Irritable Bowel Syndrome
there are 2 different types of IBS. i have it for 15 years now. how i got it is i had a miscarriage and i got so depressed that i wasnt eating or taking that many fluids. i ended up in hospital. i had to have tests and they told me that i would have to get back to eating. i am since now on the mend, but my bowels dont work properely. i have to eat fruit and veg every day, which now i am on the mend. i have to take medicine if my bowels dont work after three days as i get terrible cramps. IBS wont ruin your day unless you let it. EAT PLENTY OF FRUIT AND VEG EVERY DAY AND YOU WILL BE OK.
I saw an article on the news the other day about these flatulence filtering pants- Shreddies. Has anyone heard of these? Worth trying if they work.
I get stressed very easily. I have three children.
I was not looking after my health. I was eating a lot of processed foods( although not overweight).
I don't drink often and don't smoke. I am not and never have been on medication for IBS. I was told to cop on with my diet and drink lots water/herb teas. I was told that I needed to eat lots of small meals ( healthy!) through the day as opposed to one big in the morning and one big in the evening which was causing my IBS. It worked for me.
I have since tried..peppermint tea, milk thistle capsules,ginger tea,stomach ease tea,green tea,aloe vera capsules, and all have worked fine for me. I now take the odd tiny amount of Epsom salts in apple juice to clear me out and am trying wheat/gluten free brown breads. I also shut up talking when I am eating and stopped gulping down my food/drink so fast..!!!!
Some bloating can be down to certain allergics to certain food types wheat etc ie for example if u are coelic u can get a stronger reaction to certain foods
Regarding bloatingness and the lady that used by in bed for a part of the day
She should try and rule out certain foods drinks that cause conflicts or gas
As i have a stoma due to my UC and i notice more than not the foods drinks that have calming influences
Prior to my op what helped was peppermint capsules u can buy in the food shop
Aloe vera u can get this juice form
Buscopan i used get these on perscription from the doctor , to be honest they worked at the start , but at the end , they were like smarties so maybe they would be more suitable for mild stomach pain - as the idea of buscopan is to limit the stomach or alleviate stomach spasms accompanied with the bowel getting irrated
-Another thing i have noticed that Stress can be a big trigger
-So maybe check if this is the case in any of ye're lives or particularly the first poster, cause to be honesst if this is happening he is prob getting more uptight and the whole cycle continues
-note Yoga defo helps - i did'nt start this until well after my Operation - and i def found a benefit
-I Do find that the doctors or medical prof will really only deal in proven tested formulas but wont think about yoga
-i'd be also thinking about good flora in the bowel , u can buy chewable pro biotics from chemist, or u can buy drinks like actimal -note some of these newly drink forulas might not be as good so read the labelling well in advance
-food wise , for me Gas caused wind, Beans !, Gas from green, as the bowel does'nt break these down as well - sweet corn is 'nt broken down, -- it might sound silly but fully chewing your food is another thing that helps - as we know if we rush food we can get heartburn
hope this gives ye any help
Cutting down (or better out) bread and wheat products helps me. Cheese which I love I have sadly had to mostly eliminate as it has a bad effect on me.
Hot water bottles never helped, colpermin never helped.. I've often had to go home from work as the pain was so bad.
The only thing that works for me is a combination of natural peppermint capsules which you can get in a health store (They seem stronger than colpermin), drinking peppermint tea daily and even better than peppermint tea for bloating is fennel tea. This really helps me.
Best of all has been linseed. I get the unhulled seeds and add them to yoghurts or even just have a dessertspoonful or two with a glass of water if I have a sluggish bowel or I I feel some bloating building up. They help keep things moving.
It's a cumulative effect. If you have a cramp, none of these things will be an instant fix, but if you start taking them daily, then over time you should see an improvement. I was getting cramps every week - now it's down to every 4 or 5 months.
I've also improved my diet a lot. I try not to eat any sugary foods, cakes, biscuits, tea or coffee. I try to include lots of vegetables and salads in my diet and I limit carbohydrates. I think potatoes were one of the things that were having a bad effect on me. And I know now that whever I have them, my tummy feels full, bloated and sluggish.
I often take a cup tea with a peppermint teabag a camomile and a fennel teabag mixed in. It took me a while to get used to it, but now I quite like it. Exercise and relaxation of course are also very important. De-stressing is easier said than done in today's world - but it's worth working at it.
Best of luck.
IBS had taken control of my life for a short period of time. I have tried several products on the market but the only thing that has worked for me and given me relief is a fiber supplement which i take on a daily basis. Im still not 100% but my condition has improved.
It is usually a deep sub conscious thing.
Flare ups happen usually around the time that something else is going on in our lives.
I found that complimentary therapies helped greatly. None of the prescribed medication did any good for me, I have to say.
Since I have tried complimentary therapies and started eating sensibly, I have had no problems with the IBS.
Just thought I would share this.
1. Sit down and sit up straight and eat at a table.
2. Eat slowly and chew many times
3. Breath out before you put food or drink in your mouth. ie don't swallow air
4. Try to avoid talking and eating
5. Breathe calmly before eating. Think about the state of your body. Is it calm and your posture not slumped?
6. Always think about the food going in your mouth and appreciate each mouthful ie don't guts
7. Walk calmly yet briskly for about 500 metres after a meal.Stand tall as you walk - pull the stomache muscles in.
8. No food 3 hours before bed time.
9. Then there's all the diet changes the rest of you mentioned.
In Ireland, avoiding fluoride presents a big challenge: Most of the tap-water is fluoridated (with the industrial chemical, fluosilicic acid), everyone drinks tea (which can be very high in fluoride), most of the food contains agri-chemical residues (which are high in fluoride), most processed food is prepared using fluoridated water, most toothpaste is heavily fluoridated, and most prescription drugs contain fluoride. Even the beer is fluoridated; contrary to popular opinion- breweries use the local fluoridated tap-water, and they\'re unable to filter out the fluoride.
What can you do if you want to avoid fluoride? Avoid all tap-water. Get a distiller or special fluoride filter (all rather expensive). Buy organic foods and drinks (expensive). Buy non-fluoride toothpaste. Stay away from sources of fluoride pollution such as coal smoke, ESB and many other factories. Drink imported beer, etc., etc.
It all tends to be expensive. And at the same time, the Government is spending vast amounts of taxpayers\' money to keep fluoridation going. See www.fluoridesandhealth.ie
Hope this helps some of the viewers.
I was suffering from IBS for a number of years but only found relief recently when I changed my way of eating ( for other reasons) and cut down on the amount of carbohydrate I ate.
I kept a diary for some time and it was pasta/bread/cakes that set it off each time.
so now, I don't eat pasta/bread and I don't eat anything with white flour.
cutting down on refined carbs ( ie manmade food ) can help the body in many ways.
I also gave up coffee and anything with caffeine(coke etc) as I identifed these as a trigger also.
Fizzy drinks are very bad, ie Champagne !*..!!
High diet fibre can also cause problems, my worst was after taking a high fiber substitute.