there is no way i could ever get close to 8 glasses of water a day. i found that if i had any liquid of any volume close to a cup, it would set off an attack. so about 2 cups of tea in the morning, then nothing after lunch until i get home!
Coffee can be brutal for me and eating a bigger portion of a meal . I do better if I "graze" and have small portions throughout the day. That doesn't help when you have to eat out though. I'm trying some acidophylus tablets to see if that helps.
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I'm fine with water, unless it's very cold and I have an empty stomach. Then it does me in. My husband teases me about being his "Faberge egg" because he's never heard of such a thing, but I think I learned in one of the dozens of IBS books I've read that the cold can sort of shock your bowels. Also, too much water can make me sick, but I think that's true for everyone.
If I have coffee, I might as well just drink it in the bathroom. It hits me immediately. I never thought of using it for constipation, though- good idea!
I have problems with coffee as the caffeine aggravates my IBS. Also, hot water guarantees a bowel movement. I have IBS-D. On the odd occasion when I have been constipated, I just drink coffee or a couple cups of hot water and the problem is fixed or rather I have a bout of D. I have not encountered the cold water dilemna probably because I drink warm water. My teeth are sensitive to really cold water. I also run my water through a purifier as I once got giardia from tap water. Not an experience I want to repeat. In fact I believe the giardia and the medication used to treat it (Flagyl) is what started my IBS.
Edited by: EBONYSOL at: 12/18/2012 (03:59)
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Don't worry, you're not odd-I heicave to agree with the past posts, it's not the water, but the amount, when, or how you're drinking it. If I drink my water slowly, I'm fine, but if I gulp it, creating air and gas in my system, I struggle. I also cannot deal with water immediately in the morning, warmer liquids do much better, like coffee or tea, probably because I sip those. In other words, the water's fine, just pay attention to the manner in whi!ch you are drinking it!
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Sounds like the water is triggering the "gastro-colic" reflex! Interesting though, that it is only with plain water, not tea or coffee or any other liquid? Maybe because you drink ounces of water at once while you just sip the other drinks? I found I was getting heartburn with plain water! Mentioned this to my dr. and she said it wasn't the water per say, but the amount, the quantity creating a bloat and with having acid reflux, it would simply put pressure on the esophageal sphincter. So she recommends lots of little sips rather than drinking 5-6 ozs at a time. Maybe you might try this...a little at a time rather than a cup at a time!
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I see on this team lots of "have you drunk your 10 waters today?" but I find that any plain water triggers cramps and D within minutes. If I put something in it, like cordial, it is okay, but caloric, so (I believe) doesn't count. Tea, herbal or otherwise is not enough, unless it has sugar in it and I find sparkling mineral water is not so bad.
I've tried to get my gastric specialist to understand but he just tells me water is important and I just have to develop a habit - as though I've just been a naughty girl who hasn't developed the water habit and I'll somehow get used to it, but it's been a problem for years, now.
Does anyone else have this issue, or am I really odd?
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