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7/6/14 11:57 P

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Welcome to all the new team members and all my best to you always.

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emoticon Tammie. Welcome to the team....all new members are encouraged to join us on our Daily Chat thread.

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emoticon HI! My name Is Tammie.....I'm new to this team but not spark people. I have been on a "spark break" for about 4 months but am getting back on track....one day at a time! I am a 44 year old who has suffered with IBS for about 7 years....not knowing what was wrong with me and was diagnosed with IBS-C about 3 weeks ago. I am joining this team in hopes of learning to deal with this condition with others who deal with this as I learn more about this issue. I look forward to making new friends as I get my life back under control.



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Hi All, I am new to the team (not new to SP) and thought Id say Hi and introduce myself. I have been suffering from what I think is IBS for a while now -- I have not been properly tested (grad school insurance is not the best I cant afford to pay for all the tests out of pocket) But I did have a colonoscopy about 3 years ago and all came back fine at the time. Anyways, I have no idea what triggers my symptoms, so I am looking to gain insight and advice on this site! I typically have terrible cramping/abdominal pain, bloating, gas and constipation for what feels like weeks. Im looking forward to hearing from you'll on this site!



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emoticon Happy to see you!! I think that there are men on this group. However, it seems that they have not been posting to our daily chat. I would love for you and them to do so.

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Hello, my name is BJ. I joined this group a while back but haven't been active on Sparkpeople in a while. I thought I'd start by introducing myself on here. I'm 33 married (my wife got me on Sparkpeople) and currently in medical school. I was diagnosed with IBS about 8 years ago. Are there any other men in this group? I know IBS primarily affects women but I wouldn't mind meeting some other men dealing with this. Also anyone have issues with onions? Most of my worst attacks I can trace to eating onions, I cut those from my diet and have not had near as much trouble.

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6/12/14 10:32 A

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Welcome to the team. I hope you join us on the daily chat thread. We discuss various issues including our symptoms.

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6/12/14 9:47 A

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Hi All,

I am new to this team. I have recently been diagnosed with IBS and I am trying to learn how to live with it. I have been in some very embarrassing and stressful situations due to my IBS. I have actually been hospitalized twice recently due to "attacks". I am hoping to gain insight and wisdom for managing the condition.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

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emoticon Welcome!

Linda - Florida
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2/22/14 6:12 P

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check out this website: http://www.ibsgroup.org

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2/22/14 6:07 P

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Hi Amanda, and welcome! I have been on sp since last may, and luckily my IBS didn't kick in until just a few weeks ago while I was having a lot of stress in my personal and financial life. So I managed to lose over 20 lbs already before this hit. I truly believe mind is really more stress and nerve related than food related, but I know others probably do have more problems from food that stress. But what ever is causing it, IBS just adds more stress for us. I usually have IBS mixed. And the IBS-d is the worse for me, as I know the fear of it happening when you are out and about and can't get to a bathroom fast enough. A few weeks ago when mine hit with the "D", I started to change what I was eating trying to eliminate any thing that might be bothering it and went to oatmeal as. As years ago I was told to try plain oatmeal, plain apple sauce, jello, baby food and such when it was really bad. I I just recently read that Oatmeal, rice, toast and banana is suppose to help with the "D". But it didn't seem to matter one way or the other, so I just started eating again. But I am trying to eat more healthy whole foods and less processed foods, junk food, fast food. Right now what seems to be helping me the most is relaxing, stretching, yoga. But I am still having cramping almost every morning at least once or twice in the morning. Then it usually goes away later in the afternoon. Some times it comes back in the evening, and I might get constipated in the evening. So I haven't figured it all out yet, but I know that sooner or later it will go away, as it usually does for me. At least I am hoping that it will go away like it has before for long periods of time? I did find a neat site the other day with lots of interesting info. I think I posted the web address in here? I will look for it and post it again.
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Hey My name is Amanda. I'm 24 years old and I've recently been having a lot of trouble with IBS-d. As embarrassing as it is to put that out there i suppose that's part of dealing with it. About two weeks ago i made the decision that i needed a healthier lifestyle. I've struggled with my weight my whole life and I'm ready to make the changes. However it has been hard to eat a balanced healthy meal without being nervous something might cause a flare up. I find that for once in my life I'm not eating nearly enough which is hindering my weight loss. How do i push through the stress of this whole thing so i can meet my goals? Hoping to get some insight from others in a similar situation. :)


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Welcome new members!

