBS related to stress. " <BR> I have been struggling with this for 4 years now. I haven't noticed any triggers -- Just breathing a trigger? Anyways I'm sick of feeling aweful every day and need to do whatever it takes to control it - whatever it is. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> My name is Andria and I live i... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:46:33 EST Slippery Elm Has anyone tried Slippery Elm for IBS-D? I have heard it helps when a person gets D, but never remembered to try it (at least for me, I did for a dog). Yesterday I got some tea for a coughing problem (throat coat) that has Slippery Elm as its main ingredient. Last night and today, even though I had one of the bigger triggers, I have not had any problems with D. Unfortunately, when I tried to go for a walk I had problems with the bowel incontinence and had to rush home. Either one, I am t... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:42:24 EST Greetings fellow IBS-ers! My name is Beth. I have had IBS-like symptoms for 30+ years. It is the pits! I did find out about 25 years ago that I am somewhat lactose intolerant; not severe, but I do think about the consequences before I have milk products. Just now getting around to tracking food to find my specific food triggers. Stress is definitely plays a large part. <BR> Is there a SparkPeople app for food tracking other than the main nutrition tracker? One specific for finding food triggers? Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:34:47 EST Stayed on track today! :) <em>43</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:25:06 EST I love IBS! Don't you just love IBS? The cramps, the runs and the stops? Not knowing if you can go for your walk because you are having a bad day? Gotta love it! <BR> <BR> Anyway, my name is Larissa/Diane and I've had IBS for years... it's not fun. I'm currently going for a long streak of problems. One month it was the runs, last month I couldn't poop, and off and on vomiting. I just need some support... it's hard keeping up with weight loss if you don't think you can exercise because you might need to ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:20:30 EST Missy I am back again and need some support. My children and my husband need to loose weight too. My son feels so bad about himself and it scares me. He is way overweight and is depressed. I'm also going to college and my schedule for studying and work is going to be hard to get me started back. I feel like I should spend all my time studying. I feel like I need to be in better control of my time. I'm not sure how to do that. Any suggestions would help me. Thanks Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:59:39 EST Anyone starch-free? I have been following the starch-free diet off and on for several months and made the commitment to stay on it since the beginning of the year. <BR> <BR> The diarrhea and constipation have resolved and I feel pretty good. Still not good with eating a lot of raw vegetables, but hoping this will improve over time. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if anyone else is following the same diet. I would be interested in knowing what you eat or how you handle special situations like eating out. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 13:52:01 EST Hello Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople years ago, but I have been away for a long time. <BR> <BR> I have had a low level of irritable bowel issues for years. The rheumatologist says it goes along with the ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis). It has gradually gotten worse over the years. Last June I had a PET scan for cancer. It showed no cancer but showed inflammation in the bowels. <BR> <BR> So, I thought it was time to do something about it. I have played around with the starch-... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:46:38 EST Bev Well I found this site many months ago and dilly dallied around. I am now ready to get serious but definately need the support. I have about 50 lbs to lose and am so tired most of the time. I am a busy nurse and with bad eating habbits (skipping meals then overeatting because I am starving) Suggestions more than wlecome. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:37:03 EST Low FODMAPs diet, anyone? I'm starting the low FODMAPs diet today, because my IBS-D is out of control. I've been cutting out the gluten for a few weeks, and it's helped a bit, but I think I need to cut even more. Do you have any experience with low FODMAPs- any advice or ideas? Cutting lactose doesn't scare me too much, because there are so many lactose-free products, but I'm really sad to lose the high-FODMAP vegetables and fruits (especially onions and garlic). Hopefully they will pass the challenge phase! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 12:08:08 EST Why don't you lose with IBS The last month (since Thanksgiving) I can't eat anything without getting the runs unless I take at least two Immodium. Usually it takes about 10 minutes or less to hit. Why is it that I keep gaining weight when everything just runs through so fast? Do others here have that problem? I have read that people think those with D don't have any problems with losing weight. My cousin even accused me of lying because she said I would be skinny if I had chronic D. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:14:52 EST Hello, new to team and SP Hello, I have been dealing with IBS my whole life. My mother, sister and daughter deal with it also. It hurts me the most that my daughter has to deal with this issue. I have IBS-C, while my daughter deals with IBS-D. <BR> Even after all these yrs I have no idea what I am doing. Drs have been of NO help to me whatsoever! They either have no clue what they are talking about, don't care or have to many patients to give me the time I need. Tests, tests, tests..that's all they want to do. Since ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:33:22 EST Team Challenge - 2013 Resolutions Do you have resolutions for the NEW YEAR? Wow, January 1st will soon be here. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:17:48 EST GI specialist? For those of you who see a specialist, has it helped you? I am suffering such pain and misery and don't know if there is anything that can be done. Right now it just feels hopeless. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:57:59 EST new job hi thier i was diagnosed with ibs a few month ago and since then i have got my slef a new job i find im snaking alot as its painfull to eat essspecially when i have to rush around as i am a home carer i am always tired and dont have time to go to the gym anymore but im walking all day lifting people up etc any tips on how to get back on track?? Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:05:11 EST Anyone else find that water triggers cramps and D? I see on this team lots of "have you drunk your 10 waters today?" but I find that any plain water triggers cramps and D within minutes. If I put something in it, like cordial, it is okay, but caloric, so (I believe) doesn't count. Tea, herbal or otherwise is not enough, unless it has sugar in it and I find sparkling mineral water is not so bad. <BR> <BR> I've tried to get my gastric specialist to understand but he just tells me water is important and I just have to develop a habit - as thou... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 11:36:25 EST Hi I'm new to IBS I have just been diagnosed as having IBS I need to know how to control it if I can. What can you eat safely without problems? Sat, 1 Dec 2012 06:05:42 EST Hi, introduce myself Hi, everyone! My name is Sherry. I've only been diagnosed with IBS just this year. Wow, it can be so frustrating. I also believe I have some female problems which makes it harder to tell which symptom is caused by which. <BR> <BR> Glad to find this forum. <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:41:51 EST in need of serious additude adjustment I have 3 tests scheduled... a CT of stomach and pelvis tomorrow and next week I have a colonoscopy AND endoscopy. The day after Thanksgiving I was in the emergency room with near fainting spell and learned I was anemic. I've had pains in my stomach which in itself is not bad unless I press on certain areas of the stomach.It may be that the anemia and stomach problems may be related. I don't want to scare my family needlessly so I've been pretty quiet about the whole thing. To the few peop... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:10:05 EST Medication? So I'm pretty well convinced by now that my gastroenterologist has no interest in treating my symptoms. Every time I go in, I'm told to eat more fiber (I tend to have diarrhea), which I do. I get between 25-35 grams a day. Each time I go in with no improvement, I'm told to JUST EAT MORE. Up to 60 grams a day, apparently, will solve my problems. According to my gastroenterologist, IBS is a disease caused by lack of fiber in the diet. Has anyone else heard this before? I'm looking into finding ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:55:40 EST Hi everyone! I was recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome after ruling out more serious diseases like inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. I have been suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome since I was a teenager, but only recently was I able to find a doctor who took my concerns seriously and didn't make the issues solely about my weight. I am currently working on finding possible food triggers and learning ways to manage the syndrome. I have a few health issues related to the syndrome... