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Tizz
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   Posted 5/18/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all
 
Does anyone else get awful chest pains during a particular bad IBS flare up?
The last 2 days I've been going through a terrible flare and have noticed that each time, I have had terrible chest pains which last until the "eruptions" have settled back down.
 
Also does anyone notice an increase in their IBS during the warmer summer months or is this just in my imagination? I seem to be under much better control during the rest of the year but as soon as the hot weather arrives, it spirals out of all control again confused
 
Tizz

Lady Frog
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   Posted 5/18/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
There are sometimes I think I am having a heart attack during a flareup. As for being better in winter and worse in summer I have to say that I'm the opposite. I think though that it's because my diet is better in summer( I love my fresh leafy greens straight from the garden). In the winter I tend to eat alot of things like soup and not alot of stuff with any substance. In winter I can look back and see exactly what set me off most of the time while in summer I usually can't pin it down.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/18/2008 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Doctors used to say that IBS flares could be "seasonal".  I remember being told this back in the old days, when they were still calling it "spastic colon".

Marsky
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   Posted 5/19/2008 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
The only thing I find different in Summer months is diet or possibly activity level. In the winter I tend to make more comfort meals - pot roast, roast chicken, vegetable soup. In the Summer, we grill out a lot, eating fresh corn, etc. I can have it, but in moderation. Our entire schedule just seems busier - from our calendar to being more active, since daylight is longer.

Personally, I'm more a hermit, Winter-loving type person. LOL Give me a good snowstorm, a roaring fire and movie (or favorite TV show, such as Lost....need I say more!) and I'm very content. My gut probably is content too.

Hubby and I live in Ohio and I often joke when we retire that I want to move north. Not south - LOL! I should have learned to snow ski, I love Winter so much. he he

Could that be it - the business of Summer and fresh Summer-like produce? You did mention leafy greens.....that could be one component for the change(s) you've noticed.

Mary/Marsky

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/19/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
So long as you have been checked for heart problems, blood pressure and the like, then the likely culprit is gas pains. They can often cause chest and back pains (even up into the shoulders). I think the others are right that it might be linked to a dietary change that takes place in summer when so many nice fruits and vegetables are in season. For the typical IBSer, raw fruits and veggies are not very well tolerated.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 5/19/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Low Potassium can also mimnic a heart attacl............
SnowyLynne


Keriamon
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   Posted 5/19/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
A good source of potassium are bananas. Low in acid, they usually set well on people's stomachs, but because they are naturally constipating, they're not for people with constipation problems. Generally good for people with D, though.

Tizz
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   Posted 5/20/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all of your input :-)
 
I can see how seasonal dietry changes could easily upset the mechanism.
 
I can't really attribute this to me though due to being on such a limited diet already and eating the same few things all year round.
 
The only different thing I can think of is I recently tried adding the odd apple to my diet. Fruit wise I only eat banana's and I fancied trying a bit of variety. But I only had 2 over the course of a week & peeled. I klearnt yuears ago not to ever eat apples with their skin on! Surely they won't still be wreaking havoc on me though confused

webbguss
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   Posted 7/4/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
tizz, wow I thought it was just me. I have noticed more of a problem with my ibs in the summer but then I started thinking maybe it's just my imagination. maybe I notice it more in the summer because I can't cover my bloated belly with a sweatshirt.

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/7/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Apples are a no-no for me. Give me gas. Apple juice gives me bad gas and D. After all, apples are a natural laxative--and that's found in the juice, not the peels.

They seem to be okay for most people cooked though. Just avoid them raw, as well as any fruit with a lot of acid. Which is pretty much everything else but bananas!
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