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2/17/14 1:10 A

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Welcome Linda, I just recently joined the team too. I get bad bouts of IBS every so often usually from stress. I just did over a week of it with D every morning at least once if not more often. Now I have gone a couple days with constipation. I had cramping off and on almost every day too. I don't know that food is triggering mine, I think mine is more just from stress. I tried to change my diet at the start of this one though and it didn't seem to matter. I went really simple and bland, and for a few days didn't eat that much as usual as I didn't have an appetite. But then just ended up hungry and the stomach just seemed worse not better. I might have been fighting a stomach bug too though as I found out that several people I know were having stomach issues for days too. What I have learned in here is that everyone is different, so what might trigger one might be fine for another. Or you could be fine with one thing and then some time later it could bother you, or it could go back and forth bothering you or not bothering you. I read that bananas, rice and toast are suppose to be good for the D, and peppermint tea is suppose to be good for the C. Oatmeal and prunes are suppose to help you keep regular.
I eat oatmeal almost every day, so maybe it is helping, I am not sure? I will eat prunes and or a banana a lot in the morning too, but not always. I ran out of the bananas and didn't eat any for a while before this last flair up, so did that help cause the D? I don't know? I do know that I have been under a lot of stress lately, and I would say that was the biggest factor for this late case probably.
All my best to you always.
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Hi! My name is Linda and I have had IBS off and on for years, but since April of 2013 through present day I have been dealing with severe IBSD, with alternating bouts of C. I have been on five or six different meds, two Gastros with no luck in any relief from the severity of the stomach cramps and diarrhea. I am currently looking for a third dr that specializes in this particular ailment to find relief. Finding foods and recipes that will not hurt me is challenging at the moment. Any suggestions for recipes that are healthy and simple will be greatly appreciated.

I love to do Scrapbooking, Crochet, Knitting, and anything gardening as well. I am so thankful to find this team, and to realize that it is NOT all in my head.

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2/7/14 10:30 P

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Hi, I am new to this Team, but not to SP. I have had IBS on and off for many yrs. It does run in my family too. I am not sure about any foods or that triggering it, but I know that stress and anxiety triggers mine. I can go for a really long time with out it bothering me and then out of the blue it is back. I have had some really stressful jobs before that just really got it going and kept it going while I was at them. I had been pretty free of symptoms for some time and then they came back when I was dealing with my parents passing away less than a yr a part from each other. And it lasted for a few yrs after that on and off. But then it seemed to have gone away and then a few yrs ago it started to pop back up on and off when I was under stress. And the last few months it is really acting up off and on from stress again. I just noticed this site on a SP friend's page and decided to join. So all my best to you all and thanks for having me on the team.
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Hi there, I am not new to SP but I am new to this thread. Back in 1998 I had problems and with that I got IBS. So I have had that ever since. I am still learning what to eat and what not to eat. I can go along and will eat something I think is OK but will find out that I it not. So that will mess up the way that I should eat. I am glad to be on this thread.

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Hi All, I just joined SP about a week ago. Looking around the site, I found this team :-) I have had IBS (D) for over 30 years. I have never noticed any particular foods being a trigger (except perhaps orange juice). My main trigger is anxiety/panic.
The really frustrating thing - my anxiety is mostly about going places and "what if I feel sick?". So anxiety = IBS = anxiety = IBS and it just escalates. I would love to be able to go places without worrying about having these symptoms. I was doing much better then lots and lots of changes the past year (changed jobs, daughter moved up north, Mom passed away, new boss, son moved across country). All of that has caused a major set back.
Finding this team at least reassures me that I'm not alone. Sometimes my symptoms - the fear and diarrhea - are just so humiliating. Debbie

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Hello, I'm new to posting on this forum, I've had IBS for about 20 years, I was diagnosed in college. It was getting progressively worse about 5 years ago, partly due to stress, and I was forced to be more diciplined about taking care of myself, but today I manage it pretty well. Its interesting how some very healthy foods can be triggers (and too much insoluable fiber) but I feel much better when I eat a whole foods (no fast food or processed foods) diet.

