Thankyou for your advice. What is a probiotic? And where can I get one? I can't afford to buy any fiber stuff .. so do you know of good fiber to eat that won't make my D act up? I will try it. I have fiber laxatives that my GI doc gave me but I am afraid to use them .. resulting in more diarreah. Meaning, they are laxatives, which isn't good for me. Thanks again
I am sorry you have suffered for so long. I am only going on the 4th year of this. I think what you are doing with support for IBS is GREAT. There are no support groups in my area for this, and I live in a small town. Keep up the good work and I will let you know if I find anything that works.
probiotics are good bacteria that are needed to maintain a healthy gut flora, resulting in getting rid of bloating and excess gas....they come in caplet or powder form.
No, fibre laxatives will NOT give you D, they just have a mild laxative in them to ensure you won't get constipated...fibre aids with C or D so it's very necessary to get fibre (via food and/or supplements) daily...I take my fibre supplements daily as directed by my GI for the rest of my life and it's helped alot with my crohns and IBS, so don't be afraid...it may cause excess bloating/gas but this is normal and it's just your system adjusting to it which is why you have to take it everyday...it took 3 months before my excess bloating and gas went away and I no longer have either issue thanks to the fibre supplements so definitely give it a go, along with the probiotics...
An affordable probiotic that I use is one called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way, it's in the fridge at the store as it must be kept cold. In canada I pay 29.00 for 90 pills which lasts me 3 months (90 day) as only one/day is needed, not like many of the other expensive probiotics out there which you have to take up to 4 or more a day and a small bottle is well over 30.00.
This probiotic also has guaranteed intestinal release, aids with lactose intolerance, high cholesterol and for women, vaginal health...even if you don't have any of those issues it's still perfectly fine to take....everyday and indefinitely.
I stumbled on this site just now after eating my tea and feeling like i am about to give birth to triplets from the bloating!!! I have had ibi symptoms for about 7 years now but it is getting worse not better these days... I started with diarrhea when i was nervous or anxious and it has now progressed to severe bloatedness,wind,indijestion breathless etc... I am not really one to take herbal supplements and detest prescription drugs as they only treat the symptoms not the cause of the problem but what are the options?.... I suppose I am at a low where i feel so swollen and uncomfortable that I eat more as i feel i am fat enough already and look like i am pregnant! we try to eat all the right foods plenty of veg and fruit but tht still isn't helping, before I was usually bloated after I ate bread or any wheat and dairy now I am swollen when i just look at food!! people have said hypnotherapy works, I may consider it as that is a longer term option and hypnotherapy does work! I gave up smoking 9 months ago with it... but this IBS thing is driving me mad, I was pleased to see I am not the only one who suffers in this way as it is always harder to fa them if you think your alone.... not that I am eager to see others in the same situation but it is comforting I am not a freak of nature with my bloatedness! I would like to say I had the miracle cure to it to help even just one person but the truth is I am on a mission to find help/answers..... A friend of a friend has lost alot of weight and her swollen belly recently after discovering she had ibs she cut out foods and takes certain meds or herbal things to help her and she is doing fab and has never looked better! so fingers x there is hope for us others who are still in this nightmare.... If anyone has any advice then I am all ears!!
Hello all, I have had all these same problems for years. Had the colonoscopy, tried the fiber, magnesium, etc. etc. and nothing seemed to be a cure-all. Taking fiber made things worse, and then I found out from my doc that in a limited number of people, taking fiber actually makes things worse. Through trial and error, I have found my body tolerates fiber from veggies really well, but not beans or fiber supplements.
But the best advice I can give is that if you have this problem, you need to live a very disciplined lifestyle, otherwise it will never go away. Drink lots of water (limit soda and carbonated beverages), walk at least 20-30 minutes every day, try to stay away from cheese. Substitute silk or almond milk or lactose free milk for regular milk. Use whole wheat noodles and bread instead of white. I know we all want the quick and easy answers, and believe me, I like to drink soda and lay on the couch, but the truth is it takes work to get better. Not to say there aren't people who do these things and still have issues. I lapse all the time and get super bloated but then I know what I have to do to get back on track. The problem is when you're all bloated, the last thing you want to do is jog around the block, but you have to force yourself.
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