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angelik135
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   Posted 9/26/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi

I NEED A SOLUTION

I have recently been diagnosed with IBS. I struggle with really bad bloating and constipation just before and during my period. Does anyone have any advice on what works for this. I do eat healthy and drink lots of water and get regular excercise but nothing helps during this time.Normally I don't struggle with bloating etc. I also recently started on something called Lp299v which is starting to bring some relief. Has anyone used this before (it contains something called lactobacillus plantarum299v).Also I do not use any other medication that this.

Thnx

7Lil
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   Posted 9/26/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi angelik135,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
Anything with probiotics will help your gut. Although, some people find that when they first start taking them, they get bloated and gassy.

If you fish around the site you'll see that many people have additional IBS complications right around their menstral cycle; it's common. Have you ever tried taking any OTC meds for it (like Midol, etc.)? Rule of thumb for PMS is to stay way from gassy foods and caffeine at least a few days before your period.
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angelik135
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   Posted 9/26/2008 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

thanx for reply. I haven't tried anything by that name. Can you maybe tell me what it contains. I live in South-Africa and the medicines around here generally have different names.

Thank you
Angelik

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   Posted 9/27/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
That is excellent advice 7Lil.

angelik135 - if you know you experience both bloating and C right before your period each month, I would definitely pre-empt the symptoms by avoiding food and drinks that make the situation worse.

Many female members here have connected IBS symptoms to PMS/pre-cycle times of the month. I remember having this problem years and years ago, before I ever had rectal cancer, my colon resection. Thinking it was odd but the D never really put me in the bathroom for long and I could almost always tell when I was going to start, so I didn't have a mess on my hands. My doctor told me once it was nature's way of cleaning out the gut, before you started your period. Whatever it was, it happened on a regular basis (53 now and I'm just now beginning to skip periods). I could almost set my calendar to it!

Even though caffeine is a no-no, weak hot tea helped me back then, or you could try hot herbal tea, a heating pad, and avoiding foods that add gas to the GI tract.

Mary

Post Edited (Marsky) : 9/27/2008 7:08:52 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 9/27/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Darn, Angelik, I have no idea what Midol could be called in South Africa. I know it is made by Bayer and the active ingredient is Acetaminophen (500mg). Have you heard of Bayer or seen any of their meds there? Midol is probably the #1 used med out here in the US for period related problems, they must have something similar there. Can you go to the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist about it?
Good luck!
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angelik135
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   Posted 9/27/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.

Thanks for the advice Mary. I'll definitely try the tea.

And about the medicine:
I work in 'n pharmacy and I know of bayers aspirin. but they don't really have a lot of bayers medicines over here. But thnx anyway. I will ask the pharmacist

Thnx guys.
Angelik.

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   Posted 9/27/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
http://www.buy-midol.info/midolingredients.html

Check out the Midol site and ask your pharmacist what comes closest to it. you probably have it under another name.

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   Posted 9/27/2008 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Active ingredients in Midol are:

Naproxen sodium 220 mg (naproxen 200 mg) (NSAID)*. Pain reliever
*nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug


That might help.

A website I found the above info on had these PMS tips:

Here are some PMS pointers:
Eat less salt - salt causes bloating. So avoid it and snack on things like raisins, carrots or even Cheerios.
Eat less sugar - a lot of sugar can intensify mood swings. So watch your sugar intake and eat cheese or yogurt instead.
Eat more whole grains - your body needs the nutrients in whole-wheat products. So substitute whole wheat bread for the white stuff.
Eat more fruits and vegetables - fruits and veggies are good for you. Period. They help relieve everything from cramps to bad moods.

angelik135
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   Posted 9/28/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone

Thanks for all the advice and help everyone. Marsky, you told me about warm tea helping for symptoms. We have a tea over here that is called rooibos, its very common around here and is also givin to us when we are feeling sick. I don't really know why, but it helps really well when you are feeling nauseous or your stomach is upset. I don't know if you guys get it over there or what it contains (I just know that it is caffeine free), but it has really relieved some of my symptoms that I get when I am stressed, so I thought i'd let you guys know.

Angelik
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