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Hello Team.

I am new to this team. I have IBS D. I have diahrea each and every day. I have lived with this syndrome now for over 20 years. It is entirely frustrating to deal with daily. However, it is life and I shall deal with it.

I am a single mom of a soon to be teen. ( Yikes this month). I have cats in my house as I love them so much. Each of them is different from the other. They give me peace so much.

Now my other health issues, Diabetes type II, HBP, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Severe Sleep Apnea, GERD, RA, and OA. Along with other things. Again this is life and I am dealing with it.

Then I love to Quilt, to knit, to crochet, to do Counted Cross Stitch. I love crafting.

I have worked in the Transportation Industry for over 30 years. I was a Long Haul truck driver, then into Air Freight, Sales, Imports and then on over to becoming a Customs Specialist. Then I went to University to become a Lay Minister in the Reformed Churches. Now due to a major car accident in Wa State I am now permanently disabled and can no longer work.

I live in the Greatest country in the World called Canada. I live in Ontario the largest province. I live about 1 hour north of the 4th largest city in North America.
I would never live anywhere else now. I have lived all over Canada and I have lived in the United States, I am glad to be back in Canada.

I pray for all of you to have a pain and bloating free day each day.

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Hello team I am new to the team but not to sparks I was so pleased find a team for this condition. Reading your mails mine is not as bad as some of you.I have the IBS c . Constipation and bloating and discomfort , it was thought gluten free would help., it did to a degree but not entirely . I am still trying to work out triggers as it varies so. I am sure yeast is one culprit so looking now for yeast free bread in particular. I know stress is another trigger and I do have stress but who doesn't
As a brief intro I am Irene a senior English lady living near Nottingham. I have a husband with Altzeimers but I try to keep up with my own interests and hobbies too , I look forward to getting to know some of you. Irene. emoticon

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Hello Everyone!!!!

I have mild IBS but it is my husband that has me concerned. I have taken him to so many digestive specialists and they are completely perplexed and miffed with what is going on with him. They can see it but have no idea what causes it or the source of the problem. I cry at night because I don't know how to help him. We have spent so much money on specialists that he is now resistant in going to the doctor because of the medical debt that has accumulated. He has not been able to work in 3 years because of this problem. He keeps getting denied for disability which also makes it hard....Ugh!!!! So I thought I would reach out to my peeps on spark people for advice....
Here are his symptoms:
Has bloating and pressure - extreme pressure when he eats
Can't sit at 90-degrees because his bloating radiates to his chest.
No longer drives due to his sitting problem
Stands a lot because of the pressure
Has a hard time sleeping - use to sleep 10 - 12 hours a day and now 3-4 hours
Can't wear anything that sits on his waist (underware or pants)
Eats very little because of the pain - again bloats with just about all kinds of food
Developed psorsiasis
Gluten free for 3 years
No beans or peanuts
Hard time with gluten free pasta
Lost over 40 lbs in the last 3 years
Has fatty liver disease
Losing muscle tone - he is getting so sickly skinny
Can't eat red meat at all
I could go on and on....I am lost and desperate to help my husband. He is the love of my life and my one true happiness. I need him more than anything and it breaks my heart to see him in so much pain. Please please help with any advice.

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Welcome to our new members!!!

Linda - Florida
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Hi there. I've been living with IBS-D for 10+ years, with no relief. I'm currently on Lotronex and we're playing around with the dosing. So far we can't get it right. 1mg once a day is too much, so I'm currently doing 1/2 a pill every other day, but so far that may be not enough. Looking forward to talking with all of you.

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Smidgon, I have had IBS for decades as well. I have cured all of my food triggers and my element issues (e.g. magnesium) by receiving AAT treatments. AAT is Advanced Allergy Therapeutics which "merges 21st century science with 3,000 year-old traditional acupuncture principles" (no needles, they use acupressure). It's been around in the U.S. for about 20 years. It basically reprograms your brain which has an improper reaction to substances that it should not (fixed my pollen allergies too). It will not work on medical issues such as Lactose Intolerance since that is an enzyme issue not an allergy.

