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3/22/10 8:47 A

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I can't bring myself to buy digestive advantage. It's like $30/month for a probiotic. I guess if it works for you and you don't mind paying that much, awesome. But there are cheaper probiotics and I do much better by managing my diet. I use benefiber as my added fiber supplement. I like it very well. It mixes in to my drinks so that I can't tell it's in there. Don't be afraid to try fiber with D, too--fiber should slow down your intestinal transit, allowing for better absorption and break down of your food--rather than the fast track we often experience. It may not help with trigger foods, which could actually be a food alergy or intolerance, but it doesn't hurt to try.

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3/22/10 3:11 A

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I would love to manage my diet without the aid of meds but have found the only thing that works for me is to take Digestive Advantage every day or else I can't stomach much. I forgot to take it for 3 days without realizing it and then it hit me...The painful, uncomfortable feeling in my stomach when I tried to eat regular food the other day! Thank goodness I realized I had not been taking the
Digestive Advantage and took it right away. It usually takes 2-3 days for it to really work for me. Hopefully by tomorrow my tummy will be back to normal again~ emoticon

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ROOBYBEGONIA's Photo ROOBYBEGONIA Posts: 728
3/17/10 12:18 A

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I'm new here.

My doctor also has IBS.

I have Immodium, but gosh, I wish this episode would go away.

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host. -Dorothy Parker
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MSMINDY1 Posts: 13
2/24/10 8:32 A

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I never even considered surgery. It was never suggested. I was just told to watch what I eat; i.e. nuts, strawberries, popcorn, etc. Interesting. How invasive is the surgery? What complications could arise? I'm 51 and have never been in surgery, and don't really care to unless I have to! emoticon

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2/23/10 10:37 P

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I was curious regarding the comment on IBS/diverticular disease and what came first. I am in same situation and considering surgery (for diver) that it may also benefit IBS. Any thoughts or experiences? thanks

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2/23/10 7:56 A

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I'm in the middle of a bout with D. I'm looking for what I can eat to slow this down! Came home from work early yesterday and don't dare go in today - besides, it's more than a little counterproductive to be spending 15 to 20 minutes out of every hour in the bathroom! DH is making me some peppermint tea as I write this, and I have brown rice and broccoli in the house. What else does anyone recommend? What kind of protein is safe - well, safER I guess, when having a flare-up? I've been a member for a while and don't post often, but when I flare up, boy do I flare! LOL!

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LORRAINEB76's Photo LORRAINEB76 Posts: 137
2/21/10 9:54 A

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Isn't Hummus a bean product? Will it cause gas?

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2/1/10 3:44 P

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There are several websites available that lists foods that are bad for people with IBS. Some of the foods include brocolli, onions, garlic, calliflower, and cabbage.

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1/28/10 8:05 A

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Hi!
I have a problem with iceberg lettuce too. It goes right through me. I can't do broccoli at all!

I think I might try Hummus more often, that sounds good!

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MSMINDY1 Posts: 13
1/11/10 7:21 P

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Do you have a Harris Teeter near you? They make the best, it says it's all natural. Hummus is an acquired taste. It seems like the first time I tried it, I turned my nose up. But after a few times, it got better! Yes, good old IBS, strange indeed. I can eat one thing for awhile and it's fine, then boom, it changes. So I go back and forth. I'm not sure which came first. I think you're right, chicken and egg question. I know I was under a lot of stress building a new house and having marital problems when it was discovered. So I know that's how the IBS seemed to show up. I think I've had it for awhile, especially when stressed. Take care!


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1/11/10 7:15 P

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As soon as I find that tahini ingredient I'm going to give hummus a try :-)

IBS is such a strange animal, it's remarkable the wide range of items that cause reactions.

Did the diverticulitis come about because of the IBS - or the IBS because of the diverticulitis - or is that a chicken and egg question?

Take care :-)

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MSMINDY1 Posts: 13
1/11/10 6:49 P

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You can put hummus on anything! I've put it on steamed broccoli, turkey wrap, grilled chicken, tortilla chips...just about anything. Crackers would be good, too. It has a spicy touch, that I know if you have IBS you shouldn't have, but the hummus helps with IBS-C. I was tested for Celiac when I first started having my symptoms. After all the tests, it was IBS and diverticulosis. Go figure.

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1/11/10 4:47 P

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A little off topic - but what do you eat hummus with? I've been interested in trying it and thought I would make some soon. I thought maybe put it on crackers?

