NJLEXI, I also have a reaction if I go too long without eating. This never really made any sense to me. If I go too long once I do eat I immediately get cramps that will last for hours. At this time I have changed my diet again and took out gluten and overly processed foods. I am feeling much better and besides a few flare ups of cramps when I was in meetings all day and couldn't eat I have been doing so much better. Sometimes it just gets to me, it seems the more I learn the less I can eat. However I know that I do not have it as bad as many and well this is just how my body is. Thank you everyone for giving me advice, insight and support.
Sometimes going too long without eating can cause my system to go into overdrive. (I'm IBS-A) I find that if I do not prioritize eating regular, reasonable meals I'll suffer one way or the other. If I'm stressed and not exercising and not meditating on top of not eating, I'm in for one heck of a ride! (Of course, if all that is happening ,I'm probably not sleeping right, either.) When I know there is a big day ahead, and will not be time to prep proper food for myself, I'll do it the day before just to be safe.
Moonlit. Oh My. Sounds like you're having a rough time of it! It's really no laughing matter, although a sense of humor can help ones attitude, it cannot cure IBS. Your symptoms and experience are so similar to mine. Diagnosed w/IBS in 2009. I found help in a health counselor in 2010, who really helped me by guiding me through an elimination diet, which identified that I actually had food allergies/sensitivities that were causing my IBS flare-ups and eczema breakouts too. Not only that, my other symptoms were: hot flashes insomnia diarrhea constipation pain in my abdomen like a hard rock irritability trouble focusing
So, with my health counselor's help and practical advice, I am now successful at keeping my symptoms at bay! It's changed my life, and my interactions with my husband and kids because I feel better.
Every person's body is different, and as you said, many factors may be contributing to your endless frustration with IBS.
I've found my health counselor to be so helpful, that I'm becoming one right now as well! Please get in touch with me via SparkMail or on my page. I also have a website: www.jessicayoder.com You can figure out your body's needs one baby-step at a time. Let me know if I can help.
Food nourishes my physical body & God's Word is nourishing my soul.
There are just so many different things or combination of things that can cause a flair up. It's crazy! I know most of my triggers and I avoid most of them, but it isn't just what I eat, but when I eat it and how I eat it and how I'm feeling that day or what my hormones are doing that can cause a flair up. Some days I get so busy and don't have time to eat, but if I go for a long time without eating and then eat a normal portion meal I get a flair up. I can eat grapes at night with no issue, but if I eat them in the morning I will be in agony. With everything in my life going on this is just one more complication that I don't need. It's aggravating and I try not to, but some days (when it's bad) I just have to say "Why me"? I'm just glad that I have places like here that I can whine about it. This really isn't something you can really talk to people about in the real world. OK time to stop complaining I know that I do not have it as bad as many do and to them I say "I'm so sorry you have to deal with this crap (pardon the pun)" Thank you for being here for me and sharing your stories as well. It helps to know that I have a place I can come to talk about this. I wish you all the best. Peace, moonlit
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I wish I had the answer. Five months ago, when IBS turned into somewhere in the middle of D and C, I would have several spaced out to 15 to 45 to 60 minutes usually in the am that brought on severe hemorrhoids. Initial trip to surgeon's office advised me to count fiber and use Mirilax. A month later when I saw the surgeon there was so much improvement, that he said I did not need surgery, just keep on as I had. Now, still following the fiber and Miralax, things are returning to how they were, and the IBS (?) not only in the a.m., but stretching out through the day. I seem to have so many triggers, but I believe that part of the problem is going ahead and eating them any way. I know some of the control is up to me, but I'm seeking comfort in more food. I need to find a way to reset my mind.
I don't use any kind of sweetener in my coffee or tea. So far I haven't had a recurrence of that day. The only thing I can figure is the fact that I did not eat all day. The day was a bit stressful, but I have had much more stressful days without that issue. So I guess I just don't know and hopefully it won't happen again. IBS is so annoying and unpredictable. Thank you all for your thoughts and advice!
What kind of sweetener do you use? I notice when I use artificial sweeteners it really agitates my system. I have definitely had these episodes and I think a lot of it has to do with the stress of THINKING itís going to happen. Whenever I have to travel, I have gotten in the habit of taking an Imodium before I leave. I donít know if thatís the best thing, but it seems to help. I never leave the house without my ďgastro cocktailĒ Imodium, Tums, and Gas-X
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When I was in my mid 20's I switched from D to C. Your coffee could be triggering your D. I've had that happen before. I used to have a cappucino every morning--for months, but it started causing D, and after about 2 weeks of that, I stopped drinking it.
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
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Well, for one thing, IBS is unpredictable. I am largely incontinent due to my additional disorder of Diabetes. I think that when you can understand sort of why D and C occur, you can at least feel better about the situation. When you deliberately think positively and find something good in a situation, that can also help you. For example, you have Spark friends who understand. If this will help, you could start wearing disposable underwear when you go out. That way, you would only have to discard the soiled pair of panties and clean yourself up, put on a clean pair, and go on your merry way! FYI, I get the pull up style of disposable underwear. I wear disposable underwear all of the time. Good luck with your IBS management! Empathizing with you.........Love, Sugarcop
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What you said sparked a memory (also a pun) of when I worked. I haven't worked in 5.5 years but I did take extra panties to work. I would also live in fear of getting an attack of D at work, in a public restroom. It was normally stress at work that ignited the attack.
I have been stressed today, but I'm a mom I'm always stressed to some degree. I just took some imodium and I hope that does the trick. I'm thinking I'm going to take some tomorrow just to be on the safe side. I just don't understand why my body is switching from C to D all of a sudden like this. It's throwing me for a loop. I'm kinda nervous about taking imodium, scared that it will trigger constipation and pain plus I just hate to take any kinda meds. Thank you for you reply. I need to start exercising regularly again anyway. So more exercise and more water and crossed fingers. Guess I throw a pair of clean panties in my bag from now on for just in case. This crap really sucks...pardon the pun!
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I have also had the misfortune of not making it to the bathroom in time and soiling my underwear! For me, it it is normally after eating a spicy meal. Do you have D because of stress? That often happens to me. Take Imodium before you leave the house. It will often calm my D down. Drink plenty of water and try to exercise when you can. It can also help.
Up until lately I have been on the constipation side of IBS and although it causes be pain and discomfort from time to time I have mostly had it under control through changes to my diet. The past month or so I have had diarrhea in the mornings after my cup of coffee. Which annoying I was able to deal with it. But today in the evening I had so far (hoping I will have no more) two episodes of diarrhea of which I had no warning and needed to change my underwear afterwards. This is throwing me for a loop and making me scared and depressed. What if this keeps happening? How am I to leave the house? Today I have been so busy trying to get ready for Thanksgiving that I haven't eaten anything until now. Do you think this has anything to do with it?? Has anyone gone through this and do you have any advice to me on how to stop it? Thank you in advance, moonlit
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