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6/6/11 2:39 P

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The bad thing about dairy products is you really need milk, and ice cream is a dandy way to cool off! What is hard for me to understand is why do we bloat even after a good bowel movement? Is it something about the IBS that automatically makes us bloat anyway, no matter what? The item about myself is the fact that since I am diabetic, the nutrition factor in my daily life makes my diet having to be harmonious with both IBS and Diabetes. I am not fretting about that......no use to be fretting. I just do the best I can. I am thankful for my team mates who understand what I am going through.

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6/4/11 9:58 P

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Hi! My bloating is also a big problem...and I have bladder issues as well that don't have to do with IBS. I have had people ask me if I was pregnant a few times bc the bloating was so bad, especially in hot, humid weather. I find drinking water, limiting caffeine and alcohol, not having ANY dairy products or food with fake sugar/diet fake additives helps me a lot. Also, fiber makes me bloat. Exercise helps too, but in the end....if I am stressing just about ANYTHING makes me bloated....uggh!!


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6/3/11 4:44 P

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It sounds like you have similar problems to what I do. My IBS is the worst problem. I have Diabetes, but it isn't bad. However, if I had to live somewhere that there was no flexibility in the food I would be in deep trouble. If I had to eat beans I would not be able to come out of my apartment, period.

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6/3/11 4:32 P

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Thanks for all the advice! One thing I like about Spark People is that I can meet so many who are concerned about my problem(s)!
I am complicated! By that, I mean that in addition to IBS, I am also Diabetic, and I am a member of a couple of Diabetes teams in addition to this one. I am interested in the new plate that is out now as a nutrition guide. I know I need fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins, so I need to concentrate on eating these kinds of food. The proteins are a new name for the category of meat and beans. I am also trying to manage my portion control size of servings. Dairy products are on the plate picture too.
I go to my doctor later on this month, so I will have some questions for her when I go!
With much appreciation for all the comments, Love, Sugarcop emoticon

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6/3/11 1:20 A

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I wish gas-x would work for me. It does absolutely nothing.

Sugarcop, can't your doctor get them to fix foods that people can safely eat without making their problems worse? I would think those places would want to provide food that is safe for the people to eat and if it causes problems they should have alternate foods for the people who can't eat that.

Most of the assisted living places around here you can order from a menu that they have. At least the ones I have been to that friends lived in. A couple had very nice restaurant style dining rooms and my friends invited me to eat with them there. One had a buffet for holidays and that is when I was there with the one friend.

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6/2/11 4:36 P

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Thanks for the tip! I will check this out. emoticon

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6/1/11 6:13 P

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One thing that will help bloating and other uncomfortableness is gas-x. I know we try to do without meds., but sometimes a little help is all that is needed. I only need one dosage and my body will be fine. If more is needed, some doctor help might be advised! emoticon

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5/27/11 3:14 P

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I have heard others mention eliminating dairy prodocts from your diet, but I cannot do that very well because I live in an assisted living facility, and I do not have control over the kitchen or grocery shopping. I know that several kinds of beans is one food that will cause gas, but again, I have to eat what I am served! Maybe your doctor will have a suggestion or two for you. In the meanwhile, I'll suggest that you just keep on thinking positively, and try not to let any extra stress haunt you. emoticon I empathize with you.

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5/27/11 8:20 A

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While I am very very often bloated, for the past few weeks something different has been happening. Not only am I bloated but I am burping all the time - every time I take a big breath. And any time I eat anything at all I have abdominal discomfort. I am also very constipated. I'm trying to wait it out and see if this will clear up on its own but it is quite uncomfortable. Do you have suggestions to stop bloating and gas?

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4/22/11 6:32 A

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Hi there

Bloating is probably the worst thing about IBS...because that is the first place people look at these days. Like many others on this team...it is probably the only part of the body that really upsets them. You can do 24/7 at the gym and still have the bloating.

Three years ago I gave up all dairy, processed foods, cold cereal, mayo etc. My diet is very bland. I drink one cup of hazlenut coffee in the morning and enjoy every sip.but lately I am wondering if it is contributing to the bloating!

I am told to drink more water...but I actually find it bloats me more...but it seems nobody can understand that!

Not sure what you mean by bladder issues. I pee all the time!!! LOL

Best of luck to you!

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4/20/11 11:46 A

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I have the exactly same bloating issue! I will have a bloated stomach randomly. Then I will have a successful bathroom break and the bloat in my lower stomach will go down. I look much better! Then like a hour later, it's back to being bloaty and stretched. I hate it! I haven't noticed particular foods that cause it, but it happens quite often. Not always, but often. Wish I could figure out a cure. It sucks because I hate having my stomach that sticks out all the time ! :(

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4/9/11 11:17 P

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I have issues with bloating as well. I'm not exactly sure why but I will start tracking when it occurs. I have a suspicion it has to do with dairy products. I don't drink any milk besides soy. I do eat cheese regularly and sometimes i have yogurt that doesn't upset my tummy.



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4/5/11 11:20 P

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When I avoid dairy or very gassy foods, for me that is probably beans for example, I don't find myself bloated. When I go after foods that I know will hurt me - I bloat. I do try to drink plenty of water each day I am usually okay.

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I found out that taking Digestive Advantage daily and eating non dairy products as much as possible, help me not have pain or as much bloating. I can't drink regular milk but can have cheese and love yogurt! After a good meal, I can have a McDonald's ice cream or milkshake if I am not stressed out about something! It has a lot to do with my nerves!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have problems with bloating as well. Especially when I eat something like a milkshake or ice cream from somewhere like Mc Donalds. I use blackberry app called GI Monitor. You can download it from wellapps.com for iphone or an android phone. I got mine from the Blackberry App market. What mine does is simply track my stools, (and each one for how urgent ect it was) and I can also track stress and pain. For me my custom symptom I add is false urges to go to the bathroom. Or when I have to dose up with Immodium. But you also can add your meals. I would suggest maybe doing a custom bloat symptom. I am horrible about tracking meals on it since I also track here on Spark and through the Spark App. But I can always go back and look at the other for missing information. And this is how I discovered that on days that I eat ice cream products that are not low or nonfat I end up in pain.

Lots of water is supposed to help with bloating too, but for me it doesn't as much as I would like it to.

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I do have some issues with bloating and I'm not sure what you mean about a bladder problem. Do you mean having to go to the bathroom frequently? I am like that only if I drink caffeinated coffee so I limit myself to one cup first thing in the morning. If I am taking a road trip, I have to stay away from coffee and tea or else I will have to know where all the bathroom stops are in the area!!!

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4/5/11 7:49 P

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I have read and commented upon a number of IBS related posts, and I have not yet read any posts or replies talking about bloating. Bloating is just one of my problems, and I cannot seem to have a normal looking stomach/abdomen area because of it. I will have had a successful bathroom break, and notice my stomach/abdomen area is down much to my delight. Then only a relatively short time later, the bloated look comes back! Do any of my IBS friends have any encouragement for me? I add that the bloating may also have something to do with a bladder problem that I also have. Are there any Spark People teams that have the bladder as their topic? Or, is this a topic that many will find awkward to talk about?

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