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

August 12th, 2008


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!

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    29 Responses to “How will IBS affect my life? What changes to my diet should I make?”

    1. babbumalon 14 Aug 2008 at 4:17 am

      Nothing to worry about .It just mean that your intestine becomes hypersenstive. Ovoid spicy food Prefer home made food.

    2. madmoo0on 15 Aug 2008 at 3:57 am

      the only way to change your diet means that your “trigger” foods need to be changed. that basically means that you need to avoid foods that you know make you run to the loo. Its a long process but you will get there in the end. Go to any good chemist and speak to them, they can help you.

    3. deadmanon 15 Aug 2008 at 10:54 am

      doctors tell you that you have IBS when they don’t know whats wrong. I was diagnosed with it about a year ago and about 3 months later i had no symptons at all, this is most likely due to me eating properly and by that i mean no junk or processed food.

      don’t worry about it too much, just eat well and you will be fine.

    4. lorna hon 18 Aug 2008 at 2:28 am

      my hubby suffers from ibs u need to cut out all dairy products and fatty food. then slowly intro them back into your diet to see what triggers it.also drink peppermint tea not nice but does help good luck

    5. Tapestry6on 19 Aug 2008 at 9:34 am

      Try this site it has some common sense knowledge and diet tips
      also the Mayo Clinic about yogart an IBS at
      I know a couple of people with this problem and they seem to be able to live life if they are sensible about what they eat.

    6. Katie Bon 19 Aug 2008 at 9:45 am

      I have IBS and so does my dad. Ive had it for a few years and didnt realise until I went to my doctor.
      You dont have to make any big lifestyle changed but there are things to do to help.
      I got tablets from my doctor but I rarely need them now I have a pre/pro biotic drink everyday and that helps.
      Also if you need the toilet try not to hold it in as it can make it allot worse.
      The best diet ive had to help it is the Gi diet its very good for IBS sufferers.
      Also its usually brought on by stress and certain spicy foods can make it worse for some people.
      Dont worry I live a normal life and ive got it.
      Also exercise does help but not too much as it can make you need the loo if you push yourself too hard.

    7. minty359on 20 Aug 2008 at 4:31 pm

      Up to eight million people in Britain suffer from IBS, with symptoms including diarrhoea, pain and bloating. The condition can seriously affect sufferers’ quality of life and finding treatment can be difficult, leading many doctors to feel they can do little to help.

      A wheat-free diet involves cutting out all products made from wheat and wheat flour, such as bread. It is not the same as a gluten-free diet. On a wheat-free diet you just have to cut out wheat products alone, but on a gluten-free diet you must cut out all wheat, oats, barley and rye, because all of these foods contain gluten.
      It is not easy to completely eliminate wheat from the diet, but it is easier than eliminating gluten. There are also a variety of wheat-free products available from health food stores, and gluten-free foods will also by definition be suitable for a wheat-free diet.

      Wheat is one of the most commonly mentioned foods when talking about food intolerances and IBS, and eliminating wheat from your diet may be a good place to start if you suspect your diet is causing your symptoms. However, it’s important to consult a doctor or nutritionist if you intend to follow any kind of strict diet for a long period.

      What foods are avoided?
      Basic foods such as bread and pasta will need to be avoided, as well as any foods which contain wheat and wheat flour ingredients, such as some soups, sauces and other foods.

      i hope this helps you and i would like to reasure you that everything will be ok

      check this out

    8. nutsyon 23 Aug 2008 at 12:14 am

      I thinks it varies from person to person. I find some food can trigger me off then a week or so later I’m fine and some thing I eat all the time triggers off. You will find out the food you have to avoid (it’s just a guessing game really). I started to eat celiacs diet of no gluten no wheat etc and this really did help me.
      Stress doesn’t help either – but trying to avoid it is impossible!! Good luck and I hope you stabalise soon.

    9. moopoppeton 25 Aug 2008 at 5:21 pm

      I suffer from IBS and have found lowering my fibre intake helps. Too much bulk in your diet can make things worse. Having said that you really need to be keeping a food log. This will help you identify the trigger foods. I have tried taking Colpermin which the doctor gave me but it just made me worse. Don’t worry about it as stress can trigger it too.

