What do other IBS sufferers use as treatment?

August 15th, 2007

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quennethe asked:

I’ve had IBS for 4 years and have been on Zelnorm previously. I’m at point again where I can begin a new treatment and I’m looking to hear from other IBS patients on what they use or do. I’ve read a lot about using certain homeopathic treatments (such as herbs, psychiatrists and chiropracters). Basically I want to hear what everyone else uses and how well it works for them personally.

I have IBS with severe bloating, pressure pain, constapation and diarrea all complicated by menstrual cycle and stress.

I have tried the diet and it doesn’t work at all for me.
Once again I need to point out that I tried the diet for almost a year all that it caused was major constipation to the point that I had to be hospitalized to relieve it.

Thank you for the suggestions in this area though.

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    10 Responses to “What do other IBS sufferers use as treatment?”

    1. Billie77on 18 Aug 2007 at 1:35 pm

      I suffer from irritable bowel syndrome also. I don’t use any medical drugs I have learned how to eat to stop the symptoms. First off you have to eliminate all fats. Fat is a big trigger food.

      As a general rule, the grain and cereal foods at the top of this list make the safest, easiest, and most versatile soluble fiber foundations for your meals and snacks.

      Rice, Pasta and noodles, Oatmeal, Barley, Fresh white breads such as French or sourdough (NOT whole wheat or whole grain)* Rice cereals, Flour tortillas, Soy, Corn meal, Potatoes, Carrots, Yams, Sweet potatoes, Turnips, Beets, Squash and pumpkins, Mushrooms, Chestnuts, Avocados (though they do have some fat), Bananas, Applesauce, Mangoes, Papayas (also digestive aids that relieve gas and indigestion)

      *Please choose a baked-daily, high quality, preservative-free brand. White bread does not mean Wonder.

      stay all way from high fiber foods until you learn how to eat correctly for this condition. I’m enclosing a link to a website that has the best information on how to take care of this condition that I have ever found.

    2. checkerslon 19 Aug 2007 at 9:19 pm

      i suffer with i b s my doctor gave me fybogel mebervine which is powder missed in water good not pleasent taste it eastist the pain should eat plenty of fruit and veg

    3. Jet Lion 19 Aug 2007 at 9:48 pm

      It sounds like the diet was wrong. See this site for good diet and why. Then go to healing depression page and see how a guy got rid of Chrohn’s disease which is worse than IBS. Avoid drugs.

      Take probiotics. Also fasting gives your bowel a vacation and it can heal itself. The best food for you is carrots. Also drink carrot juice (you can buy the powder and add it to juice or supermarkets have the Bolthouse Farms healthy juices). Also take greens drinks which you can learn about on page on nutrition.

      Dr Walker healed many with IBS using carrot juice. One case out of 40,000 was so awful he had the guy consume only carrot juice for a year. Dr Norman Walker lived until 114. Here is Wikipedia on Walker

    4. Constanceon 02 Jun 2010 at 8:18 pm

      i am 24 yrs old and have had IBS since i was 18….the doctors have tried so many different things i thought i wasnt gonna make it…. finally they put me on dicyclomine and it cures the bad sharp pain i was getting…the pain was so bad it would bring be to the floor… but it still didnt fix my eating problem..no matter what i still throw up and cant eat anything… i have tried all kinds of different foods…i have any seafood sits well on the tummy… i still take my dicyclomine down to once a day before bed because it does make you tired…and then i watch what i eat…no coffee because that is the BIG no no… i had no attacks for 2 months and then i had to get up early for a road trip and a very long long day and i was very tired and forgot my meds and got a white coffee…no more then 20 minutes and i was down for the count… with no meds i had to turn to teas…and they do help….i LOVE licorice root tea and helps alot!! actually you should read about the root and how it helps yout tummy and your digestive track… i find sweets are hard but if you have to give into a food that you know might hurt always eat SMALL portions and try and to some sort of excercise like yoga is my favorite! i hope this helps and this fight makes your stronger…. i really didnt think i was gonna make it…im not healthy right now and my doctors are working on getting me better because after all of the IBS pain and always getting sick i no longer have a good diet and cant eat without getting sick and throwing up so im down to 5 handfull meals a day and its hard….breakfast is the hardest and try to remember keep a high fiber diet… so eat some non geased hashbrowns and and egg white with half the yolk out… milk is no longer your friend neither is icecream…i have taking a likeing to sorbet and that sort…fruit smoothies in place of the milkshake…its hard i do have a little milk here…again hope this helps and if i get any new ways that helps i will throw them out..

    5. Danion 20 Jun 2011 at 12:13 pm

      I am 26 yrs and i have IBS-C. I am not a fan of drinking water nor am I a fan of medications. My IBS got so bad, that i had to go for phenargan shot in my bottom 3x a week just to be able to sleep, eat and not vomit. I lost 24 lbs in less than 3 months before i decided to visit the doctor. I went and saw a Gastro doctor. He prescribed me a blood test, colonoscopy, as well as medication to help make me “regular”. You do have to watch what or how much of a certain food, but stress can do it as well as being so busy, your body doesnt have time to relax (mother of 2 young, active children). I have had this problem using the bathroom on a regular basis since i was born, so it could also be from being born premature. There are many reasons/causes for having IBS and not being able to find a solution. If you are vomiting, I would recommend going to see a Gastro doc for the colon medication as well as reflux/acid indigestion medication. Reflux and acid indigestion kick in with certain foods as well as it makes you sick when your stomach isnt processing.

