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PATTYNELL Posts: 6
8/25/09 10:11 P

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HI QATRINA, Sorry to hear about your accident. I have a chronic back and know what you must be going thru. IBS doesn't help much for the back in fact it will flare my back up! I am finding that brown rice is a life safer. I had such a bad episode this weekend and put me down for three days of bathroom and pain with the prolapse problem. I ate some rice and chicken and it settled it down some. Heating pad on the cramps helps some too. Noodles are good and sour dough bread, now these have helped me when I eat them before I eat the meal. I am steel working on mine but those things do help the tummy. I am getting back to my walking and doing it in the evening and sticking close to home. It is very hard to commet to anything with the fear of exploding. I have gained a lot and mad about it. I was doing so well before. We have to kick our butts up and don't let this IBS keep us down!!!

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8/25/09 5:01 P

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I am having trouble with the weight loss too. My IBS ends up just sticking me in the bathroom for several hours with terrible cramping and diarrea. Then I am a bit sore but usually feel better.

I do often get scared of what to eat, I have had a few attacks in the afternoon at work. Luckily, I didn't have to be anywhere at the time. But having that happen in a public restroom is just no fun at all.

I have problems exercising right now too. I am going to PT for a car accident back in June, this was the same time my IBS went nuts. I have no idea if the car accident triggered it or it was just coincidence. But it definitely didn't help it. I was hit from behind not hard but I already had a fragile back since I have had muliple injuries up and down my spine.

The IBS has slowed down my progress for healing with the accident. So far, I let my insurance know and they know I am working on the problem so they are cool for now. I really need to do any and all tests to get this under control.

It has hurt my attitude on getting better, which is why I so need support right now. My own attitude which was way high despite the problems has taken a nose dive recently and it is the IBS that has been taking chunks of it and just plaing wearing me down.

I don't want to lose this battle, I want to win and I just don't know where to turn anymore.

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PATTYNELL Posts: 6
6/29/09 12:18 A

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Thanks! Yep getting that rice or sourdough for me, has less sugars, and that does help some. But it is very odd how some days it works better than some. I just got that book, haven't had chance to get to it yet, found a lot of information on forums or webb sites, more than any doctor has given me. My cousin just told me about Sparkpeople, so looking forward to learning more.... and losing something here too!

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6/28/09 10:30 P

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This is so true and really can be depressing! I found LIVING WITH IBS and EATING FOR IBS by Heather Van Vorous to be invaluable. I have learned the hard way--save that salad until I have eaten a dinner roll! The bloating has really improved this month as I have really worked on exercise, diet for IBS and less stress. Hang in there! Spark people are the best!

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PATTYNELL Posts: 6
6/24/09 12:58 A

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Hi I am new here, and I have been reading your post and sounds a lot like me. When planning a trip I eat very little if I can but then Pig out when I finally feel the comfort of a restroom close by. I will just eat a piece of sourdough bread with a cheese stick and hope that last long, I don't want anything to do with making dinners any more. I have always done the steamed veggies, baked chicken and LOTS of salad no dressing, and just can't drop, but found our I just found out, not too long ago, that I have IBS and now I feel I am in trouble not being able to eat my salads and a lot of different fruits and veggies, whole wheat ext. and for any kind of work out, if I have not eaten much then I can do my walks but if I have eaten normal, walks are dangerous for me with IBSd, had IBSc and combo, these days it is D. So at least joining here, I see I am not the only one not losing weight with IBS. Oh and me too on right before bed eating. Good Luck

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6/22/09 9:34 P

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do u hav d or c

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6/22/09 9:20 P

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i started w ibs d and now i hav c the increses in your messerments are no joke wen i started having more of the ibs c i wd eat and go from a flat stomach to looking like i was 7months pregnet im not sure why this happens ive asked my doc and she didnt say anything it was like she had no idea why.ive even noticed wen im bloated that i weigh more.its turly said that the doc cant do more for ibs but there only human

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6/7/09 12:20 P

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i agree with u all. it's taken me a year and 1/2 to lose 25lbs. i'm on my last few lbs to lose. i found gluten free pasta and kashi cheese less pizza. i'm lactose intolerant. so this cheese less pizza does taste good. emoticon

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6/7/09 10:31 A

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I am so glad you posted this about the combo. I've been having such a hard time. Even when my weight is down my measurements go back up or sometimes my weight goes up 3lbs for no reason. very frustrating. thank you again. I learn so much from these boards. emoticon

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6/2/09 3:04 P

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Vigorous exercise is the best medicine for me. Running, biking, ellipical, you name it - it works. Try doing that about 3-4 times a week for a few weeks, and I promise you'll feel the difference!

