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7/2/11 9:16 A

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I don't know if this will help but I find:
1) Red meat, coffee - tea is not nearly as bad, for me anyway - dairy, and alcohol are the real big baddies. Oh, and obviously anything fried in oil.
2) Taking a pre-breakfast probiotic tablet really helps.
3) Having some digestive enzymes with or immediately following any "bad food" also helps - some.

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6/16/11 9:10 A

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You might want to do some reading--like 'what your doctor may not have told you about IBS'. I found it very helpful. While those of us on this team will help you all we can, we only know about our own experiences, while a book will give you a much more broad understanding of what is going on in you. I've had IBS for pretty much my whole life. It was never a big deal when we ate at home, but if we went out to eat, everyone had to wait around until I was ready to use the bathroom because we knew if we got in the car, we'd never make it home (especially when I was really young).

One idea that might help, would be to do an elimination diet. While someone else mentioned that you may be lactose intolerant, which you indicated you might be, you could be intolerant to just about anything or any family of foods. Some common ones are wheat or citrus. I would also recommend getting a book on elimination diets if you chose to take that route. There are several different degrees of eliminating food to determine your issues and some that do it in steps. For instance, you might start by just eliminating caffiene, alcohol, and preservatives or something, then if that didn't help, you might eliminate really common trigger foods, like wheat, citrus, milk, and if that didn't help, the most severe step is to only eat 2 foods that you normally don't eat (like lamb and pears) and slowly add back other foods to see what triggers you.

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4/29/11 2:12 P

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thank you thats helps alot so far im not sure if it works after it being a little over a week. I know if im going to have some kinda of worrying that day i will take something for it. Although my most pain comes when im waking up a little earlier than i do, if i wake up at 11 and have to get up at 9 my stomach is worse. I hurry up take my pills and pretty soon im in the bathroom and late for whatever i have to do because of the pain! i hate that but during the day its not at bad i dont get it!

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4/29/11 1:48 P

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I have the same issues with fears and concerns about being able to go to the bathroom. When I am nervous about it it makes it worse. When I am not the one driving, its worse. I think even though I have finally started managing it, the past cases where I was running for the potty has caused a mental issue. I'm a photographer, and there is not always a bathroom on locations and its horrible. Managing the fear I think is just as important as managing the IBS. Shoot I have issues just when somebody else is in the bathroom and I know I cannot go if I had to. Even if there was nothing to come out I would feel like I was going to explode just because I knew I couldn't use the toilet if needed.

I've had it since I was 19. I had my gall bladder out and that is what sparked mine. My triggers alternate. Sometimes even something small like a cookie can trigger it. Sometimes it is only bigger meals. For a long time I could not eat out, because even sometimes during the meal I had to run to potty.

I have issues with gas as well. I cannot take the Digestive Advantage. Even if I just take one, I am miserable for several days. It works for many people, but if you find it is not working after a month, look into other probiotics. I take something called Align. If you have a good health store around, check them out. I watched a special all about probiotics and the gut. The more different strains of bacteria, the better. So look around. They are all safe to use. Natural.

Also look into a fiber supplement. The more fiber the better. It will help make your poops more solid and less frequent. I would suggest tracking fiber here on Spark. I thought I was getting enough with also taking fiber supplements, and turns out I am still very low. Scares me to think just how low I was before I was taking the supplements.

I also take Immodium for those events where I know I won't be able to run to the potty. Like if I have a meeting, or long drive. I admit I became pretty dependent on it for awhile. But with more natural ways of managing, I do not need it as much. Always take it in advance for events that you KNOW you will have issues.

Try things like yoga or meditation too to help you relax :D

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4/16/11 6:53 P

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I think it took me about a week to really feel it but what a difference it made in my life! Don't forget to drink plenty of water and exercise and eat right, too! emoticon

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4/16/11 6:42 P

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Thank I just ordered it I hope to feel better soon after 6-5 months. I'll have to get back to everyone and hopefully good news:)

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4/16/11 6:34 P

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Digestive Advantage comes in several different formulas but I found the one that helps me the most is Digestive Advantage Irritable Bowel formula. It's a drug free way to help with IBS. I took Zelnorm or awhile but it really didn't help and I think they may have taken it off the market now. Too many side effects. Just give it a try and hope it helps you like it did for me!!! emoticon
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4/16/11 12:39 P

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I don't think I'm under stress i don't have a lot to stress over, i just worry at times for the bathroom. i know I'm lactose intolerant, so it doesn't help a lot. I need to find those foods that make me in pain, but i think those pills could help thank you. Are they for lactose or just the stomach?

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4/15/11 9:16 P

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I agree that you may want to stay away from a lot of caffeine and also watch out for dairy. You may also be lactose intolerant. Many people with IBS also are lactose intolerant. It can certainly give you terrible gas pains and make you feel in misery.

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4/15/11 4:04 P

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Are you under a lot of stress? They say stress is a major cause of IBS. I found that if I take one Digestive Advantage tablet a day, I don't have the horrible pains and can eat almost anything. I have switched to lactose free milk but can eat cheese and love the Dannon Activia yogurt. I eat small meals and try not to have a lot of caffeine and drink lots of water. I hope you find something to help ease the pain and discomfort you are experiencing~no fun at all!!!

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4/15/11 1:08 P

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I have IBS and found out in march sometime, this is not fun at all. I've wrote everything i ate for 3 weeks its a lot of work but i still cant figure it out. At this moment I'm not writing it down, i cant figure out what to eat and not but i know i cant have milk products. I'm still in pain at nights if anything, but some days I'm lucky and don't have any pains. I'm still young ill be 20 this year and i feel like this is kind of taking my life over sometimes. As I'm worried about going out, what if i have to go to the bathroom? i might be in pain, how far is the ride i wont be able to make it. I just feel safe at home i don't like how this is making me so worried and missing out on fun stuff in life still.
I don't know what to do i take stuff for it, sometimes it helps other times it doesn't and its been a month taking it. emoticon

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