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9/22/11 4:44 P

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The bloating is the worst part about IBS! Like others, I feel like I am 9 months pregnant right now! I'm trying to figure out what has caused it this time, I think it may be the Truvia, the natural sweetener. Has anyone had any problems with that? I've been searching the boards to see if there was a topic on this and cannot find anything....yet.

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7/15/11 7:50 P

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The other thing I hate about having IBS is the stomach bloating that makes me look pregnant! Today for some reason I look about as big as I did when I had my first child otherwise I feel fine! emoticon

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7/15/11 7:34 P

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Adajlim - you are right. My stress definitely creates an explosion in my bowel. There are many times that I stay in the bathroom most of the evening after I have had a stressful situation. It is so frustrating.

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7/15/11 2:35 P

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So true! I think we might have a tendency to bottle up our feelings and then it explodes inside of us in the form of IBS!!! I am going to start letting off a little steam now and then before I really explode and get it out of my system!!!

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7/15/11 11:35 A

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I think that is one of the more frustrating things about this issue...the unknown and how random it is. It seems like I can go weeks, months even without any MAJOR issues and then WHAMO!! I'm in hell for weeks and months trying to get my system to level off again. And usually with no major foreseeable cause to it. I am a pretty decent eater, I tend to PREFER healthier foods...it is just my buds...they like the good stuff but generally speaking...I can be just as good as puddin' and still have a flair up for no good reason!

I think it is just good to be able to get that frustration out there. We are all champions and fight the good fight and try to stay positive through the ups and downs of this disease and the various other things going on in our lives but sometimes you just really need to rant and rave and stomp your feet and kick something and get it all out of your system. I sometimes wonder if all that pent up frustration and anger isn't part of the problem. I mean...we can't be positive ALLLLLL the time. Sometimes I think it is healthy to let it out. :)

It's nice to know at least you all understand the frustration and pain. *HUGS*
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7/15/11 10:25 A

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I agree in that IBS is frustrating! One day I can eat something and no problems and the next day my tummy just aches. Most of the time, things are under control but if I have too many things to do or on my mind, watch out for that sneaky IBS!!! emoticon

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7/15/11 12:22 A

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Linda, this is the same for me, which is the frustrating thing. It makes me feel like I'll never gain control over this IBS-D. I have days of really bad bouts, but have had a great week so far. A few tummy aches here and there, but no major flare ups. My poor bowels need a break too. emoticon

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I also eat yogurt most mornings. I have ups and downs with the IBS D. Sometimes certain foods will bother me on one day and the next day I can eat them and they don't bother me.
Doesn't make sense.

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7/14/11 3:11 P

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I eat a Dannon Activia yogurt in the morning and when my tummy feels upset. But I can now eat other brands of yogurt as well.

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7/14/11 2:40 P

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LOL...your creations are potentially eatable compared to the foods we have to eat to get things under control again! HA!!

I'm curious...I have heard a lot of people using yogurt. Yogurt makes me HURT something horrible. Did it do this to you at first and you just had to get use to it until your body got what it needed from it? I literally stay away from any dairy that doesn't specifically state lactose free...yogurt included.

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7/14/11 2:33 P

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I agree that it sucks...a lot. Mine is mild and comes and goes. I can be fine for literally years....and then BAM....flare up after flare up. Mine has gotten a lot better since I lost the weight and cleaned up my eating and exercise. But sometimes it is just a pain and I want to not have to eat bland for a week to get things under control (I have D). I eat yogurt daily, which has helped, and I just started taking the Culturelle probiotic today...I'm hoping this just keeps me normalized (whatever that is) from now on.

Hang in there....I can't imagine how tough it would be to be a chef with IBS!!! I'm a graphic designer...no one requires me to taste any of my creations. LOL!

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7/14/11 2:25 P

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I hear ya and agree with you 100%!!!

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I'm familiar with those fits. I call them my tantrums. Get them out of my system. then put my big girl panties back on and move forward.

But I agree. It really sucks.

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Yea...I know what I am not allowed to eat. I am lactose intolerant and have been off dairy for a while and I stay away from fatty and meaty and *sigh* most everything. I am mostly vegetarian now just by sheer necessity. Alas, it still seems to sneak up on me on occasion. I know it is "user error"...I do something stupid and it beats me up for a couple of weeks. It is INCREDIBLY difficult being in food to not EAT the food though...so I find myself having to at least taste things that I KNOW aren't going to agree with me. It is really hard. Hopefully, once the Asian class is done...I will be able to gain some better control over it. I am refocusing my education and career towards nutrition once this course is done. Man...some days though...you just want to stomp your feet and punch your fists and get angry at the whole thing for just a moment because you KNOW there is just not a whole hell of a lot you can do about it....ya' know!?

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7/14/11 2:14 P

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Have you tried the elimation diet to see what foods don't agree with your tummy? Maybe you are lactose or gluten intolerant? I have to take Digestive Advantage every day and also eat yogurt every day so I can eat without the pain and misery I once had. I now know that I am lactose intolerant but I can eat cheese but not drink regular milk or regular ice cream! I found lactose free milk and ice cream~ emoticon . I also have to stay away from real fatty foods, too.
That culinary class on Asian Cuisine sounds yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have been lurking for a while now. I decided that we needed a discussion to just vent...really get it all off your chest on those days that you just can't take it any more...so feel free to chime in...get it all out...so we can all move on to the next step in our day. emoticon

I keep reading and reading and hoping that something new pops up that answers all my prayers and questions about how to deal with this HORRIBLE condition. I am a foodie...a chef...I LOVE food and food HATES me! I have IBS-A...yesterday was horrible...I actually switched from C to D then back to C then back to D all in one day! I didn't even know that was possible! WTH!? I am so frustrated! I will be back to mashed potatoes today and that just pisses me off!! I want to eat FOOD!!!!!! I want to eat GOOOOD food! I want to gorge myself on the finest eats this side of the Rocky Mountains! I want to lather my tongue in Buerre Blanc sauce and rich red wines! I want to EAT!!! GOD I AM SO HUNGRY!!! emoticon

Tomorrow I start a culinary class on Asian Cuisine. A class I have waited almost 2 years to be able to take and I am going to be endlessly miserable for the next 11 weeks because I have to eat what we make and it will inevitably destroy by GI system. emoticon

GAH...I am frustrated.

That is my momentary tantrum...Thanks for listening! Back to your regularly scheduled programs! emoticon

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