      Don’t worry you are not alone xx

    10. checkerslon 26 Aug 2008 at 10:42 am

      i was told i had i b s two years ago when taken ill on holiday hospital said eat plenty of fruit vegetables and cut out grease and fat dont no if you can get fybol gel from doctor its very good dont worry

    11. kappharmdon 29 Aug 2008 at 9:30 am

      Usually IBS doesn’t affect me at all. If you never had problems prior to the travelers D. i don’t think you even have it, you would have known trust me. There aren’t any TESTS you can do for this diagnosis is based on symptoms. It can be diarrhea or constipation dominant. If it is constipation, they can give you medication that eases cramping but they tend to make you drowsy. For diarrhea dominence you can use immodium (loperamide) which will be cheaper for a large amount if they right you a presription and fill it through the pharmacy they’ll give you a lower price for their generic. I have bouts about once a month that go with my cycles… stress and foods like hams, mayo, cheese, ect that have been left a room temp for more than an hour tend to set me off but it’s different for everyone.

    12. Fishboyon 31 Aug 2008 at 4:25 am

      To be honest, diet change at least for me did very little. It doesn’t really tackle why the body is sending physical symptoms. I had Mickel Therapy which as all but ended my IBS and without diet change or pills.

      It basically tackles the underlying symptoms and by understanding them and acting on them, the body stops sending them…pretty cool stuff!

      Be well.

    13. AaronColoradoon 31 Aug 2008 at 6:55 am

      I got diagnosed with IBS about 1 and a half years ago. At first It was a relief since I thought that I probably had soem form of cancer or something serious like that. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Just avoid Foods that tend to cause symptoms including milk products, chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, and fatty foods. These can make things worse. I also use a product called Digestrin. It helps A LOT! check out there website, to see if this might be right for you. Just dont worry to much. There are much worse things that could be wrong with your body. Good Luck!

    14. Anne Hunteron 08 Nov 2008 at 3:37 am

      My doctor told me that IBS is a neurological disease
      caused by torturing ones brain with masturbation.
      It took me 7 weeks of not having sex to fully recover.
      He was totally right.

      I wish you all guys to believe that sex not only gives life and pleasure but also gradually kills your neurons causing IBS and depressions.

    15. Mr Ongon 13 Sep 2009 at 4:57 pm

      This is good information, because there are many people who do not know about IBS. Thanks for your information

    16. Jamieon 17 Sep 2009 at 4:23 am

      i was diagnosed with IBS yesterday what hapens if i don’t change my diet?

    17. Mr Ongon 23 Sep 2009 at 11:48 pm

      There is some article about dietibs please you can read in, hopefully can help you.
      > swap

    18. KMichiganon 10 Nov 2009 at 5:53 pm

      Before you can treat your symptoms, you need to figure out the root cause.
      Dealing with IBS is not easy, as the causes of IBS differ from person to person. The varying causes, as well as the diverse array of symptoms that may present themselves as a result of IBS make it a very challenging condition for doctors to recognize, as well as treat. While hundreds of potential causes exist, most cases of IBS result from issues that fall within one of two major categories: (1) food allergies and intolerances (2) problems with intestinal bacteria, yeast/candida, or parasites.
Before you can properly treat your IBS, you must first determine the leading cause of your symptoms. Have you been tested for food allergies or for any bacterial or yeast overgrowth? If not, I would recommend getting these tests done. The allergy test must be a blood test and include BOTH IgE and IgG antibodies to guarantee that no food allergies are missed.
Testing for bacteria, yeast, and parasites is done by stool testing. While problems in just one of these areas can alone cause IBS, most people find that their IBS is caused by a combination of both a food allergy and a bacterial imbalance.
      The blood and stool tests are widely available, straightforward, and affordable.
      Have you ever read “The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Solution” by Dr. Stephen Wangen? I would highly recommend this text – it will definitely help to clear up some of the confusion surrounding IBS. I have also found the author’s website to be extremely helpful – packed with a lot of great info on the symptoms, causes, and various treatments for IBS.

