How do others deal with IBS?

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.

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    3 Responses to “How do others deal with IBS?”

    1. Danon 28 Jul 2009 at 11:58 am

      cranky_gut OR ANYONE ELSE WITH ADVICE. My wife and I are in heated debates about having kids. I’ve had IBS since 2001ish. I have 2-8 episodes a month. I have no cure for you. I take a prescription called pamine right when I feel IBS coming. It stops the intestines from spasming and it won’t bind you up like an antidiaria med. It will get you off the toilet in 20-30 minutes. I’m still very fatigued the rest of the day.

      My question to you, I can barely take care of my self and my wife and be a loving husband. I can’t imagine having babies. Babies mean less sleep which increases my IBS. Babies mean more stress which increases IBS…and on and on.

      Advice for this possible future parent?

    2. Steve Ballietton 05 Dec 2011 at 3:31 pm

      I HAD Crohn’s Disease for 10 years. Not any more praise GOD.

      If you are having that much diarrhea, you MUST stay hydrated.

      The best way to do that is with Coconut Water.

      There many brands out there. Be sure it is organic though.

      Coconut water is so nutritious and hydrates you so much better than Gatorade, which is primarily sugar water.

      When your body starts to calm down, graduate your diet up to solid food.

      Vegetable broths are nutritious and easy on your system.

      I had constant vomiting so I know what I’m talking about.

      Stay away from ALL animal foods. Juice raw fruits and vegetables. Drink the juice.

      When your body calms down some more, cook your favorite vegetables. See which you can eat.

      Later on, you can add other plant foods.

      Try to balance your diet within your current limitation, until you heal up more.

      This is what I did and now I can eat just about any Vegan plant food except raw onions and garlic.

      Your body just needs time to heal.

    3. mayaon 24 Jan 2012 at 8:13 am

      well, i hate to be the bearer of bad news, but i am one person that cannot function a normal life with this IBS. i have pain every day, multiple bowel movements 4-6 times, some urgent, some blocked, creatin bloating gas and pressure on colon and on hemroids so they always are bleeding and swollen. i watch my colon rise and fall about 2 inches high in various spots as foodstuff gurgles along. i’ve been vegetarian for 35 years, lactose intolerant all my life, and 3 years ago, yes after much stress, eating became the source of much pain. i lost 20 pounds, muscle mass, developed major depression and became B12 deficient after trying BRAT diet, raw foods, juicing, and cutting out suspected trigger foods. even my supplements have citric acid in them—one of my triggers. after keeping a food/lifestyle journal for a year, i still can’t pinpoint any specific food or events that create a problem, even after a 4day rotation diet of foods and food groups, except that ALL foods are intolerant to me. so with that, i can’t starve, so i make every effort to remain on a low fructose diet, soak and grind all nuts and seeds, eat all cooked veg, soak and cook legumes in fennel and bay, get regular exercise through walking and yoga, and yes, work on the stress of living with pain. thank goodness i had disability insurance, as this won’t go away, and the personal management of this takes the full day. i thought i may try a food intolerant test $700Cdn but i thought it would only turn up what i already know, i’m intolerant to everything, it’s the nature of the bowel. i suffered all my life from a lactose intolerance that i didn’t figure out till i was 18 years old. up until then, the docs tried exploratory surgery when i was 10 years old, only to find nothing wrong with me. after 18 years, i cut out milk and the gas stopped. i found i could tolerate cheeses, but now, i really don’t know. i always wonder if my bowel became weakened by irritating it with dairy in those first few years of life.
      AND what really bugs me, is the smile on the faces of the specialists when they announce this isn’t a lifethreatening disease…sure it’ll only be chronic pain! can someone tell me what the life expectancy is for digestive difficulties? the only relief for me is distraction….phew!