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:12:04 EST New, chronic long term IBSer with tips! Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Well, to introduce myself...I'm Lyndsay, I live in Scotland (United Kingdom) and have been a Sparky for some time now. I have several chronic health conditions (hypothyroidism, PCOS, M.E and IBS) and have had several gastrointestinal op's, in patient stays and investigative procedures this year, only to be returned to the diagnosis of 'malignant' IBS by my gastrointestinal consultant. <BR> <BR> I have also this year just finished my final exams for a Bachelor of Scien... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:28:20 EST Ice Berg Am I the only one that gets Dieharhia went you eat Ice Berg lettuse I get it after just one bite Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:16:18 EST Go too Much? Always looking for a restroom? I used to have this problem. I thought maybe someone else might. My body changed on me is how I finally got "relief." If you call chronic constipation relief.... <BR> <BR> Fiber really did help me. but not the drinks. I had to eat the real food fiber. As long as I stuck to around 25 grams, things stayed relatively better for me. Also, I tried the enzymes to help me digest milk and that helped. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 02:25:34 EST Go too Little? Constipated? This is a hard subject to tackle... So I'm just being blunt. What does help? Over the counter stuff isn't working except for the stimulants. I don't want to get addicted to those. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 02:21:44 EST Lettuce - Killer of my goals So, I need advice. Long ago an ER doctor Dx me with IBS.. how he did that, i have no clue. But every Doc since does nothing to try and confirm or not confirm it. Anyway, I started about 5 days ago on a diet and I have been doing good. My Blood Pressure has been perfect and my blood sugar is lower! BUT.... <BR> <BR> Lettuce has been a big part of my food. (Info: I have no gallbladder). In the past I kind of noticed, could not prove it, but In my mind lettuce consumption at times cause me the... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 23:26:37 EST Introduce myself My name is Jay. I live in Delaware. <em>213</em> I am glad to find a support group for IBS. My wife is the one who has this but since I do the cooking and shopping for our family I figure I want to learn and do all I can for my honey. I also know we both have, I have a lot more then she does, to lose a good amount of weight. <BR> So if there is any advice, tips or just good recipes please pass on. <em>30</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 08:25:37 EST My first physical in ages is on Nov. 1. I suffer often from from leg cramps; and an overactive bladder, especially at night. <em>39</em> <BR> Being newly married, hard on both of us when I have to keep getting up so much at night. <BR> I am hoping to see if my doctor will agree to test me for fibromyaglia too, often have times when I feel so tender, don't want to be touched. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:11:57 EST Has anyone ever tried Align? I almost bought it once; but chose not to because I heard it can bring on diarrhea. My IBS varies from being constipated to diarrhea flareups, especially if I eat the wrong thing. <BR> I do my best to avoid corn, gluten, lactose & wheat. <BR> I do take acidophilus daily which does help. <em>390</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 19:48:52 EST OMG, my IBS has been going crazy lately!! I've suffered for 5+ years now... for the last six months to a year, things have been fine (making better food choices, etc), but for the last 2 weeks, it's really, really bad. I've had to leave work due to IBS problems, and can't seem to pin in down to something I've eaten. Ug. Not good. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 20:54:42 EST Just Suspected, not yet diagnosed, but I know.... ...I have IBS. Hi. I know I have IBS because my dad was diagnosed with it a while ago (apx 6 years ago), and I watched him with his symptoms and his journey. Dad had a really tough time, lot's of pain with cramping. He was nervous about going out for dinner, leaving home. After he was diagnosed he had to pare back his whole diet and slowly reintroduce foods to find out what bothered him. I know my mom and dad have suspected for a bit that I am suffering too, although I am more one to su... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:44:13 EST Article: Lactose Intolerance <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If eating ice cream sends your tummy into turmoil, you might feel like the odd man out every time your friends want to indulge in sundaes. But what you’re experiencing — lactose intolerance, or simply the inability to easily digest lactose, the sugar in milk and other dairy products — is becoming more and more common. “Approximately 25 percent of Americans and 75 percent of people worldwide are lactose intolerant,” says JJ Virgin, a California-based nutrit... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 19:40:49 EST Abdominal cramping Is anyone else still having occasional cramping and discomfort? I added probiotics last month, and with exercise and better eating habits, September went very well. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and now today have been filled with cramping, off and on. It's IBS, but I'm wondering why? Too many vegs and fresh fruit? Not enough water? Should I stop the generic benefiber stuff? <BR> <BR> That's the tough thing about this condition. Hard to figure out what's causing me grief. <BR> <BR> Jae Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:12:49 EST New to IBS Site Hello! This is my first post to this site. I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome several years ago but haven't had a opportunity to chat with people about it. It is not an appropriate topic for the office. I do take dycyclomine. I really hate to take meds, too. <BR> I have learned to watch foods but if I go out to eat with friends I have to keep a lookout for where the bathrooms scares me to death not to see a restroom in restaurant or stores. I really hate this but I t... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:19:51 EST What protein shakes do you recommend? I'm trying really hard to lose weight, which I've been told can help make ibs and acid reflux (I have both) better. But I'm NOT a breakfast person. I used to drink protein shakes, which I find filling and really delicious. I've tried the Special K and the Atkins. But recently, the Special K ones irritated by ibs. Milk/dairy are a big trigger for me, but I've never had a protein shake bother me before. It could have been a fluke maybe. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any other brands that might... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:37:32 EST how do I deal with bowel incontinence? Evidently I have been suffering with IBS and ulcerative colitis for a long time. in May of 2011, I ended up the hospital for twelve days. No one seemed to be able to tell me just what I should do about these additional problems that still cause me so much trouble just trying to live a life with some joy in it. The GI doctor I chose seems to be indifferent about my problems and even suggest I limit my visits to her to one or two a year. Needless to say, I am looking for a specialist who will ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:36:05 EST Travel My IBS flares when I travel. I take the same medication and always increase my exercise while away from home. It can take up to 2 weeks after the trip to get my system happy again. Any Advise? Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:51:49 EST Bloating and gas today ugh I have been under so much stress lately and my IBS has been awful along with my arthritis and other chronic issues. The past two days I am so bloated and gas filled I feel miserable...blah Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:01:16 EST how are you doing to day just sending hugs to my ibs pals <em>213</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:24:16 EST IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) (New Member) My name is Melanie Louise Jackson aka (Grease31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this particular group, as the title suggests IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), i think that i may suffer from this, cos everytime i eat anything Brekkie, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Snack, Evening Meal, i always end up being in very very severe agony!!!!, & i have to lay down with a hot water bottle, to ease the pain, which lasts for hours on end!!!!, + this has been ongoing for years. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any advic... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 09:39:09 EST food what do you eat and does it help my consaption so bad sticky soft wont come out and all undigestide food <BR> laxitives stoped working hate it <BR> i have almond milk rice puffs berries kiwis winter squash fish salad rice cakes herble teas Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:17:57 EST hi, just found out i have ibs hi my name is diane i'm 23 years old and live in saskatchewan canada. i have just found out monday september 3rd that i have ibs. i am really scared, so any and all help or advise on how to go about dealing with this new chalange in my life would be great and very welcome (even tho i know most of you aren't doctors) the only thing my doctors told me to to was track everything that goes in or out of my body as well as track calories. if any one knows of any good free android app for tracking ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:07:55 EST Taking dycyclomine for D I've been taking 20 mg. of dycyclomine for a few months and still have to take immodium every day. I have a doctors appointment Thursday and he keeps me tested and does all things necessary. I don't or can't eat right. I'm hoping someone out there has an idea I can use. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:24:30 EST cant go on like this my ibs is getting worse i use to be on 5 ml ducolax and now am on 15 and still not going i no i need to wont come out so i have to use enema <BR> hate it i have healthy diet and am gaining weight it scary dont want to be fat <BR> i have rice puffs almond milk berries fish butternut squash kiwis papaya rice cakes pure fresh orange juice i have peppermint caps and tea fennel tea and am at my wits end bloated all time <em>39</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 13:56:21 EST hi hi there am 31 and i have had ibs for years i have ibs consaption bloating bad nothing digests at all <BR> i used to be fine in my laxitive and not it just wont work i hate it and i keep gaining weight and i fear eating now because of this Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:27:16 EST Milk alternative Hi, I am new to the team and I am hoping that I can get some help from the team. I just had a delightful colonoscopy yesterday (what a great way to spend a Friday). The doctor told me to cut back on dairy. I have milk in my coffee and I was hoping that you could give me some alternatives to milk. I have been researching soy milk and almond milk but have never tried either. I want something that is going to taste good in my coffee. Any suggestions? Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:20:42 EST Diary how much ok? I'm pretty sure I'm lactose intolerant, but I had been eating cheesey dishes and an occasional ice cream and genrally not paying attention to what I ate (always avoid straight milk and yogurt). But lately thinks seem worse. I dont' know if its ibs or lacotse intolerance or both or what. So I'm trying to aviod all lactose now and am taking a probiotic and trying to get things back in order. My symptoms are I'm gassy all the time, both kinds. And, I have to go all the time. I'm tired of it. <B... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:49:56 EST IBS and Lunch What does everyone eat for lunch? I know that sounds vague and weird but.. For example i really shouldn't have wheat bread or bread in general. It makes me tired and makes my stomach cramp. <BR> I have a half an hour to run home for lunch so i usually throw a salad together but I can't seem to fill myself up with just a salad. Sounds ridiculous!! Any suggestions? Tips? <BR> I'm new to IBS so i'm just trying to get my feet on the ground here. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:11:10 EST Hello new to the neighborhood! Question please. Well, I'm an IBS'r like many others. Has anyone heard... I went to the pharmacy the day before yesterday to get a Rx filled (Belladonna) and was told it was taken off the market. Called a couple of other places and they confirmed it. Anyone else have the same problem? <BR> Can anyone share what they are taking that helps. The pharmacy has a call in to the doctor for a new Rx but he hasn't responded yet. In the meantime Pepto is my new drink of the day. Tums on the road and Gas X too. Unfortun... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 07:14:24 EST Setbacks I guess I am just depressed and I need to pull out of it. <BR> I was feeling so good and doing so well with my goals. I had a trip planned to go see my friend who was having a baby. I went there and despite my efforts to keep my schedule, my supplements and my diet on track, it was very hard. The whole thing was very emotional. Then I got trapped in the airport on the way back because my flight was cancelled and I just lost it. When I got home (I was never in my life so thankful and grateful... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:04:31 EST Impaction from anti-spasms and Imodium Has anyone found the answer to severe cramping and constipation from over medicating? Tried everything thae old fashioned and natural way. Unable to even rid myself of gas, I am thinking of a glycerin suppository. This all started with my doc giving me samples for arthritic pain (side effect of statin) and that gave me severe diarrhea. Eventually that stopped and now I have this problem with abdominal pain. Yikes Mon, 6 Aug 2012 15:51:33 EST IBS and problems with wheat? I have IBS mainly with C but occasionally have a very bad bout of stomach cramps and D which hit me early hours of the morning. I have noticed that this happens when I have had pasta and garlic bread the night before. But, like I said, it only happens occasionally and not everytime I eat pasta. Could this be a slight intolerance to wheat or just a coincidence? Mon, 6 Aug 2012 05:43:05 EST Hello from Kat Hello all. I have been dealing with IBS for the last two years. I've only been "diagnosed" for the last year. About six months ago I started making my own teas with fennel, peppermint, anise, and caraway. They provided some limited relief to discomfort. About a month ago I was introduced to an essential oil blend that has done wonders. I put a couple drops in my water twice a day and the results have been amazing. I am trying to track foods, but have only been able to identify a few tri... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 23:24:34 EST Why is it that all the foods I love give me ..... Well, for me I get the runs. Dairy, chocolate, coffee, greasy food, most junk foods, garlic, bell peppers, cilantro/coriander are a few examples. It is getting to a point where eating out is not an option. Food is plain and boring. Oh well, at least at home the bathroom is right there. lol Fri, 20 Jul 2012 06:55:31 EST Intro (long) <BR> Hello everyone. I'm not new to Sparkpeople or to IBS but I am new to this team. I just wanted to say hi. <BR> I'm 41, and I have lost 30 pounds since January 2012. My story is a little unusual, I think. And long. Here it is if you want to read it: <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with acid reflux in 1995 and put on daily acid reflux medication like Prilosec, Nexium, etc. Everyone in my family was on it. My father had such bad reflux he had to get his esophagus stretched every 6 mos in the 80s... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:29:58 EST not sure what is wrong hello i am new to this team, but was wondering if my IBS flares are getting worse when i workout or is it a certain foods. i can't figure it out. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:35:42 EST Another newly diagnosed Just wanted to do a quick introduction. I'll probably lurk a bit before doing much posting since this is still new. <BR> <BR> I was just actually diagnosed today, though I've thought it a possibility for a little while. My brother also has it, so I've got a bit of exposure. The good news is it's diagnosed, the bad news is that it's a bit harder to control due to not being positive what sets things off. I have noticed caffeine causing more issues, which truly saddens me because I love die... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:31:32 EST Drinking kefir to help with IBS? I have what I lovingly call IBS-switch, but D-predominant. The vicious cycle kind. <BR> <BR> Well, recently I was reading the SparkPeople Cookbook and they recommend drinking a glass of milk with practically every meal! Blech! For one, I can't stand the taste of milk and for two, I don't tolerate it very well, either. So I was poking around and thinking, drinkable yogurt, perfect! <BR> <BR> And then started researching kefir. A lot of websites say it helps alleviate IBS problems and sympto... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:42:53 EST More about me than you ever wanted to know! I am basically a self-diagnosed sufferer of IBS. Approx. 2 years ago, I went to the ER twice with SEVERE stomach cramps--- the kind that make you sweaty and doubled over, writhing in pain and almost teary because it feels like it will never end. <BR> <BR> Docs ruled out appendix, gallbladder, etc. Said it "might be ulcers" and I was given a prescription for nexium-- it helped at the time, but I never went past the one bottle. I generally think doctors just want to send you out the door with... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:58:09 EST Dealing with stress and IBS Hi-I am new to this. Currently under a lot of stress, but managed to lose three pounds! I've found out that for me, coffee irritates my colon and can give me pain. I feel for all of you besides me that struggle with this. I cannot eat a lot of fiber, and I work a stressful job at a call center, which can aggrevate my condition. I also have some stress in my personal life. How do you all manage to exercise when you are in pain? I have lots of weight to lose, but really just want to be hea... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:58:59 EST Trying again...and again... Hello again Spark! I signed up on this website several years ago. Got some good recipes, some tips and was able to lose about 20 pounds. Now, a few years later, 30 pounds heavier, and sick and tired of being sick and tired I am trying it again. I have never blogged. I have read some very inspirational blogs on here, and I guess I will see what I can do! Don't get your hopes up, I am not very inspiring! I think it is neat how some people have the little tape measure thing on the bottom of thei... Mon, 14 May 2012 00:29:26 EST Testing and Researching. what do you eat? So far dairy and whole wheat food REALLY trigger my IBS. i had both today and man does my stomach HURT. i also feel acidic what i eat spicy food like tacos or spaghetti. <BR> <BR> i've also done research which is totally confuses me. at first i found that fatty meat can really trigger and cause problems so i though ok i'll try and go vegatarian for a bit and see how that works for me. then i read that even vegtables can cause problems and i know beans can. so it's like a eat but don't eat s... Wed, 9 May 2012 18:22:04 EST Pineapple blech I had a smoothie with that had a bit of pineapple in it. A hour later, I felt like I swallowed battery acid. I have not had any in a few years, but I thought since it was mixed with yogurt I could handle it. That was a mistake. I have had luck mixing berries with yogurt and been able to drink those. I had to take Zantac, Pepto and Gravol. <BR> <BR> Food is definitely on the no eat list now. I thought I had figured it out by now. <BR> <BR> For some reason though I can eat that source 0%... Tue, 8 May 2012 21:41:03 EST Hello Hello. I have been struggling with IBS (Spastic Colon) off and on for 15 months now. Never had any symptoms before. Seeing a specialist... and trying to educate myself, and hope to find lots of support here. Mon, 7 May 2012 20:30:34 EST Acupuncture? Has anyone ever tried acupuncture to help alieviate their IBS symptoms? If so, did it help? What symptoms in particular did you notice a reduction? Sat, 5 May 2012 18:03:04 EST IBS & Bladder Incontinence-is there a connection? Does anyone have issues with their bladder who has IBS? Is there a connection between the two? Thu, 3 May 2012 20:26:37 EST IBS-C Tips? Does anyone have tips for managing the bloating and C that comes with IBS-C? My doctor suggested I incorporate psyllium husk to my daily diet and that did not help. Then he suggested Align and that hasn't helped either. Does anyone have some tips for managing the symptoms? Wed, 2 May 2012 20:40:05 EST Lurker finally coming out... Hey there! <BR> I have lurked for a LONG time...gaining experience and expertise from all you lovely people! You don't know it but you have all gotten me through some seriously tough IBS days with your advice to each other. That all being said...I have been symptom free now for almost 3 weeks and losing weight to boot!! I am STOKED!!! I was MISERABLE for months. In so much pain and my gastro and I kept trying new things in hopes that it would settle things down. He finally just said, "it look... Wed, 2 May 2012 13:51:26 EST I'm only 23 what the heck!!! IBS really dose suck!! I think i've figured out that wheat products make me bloated and acidic. but then that makes me wonder if i'm sensative to gluten but not Celiac disease. Spicy food makes me acidic too, and even lactaid milk immedialtly made me bloated and running to the bathroom (almond milk is perfect though and chex cereal). i don't know about vegtables yet though. <BR> <BR> This is really hard for me. i was diagnosed a few weeks ago so this is still new to me. i am taking dicyclimi... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:46:17 EST having a time right no elleveryone <BR> i am haing ime ight now. I have prett much hadmy IBS D uner conrol ut latly I amhavinga rrible time. I have had lot of tee nmy lif lately d perhaps tht is it. Ihaveben having to take upto 6 immdium als everyday to even g thrgh te ay I am s rustrated. Sometimes te imodim works and soetimes not. does ayeese have any sggesions to ue bside the imodim to hlp e get utof the house.I sometme feel liI do t wan to leavehe hose. It is so fustrating I have even ried. Imoum uualy does ... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:23:48 EST Hello Hello My Name is Crystal. I have had IBS-D for 10 years .My triggers are Casein which is in Dairy,Dark meat, Egg yokes , and Fried food. So I have turned vegan and feel so much better. But stress sometimes sets it off also Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:39:39 EST New IBS Sufferer Hi, my name is Stefanie. I'm new to sparkpeople and I'm really glad that I found this group. I suffer from IBS...I was diagnosed last year. I've been taking Bentyl for my IBS but I still get flare up. Well the past two days have been horrible. Between acid reflux, adbominal pain, cramping, nausea, and the other symptoms I just want to stay in bed. :/ Usually I can push through it but I haven't been able to find a resolution. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:49:45 EST First morning in a long time As I stood in the kitchen making my breakfast this morning, I felt my stomach growl - I actually felt hungry! I realized that this was the first time in a long time that I did not wake up <BR> feeling awful or in pain and definitely not hungry. I am not sure why today is a good morning, but I will take it! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:01:35 EST stomach problems really suck I was just diagnosed with IBS and i've been haveing problem going to the bathroom and overall not feeling good since middle school. the current job i have now (which is not my chosen career at all) is what really triggers it. getting up at 5am is just not what my body can handle. i'm still trying to figure out what foods really trigger my IBS and so far EVERYTHING. my wonder boyfriend/fiance' got me some probiotic digestive enzyme vitamins and i'm also on Bentyl (also known as Dicyclmine.) <... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:40:40 EST My IBS Is Getting to Be Difficult I have had problems with my stomach and IBS since my ceseareans in 1999 and 2000. This week has really been bad. I went to the doctor and was told that my x-rays show I do not have a total blockage. I understand that but my food has been sitting there since April 3 I think to myself. Can someone understand? Right now I am on soft foods. The Dr. in Hawaii says she can send me to Stanford and maybe have another surgery. I have had three surgeries and I take 6 herb/fiber pills, 6 laxative ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 02:20:00 EST New Odd Symptom My GI doctor was no help when I was diagnosed 3 years ago.. he sent me to his nurse and told me to double up on my fiber, (I use EQUATE Fiber Therapy (psyllium), so I take 2 doses of fiber a day. I was also given a prescription for a antispasmodic drug which I never filled out because my spasms are usually painless. <BR> <BR> I'm having a flare up, and even my acid reflux is worse and I'm taking 2 doses of omepresole a day also. I found the citrus fiber drinks cause my acid reflux to flar... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:59:47 EST Frustrated Need Advice A little history for you. About 7 years ago I was finally diagnosed with IBS after dealing with the symptoms and problems since I was very young. My Gastro doctor prescribed me at the time with Zelnorm. The stuff was amazing!!! I never knew what normal or semi normal was until I went on it. After a year of taking it I had to discontinue use because it seemed to start making my IBS worse on days I took it. So for 5 years after with just a regiment of fiber I was able to keep things "normal". I... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:00:27 EST Hello, I'm new I have been dealing with IBS for about 10 yrs now. I'm just as confused about it now as I was when I first found out. I have gone thru numerous GI drs who have been no help at all!! I don't understand, they are GI drs, how can they have no clue. I even had one dr tell me I can eat whatever I want, diet has nothing to do with IBS. Are you for real?? Towards the end of last year I have been doing more research online hoping I can find an answer to this madness. I am hoping this team will be a s... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:53:12 EST Trying to find the right foods to eat I was diagnosed with IBS back in January and have been struggling as to what I can eat that is healthy and will not hurt my stomach. I have IBS due to food intolerances according to my doc. Which is weird because it just starting happening in last 4 months. Foods I have eaten my whole life I now can not eat, because it makes me hurt. I am struggling in finding foods that I can eat with my family as well. I have a family of 5 and everyone likes different things, but I can't eat most of w... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:37:08 EST Just Diagnosed Hi, <BR> <BR> I joined this team about six weeks ago because I suspected I had IBS. A colonoscopy determined that I have colitis. So right now, I'm just reading the topics to educate myself. When I think I've learned what's going on, I hope to be able to contribute. <BR> <BR> Vinny C. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 21:16:28 EST question sorry if TMI... do u have bowel movements daily? i recently had my gallbladder removed and i have severe ibs-constipation...ive always had problems w/elimination but my history i didnt go daily. the gastro doc says that its normal to go daily but thats not my normal. and since ive had my gb out, its been from one extreme to the other alternating between dia/con. i was taking miralax daily but then diarrhea began. my regular doctor thought i may have an infection so she wants to collect stool specimen but... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:04:41 EST saying hi Hi, I recently joined -- I'm here to lose a few pounds and also to just help myself stay mindful and make healthy choices. I'm a grad student in the San Francisco Bay area. I'd love to meet some of you and connect with others in the community! Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:44:56 EST new and odd I've had IBS for a long time, also have fibromyalgia, degenerative disk disease (so-called), plantar fasciitis, GERD, and some miscellaneous stuff. In terms of IBS until about six months ago I had only the constipation variety, but after taking probiotics for only three days my IBS went into an alternating constipation/diarrhea stage, with neither symptom being very bad. (However, at the same time my GERD kicked into high gear and I had to go on medication.) <BR> <BR> But what is really odd... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:09:02 EST seasonal suffering Hi folks! <BR> <BR> I have noticed I seem to get attacks when the seasonal weather changes. Since, in the Northeast this has happened a LOT over the last month or so, I had been having some odd symptoms, like upper digestive feelings of cold and hollow even though I just ate! In any case, I did a day of juicing yesterday, instead of my standard chicken broth and jello, and it seemed to work well for me. <BR> <BR> So, 2 questions: <BR> <BR> 1. Has anyone else had upper-GI issues like the... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:28:41 EST Maltodextrin - side effects for IBS My main IBS D triggers are eggs and lactose. Having found a lactose-free probiotic and was having good results. Suddenly the D has started up again and I have scoured the cupboards searching for a culprit. I have recently be using Splenda (around 2 teaspoons daily) and wonder if the maltodextrin has the same effects as aspartame. I will stop using and go back to Stevia (which did not upset my digestion) but just wondered if anyone on this forum has any knowledge or experience. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:27:53 EST new, having problem digesting food! Hi everyone, This is embarrassing, but I figured this group would be the one to ask. I am having a problem going to the bathroom. I go days without a bowel movement. I don't know what to do. My doctor says to eat more fiber, if I eat more fiber all I get is gassy pain & flatulence. I sometimes find myself eating anything I can find, just hoping I will go to the bathroom, not helpful when trying to lose weight. She suggested I take half of a women's gentle laxtative every other day. The ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 09:54:45 EST Hello... Hello, my name is Deb. and i have been a member for awhile because a friend of mine got me to try, but that was short lived. I logged in time to time in hopes that i would get that motivation but still nothing. <BR> Well now I am tired, stressed and overweight and of course, unhappy with myself. <BR> <BR> I have never done this kind of thing before, I am still trying to figure out how to use everything on here. =p So I am going to give it a try and see what comes of it! Sun, 4 Mar 2012 22:44:00 EST Team Challenge February 28 - March 31, 2012 Let's have a challenge. Let's drink at least 6 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day and exercise at least 20 minutes everyday from February 28 - March 31 . .Let's gear up for warm weather and wearing shorts. We can do it! <BR> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:43:40 EST Casein and Cancer link? Is anyone here familiar with The China Study? <BR> <BR> I am looking for people familiar with it to discuss the findings. Or anyone who is interested in the area <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749727 </link> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:45:50 EST Can someone help suggest medicine that might help? I have a family member with IBS. After 3 different doctors and many test the best the gastroenterologist could tell him was you can say it is IBS but you have different symptoms. He has nausea with throwing up, diarrhea, stomach cramps that hurt all the way through to his back and constipation. We never know which. We have tried food diary etc and can find no trigger for the flares. He has been dealing with this for over 10 years. He has a doctor appointment this week with his primary care do... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:26:05 EST Question s-PLEASE respond, I need a friend :) Hi, I am a 51 yr old female who has IBS-A but right now I'm suffering from excessive gas that is most troublesome late afternoon and evening. It is so bad we don't go out in evenings anymore and my dog who is the stinkiest in the world, leaves the room when I pass gas. I feel like an adult with colic! One night at Bible study, I had to suffer for 2 hrs with bubbling and churning guts because I had to hold it. Not fun! So here are my questions: <BR> <BR> 1. Does Bentyl relieve gas or just hel... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:59:23 EST New Hello! I'm new to all of it...kinda. I used to have these really uncomfortable/scary gastro episodes about once per year, this past year I've had 3 super nasty bouts. Everything comes back negative and we're doing one more test to rule out Chrones. I live in a small town and its hard to even get a referral to see a specialist. The nutritionist I saw here basically just sat me down and took me through Canada's Food Guide. I've been doing things by trial and error, which lead to vomiting, ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:33:11 EST Low FODMAP Diet to manage IBS After 12 years of struggling with IBS-D, I found information on Fructose Malabsorption last Oct that changed my life. I just want to share with anyone that may be suffering, like I was, with constant episodes of unexplained diarrhea, gas, and cramps. <BR> <BR> <BR> In fructose malabsorption, the normal absorption of fructose is impaired. Fructose malabsorption is not to be confused with hereditary fructose intolerance, a potentially fatal condition in which the liver enzymes that break up ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 10:23:06 EST Just totally frustrated I don't know what more to do to try to get this weight off and get the IBS and other problems under control. I am attending a weight management group and logging all that I eat on the nutrition tracker. I have also increased my exercise level by finding things I enjoy doing like tennis (alone, chasing the ball around the gym), bowling and zumba. But I keep having to take Immodium to control the D and then that causes C. So last week after weighing here in the morning I gained 8pounds befo... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:48:31 EST SIBO Sometime back someone mentioned this. I didn't know what it was and didn't look it up at the time. I just read an article on it. The article says that something like 1/3 of women have it and it is often diagnosed as stress. It is one of the causes of IBS. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had this diagnosis and how did the treatment work for you? Sun, 29 Jan 2012 13:43:25 EST IBS Hi I am new, I have been suffering for 30 years with an array of bowel and stomach diseases, I have had 12 inches of bowel removed and have had 2 surgeries on my stomach, the Dr now tells me that along with Gerd and Divertiqulosis I have IBS, I get allot of bloating and am nauseated after every meal even with Prilosec and Zantac. I don't know what to do now I am so confused. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:06:39 EST Bubbles in Urine?? Hello everyone... I don't know how active this team is but I figured I'd give it a shot and see if anyone had any ideas for me. Basically, I have noticed a direct correlation between my IBS flare-ups and having bubbles in my urine. They are not tiny, foamy bubbles that can occur just from pee entering the toilet bowl but actual bubbles, clustered together. I talked to my GI doctor a while back but I hadn't noticed the pattern then, I was just experiencing what I thought was random bubbles. Sh... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:50:06 EST Bloating SInce developing IBS, I have bloating in my lower abdomen that is very uncomfortable.. Has anyone else experienced this? Does anything help? <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:16:53 EST Hi everyone, I'm new here Hi, my name is Andrea. I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. <BR> After two years and many many tests (for IBD, Celiac disease etc) and many different medications, my family doctor and gastroenterologist came to the conclusion that I have IBS-D. <BR> I have been suffering with bowel problems for 3 years now. I lost my job because of it and have been unable to live a "normal" life. I find it difficult to go out most of the time, as I run to the bathroom so much. If I do go out I have to know w... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:00:29 EST ibs changing --question? I was diagnosed with ibs a couple of years ago and I have always had a combination of both lately it has been mostly ibs-d. My question is does anyone know if its safe to take immodium daily with ibs? I have to take otherwise I wont be able to go to work without being in the bathroom constantly. I am crazy at work as soon as things calm down I am going to try to see if I can get an appt with my gastro dr to see if there is anything else I can do to make things better. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:27:51 EST Bentyl Has anyone tried prescription Bentyl or the generic equivalent? My Dr. prescribed this for me, but I have put off trying it do to the possible side effects! Blurred vision, dizziness... <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:36:48 EST Sudden attack I've had D based IBS since I was 10....with a sensitivity to dairy and wheat that led to me cutting it out of my diet for 5 yrs when I was a teen...then slowly adding a bit in over the years. <BR> <BR> Until I changed my diet 8 weeks ago my IBS was more or less stable. With the addition of veg and fruit in my diet I got a bit bloated and gasy but again it settled down after a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> However, tonight I'm in the grip of the worst attack I've had in years. Treated myself t... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 17:36:53 EST Bromelai n--Helps with Protien Digestion Hey everyone. I recently had a nose job and the doctor suggested that I take 2 supplements to help with my post op recovery: Bromelain for swelling and Arnica Montana for bruising. I feel like I've recovered pretty quickly, but what I've been really delighted with is a side effect I hadn't anticipated...improved digestion of meat. I suffer from IBS-C and have found meat to often be a trigger food for a bout of D or a particularly long bout of C. However, I've been taking 500 mg of Bromela... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:16:57 EST new to the team looking for support Hello team, i have been having bowel/digestive issues for about 5 years, in December i saw a gastroenterologist finally for the first time. All in all the appointment went well, i felt he actually listened to my concerns and ordered some more testing(as ulcerative colitis is in my family). I fluctuate between constipation and diarrhea. When moving a constipated stool i have extreme pain and nausea, I also experience a large amount of upper gastro issues, bloating, burning, pain. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 17:38:58 EST Hello from Newbie Hi...looking to get fit and healthly in a permanent way. Always keep trying and trying to lose weight and live a "normal" life. Of course IBS gets in the way of this. Hate having to always know where the bathroom is. The pain can get pretty bad too. Love to know some tips and ideas to move forward. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:31:42 EST Hello from Newbie Hi...looking to get fit and healthly in a permanent way. Always keep trying and trying to lose weight and live a "normal" life. Of course IBS gets in the way of this. Hate having to always know where the bathroom is. The pain can get pretty bad too. Love to know some tips and any ideas anyone has. Feel like I'm the only one...but glad there are others that can lend some support out there. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:14:20 EST New To Team Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I signed up with SparkPeople a few days ago, and I'm finding it very helpful with trying to change my eating habits, and lifestyle. I'm 45 years old and have suffered from irritable bowl syndrome since 1993. I also have reflux, so it's kind of like a double edge sword. <BR> <BR> When trying to lose weight, people just tell me "eat more fiber and grains". Well, it's easy for someone not dealing with IBS. I can't eat whole grains, wheat, or dairy. I love Greek yo... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:50:25 EST Hello I've found SparkPeople again after a couple years. I just found this group today. I'm so glad! I have had IBS for close to 10 years at least and I am really struggling with it these days as I'm trying to get healthy and fit and the foods that I like that are healthy aren't good for IBS sufferers and I don't really eat that much in the first place. I am a really picky eater, and almost everything I eat is bad for IBS. I am really struggling to maintain a healthy diet, or any food at all, but n... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:19:51 EST Introduction Hello All <BR> <BR> Have just been pointed in the direction of this team and am very happy to have found it. <BR> <BR> I've suffered from IBS from about the age of 8 - being rushed to hospital several times in my teens with suspected appendicitis that was later diagnosed as IBS. I have IBS-D type - and have been known to go 10 times a day - however, the major problem I always had was trapped gas - which led to extreme bloating and pain. Over the years I've realised that dairy and carbohyd... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:44:59 EST Team Challenge December 20 - 31, 2011 Let's have a holiday challenge. Let's drink at least 6 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day and exercise at least 20 minutes everyday from 12/20 - 12/31. Maybe we can avoid any weight gain over the holidays. We can do it! <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 23:18:54 EST Hi, I am new Hi <BR> <BR> I am new to this team. My name is Sue. I was diagnosed with IBS a couple of years ago. I look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:26:27 EST Hi - new member I've been serious about the program for a little over a week now. My IBS has decided to go into overdrive. It must be all the extra fiber. Let's just say my problem isn't constipation and it's getting pretty hard to sit down. <BR> <BR> Is it normal for things to flare up when starting the program? <BR> Should I expect them to settle down anytime soon? <BR> <BR> A little history: <BR> 51, father of 10 (6 still at home). Married to the love of my life. Software Engineer working 50+ ho... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 20:10:37 EST new member - no motivation Hi all....I'm kind of new here. I am soon to have another birthday making me more middle aged. I just can't seem to get motivated even though I know I need to be. My weight keeps creeping up all the time, but I guess I am sort of delusional in thinking I am doing the right things. <BR> <BR> I try to exercise 30 minutes a day by walking. I try to eat healthy. I am hypoglycemic and have IBS, fibromyalgia, and hypothyroidism too. I get on a role and workout steadily and then fall off the wagon... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:48:24 EST I need help, advice.. .warning TMI Up until lately I have been on the constipation side of IBS and although it causes be pain and discomfort from time to time I have mostly had it under control through changes to my diet. The past month or so I have had diarrhea in the mornings after my cup of coffee. Which annoying I was able to deal with it. But today in the evening I had so far (hoping I will have no more) two episodes of diarrhea of which I had no warning and needed to change my underwear afterwards. This is throwing me fo... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 19:47:55 EST surgery and antibiotics question for everyone i am have a hysterectomy next month but my biggest concern is they allways pre medicate with antibiotics wich i know is very necessary...but i also know its going to wipe out my intestines etc...the last surgery i had was a breeze it was the intestinal stuff that made me sick(vomiting,diarreah,cant eat heartburn)i lost 10 pounds it took a month before i could get things under control again...i am also going to ask my gastro dr. what she might suggest...just had my colono... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 08:57:17 EST My IBS I was diagnosed with IBS I think back in 2003. They thought I had Krohn's it was so bad. But luckily it was not. For years I dealt with anything I ate would make me sick. I couldn't eat out a lot because everything affected me. I would get severely dehydrated from episodes and end up in bed with migraines. It wasn't until 2011 that I found out I had chronic gastritis. I had to cut out all caffeine, spicy food and anything that irritated my stomach. That was really difficult but it is working ... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:21:09 EST How I stabilized my IBS My IBS started a few years ago after I lost 25 pounds using weight watchers and doing beachbody’s turbo jam. I believe losing the weight too quickly as well as ingesting a ton of artificial foods and foods with added fiber (added fiber lowers the point value of food so you can eat more and not go over your points) was the cause. I was miserable most of the time trying to figure out what foods were causing the problem. I tried lots of different things to feel better, but nothing helped. F... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:26:23 EST IBS-C student needs a few tips... According to my mum, I've never had the best track record when it came to going to the toilet regularly, but it was only when I did work experience with a GP and sat in on an IBS consultation that I realised what was happening was definitely not normal! A few years on and my GP decided to try me on peppermint tablets, which were great - when I remembered to take them! Usually I'd only remember once I'd started eating, and with some reports of heartburn having them after eating I decided not t... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:33:01 EST Looking for an answer to my question Hi Team Friends: <BR> I had a very bad bout of IBS-D that kept me up all night last night in terrible pain. We all know what's that like and I don't have to go into details, right? Everyone's been there <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> My question is: <BR> <BR> The food that triggers the it the food eaten just before the attack or could it be from early on such as breakfast let's say. I hope that my question is clear. Like, I had some food before going to bed...than at 1 a.m. the pain w... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 08:55:22 EST New To Team Hello Everyone! I also am new to this Team, but not to IBS (D predominent) and I have been going through a really rough time these past few months. It seems when I eat good stuff (fruits & veges), that is when the IBS is worse! It is VERY hard to lose weight this way. I just wonder if I should stay "fat, dumb & happy". LOL. Anyway, I've heard that probiotics are good for IBS, but I'm afraid to try them. I have an appointment with a gastro specialist in a few weeks to see if they want to... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 11:42:48 EST Nearly 25 with IBS for 15 years. Hi there! Alyssa here. I am nearing on 25 (my birthday is 9 days before Christmas) and have been struggling with IBS since I was 8 or 9, although I wasn't officially diagnosed until I was 19 and had to be rushed to the hospital my pain was so bad. I have varying other health problems, and between them all weight loss has always been an issue for me. I'm hoping to keep up with this group (I tend to forget that online groups exist after I join them, but I will try not to do that with this one!)... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 15:52:39 EST I am a new member to this form. I have Crohns I have had Crohns for 26 years. I have had 2 major surgeries. I have had 12 inches of my intestines removed and 1/3 of my colon. I had illestomy for 6 months and then they reconnected me back and removed the bag. I was glade when they removed the ostomy bag. I am on 8 pentasa a day. I have my good days and bad days. Seems like know one really understands that don't have this condition and they think you can do the impossible, and like magic it will go away. It makes me angry to have to fight... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 22:39:29 EST 30 just got better Hello, <BR> <BR> My Name is Jay, I just turned 30 in August and decided it was time to get my health in order. I have struggled for years trying to finding the right diet and searching for the perfect support group. I joined Spark People in 2008, but had no idea how to use the site to reach my goals ( you can say I was not ready). However this is the year of change for me I have switched careers, moved out of my childhood area, stop smoking and entered a relationship with the love of my life... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:53:50 EST Saying Adios for now As you all know, it's been a busy Sept. for me with the moving etc..Thank you to all my team friends who didn't give up on me even though I wasn't able to log on often or spend time with you guys on SP as often as I would have liked to. <BR> <BR> It's time to pack, clean and getting ready to close up the cottage for the winter. <BR> <BR> We are heading up North early tomorrow morning to visit friends & family before leaving for Malaysia on the 26th. Therefor once again I will not be able to... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:43:06 EST I do not know what type of IBS I have? I was told years ago I had IBS but never what kind or what to do or not do. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 13:12:41 EST anyone with ibs-d and palpitations i was just wondering if anybody has the problem i do...everytime my ibs-d flares up i get heartburn vomiting and diarreah but along with that it makes my heart do the jitterbug and raceing it you know what i mean i have had a complet cardiac workup and it was fine..i remember hearing about ibs before i had it didnt think it was anything serious until i have had to deal with it... <BR> magic <em>24</em> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 12:27:08 EST newbie hey <BR> sure am glad i found this team..i have been suffering for a few years mostly after i had my gall bladder removed i thought that would solve the problem....not... <BR> i was also good for the last 9 months only 2 weeks ago and it all flaired up...but i have ibs-d i vomit,diarrea, there is pain and now my heart has palpitations and races until everything passes out of my system anybody else have this problem...i have had a total cardiac workup so that makes me feel a bit better...they ... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 11:32:59 EST Chiropractic Care Helps IBS! when i was 13 (almost 20 yrs ago) i was in a car accident... i was in the back passenger seat and when the car hit, i was like a cat with my fast reflexes... and i put my hands up to avoid hitting my face on the back of the headrest. <BR> <BR> i thought all these years with my bad neck/shoulder pain, that it was me that created the problem... maybe had i not done that, i wouldn't have my pain. but i found out that at age 13, your body isn't fully developed and so it caused issues. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:01:52 EST OMGosh why me? I hardly post in here and I read posts so that makes me a lurker but I am having some difficult times that is really taking out of the picture on fun things. I was told my problem is my nerves in my back are inflamed from my disc being torn. I will be having surgery to fuse, just waiting for my date. But lately about 20 mins after I eat, it's like mount st Hellene... and I need a toilet now. My heart pounds in my chest like it wants to jump out so I have to lay down to calm that down and I ha... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 09:24:15 EST Gas is ridiculous Ok so I have been eating better and all and I have noticed that helping my IBS quite a bit. Last night and today I have had that bloated feeling like I swallowed a darn balloon. I did not eat anything different from what I have been and that is what I hate about IBS. sometimes I cannot predict it. People have told me to not eat this or that again but they do not get that the same food sometimes bothers me and others it does not and I have no way of predicting. This gas feeling is the wor... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 18:31:38 EST PMS and IBS IBS is hard enough to deal with on it's own. How do you ladies deal with IBS and PMS, especially those cravings? <BR> <BR> I try to exercise during the week of PMS so that it's effects are lessened. I'll have a day or two where I eat what I crave, but the rest of the time I try to stick to my diet. This is a vast improvement from the last few years! Sun, 4 Sep 2011 10:34:14 EST What helps you the most with your IBS? I have found taking a soluble fiber supplement before meals really helps me with my "D" <BR> When I run into "C", I will drink alot of warm fluids, hot tea, coffee, fruits and veggies help too. <BR> Mine is mostly "D" so I am learning more about soluble fibers. <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sue Sun, 4 Sep 2011 08:43:59 EST A New Week Happy Sunday everyone! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? Pretty good here. <BR> Do yo have any big plans for your holiday weekend? <BR> We cooked out with friends last evening, it's nice to just relax on the patio with great friends and conversation! <BR> Sue Sun, 4 Sep 2011 08:19:38 EST somatoform disorders :( was in the hospital for four days. the team of doctors (mostly psychiatrists) wrote everything I have (IBS-D, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IC) off as somatoform disorders. the pains and suffering are just in my head. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> this was really upsetting for me. and a very dualistic mindset on their parts. just because my colonoscopies are normal, doesn't mean IBS is a mental disorder. Sat, 3 Sep 2011 12:25:19 EST List Of Products To Avoid? I got a list of foods to avoid from my nutritionist but it's very limited. I have read some of the links on this board and they are all the same kind of lists. But I have a very big list of products I would like to know of if I can eat them, for example: nori, olives, pomegranate, wasabi, spices, herbs, tempeh, turkish delight and the list goes on (I don't eat an average western diet) <BR> <BR> What about raw food, is that ok, or is food better to be cooked? I have heard about some very good... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:16:41 EST linda! My mother has broken her right arm, nose and left foot while falling down our stairs this morning. She is right handed so it will be hard for her to keep up on spark like she usually has. Will be keeping you posted in her behalf until she is able to make a full recovery. She asks that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to deal with these injuries and go on to have surgery. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Lauren Sat, 27 Aug 2011 18:35:08 EST back pain associated with IBS? Hello team! <BR> I have not been feeling very well this week. Not sure what triggered this but I have been having alot of lower back pain/pressure. I have been reading alot of back issues related to IBS, Does anyone else have this problem at times? It doesn't always seem to be lower back, sometimes it radiates up also. and sometimes I have aching in my joints. I don't feel constipated, but could that be an issue? <BR> Any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance:) <BR> sue Thu, 25 Aug 2011 08:11:17 EST I think eating disorders can be related to IBS. I hope this isn't offensive or anything to anyone here. this is just something I'm realizing about myself. <BR> <BR> Like everyone else here, I use SparkPeople to reach a healthy weight in a healthy way. of course I want to do this the healthy way, with the right balance of food & nutrition and exercise. but to be honest, I've had an eating disorder for a few years now. my weight has been way up and it's been way down. like IBS, I've had better months with this, and worse months. <BR> <BR... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:49:10 EST Exercise help I have not yet been officially diagnosed. I have been sick for about 5 months now and have been on hyoscamine for 2 months. When I got sick I couldn't move or be upright without the abdominal pain getting really bad. The antispasmodic helps me a lot, but I still haven't attempted exercising since I got sick. I think I'm going to try today. School started for me last Monday and I have been able to go to classes and stuff with the help of phenergan and diphen/atropine. I'm thinking I'm going to... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:23:16 EST what do you do for motivation? Hello, <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd ask what do you do to get motivated in the morning? I finally got myself up and moving around 7AM, my day off and who feels like getting up? <BR> I did go to do my workout, but I still feel a bit sluggish, could be the sinus headache that's hanging on. <BR> <BR> So let's throw a few idea's out there, what do you do to get motivated? <BR> I sometimes have to "make myself" get up and go! <BR> <BR> Thanks, Sue Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:59:09 EST Excellent website Hello everyone, <BR> I would like to share a website I have found and some good products they sell. It's called Heather's, help for IBS, they actually have a "cheat sheet" of foods you should avoid and foods you should eat.. I hope you check it out if you haven't already been to this website. <BR> The website is : <BR> I have tried and try to keep on hand the tummy fiber, it's a powder that you sprinkle in a drink or on soft food to help your digestion. Consists of... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:55:10 EST Officially Diagnosed with IBS After a sono, endo and colonoscopy, I have finally been diagnosed with IBS-C. So now what??? I don't have any food triggers, unfortunately mine is triggered by STRESS. No foreseeable let up of stress anytime soon so does anyone have any suggestions? Doctor did not prescribe anything at this point, wants me to go back on diet, work out and find way to manage stress for the next month and if there's no improvement we will discuss medication. I would rather not have to take meds so back to t... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 20:46:55 EST Cucumbers?????? So this week I have been bloated all week and just not feeling the best. I have been racking my brain to try and figure out what it could be. <BR> <BR> All I can think is that I have been trying to eat fresh cucumbers (burpless) from my garden every day. They are very prolific this year. I hate to waste them so I have been trying to eat them. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had an issue with cucumbers and IBS flare ups? <BR> <BR> Nicole Fri, 5 Aug 2011 13:56:42 EST Crazy mornings Hi Speople: <BR> How's everyone feeling this morning? I'm happy, motivated, energetic and my goal is not to complain or be negative today. <BR> <BR> I started yesterday to drink my Wheat Grass in the morning instead of at night cause it's a lot of water before going to bed and I prefer to start my day with that much water. I put my Wheat Grass powder in 20 oz. glass. Unfortunately it gave me the runs something terrible yesterday. I'm going to persevere to see if my body/bowels can get accus... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 11:15:03 EST No longer lurking... Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've lurked on this site on and off for a year or more, with the idea that this whole lifestyle change will happen with little to no effort on my part. I guess I thought everyone else's work will somehow transfer to me by osmosis??Obviously, I was wrong! I need to do a little work to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Here are my quick stats: <BR> <BR> - 37 year old working mom in Boston (work in Cambridge) <BR> - I have an almost 3 year old daughter, 17 year old stepdaughte... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:05:36 EST A great Monday Wishing everyone a great day, a great week with very little flare ups! <BR> <BR> Sue <BR> <BR> "I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more. " <BR> <BR> - Jonas Salk Mon, 1 Aug 2011 07:21:11 EST Newbie Hi: <BR> My name is Sue, I live in Carleton Place, near Ottawa, Ontario Canada. I joined late Thurs. evening and I'm quite excited about being part of this team. <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed with IBS since 1992 and it's been a very difficult time. I had diarrhea most of the time, less since I've been eating healthier but I still have bouts with eating eggs in the morning and I just can't understand why...everything was fine and now it's off and on but mostly on. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I jus... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 20:23:43 EST Dear Bathroom, oh please stop ruling my life! <BR> <BR> I just need to vent a little. It's been that kind of day.. I've heard the term "living from paycheck to paycheck" before. I am 24 years old and living life from bathroom to bathroom. I know how people offer encouraging support, not to let these conditions take over...but they kind of do. If I thought my bathroom usage had a grip on me before, a few months ago I came down with what I labeled "phantom UTIs." this was recently diagnosed as Interstitial C... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 22:04:10 EST SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Frustrated!!! I have been lurking for a while now. I decided that we needed a discussion to just vent...really get it all off your chest on those days that you just can't take it any feel free to chime in...get it all we can all move on to the next step in our day. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I keep reading and reading and hoping that something new pops up that answers all my prayers and questions about how to deal with this HORRIBLE condition. I am a foodie...a chef...I LOVE food and food... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:52:12 EST Running with IBS interruptions I am currently training for a half marathon that is in Sept. During some of my runs I get this strong bloated feeling followed by the urge to either pass gas or head towards the toilet. I'm not sure if its the movement of running that causes my stomach to act up or just another occurrence of IBS. I suffer from IBS-D. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if others had experience these events while running. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:26:06 EST IBS and Related Disorders... After a cystoscopy with hydrodistention two days ago, it seems I now have the following: <BR> - IBS-D (diagnosed in 2004) <BR> - Fibromyalgia (diagnosed about a year ago) <BR> - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (diagnosed with Fibromyalgia) <BR> - and now Interstitial Cystitis (newly diagnosed this week!) <BR> <BR> I have heard that that these conditions can go together.. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I just...hope there isn't a fifth I can expect anytime soon! I ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 18:53:24 EST