For about 25 years I could not eat any dairy, corn, onion, peanuts, white potatoes and it took me a LONG time to figure out magnesium was a problem. I can now eat all of them and can go to restaurants without talking to the manager and still worrying :D The treatments are quick and painless. Of course, they haven't yet figured out how to simulate stress, so I do still get flare ups (but nothing, nothing like the doubled over in pain and in the bathroom for hours taking Imodium like it was chocolate). I recently had a mild reaction to corn (after about 2 years), went back for one treatment and am happily eating corn on the cob again! Please do research on the web and check in your area for a place that will offer it - it is indescribable how free I feel!

Note that your doctor will probably have never heard of it. My Primary Care Physician is open to alternative treatments and when she found out my success, asked for more information to pass along to some of her friends.

To fix all of my food/element issues took about 8-10 treatments.

Be careful when you fix the issues, that's when I gained a bunch of weight :)

God Bless!

Jill, Mom to Kelly who is 25 years old, has the physical capabilities of an infant, mentally 1-2 year old, controlled seizures, vision problem, and is the absolute happiest person I know. She is a true Blessing!


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Hi, I'm new but not to IBS. My cycle is diahhrea, constipation and regular. I have found I can no longer eat anything with Ranch Dressing! Like yesterday, we ate lunch at "Applebee's" and I had a WW Points Plus dish. About an hour or so later............let's just say, I was glad I was at home! Then I got my Immodim out! Extra padded my bed!

I have had this as far back as I can remember. However, I haven't been officially diagnosed with it. However, I have had drs. tell me to always carry Immodim with me; and, avoid foods I know cause a flare-up. The problem sometimes even the most innocent of dishes may have just a sprinkling of the offending food, and, there I go!

HELP! I am no Spring Chicken. I turned 73 yesterday; soon to be married 51 yrs.; and, I still don't have this figured out!

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Hi, I joined the group yesterday. Diagnosed 18 months ago and currently trying to work out what foods set me off............

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Hello all! I have had IBS since at least High School (graduated in 77) - of course, back then they didn't know what it was. Finally found a doctor to help me with it, figured out what foods triggered it and avoided them for years. Then I found out about Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (quite by accident), had several sessions (acupressure with a computer) and can eat everything I avoided for 20-25 years!! Yes, I gained weight and therefore started with Spark to lose it. Find out if you have a spot around you to get this therapy, it works. They haven't figured out how to simulate stress yet, so I still have some bouts with IBS; but going to a restaurant is no longer such an ordeal and I significantly decreased my Imodium consumption!

Jill, Mom to Kelly who is 25 years old, has the physical capabilities of an infant, mentally 1-2 year old, controlled seizures, vision problem, and is the absolute happiest person I know. She is a true Blessing!


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Hi my name is Diana. I am new to this team. I really don't know how long I've had IBS to be honest. Sometime ago I had all the symptoms you can have with IBS but not anymore. To be frank, I just go between diarrhea and constipation. I'm hoping to share/hear stories of what symptoms many have dealt with. I wish everyone a good day! emoticon

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hi grammy emoticon yep I have had it to for a long timeit runs in my family my little sister takes immodium like it's going out of style..me I just like letting it run it's course(no pun intended) I did start eating 100% whole wheat bread I eat 2-4 pieces a day to at least make thinks solid emoticon Well hope to chat will you later.

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Hi Everyone. I am 62 years old and have had IBS for about 25 years. It was occasional when I was younger, but as I get older I have more problems with it. As an appointment coordinator I need to be at my desk, but some days I am always running to the bathroom. My doctor said just take Imodium for flare-ups, but I am concerned not wanting to take more than necessary. I get tired of always checking out where the bathrooms are as soon as I get somewhere. Like everyone else, it's when I need a bathroom, I need it now. I hope to learn some things from this site. It amazes me how many people really suffer from IBS and it's not just me.

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Best of luck, Emily. I've been diagnosed with IBS for more than twenty years and I'm still trying new things.