    6. Robynon 19 Jul 2011 at 1:54 pm

      i am not sure how long i have had ibs now, and i am lactose intolerant that decided to come with it… as i am only 16 i feel so deprived of my life, i dont like going out any more because i am worried how my stomach will react, i went to the doctors at first before they diagnosed me and they put me on mebeverine and some other tablets, but none of them helped, i have been staying away from all milk substances and any alcohol, i dont know what else to do as i still get severe stomach pains, sever diorreaha like every day no matter what i eat, constipation, everything, i just want it all to go away so i can start to live my life instead of just keeping myself away because im worried about it all of the time, is there anything i can do? change the way i eat? sleep? work out? if theres anything its worth it aslong as it goes away 🙁

    7. Joon 08 Aug 2011 at 8:45 am

      I used a combination of having a food allergy test, a change to a less stressful lifestyle & drinking aloe gel (the one in the yellow tub by Forever, aloe-benefits.blogspot.com tells you more) and I can honestly say that I no longer consider myself to have IBS.
      The food allergy test was especially interesting as it revealed I had an intolerance to oats, wheat and dairy – so following a so-called healthy and high fibre ‘IBS’ diet was actually making me worse. I would have muesli for breakfast and hey presto, my stomach would balloon and I’d be rushing to the loo, sound familiar?!
      I really believe that as we are all different people with different problems, stresses, diets etc that we need to really look at what is causing our own problem and then treat that cause. What triggers it in one person may be totally different in another.
      I really hope this may help some of you as IBS is such a horrible problem to have.

    8. eroson 12 Sep 2011 at 1:46 am

      I am quite “elderly” & have suffered with constipation & a very debilitating ache round my middle when I do manage to have a bowel movement for more years than I care to remember, I.b.s.??

      After being prescribed various “stuff” over the years by the medical profession to no avail, I’ve found two items have really made a difference to my life.

      For constipation—-MILLED flaxseed, my local healthfood shop sell a good size packet for £4.99. I have it in porridge etc. in the morning or even “neat” as long as you drink plenty of liquid, preferably water.

      For my “funny” tummy—- a small probiotic drink seems to do the trick.

      I started of taking them both every day, I now have them every other day, but you can find what suits you best.

      I also watch my diet, try not to eat too much “rubbish” & of course a good amount of fruit & veg. I also don’t eat meat, but do eat fish.

      I hope this is of some use to someone.

    9. Chrison 11 Nov 2011 at 9:41 am

      I have been diagnosed with IBS for over 20 years. My first exporitory stomach surgery was when I was 22 yrs old, and it changed my life drastically. I had Peritonitis with Ileus, but the adhesions created IBS-C blockages. Since then, I was told it was due to stress, bad diet and to take medications, get probed… I spent thousands of dollars for another 10 years of misdiagnoses.

      10 years later at 30 yrs old, I was having stomach pain again and went to the emergency. Had to have an appendectomy. I felt great for about 2 years, then the pains started again. And again, IBS was the diagnosis.

      Last year at 41 yrs old, I had a lower bowel obstruction surgery, went into renal failure, had a laparotomy to remove my gall bladder, and endoscopic surgery for residual stones. Adhesions from my surgery 20 years ago were now the blame for my stomach problems. So now that I was without a gall bladder, my diet would have to change again.

      Last month, I had an intestinal hernia. Another laparotomy and another stomach surgery to relieve the hernia. 50 lbs lighter, I am now seeing a therapist to help guide my brain to deal with these eposides of pain and misery.

      Diet IS cruicial. Chewing, masticating, moderation, supplements, and fiber.

      I now take stool softeners each night to aide my digestive flow, have Phenobarbitol on hand for oncoming stomach cramps, Tramadol for pain management, and Valium for anxiety. But unfortunately throughout this whole adventure, my Dr. admits that he can not guarantee this will not happen again.

      IBS is inconclusive, and there are many things that can cause it. Everyone has to find the right combonation of things that works for them. I’m still getting there. Hope all of you are too.

    10. Travison 27 Mar 2012 at 7:18 pm

      I have been diagnosed and living with IBS-diarrhea for 17 years. I am 40. I am at my “wits” end. My symptoms were very bad at onset 17 years ago. I went through a myriad of test, as many of you all have, and no MD could give me any help. You have IBS. Over the years, my symptoms come and go, but have never gone away! As my symptoms lessen, my life “feels good” and my weight goes up. And then symptoms reoccur. Anything I eat causes such horricfic pain that always ends with my body self emptying all food in my digestive system. Painful diarrhea until I am empty. So this type of cycle occurs multiple times over the years. I have weighed as much as 228lbs (by the way, I am 6ft 4in), and now I am nearing my lowest ever, 172lbs. In my first onset 17 years ago, I got down to 167lbs. I am now just barely surviving. I am sure many of you feel my pain. I have no idea why it’s so bad. I cannot point to any food over the other that causes problems when I am in “active” IBS problems. When I am in a good place, I cannot make it out of a restuarant before the end of the meal at any “Japanese Steakhouse” type places. This much I know. But, when I am in a bad place, anything I eat ends in painful diarrhea. To survive, I drink ensure. I have lately added yogurt and granola just to get some nutrition. My quality of life is horrible. I used to be able to go to cookouts, dinners, etc with friends and family. Now, I just avoid those situations. I feel like I am trapped. I usually only suffer for a few weeks at a time during the bad times. Only currently, I have been suffering for 6 months straight. I have tried all types of medicines, Levsin, dicyclomine, — no positive effect. I did pretty well by taking 8 or more mg of imodium in the early years, but now it won’t touch it. Basically, I eat a little as possible Monday through Saturday, my bloating starts Monday, ends on Sunday when my “attack” occurs and the painful diarrhea hits either Saturday or Sunday. Then it starts all over on Monday.
      Any suggestions? I hate living this way!