Okay seriously.....I was just thinking about this (again) today. My whole life I've had more gastro problems (D) during my TOTM. I have mild IBS-D which I have generally been able to control (especially now that I'm taking probiotics). But once again....I'm having problems now that it is my TOTM. Fortunately the probiotics still helps so it isn't actually D. But it is only 9:30am and I've already gone three times. *sigh* I just get unsettled. Ugh.....I hate it.
My Dr. told me the worst times are around a woman's TOTM and when they are pregnant....which I am trying to become soon and I am sooo not looking forward to the side effects!! I agree that a lot of water, exercise, and carbs are the only things that help me...and yoga to relax my nerves!!
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Yes it does cause me IBS problems like clockwork. Finally in March of this year, I had an endometrial ablation because I had polyps in my uterus. The jury is still out on how this will work but my ob/gyn told me that with basically the lining gone from my uterus, I won't produce as much progesterone which should help with my symptoms. Even before IBS became a problem for me, I would often get D with my period. It was pretty awful.
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Everyone's body is just a little different, but I have found that french or sourdough bread will both help with the "big D" and drinking enough water definitely helps. I know that certain hormones do cause more agony, so I tend to keep those breads around if I can during those times. I have also realized over the years that my cramps are really activated by tension, so when I feel my body tensing, I will often stretch or do deep breathing exercises. My crotcheting always helps me relax, so I like to use that when I can. I hope some of this is helpful, I've been blessed with this disorder for about 14 years now, so I have picked up on a whole lot of shortcuts!
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The big trouble I have both in trying to lose weight and to get all problems under control is that when my IBS acts up about the only thing I can eat without getting sick is carbs. But I have diabetes, so I am not supposed to eat the carbs without protein and some fats. Also, to lose weight and control diabetes and help prevent cancer you are supposed to eat more fiber and cruciferous vegetables and I can't eat either without getting hit by both the big D and bloating really bad.
Iam in the same "boat", spinach and romaine are my friends. I have trouble with most others, it's tough to try to lose weight and stay in control of all this, but Iam learning what to eat and what not to eat. That time of the month is brutal. Does anyone else have problems with antibiotics? I have trouble with them big time!
It did mine. When I was younger I used to like chef salads, but at that time I couldn't even eat a small salad. Of course, now I can only eat things like baby spinach and baby romaine leaves (not the hearts) or I am in BIG trouble.
I find I have even more flares during that time, and its nearly impossible to manage. I have tried birth control, but found at least once a month I still had PMS like symptoms the bloating moodiness, fatigue, and of course spikes in my rushes to the potty...
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