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Hey everyone, I'm Emily. I have been living with IBS for a long time but just recently got diagnosed with it. I can't tell you haw many times I've been to the doctor, the number of doctors and others I've seen. All of them pretty much just shrug their shoulders and say "I don't know" or "hmm, why don't you try this or that." Really?!!! Well, I have come to cope with this uncomfortable situation that my body has decided to put me in. Though living everyday with belly pain is just not a way to live life. Anyway, here I am in hopes for a little support and encouragement to keep trying new things and not let this pain get me down. emoticon

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emoticon hey everyone my name is lisa I didn't think there was a ibs site here glad I found it I also have about 8-13 migraines a month so between sitting on the toilet and laying in bed my month goes by real fast.. emoticon yes I laugh because what else you going to do. I watch what I eat because I have no gallbladder so I find food goes through me extra fast now...ugh and I never leave my house except when I go to work or my husband drags me out and that's is something else I have to use the restroom about 3 tmes before I leave...sheezzz nervouse. And that is me!! emoticon

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Hi everyone :)

my name is Rebecca and I have had IBS since 2000 after 10 years of going to 6 male doctors, 2 exploratory surgeries, countless examinations, dozens of trips to the ER and multiple allergy tests. I finally found a female doctor who made it her personal mission to figure out what my issue was. It took her a year and a half to get the diagnosis but since then I have only had about 2 episodes a year (rather than 2-3 a day). I drastically changed my diet (eliminated: red meat, carbonated drinks, chewing gum, deep fried foods, fast food, excess grease, using straws and limit my intake of: onions, dairy, alcohol). The hardest thing I find is giving up red meat (especially in the summer and BBQ season).

I am one of the lucky ones who is able to manage my IBS with diet, exercise and limiting stress.

I look forward to speaking and meeting you all as we progress on our journey :)

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Greetings to my fellow team members! I have had symptoms of IBS since my 20's and it's horrible when an episode comes on. I get constipated for quite a while then, all of a sudden my tummy rumbles and it's an emergency to find the nearest restroom. Sometimes it gets so bad, with cramps and pain in the stomach, I feel like passing out. I've also tried probiotics, to no avail. Maybe I need to be more consistent with fiber intake? I drink a ton of water every day and never eat fast food or restaurant food.

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Hi everyone emoticon ,

Just today I went to colonoscopy and got diagnosed with IBS. I am trying to look positive at that because it could be something worse. The negative part is that I will have to change a lot of my everyday habits to feel good and look healthy again. I consider myself as a healthy eater, well except my weakness for sweets and caffeine. Especially chocolate - got really bumped without it, but constantly on toilet with it emoticon

Because of this I lost too many pounds in last year and a half so my goal is to gain some weight back. In order to do that I am looking for advices, especially a new food program as it seems to me the choice of "good food" is very limited.

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my name is Amanda and in the past 5 years since my daughter was born I been under huge amounts of stress. infact we just moved into our first place together on our own. I'm a stay at home mom and I think that's my down fall not being able to work and get moving I completly let myself go over the years. I'm 30 and have some heartburning feeling under my left rib cage was told I sprang the mussle under it due to coughin to hard. so I'm starting over with a new sparkspeople profile. I'm starting to recover this sprang under my mussle I can do anything but really hard push ups or sit ups. my ibs has gotten to the point where I'm on bental 4 times a day. I dont' always take my meds four times a day I keep forgetting a dose here or there. I eat the way I'm suppose to no milk infact I drink lactose free milk,my down fall is chocolate and coffee oh I love those two things with a passion as they always been there for me and coke and pepsi. My teeth and diet and weight have suffered from them. I'm pretty healthy eater other wise. I don't eat enough and I need to break my meals into smaller meals instead of three meals eat two and I need to add more fruits to my diet I love veggies but can't eat tomoatoes I break out badly and can't breath. I cant' eat broccoli, brussle sprouts or any other gas producing foods. so I'm limited as I have ibs with constipation.
does anyone else suffer the way I do? has anyone lost weight having ibs with constipation? I been stuck at a pleteau of 168 and I'm five foot three so that's not good I need to get down to 135-120 the dr says for a healthier bmi.
not sure where to start but I'm 30 married with a five year old with special needs and I have step kids who are in there teens.
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Hello, all. I'm Bethany.

