My GI doc was no help either...he told me I just had to figure it out. Everyone is different. I found the helpforibs.com website helpful. Lots of great info about how to manage ibs. I have mine under control about 95% of the time now. I used to use heather's acacia fiber...that worked better for me than the psllyiun fiber and others you can get at the big box stores. Since I started drinking my shakeology daily, I haven't even needed that. I still need to stay away from a few foods that are triggers like a big leafy green salad (I crave those big salads!) and uncooked broccoli. But as long as I don't overeat, I am in good shape. Have lost my extra weight and kept it off for the last couple years. I am feeling really good for a change! Let me know if you have any questions. Amanda
to LorraineB26, You don't have to eliminate fat. Good ones are olive oil, some fish, etc. Eating fat doesn't make you fat. Just keep in mind that a tblsp=100 cal. no matter what type of fat. Moderation. Also, I can't have soy milk because of gas and estrogen, but almond milk is OK for cereal. If you have an egg for breakfast, you are getting protein and combing it with a small carb makes it less likely to spike your blood sugar. It makes me feel full and sastified longer too. A little excerise helps with the bloating. Even just bicycle moves laying in bed on your back.
My GI doctor was no help when I was diagnosed 3 years ago.. he sent me to his nurse and told me to double up on my fiber, (I use EQUATE Fiber Therapy (psyllium), so I take 2 doses of fiber a day. I was also given a prescription for a antispasmodic drug which I never filled out because my spasms are usually painless.
I'm having a flare up, and even my acid reflux is worse and I'm taking 2 doses of omepresole a day also. I found the citrus fiber drinks cause my acid reflux to flare up, so I buy the unflavored ones.. EQUATE brand from Walmart is much cheaper.
I have a new ODD symptom now. I was quite used to small areas of painless spasms or TICS as stools pass through my intestines but now I have numerous small "baby kick like spasms all over at the same time. It's a new development to get used to.
I have a HUGE abdomen and it's bigger when bloated with gas and a back up of stools when my colon literally STOPS moving. Recently relatives ask me if I'm okay.. "Have you had the OBGYN check you out?" I said "I just had a D & C, my ovaries are fine and so is my uterus except for a small fibroid. Another relative said "I'm worried about your big belly, maybe your are Prediabetic." I said my blood tests come back normal, and I don't have the other signals for it. I didn't have any huge babies although the Dr. said I might have if my son was full term.
So now I weigh 190 pounds and need to loose weight.. I guess low fat is the way to go here and eat more soluble fibers. Stay away from sweets.. I LOVE sweets!. I love my 2 cups of strong hot sweet tea with milk everyday. (Oh yeah I'm dairy intolerant too!) So I admit to not eating right. Soy milk gives me gas.. but I like it in cereal, so I don't eat cereal very often. I eat sunny side up eggs and buttered toast for breakfast. But I should eat oatmeal I guess.
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