    19. John Granton 27 Nov 2009 at 11:38 pm

      I had the same problem for two years. It was so bad I wanted to die. I had a small polyp removed but it wasn’t completely cleared up until I stopped eating anything that had milk in it. There’s a protein in milk, perhaps more than one, that the body reacts to as a foreign substance. It causes inflammationa and kicks the immune system in gear so your immune response is probably hyperactive. And if you’re continuosly eating products with milk, it won’t go away and you’ll never learn the cause. The milk also creates mucous on your intestine so your not absorbing/processing food as efficiently. I hope this helps you, and wish that doctors had been smart enough to figure it out. But they weren’t. It took a while for me to find the source of the problem but now I’m okay unless I have milk products: then it starts up again. Good luck to you.

    20. Gabrielon 29 Nov 2009 at 11:32 am

      Is David still around? These blog posts seem rather old, though the information is still pretty valuable. Let us know how you’re doing & if you’re still posting on this blog.

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    25. Lindsayon 11 Oct 2011 at 12:37 pm

      I’m 23 yr old female and I’ve been suffering from IBS for years. I have this weird pain in my lower left side just below my ribcage. The pain becomes extremely debilitating sometimes and no Xrays have discovered a cause and no doctors can offer a solution. I also have 24/7 nausea since I was tiny. I will literally throw up food anytime and for no reason. There is good news though. I have been taking Lomotil (2.5mg) and Phenergan (25 mg (?)) everyday for several months. The Lomotil is used for diarrhea and works great and the Phenergan is used for nausea and also works quite well but it does put my to sleep which I don’t like.

      The main problem is that I’m moving to Japan and for some INCREDIBLY STUPID reason Lomotil is banned! I need to find replacement for it fast after I get to Japan or else I’ll be spending an inordinate amount of time in the bathroom!

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    27. Steve Ballietton 05 Dec 2011 at 12:50 pm

      If you have an IBS related condition, keeping a diary of what you can eat and can’t helps a lot.

      I used a diary at first and it sure helped a lot.

      Then you can slowly add them back into your diet once your digestion heals up.

      I suffered with Crohn’s Disease for over 10 years. Constant stomach aches and vomiting took its toll on me.

      Then I completely stopped eating ALL animal foods and started eating a plant food based diet.

      I juiced organic fruits and vegetables. Switched to using only organic foods. Learned how to convert my favorite recipes in Vegan dishes. This is a work in progress of course.

      My family and I have been eating the Vegan Diet now almost 6 years, and we feel absolutely wonderful. And we NEVER get sick!

      I also learned how important it is not to eat anything that has ANIMAL BLOOD or FAT in it.

      These are THE two nasty culprits that cause so much trouble in the human body.

      It is my hope and prayer that anyone who has digestive related disorders will use the Vegan Diet to regain their vibrant health again.

    28. tammyon 17 Jan 2012 at 7:31 am

      I have had ibs for 10 years plus and it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that i started getting some relief from the cramps bloating and nausea. I follow an ibs diet and take a presription for the cramps. Unfortunately it never went completly away. However i discovered a probiotic that actually works! You can order Benebiotics Advanced Multi Probiotic off internet for around $25 dollars(US). This one has 18 stains and 24 billion CFUs. This means it has the most concentrated good bacteria and is the only one that adheres to both sides of your intestine and colon wall. Sugar is your enemy. There is a lot of websites with good information but i like Heathers IBS News. Also peppermint oil helps. You can buy specially formulated Tummy Drops for IBS and they are great.

    29. Dr Peter Thatcheron 22 Jan 2012 at 7:06 am


      Not sure whether you are still around, but has your doctor truely excluded a parasitic cause for your diarrhoea. If you have only had stool samples sent to the lab, the answer will be no as a lot of parasitic infections won’t show up. Giardiasis mimics IBS and is usually diagnosed from an aspirate or biopsy from your small bowel during an endoscopy. A lot of doctors treat empirically with either a course of Metronidazole or Tinidazole just in case.

      Whilst IBS-PI is the most likely diagnosis, the above is worth bearing in mind.