do you have ibs too? what helps?

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beanley
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   Posted 9/25/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
i had a good day yesterday, but my stomach got upset and i dont feel so good today, ibs attack, fibro flare, plus this urinary tract irritation. enough already!

here's what i use for ibs:

dicyclomine [bentyl] antispasmodic daily
metamucil soluble fiber supplement daily

gas-x daily
generic zantac acid reducer daily

imodium antidiarrheal as needed
pepto bismol as needed

mylanta antacid as needed
heating pad for crampy feeling

i've been taking the bentyl every day for five or six years now. but i noticed that something in it was bothering my allergies. any one else heard of that?

and anyone have other things that help?
fibro, migraines, ibs


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   Posted 9/25/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I use Imodium so I can leave the house.

Marlee2
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   Posted 9/25/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG beanley I thought I took a lot of stuff for my stomach and digestive problems. I found out in July that I have celiac disease, auto-immune disorder triggered by gluten that destroys the lining of your small intenstines. I had horrible cramps after eating and diarrhea almost everyday, to the point of passing out or almost passing out. Since I have been off the glutens I have not had any cramping and very little diarrhea, that is only when I cheat and have to have my weekly hamburger,there are somethings I can't give up. They say it takes 2-6 months for your small bowel to heal but I could tell a difference in my bowel habits after a week or so. I'm still gradually losing a little weight but I don't know if it is cause of the damage done or that I'm not eating all the stuff I was eating. I thought it would be very hard for me to give up the glutens but it hasn't been since I am so much better for it.
 
I had been told for years it was IBS.
 
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donnaeil
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   Posted 9/25/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I keep immodium around the huuse. The IBS is occasional but I have to be prepared.

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   Posted 9/25/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
With IBS, the less fat you eat, the better you'll feel. Also, probiotics (like Culturelle and Align) taken regularly can help with the two extremes ( you know what I mean ), as well as the gas. I carry Imodium with me in case of a IBS-D issue while out in public, and I also keep Dulcolax around for when the IBS-C lasts too long. Sorry you have so many things going on at once. Hope you feel better soon.
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nasalady
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   Posted 9/27/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee2 said...
OMG beanley I thought I took a lot of stuff for my stomach and digestive problems. I found out in July that I have celiac disease, auto-immune disorder triggered by gluten that destroys the lining of your small intenstines. I had horrible cramps after eating and diarrhea almost everyday, to the point of passing out or almost passing out. Since I have been off the glutens I have not had any cramping and very little diarrhea, that is only when I cheat and have to have my weekly hamburger,there are somethings I can't give up. They say it takes 2-6 months for your small bowel to heal but I could tell a difference in my bowel habits after a week or so. I'm still gradually losing a little weight but I don't know if it is cause of the damage done or that I'm not eating all the stuff I was eating. I thought it would be very hard for me to give up the glutens but it hasn't been since I am so much better for it.


I had been told for years it was IBS.



luv and hugs

Marlee





Hi Marlee,

SO MANY of us were told we have IBS...but it's not IBS it's celiac disease. IBS just means "I be stumped".

So glad you found out! But please, don't cheat on the diet! It's really dangerous and you'll continue to have damage done to your intestines. There are so many recipes out there for gluten free baked goods and wonderful gluten free breads....you don't have to do without!! Check out the forum at celiac DOT com....great info and wonderful recipes! You can still have your hamburgers without the gluten! smilewinkgrin

JoAnn
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   Posted 9/28/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had to take Elavil off and on since 1994 to control diarrhea.  When I had a flex sig back then, the technician said they had never seen intestines "work" so fast!  The gastroenterologist never could figure it out.  I'm better now but still need Elavil occasionally (couple times a week at bedtime) to "dry me out."

beanley
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   Posted 9/28/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
luvz, yes i take elavil too but for fibro. obviously i should list it for ibs too lol
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   Posted 9/28/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Beanly, I have Crohn's disease and I couldn't eat things like raw veggies (salads) or spicy things or acidic things...like tomatoes.  If you are really having a problem, you might try backing off some of this until you are feeling better and then add things a little at a time.  You might even be able to see what foods, if any, trigger this response in you.
 
Here is a great site from the Mayo Clinic about "home remedy" things for IBS.  Hope this helps.
 
 
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Carnissa
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   Posted 9/28/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
i found that by taking probiotics, it has helped substantially,, ie activia yogurt, or you can get pills at the health food store..it has helped with the gas and most of the general bloating and stuff

i limit my dairy products to about 2 cups a day whether it be milk or cheese or yogurt

and i found that the least yeast based products i have the better..
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Chiyo
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   Posted 9/28/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found that taking one Acidopholis pill nightly {wich is a probitic} helps me tremendously i have regular bowl movements without the awful cramping.
Chiyo

tyno3
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   Posted 9/29/2009 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with IBS in University at age 18. At first two docs said I was having a growling appendix, then I had a Barium Enema (nasty), and an internist ruled out appendix saying, there are stresses in your life, you know what they are, get rid of them.[quote=Internist]. So I dumped my then abusive boyfriend. I got better. I have to be really careful with my diet. I eat dairy, fruit, cooked vegetables, not much meat as it is hard to digest and some grains (not too much), also hard to digest. When I need to take anti-inflammatories (like Aleve) I can only take them for two days or I'm on fire within. I take Tylenol 3 for pain and that (codeine) settles the bowels down, but then I have to watch for the constipation. This I control with probiotics. It is such a game of chance. Any time I eat something new I have thrown the dice. I have a constant pain in my right side. I cannot tolerate fat. I cannot eat any "take-out" food or I pay dearly. So, I have a boring diet. Fortunately, I don't have to prepare food for others except occasionally so I can buy and prepare what I know is OK. When I did have to prepare food for others, I would take only what I knew was ok, like the veggies and potatoes. Then I have boost or ensure to fill in the extra protein. It isn't nearly so much fun cooking as it used to be. Anyway, I hope you can get a handle on what ails you. IBS seems very consistent with Fibro.
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
JoAnn, I never seem to get time to pop over to the celiac forum we have on HealingWell. I have many sites that sell gluten free foods and I need to order some. My DIL was looking at cake mixes a few weeks ago at Walmart and noticed they have a gluten free cake mix.
 
I think the only thing that makes this easy for me is the lack of pain I'm having now compared to a few months ago.
 
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nasalady
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marlee,

Here's a link to an extremely fast and easy recipe for a sandwich or hamburger "bun" that you make in the microwave (gluten free!):

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/index.php?showtopic=56641&st=0

If you have time, read all of the posts on this thread....there are many many delicious variations!

(((hugs)))
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beanley
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
sherrine, thanks, i already follow an ibs safe diet like u described.

as i mentioned i think i'm also allergic now to an inactive ingredient in the bentyl tablets. i finally checked the detailed list of ingredients on line and they use acacia [a vegetable gum] to help the tablets keep their shape. i'm allergic to other veg gums like guar, xanthan and carregeenan, so i'm sure thats it. fortunately they also make a capsule without it so i'm going to try that.
fibro, migraines, ibs

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