I'm 25 and I was diagnosed with IBS around 10 years ago. I haven't managed it very well. I had a good year and a half when I exercised and ate like I was supposed to, but that eventually wore off and I jumped right back into eating those dreaded (but oh so tasty) trigger foods: cheese, milk, fried chicken, alcohol, etc.

Last week, though, when I couldn't fit into my skirt for an interview due to severe bloating, I had had enough. I decided to drop my wishy-washy eating habits and eat the way my body wants me to eat.

I'm not seeing huge changes yet, but it's barely been a week.

I'm glad that there's a Team here to support me.

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I had IBS for thirteen years and I've known what it is and what its called for one. It took twelve years for my doctor to get that I wasn't imagining my symptoms and that I really was spending more time in a bathroom than in my classroom some days because of vague "tummy troubles". He put me on two medications,one for during the day and the other to keep me from needing to run to the bathroom multiple times a night.

I recently had an infection of some sort and was put on antibiotics, afterwards I had flare ups almost every other day and would spend most of my work day running to the bathroom while trying to stay caught up on my work.

He took away the night time medicine saying that it was the culprit and had me start a probiotic and fiber. They were lifesavers. As far as I can tell the probiotic helped put my stomach back in balance and the fiber massively cut back on the cramps I used to get with the flare ups. Also I drink so much water that some days I slosh when I walk and have to use the restroom a lot just to get rid of the excess water in my system.

Unfortunately I appear to have developed a dairy allergy and I'm scrambling to get together healthy recipes with little to no dairy products in them while trying to find a soy or almond milk product I can tolerate.

I have recently found a site that helps, helpforibs.com is run by Heather Van Vorous who has had IBS since she was nine. She has books and products that you can get from her or amazon that help control flare ups, offer recipes and food advice, and even make it easier to avoid problem foods before you even know their problem foods. I have to read the comments a lot though because its mainly for her problems and people put helpful tips in the comment section for how they adjust things to handle their particular problems which are sometimes a better match to the problems I've been having.

When I finally decided I was ready to start excerising again and make a real effort this time I found this team and I'm hoping it will be able to help me slim down a bit since I believe the tire around my waist isn't helping me any.

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I wish you luck on the going gluten free. I hope it solves your problem.

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I've had IBS-D for basically my whole life, but a couple of years ago I went on the South Beach Diet and it really cleared up. After getting off the diet, I stayed well for about a year, but in the last few months I have been really sick. It's funny how you can be okay with something for years, but if you are free of it and then it comes back, suddenly it's intolerable! My grandma and aunt are celiac, but I've always tested negative. However, while investigating IBS diets, I read that gluten-free can be helpful. Then I read "Life After Bread", and the symptom list and related conditions for gluten sensitivity/celiac read like the story of my life. And my sister's, and my mom's, and my nephew's...

Anyway, I decided to give it a try, and now I'm 13 days in. Yesterday I had some bread to see what would happen, and today I feel like I've been run over. But then, I also had that piece of gluten-free cheesecake...

It's really hard to know what's causing the symptoms, but I figure gluten is a reasonable culprit. I've not been completely better, but certainly improved with out it. Or maybe it's sucrose or lactose or not enough fiber or something else. I'm staying off the gluten for now, though.

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HAPPY -

I hear you about barely getting to the bathroom on time. I'm having one of those days--and at my temp job, no less. I'm the receptionist, too, so I can't be getting up for the ladie's room every 10 minutes. Ugh. I was in there 4 times during my hour long lunch break. (Left once because someone was in the other stall, and I hate using the bathroom with others there if I'm having stomach problems.) Forgot my Tums today, too. If I had felt like this in the morning I would've called out. 3 hours until I can go home, and it seems so far away.

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Good afternoon everyone!

I'm Lauren, age 26. My dad has had IBS most of his life, and I seem to have inherited it from him. In 5th grade, I found out I had it. It's gotten worse as I've gotten older. I know most of my trigger foods and do fairly well staying away from them. Symptoms are also brought on my stress, and with having trouble finding a good job, I have lots of it. I'm here to vent on bad IBS days and pick up tips for better ones. It's really bad today, which prompted me to join.

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Looking forward to meeting you all!

