I am Jan living in Eastern Canada and have IBS as one of the issues I deal with on a daily basis. I am over weight and am disabled. I am working hard to lose weight but with my brother dying of Cancer right now I am finding it to be a struggle.
I have constant diarrhea each day. It is so challenging for me. I live alone with my soon to be a teenager
Thanks for creating this board for all of us to talk about this issue. It is difficult to deal with some days.
I wish you all the wellness one can have.
Jan Barrie, Ontario Canada Eastern Time Zone
current weight: 176.0
Fitness Minutes: (67,743) Posts: 8,613 8/24/13 1:13 P
Hi. I'm Valerie - I have IBS but at the diarrhea end of it. I was diagnosed about 12 years ago. For me the diarrhea comes with absolutely no warning and no control. Dr wanted me to increase fiber but that caused the problem to get worse. Can't eat any kind of roughage which includes raw vegetables (lettuce, carrots), and nuts. Have to keep even fruits to a minimum. Interestingly meat doesn't seem to cause a problem and as long as the veggies are cooked so they are very soft I can handle half a serving (1/4 cup) at a time. I felt like any diet was out of the question but since I've been on Sparks this time (since June) I've been losing weight and the IBS isn't acting up so often. I'm also diabetic. Cutting down my portion sizes has been a big help for me, less for my body to process at a time. I lose weight very slowly - maybe 1/2 lb a week, sometimes less. And because of the ibs often I will gain a little back, but I know that it is the reason and keep on track. I've been able to increase my activity (I live a very sedentary lifestyle). A little more walking and going to the fitness room lately. Just 15 min at first today I'm increasing to 20 min - just on the stationary bike. (also have arthritis and bursitis problems so activity is a problem for me). And slowly adding activity will help. If I can be an encouragement to anyone, let me know. Just take things slowly - see what works and stick with it!! Making changes slowly so the body can adjust.
current weight: 167.8
Fitness Minutes: (393) Posts: 134 8/20/13 10:23 A
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 issues as well and my aunt is the only one that is doing something about hers. She has shifted to a gluten free diet, like something for someone with celiac disease. I am only taking bentyl (like candy) and I just now started doing fiber therapy, taking Methylcellulose at least 2 times a day to help with my bm's but I am not seeing a great deal of change yet. I can go 5-9 days without a bm and when I do, it is crazy painful and I have lots of bad abdominal pain all the time. Anyone have any advice for me? Anyone who is going thru something like this?
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