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12/17/08 10:34 P

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With IBS, it is common to experience bloating and weight gain of 2-3 lbs.

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12/16/08 10:30 A

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So I weighed and measured myself today. I'm very confused. I've lost 5 lbs, but my waist went up 3 inches or so and my hips maybe 1 inch. I've been dealing with -c for the past couple of days. Do you think that could be the reason my waist is measuring larger today?

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11/25/08 12:52 A

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I have sometimes have the rumbling sound from my belly. It is awkward in a meeting..

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11/24/08 6:38 P

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I know IBS can hit people in different ways so that is why some people drop weight and its hard for others. My situation is that I get nervous about eating anything when I am not in my comfort zone of home. I guess my example is I worked all day and maybe ate very light for lunch, if I had a meeting I probably would not eat anything much for the fear it might trigger during my meeting. Then after working all day, I would take a class 2 nights a week from 6pm to 9pm so I wouldn't eat then either. By the time I got home again at 9pm in my comfort zone, I was so hungry, I would eat like a maniac and then go to be shortly after and thats where my problem with the losing weight comes in.

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11/24/08 3:58 P

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At first I lost weight (nearly 15 pounds) but that didn't last long. For me, it's difficult to lose weight because I have so many food triggers that I've had to completely reinvent my diet. Consequently, I had to cut back on many healthy foods like fruits and veggies because my body couldn't process them. To keep from filling hungry, I filled up on simple carbs (bread, pasta, etc) that were easily digested. I had to cut back on exercise because I felt sick so much of the time. I have finally figured out how to mostly control my flare ups, but now I need to focus on getting my weight back in check.

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11/24/08 2:06 P

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I agree with you 100%, when I have my flare ups, everything I eat makes me run to the bathroom, and I end up loosing weight, because I am afraid to eat anything. The only thing I can hold down is broth and very bland foods, even then, sometimes that doesn't work out very well....

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11/24/08 1:52 P

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Hi everyone!

I hope you can figure out what to eat and when, soon - it's such a pain (literally) being scared to eat.

I have a question, and please don't take this the wrong way! Why is it harder for some people to lost weight with IBS? When I got my first flare-up (I'm IBS-C), I dropped 20 pounds without even trying because I couldn't eat anything. Now, I've maintained my weight loss (I'm 105 lbs, so I don't want to lose more) but have added foods back into my diet and I work out religiously. I know that for me, working out is the only way that my IBS can be kept manageable. Anyways, I absolutely do not eat anything fried, pizza, nachos (anything super-cheesy), anything high in fat, anything with garlic... I find it's the high-fat, deep fried stuff that sets people off a lot of the time. So, with that in mind (Heather Vorous says that, too), shouldn't it be easier to lose weight? Again, please don't be offended - I just really want to know!!!

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11/22/08 12:20 P

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That is a great attitude to have! keep it up!!

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I too try to stay normal life as possible and not worry about.

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11/19/08 3:56 P

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I find that when I have a bad flareup of IBS, I cant eat anything,I live off of chicken broth and crackers until everything settles. I actually end up loosing weight. Last week I lost eight pounds, because everything I ate made me run to the bathroom...Still can't eat much in to week number 2

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11/19/08 8:12 A

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It is so hard to accomplish weight loss with IBS

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11/18/08 8:35 P

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Dear friends,

I have flatulence so terribly. It rumbles in my gut.

Jane

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11/18/08 8:32 P

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so I actually started gaining weight again when I found out I had IBS, almost a year and a half ago...and let me tell you, being 22 and in college sucks having something like this, because I can't do most of the "college" things. My main triggers are dairy(I actually think I've developed something of an allergy) and anything fried or really heavy. Even pasta bothers me a lot. But I found that running actually really helps me, I ran a half marathon a few months after I was diagnosed, and after a few different health-related issues, I think I'm going to start training for another one.

As for Heather, I tried a lot of her stuff, the diet and the fiber, but I found that the peppermint tea really does help if you need to calm your stomach. I also found that eating something like Frosted Mini-Wheats in the morning really helps with the rest of the day, so I don't even take fiber anymore. For the rest of it, Probiotics and lots of vitamins really help out with the things the cereal doesn't.

Oh, and drink lots of fluids....

