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I recommend reading. Inform yourself so you can look for ideas that will work for you. Everyone is different, if I have learned anything from this team.
For me, I agree with the previous posts to exercise and avoid trigger foods. Probiotics helped for a while, but I had to keep increasing strength and now they don't help. Several books I've read have indicated that birth control can make it worse, but it takes a long time for that to help (of course I still take mine but look forward to when I can stop), and you might look into food intolerances. It's a relatively new idea that manifest with symptoms identical to IBS, but can be dealt with. I plan to look more into this next year with an elimination diet to identify my intolerances. But, the holiday season is about to start...
In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die, and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.--Eleanor Roosevelt
I have had IBS for 21 years. Nothing seemed to work very well & the doctors were no help. I purchased a couple of books on IBS for ideas, but it seemed one would have to stay away from almost all foods to manage the condition; not very workable for a busy professional with a family to fend for. The best things that seemed to work were: avoiding the trigger foods (tomatoes, beans, etc.); avoiding overeating; using Imodium when necessary; eating more yogurt and bananas; and taking a calcium supplement. It has been miserable, so I understand what you're feeling.
Here is a wonderful and extremely helpful/informative site that will help w/IBS.
This is where I went when I was first diagnosed and when I fall off of the wagon and start having problems again I go back and ReRead the list of Trigger foods and how to balance my Soluble vs Insoluble fiber intake.
Page after page is filled with helpful info. Take a look and hopefully you will find help here too!
Trying probiotics (I like Align it's OTC), working on finding food triggers (I can't eat gluten, melon-or any food that touches melon, beans) and talking to a doctor (mine put me on bowel motility meds that make my intestines have rhythm - unlike the rest of me), regular exercies (I fail at this) and removing stress triggers are all good ways of limiting the effects of IBS, bloating and pain associated.
There is no cure ...or I would have found it by now. LOL
IBS is different for everyone. I eat a very bland diet and still have the bloating etc...most recently this week.
I do not eat fried foods, processed foods, bread, crackers etc.
I drink warm water vs cold...I do not use a straw or drink the water fast. It will just cause bloating. I also put fresh pepperminet leaves in my green tea vs instant peppermint tea.
All that being said.... there is one thing I know for sure and that is... stress is a factor in dealing with IBS.
There are alot of great people here on this site with good information...maybe something they found worked for them etc...
Have a great day!
Edited by: SUNSHINES3 at: 10/21/2010 (12:50)
I have recently been diagnosed with IBS. I have terrible bloating and difficulties with constipation. Everything I eat seems to cause problems. This is making my life miserable Any suggestions that have been helpful.