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Hello team, I was told I had IBIS about 25 year's ago. Before they knew what it was I went through every test known to man they even sent me to a university hospital. I could not have a bowel movement back then. Stress brings mine on. When I got pregnant for my 2nd child it went away or so I thought, I had been on a med to relax the bowel before my pregnancy. IBIS stayed away for a long time now it is going the other way if I go out to eat sometimes a half an hour later I have to get to a bathroom really fast, and sometimes I can hardly get there in time I almost have to carry an extra outfit with me it is just awful. I try my best to eliminate stress from my life but....... I have already gotten some tips from reading this board I am looking forward to learning more in how to control it from this team. I just go by HAPPY

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Thank you for the info. It really answers some of my questions. I have Fibromyalgia and I take Cymbalta. Have been on this for a long time. I have petite mal seizures, arthritis in my back knees, and many other things. There is a question of Bipolar.
Lately I don't want to eat as I get severe pains in my stomach. Sometimes I have to run to the bathroom.
I am trying to keep a log of what foods are bothering me, but lately it seems to be every thing!
Thanks for listening.

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My bipolar meds can be a help or a hindrance. Getting off lithium has improved my IBS. I recently saw my fibromyalgia specialist and he described IBS as fibro of the gut. My fibro does better on Cymbalta. Of course, diet and exercise are an important component. I know that garlic, coriander, cilantro, MSG & chamomile trigger episodes as well as fatty foods and too much caffeine. Basically, life is easier avoiding processed foods, fast foods and at restaurants, I tend to have steak with basic potato and vegetables.

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I think I may have been in this team the first time I was here.
I really need this team to help me figure out to do. I go weeks with out going to the bathroom, then one day it will hit me and I get cramps so bad and I run to the bathroom all day.
I don't eat anything when I have to go somewhere because I don't want to end up with any problems. I have IBS for many years! I am happy to have this team here. Thank you.
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Dear FITNFINERBY50,
It seems like we have the same problem. I would like to be Buddies and work together if you would like to.

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Hi,

I recently was diagnosed with IBS. I've been having symptoms for years, but wasn't sure why. It does seem to be mostly the D kind.

My doctor wasn't real helpful, he just told me that I have IBS and to reduce the stress in my life to control the symptoms. I'm doing the food journal to see if I can narrow down things that bother my stomach.

I'm so glad this team is here!



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Hello, I'm kinda new to the who SparkTeam thing... I've been on SparkPeople for a while, but my crazy lifestyle has kept me from being able to use it much. I've been diagnosed with IBS and have been dealing with it since I was a kid. It's frustrating to deal with because I am also moderately lactose intolerant and have some food allergies. I have a lot of trouble figuring out what I can eat without triggering my stomach. Obviously milk products will do it, and of course spicy foods and rich foods are not that great for me either. But I've recently noticed that raw veggies don't sit well either. I am trying to lose weight and I'm having a really hard time figuring out what to eat on a tight budget. Basically, I have the diarrhea kind of IBS and I get really painfully gassy a lot. It interferes with my day at least once or twice a week - more if I am not careful about what I eat... so, it's hard to exercise when that happens.

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Hi my name is Denise,
I have not been diagnosed with IBS yet. But I have all the symptoms for it and they can not figure out why. The Navy Doctors do not like to diagnose anything so they just say they do not know why.
My husband has been in the Navy for 17 and a half years and he is getting ready to retire. I am trying to loose 90lbs that I have gained in the last 18 years between two kids and medical reasons. Most of the weight has been over the last year because I have RA and have had one surgery after another and could not do any kind of working out.
I am changing my eating habits to be come healthy and to help my 14 year old son become healthy. I am tired of the cramps and bloating and so I am trying to cut things out. I also have diabetes so I am trying to get my blood sugars down too.

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Hi all, am new to this site and new to this team. I suffer with IBS and am trying to sort my diet out to stop the symptoms. My main problems are stomach cramps, trapped wind, bloated stomach and constipation. I am in the uk. I have found that acid foods make the cramps worse

Anyway, am looking forward to reading all your posts and hopefully get some tips and advice

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GOOD MORNING ALL...

JUST STOPPING BY TO SAY HI ...BEEN GONE FOR A WHILE, AND ITS GOOD TO BE BACK.
HAVE A GREAT DAY...