Oh - and someone else on here had the lettuce problem too. She turned out to have Celiac when tested.


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1/11/10 1:06 P

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Have you thought about having a colonoscopy? I had the same problem and found out I have diverticulosis, which is little pockets that form in your colon. (http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/
tc/diverticulosis-topic-overview)

I cannot have iceberg lettuce without running to the bathroom immediately, I can't have anything with seeds (i.e. Strawberries, rolls with seeds, etc), or nuts (I tend to overeat those anyway!).

I've been following this site for awhile and just never post. I like to feel that I'm not alone! ;~)

I eat a lot of brown rice and broccoli. For some reason, this works for me. Sourdough bread is good, or I do flour wraps. Hummus is excellent; Harris Teeter sells a fiery pepper hummus that is very good. The past year I have been venturing with new foods, but know that I need to get back right again. It's a never-ending battle!

Good luck to you!

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1/9/10 2:41 P

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Sorry. I've been gone for a long while. Getting back into things again. Thanks for the link and tip. I'll try it.



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TCHOZET's Photo TCHOZET Posts: 1,343
9/2/09 6:48 P

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Oh it's easy:

www.digestiveadvantage.com

There are three buttons on the right top. Just click the 'Order Your Free Sample' one. If you want the IBS formula, just specify it!

Good luck!

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9/2/09 6:44 P

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There is a way to get a 30-day free trial of Digestive Advantage (no strings attached - and it comes with a coupon). I'll see if I can find the site again and come back and post it for you.

Take care, Terry

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“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”
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9/2/09 6:17 P

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I agree I'm going to have track things. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to give up the things I love the most--salads and nuts and coffee. Or maybe make them occasional treats. I also know what probably got this thing so stirred up. I've written a book and have just been tearing my hair out trying to figure out software programs, formating, etc. to get it to the publisher. I know stress is a BIG trigger for me.

The last time I went to my doctor it really ticked me off as he didn't even address the issue. And I'm glad to read that taking immodium daily is okay, because I was concerned about that.

Does taking the Advantage really help? Do you just take one tablet daily? I may look into that.

All good suggestions here and I should KNOW better after all these years but. . .



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9/1/09 4:51 P

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Sorry, forgot the best part:

I usually get Von's (Safeway out here) to deliver, but in the past two weeks I've gone out to the grocery store -- twice!

"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
Napoleon Hill 1883-1970

“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”
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9/1/09 4:38 P

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As you probably know already, IBS is unique to each person.

I've had IBS-A (mostly D) for about 35 years. It's improved quite a bit since coming to SP and this team.

It used to be extremely bad. Now if I don't leave the house I can usually make it to the bathroom safely.

My life is beginning to be worth living.

I don't know the specifics of your IBS, but if mine can be improved this much, I think there's hope for you.

BTB: I've started using Digestive Advantage-IBS, and it's seems to help (along with the changes in my diet). And I also take generic Imodium (but I've been taking that for years).

Take care, Terry

"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
Napoleon Hill 1883-1970

“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”
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9/1/09 3:34 P

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I would make a food dairy list to see what foods you can eat and what you can not. Than just eat the foods that are good for you. As long as you stay in your calorie count you should still lose weight even if your not eating 5 fruits and veggies.

You may want to try things with the fruits and veggies. For example I have ibs c with tons of gas and colon spams. I can not eat bagged salad but I can eat fresh salad. For the longest time every time I ate apples I would have colon spams. I thought I could only eat apples with the skin off. Than I discovered it is the type of apple skin that brothers my stomach. I can eat bareburns and fuji with skin on but I can not eat Washington or red delicious with skin it is the thicker skin apples that bother me.

So if you can experience with things it may help you increase your diet. It may take years to discover this. If you do not like Metamucil which I do not try circuital I think it takes better and mixes better. A friend of mine use benifiber and loves it. I have personally never tried it.

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9/1/09 2:09 P

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I've had IBS most of my life; years ago (20's and 30"s) it was the chronic constipation altering with diarrhea. I was in tremendous pain and a drug called Librax really helped. The last few years I have not been able to get a doctor to give me any meds and insist I use Metamucil or Miralux. This in spite of the fact it has went the opposite route--chronic diarrhea. I don't know what to eat anymore. I love salads but that seems to trigger symptoms. Too much coffee will do it. Nuts and seeds too. Overeating seems to trigger digestive problems. It is really hard to try and lose weight, when fruits and veggies are pushed in weight loss programs. So what do I eat to lose weight with this condition???



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