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11/9/08 11:15 A

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I have IBS and PCOS so i have a really hard time dieting, got to keep trying though!!! emoticon

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I heard fasting once a week with pleanty of water and juice intake gives rest to your GI system and reduces IBS occurance.

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You're not kidding....the two is almost impossible (IBS and weightloss) I have been trying to lose 10lbs forever. It gets very frustrating.

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11/3/08 4:55 P

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THAT IS SOOOOO TRUE
IT DONT MATTER WHAT I EAT LOL

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11/3/08 3:17 P

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Oh, God I miss pizza! I think it is most frustrating when you think you've figured it all out and then a mystery food kills you. I just told my husband how great it feels to have a flat stomach for a change. Then I had C for 2 days. I felt like a starving Ethiopian refugee, or at least looked like one. Have a great day!

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Yes, it's the same Heather. I haven't tried any if her other stuff, though. You're right about not leaving out what doesn't bother you. I think it's like when a baby has an allergy - you cut out everything that could be a trigger, and then allow things back in when you know they are not. I think for the weight loss to be effective for me, I have to cut it all out, but as far as just treating IBS, my main triggers are dairy and red meat, so I still have coffee and chocolate every now and then.

My IBS went away with both my pregnancies, but I have noticed an increase in symptoms lately (like when I eat pizza - boo!) so I know I have to get back on top of things.
I would love to know how the supplement works out.

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11/3/08 3:02 P

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Is that the same Heather with the website and products for sale like the teas and fiber supplements? I have followed alot of her tips, but things like coffee don't make any difference for me. Since giving it up doesn't help, I figure I might as well have some enjoyment of my diet. Avoiding red meat and things like egg yolks was really helpful. Understanding the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber helped alot, too. Recently I began taking a new herbal supplement, and it has almost eliminated my attacks. I am waiting awhile to make sure it is really the cause, but it seems hopeful. If it is, I will share it with you!

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11/3/08 8:40 A

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I am new to this board, so this may have come up already. But I used the book "Eating for IBS" by Heather van Vorous. It really launched my weight-loss. I used this in combo with pilates and I lost 25 pounds. I also lost the need to treat my IBS with any meds. The big thing is to completely cut out all dairy, red meat and coffee. It was hard, but the recipes in the book are really good. I found it to be very sustainable once I understood what I should and shouldn't eat.

I lost the 25 pounds 2 babies ago, so I am starting over now with another 25 pounds to lose.

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I have severe IBS and lactose intolerance. I have lost 30 pounds by exercising (Pilates, walking and resistance training) and managing my diet - lots of fruit, salad for lunch and cottage cheese or yogurt, and portion control. I manage my IBS with 50 mg of amytriptelene (sp?) before I go to bed. I haven't had an IBS attack in 4 months.

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Yes these combination of health issues can make weight loss difficult - add ptsd and severe depression and panick attacks to the mix - not good either - but - I saw a 1 pound loss this week. Patience helps. I didnt gain the weight in one day and I wont lose it in one day. But I can do things today to make myself healthier. That is what I am trying to focus on now. Good luck to you and just now that we are here for you. Love, Julie


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YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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Thanks for the advice. I'm gonna try the oatmeal and see if that works. I've started logging my food more lately to see if I can find the triggers. It gets to be very frustrating at times.

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10/31/08 7:49 A

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Try to time your meals carefully, according to how long foods typically take to "run through" you. Soluble fiber rich foods are very helpful for me. For example, I eat a big bowl of oatmeal about 1-1 1/2 hours before I work out in the morning. Always try to eat these types of food first, instead of a salad , for example. This helps your body process the food more comfortably. You can still have the salad or veggies, but not on an empty stomach. This can really help regulate your body's responses. For exercising, try experimenting with whatever doesn't bother you and incorporate that into your pre-workout routine. I exercise 7 days a week, and weigh 100 lbs, so I know this can be done, but I have spent many outdoor runs in the bushes with a handful of tissues. It is a process! Good luck!

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an even harder combo is pcos ibs and weight loss


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So, I try to manage my weight by doing everything right, excercise and eating small healthy meals throughout the day (sticking with the calorie goal. The problem is the IBS that I have has become part of my thoughts of everyday so I either can't go at home when I'm comfortable or the worst is as soon as I am not in my comfort zone, thats when I feel I have to run to the bathroom. But I'm okay as long as I don't eat anything. So my dilema is not being able to eat before I do to much which sometimes leaves me starving and then if I get home in the evening, I'm eating right before bed. Help!!!

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