Stress is a definite trigger for me and always has been. I keep a food diary to find what sets off my problems. Many times it helps, although there are times that I can eat a food with no problem & the next time it trigger an attacks. It isn't always consistent.
Hi. I am new to the team also. I was diagnosed with IBS-D over 25 years ago. Since then I have tried different diets, medicines, etc. I am currently on a drug for patients with IBS-D only. It seems to work for me fairly well. I have not been able to figure out any triggers throughout the years because sometimes I will have problems and haven't had anything to eat or drink. Stress can sometimes trigger it, but not usually. I am hoping by dropping some weight and making better lifestyle choices, things will get better. I too am amazed that I could have episodes of D and not drop any weight.
Pounds lost: 5.0
Fitness Minutes: (45) Posts: 5 1/20/11 8:02 P
I understand your dilemma. It boogles the mind that you could have so many trips to the bathroom and not lose weight. I thought just the threat of dehydration would make the scale go down but not so. Are you eating too many carbs?
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Fitness Minutes: (45) Posts: 5 10/7/10 12:20 A
I have not investigated the rest of the commercial probiotic formulations because the first few that I looked at the ingredient list indicated possible soy ingredients. Even as an 'inert' component I can go from the frying pan to the fire with symptoms beyond just the initial IBSD attack from soy. I believe there may be value in the action of probiotics so I am researching how to get probiotics naturally occurring in foods.
As time passes, I am finding other irritants and removing them one by one. Fortunately, my doctor has not pushed pills at me and respects my knowledge of my body's reaction to foods. In short, I tend to pass any dietician referral with flying colors and 'keep up with your monitoring'.
I see that no matter what the approach the constant monitoring and adherence to a program that works for the individual is paramount to maintaining control of this condition (very similar to any other chronic condition that is managed).
I think the hardest part for me is when I am eating out with other persons and they come to the realization that my options are limited.
The frustrating part for me right now is that I am gaining weight even though I have had many bouts of IBSD recently. Makes me think that I have either not uncovered all of my potential irritants and/or have another issue going on....
I was IBS-C for years, then suddenly seemed to switch to D. With one Amitiza (bowel motility drug) every other day, GF, and Align daily, I have so much fewer flares. I have less cramping, bloating etc. I still have nausea but that's from GERD and anxiety :)
Usually IBS is one of three things (unless it's another misdiagnosed issue) bowel motility, food-often gluten allergy/reaction or gut flora. My doc, rather than take time to figure out which of the three issues I had, she just treated all at once.
Over the treatment period, I've cheated on gluten, ran out of Align and quit the Amitiza because of side effects and each one has a serious affect on my intestines. I keep all three going together and I'm usually good to go (pun intended).
Is allign a probiotic? I have suspected for some time that I have IBD...not just chonic constipation.. since yesterday, I have felt crampy, bloated & queasy stomach. Don't want to eat...just ugh.. Would that Allign help with those symptoms?
Eve ------------------------------------ Nothing tastes as good as being slim feels.
A lot of changes have been in place for years every so often get an upset that comes out of the blue. I also have a serious food allergy (soybeans) that can set to stage for a 2+ week attack. Just coming back to real foods now from an undetermined source and watching carefully. Looking to see what the current ideas are and how others have dealt with long term IBS diagnosis....
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