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I've gone months without a problem and there is times I have weeks on end with problems. It's like I forget what food causes a problem or I develop a new trigger. I suspect that I forgot that nuts were a problem. Now, that I have no more peanuts or sunflower seeds in the house I've been good this week. I have to check if my favorite breakfast foods cause problems.
I have problems with trying to track what causes my problems. Lately it is anything that I eat -- and I do mean anything. I do know that what I am fixing tonight will cause problems because it was all I had to fix something and I don't have use of my truck to go shopping right now. I would have walked down today, but my friend was over working on the truck so I didn't have the chance. When we went after a part we stopped at Safeway and I was able to get a couple things. It has been really cold, so I haven't been walking down to the store.
I get bowel incontinence when I get my worst D situations. I carry wipes and extra underwear with me. I hate when I can't go anywhere since I don't have a car and need to take the bus or walk places. I feel so disgusting if I'm waiting somewhere with a mess in my pants, but wipes and clean panties can fix any situation as soon as I can find a bathroom. I try not to let it get me down. Fortunately, these situation don't happen that often.
I try to keep track of all foods that cause this issue. Nuts are now on that list. They were probably on that list years ago, but I forgot. There seems so many foods that I have to limit or avoid all together. Limiting isn't a problem at home. Too much fat at a sitting is a problem. We all need fat, but more than a two tablespoons of oil or the equivalent and I'm in trouble. I love the taste of fried foods, but they hate me. It's like I need to review my triggers on the regular basis.
I don't have the ulcerative colitis, but I have both IBS and bowel incontinence. My incontinence was made worse because I had radiation therapy for cancer and it went through my intestines. I would also like to know how to deal with it. I currently have to take Immodium some days and the other days I end up taking Gas X (when I have to take the Immodium it causes constipation and gas and when I take the Gas X it causes the Hershey Squirts) I also carry extra clothes and wipes. I cannot walk anywhere. I cannot take the bus to get anywhere (I would like to go to the downtown library to research my genealogy, but can't do to having to take the bus to there). My transmission is now out, so I can't go anywhere. I am hoping that I can get to the place where they give some fun music lessons this week.
I have been to a specialist, but the tests he ordered showed nothing, so I guess it is just IBS, but I am definitely tired of it.
My IBS is more in the way of constipation, but the inevitable attacks do bring on all the other stuff, so I feel for you! I do know that there are exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor that are very painless and easy, they can probably be found here onsite. I do suggest checking into probiotics as they really do give our bodies the extra support they need. Your doctor (when you find one who listens to you), can help you thereI I use Digestive Advantage when I feel the need. I wish you all the good fortune in the search for relief!!!
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Are you on other medications? Sometimes they can aggravate the problem and an alternative med will not bother your digestive system. I have bipolar disorder and had to switch off lithium for that very reason though it varies with individuals.
I also carry an emergency kit in the trunk of my car. It contains baby wipes, a plastic bag for the dirty underwear/clothes, clean clothes, 2 pairs of depends and a small bottle of lysol spray.
Don't give up. Somewhere out there is a doctor who cares.
Slow and steady wins the race.
I have IBS but do not have ulcerative colitis. I am sure that this is a real problem knowing what to eat and do to keep your symptoms under control. It is a shame that your doctor is not giving you the support and the insight that you need. Treating with a specialist is definitely the right thing to do. Before you visit the specialist, read as much as you can about your symptoms.
I am so happy that your son is paying for your visits to the dietician.
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Evidently I have been suffering with IBS and ulcerative colitis for a long time. in May of 2011, I ended up the hospital for twelve days. No one seemed to be able to tell me just what I should do about these additional problems that still cause me so much trouble just trying to live a life with some joy in it. The GI doctor I chose seems to be indifferent about my problems and even suggest I limit my visits to her to one or two a year. Needless to say, I am looking for a specialist who will actively try to help me! It seems that my pelvic floor muscles are at fault for the leakage. they suggested bio-feedback, but when I checked into that, there was no guarantee that it would hekp and it seems that it would be very painful. I have enough pain already!
I swim in a therapy pool in between bouts and have just started Curves. I am a medicare patient so expense is not too much of a problem except that Medicare does not pay for assistance from a dietition. My son just told he will pay for it if I think it will help. He is the joy in my life!
Anyone have experoence with these kind of problems? anyone have any helpful suggestions? I would really appreciate your help..