IBS Weblog

Welcome to the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Blog. My name is David and I've had to deal with IBS on a daily basis for over 10 years. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about IBS and to help you deal with live on a daily basis. I have tried many different solutions to solve my IBS problem and today feel much better. I hope this site helps you find what you're looking for and improves your IBS symptoms.

I have provided a new IBS Forum where you can post questions, read about individual IBS stories, or just share your experiences with IBS. This sort of "IBS community" is important so you can understand what others are going through just like yourself. Don't forget to visit my list of recommended IBS products which you can purchase and tryout for yourself.

Please Note: I am not a doctor nor do I provide medical advice. The posts and topics on this blog are the expressed opinions of myself and others.

Foods That Relieve Constipation

David March 12th, 2010

Foods to Relieve ConstipationAs you probably already know, constipation is classified as a person that only has three bowel movements or fewer in a week. Their stool is hard and dry and sometimes it can be painful to pass. You also may feel bloated, clogged up, and full.

You might hear people tell you that it’s healthy to have a bowel movement at least once a day. While that may be true for some people there actually is no “right” number of bowel movements a typical person should have. Everybody is different and just needs to figure out your body’s normal number of bowel movements. There are many factors that determine this such as the type of food you eat, how much you exercise, how stressful your life is, etc. Continue Reading »

How will IBS affect my life? What changes to my diet should I make?

David August 12th, 2008

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I have been diagnosed with IBS today, but I don’t really know what it means! Of course I understand the medical side, but I don’t really understand how it is going to affect my life if at all.

I have always been incredibly regular, but this changed after visiting Cambodia (3 months ago). My doctor has checked for parasites etc and has made the diagnosis of IBS. He thinks the travellers diahorea I experienced on holiday has brought to light my IBS. My boyfriend is really pleased that I don’t have parasites. He said having parasites would be serious but that IBS isn’t.

I am really confused though! I am currently living in Japan and have a doctor who doesn’t know me.The information I have on the internet says I should change my diet. However, one website says eat insoluble fibre but another say eat soluble fibre! All I know is that I have lost weight, feel tired and am spotty.

I have found the IBS Network but instead of making me feel better I now want to cry!

Please help!

Will IBS reduce the effectiveness of my contraceptive pill?

David August 5th, 2008

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abbiedarlin1 asked:

I have irritable bowel syndrome. In my form, i have lots of diarrhoea throughout the entire day most days. It’s at random times and not at the same times each day. Wondering if all this diarrhoea from IBS makes my contraceptive pill less effective? If it does, by how much?

How can you tell the difference betweeb IBS and Celiac Disease?

David July 31st, 2008

Sasha C asked:

My stomach has been very weird since I was stationed in VA.
I saw a show about Celiac Disease and swore up and down that I was going through the same things.

I am always tired, I have constipation/diarrhea in alternation, sometimes I’m bloated, my allergies change (one minute I’m allergic to wheat and can eat dairy and then I am lactose intolerant and can eat wheat), my body really shuts down at times,…

It’s not so bad now but I begged my doctor to test me for Celiac and he told me I was overexaggerating and it’s just lactose intolerance. I wanted to smack him because I don’t even eat a lot of dairy products and I knew it was the wheat doing those things to me. Ironically, some months later, dairy products tore me up but the symptoms weren’t the same.

I had a colonoscopy, everything and all my test results came back negative. SO, how can you REALLY tell whether it’s IBS or Celiac?

What is the best treatment, nonprescription to handle IBS?

David July 7th, 2008

Arron27 asked:

I am looking for something to help with IBS that you may be able to order over the internet.

What is the best diet plan for a vegetarian that has IBS?

David March 8th, 2008

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ograynoldaz asked:

I’ve been dianosged with Ibs and I’m unsure of what types of foods I should and shouldn’t eat, as well what are some tips or things I should know when preparing for meals
tips and suggestions appreciated
thank you =)

How do others deal with IBS?

David February 27th, 2008

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cranky_gut asked:

I have had IBS for 3 years. If I did not have kids I would cut out my own colon. I’m that desperate. I have eliminated everything from my diet. (I survive on toast only and yes i eliminated toast for over a week so it can’t be that.) I want to find a doctor to give me a colostomy. My kids are 8, 6, and 4 year old twins. Don’t blame the kids. I wonder if the ob did something wrong when the twins were born by c-section because my back hurt for a year after they were born. As soon as my back stopped hurting my IBS started. I have tried everything, medicines, natural remedies nothing works. I have given up on doc’s. Don’t say it’s stress. IBS is my only stress factor. I’m happy and calm as long as I’m not spending the day in the bathroom. By the way I have diarrhea about 5 days a month. (down fron 20 two years ago) and I’m never constipated. Please help.

Foods That Cause Constipation – The Things to Be Avoided

Dr John Anne December 13th, 2007

Constipation is often the result of a poor diet. It is important that you eat a healthy diet that consists of foods that help your digestive system to work properly. It is just as important that you avoid foods that cause constipation. Since constipation is something that can affect anyone, it is important for you to know what foods are beneficial to the prevention and treatment of constipation and what are the foods that cause constipation so that you can limit or avoid the intake of these foods.

A Healthy Diet in Constipation

It is essential, not only to your overall health, but also in the prevention of constipation that you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. A healthy diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetable, foods high in fiber, and foods that provide Omega-3 fatty acids. Your healthy lifestyle should also include planning your meals and maintaining a daily schedule for eating. Eating on a schedule will help your digestive system to stay on a regular schedule, which will aid in the prevention of constipation. Continue Reading »

For My Tummy – 7 IBS Diet Principles

David December 8th, 2007

Tummyblogger over at ForMyTummy.com recently blogged about 7 diet principles when it comes to IBS. I have to agree with all of her principles especially #1. I always start my day with a nice fiber-rich bowl of cereal such as Raisin Brand or Fiber One. It gives me confidence knowing that I’ve put down something solid so I won’t find myself having to run to the bathroom as soon as I get to the office.

I’m also a strong believer in principle #6 which has to do with getting off your butt and exercising. Now I go to the gym 3-4 times a week for two reasons. First off, it’s good for me and I enjoy staying fit and secondly and more importantly it reduces stress so I’m less likely to have an IBS stomach issue.

Here’s the full list tummyblogger has put together on the blog: Continue Reading »

IBS Treatment – Find One That Works For You

Julieanne Van Zyl November 27th, 2007

Feel assured that you don't have to put up with those embarrassing and painful symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for much longer. There is an IBS Treatment that will work for you, it's just a matter of looking for the one that suits you. The first thing to consider is whether you want to take medication for the rest of your life or if you would prefer to find a natural treatment.

Medication

The type of medication recommended by your doctor will depend on your particular symptoms. When taking medication, the effect is often just temporary and there may be side effects which make your symptoms worse than they were in the first place. Continue Reading »

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