CHRIS


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Thanks so much for your post. I am back with SparkPeople and the IBS group, because I've been having flareups. I think that your comment about sugars may be the key to some of my issues. Thank You. I don't have a lot of weight to lose, about 10 lbs., but sure do need to watch what I eat - especially with IBS.

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Hi! I have been on Spark People over a year and lost 55 pounds. I have several health challenges including Bipolar Disorder and Osteoarthritis to name two. I have had IBS for 31 years and had times when I didn't leave the house for fear of not having a bathroom close enough. My IBS has been really bothering me over the past several months. I have several attacks a week and eat toast, peppermint tea, chicken and rice.

This will stop an attack, but I still feel nausea and visit the bathroom up to 5 or more times a day. I also had to stop drinking milk and eating much dairy. I really dislike doing that, as I love dairy!

I just read a couple books from our library. They didn't offer much beyond what I have already experimented with over the years. I do follow Heather's IBS Diet Cheat Sheet. I try to eat soluble fiber before anything else and with each meal. I also am unable to eat raw fruits and veggies. I was hoping someone might have some suggestions, because I love summer fruits and veggies!!

It doesn't do any good to go to the doctor. I am on medication for several of my problems and they won't give me anything for this!!

Any ideas?
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Hi,
I have had IBS for about 30 years. Of course, when I was diagnosed it was called functional bowel syndrome. My IBS comes and goes. I think some of my bipolar medications have kept it in check. Well I just went through a medication change and my IBS IS BACK.

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Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople and new to IBS. Actually, I don't have a diagnosis of IBS, but that seems the most likely answer to what has been going on. I've been lactose intolerant for years so I know to limit my dairy even with my daily "milk pill.". Anyway, shortly before joining SP I started eating more raw fruits and veggies to prepare myself for our weightloss competition at work. It seemed great, until the stomach pain started. After eating a banana last week I could barely move. The pain changed throughout the week with diarrhea coming and going. Cut out more and more things trying to figure out the trigger(s) to the point where it feels like all I can eat are meat, crackers, and soup. Ate a salad tonight - not good. Thought maybe it was a food allergy related to pollen, but the salad was very basic - lettuce, cucumbers, and chicken. I'm getting very frustrated, even lost 4 pounds this week because I can't eat. Does this sound like it could be IBS? I got some of the bowel support pills from Digestive Advantage since I use the lactose ones and they work ok.

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I am new to this team, my name is Phyllis and I have had IBS for over 30 years, the daily diarrhea type. I recently started a IBS program using soluble fiber and peppermint and fennel teas. I have had 3 weeks of bliss without IBS now. I just wanted to share my experience with the group. I did do a post in the chat thread about the IBS program I am on. If I can help evem one person it would be good.


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Hi! I self-diagnosed myself with IBS shortly after my mom (a dietition) diagnosed me with a dairy allergy. My main trigger is stress, but I also react to dairy (obviously!). Two times last semester, this condition really ruined my day at school (I am a Senior in HS), but other than that, I have it fairly well controlled. However, I have yet to make it to 10 glasses of water a day (it is so hard to take water bottles into school and I don't trust the water fountains at school!).

My dad has IBS as well (that's how I guessed I had it) and a few relatives had/have it as well, so I think it is somewhat genetic (?) for me at least!

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Hello everyone, I'm Alishia. I was diagnosed with IBS almost 1 1/2 years ago. I know that Dairy, Gluten/Wheat and, soy are triggers. I am beginning to think sugar may be an issue as well.

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Hi I'm new to IBS and just trying to wrap my head around it. I was recently diagnosed a month ago but have had an assortment of issues for some time. I just want to understand it and live a quality life. Diet is always a struggle now I have another element to consider.

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I am new to this team. I was diagnosed with IBS (among other conditions) last year. I probably have more mild symptoms than some, but it certainly has affected my day to day life. I am lactose intolerant and am also doing better with a GF diet. When first diagnosed, I followed the FODMAP diet which was/is unknown to my HMO. I have long suspected that sugars are an issue, so it made perfect sense to me. I am still learning and really think that almost all of my health issues can be traced back to my diet.



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