High humidity equals more bathroom trips :(

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/14/2015 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi: I'm usually on the fibromyalgia forum, but have a question regarding IBS.

I've been dealing with IBS "forever"--mostly in the summer months, it seems-- and every year when the weather warms (I'm in the Midwest, U.S.), and the high humidity returns, I start to have occasional issues with diarrhea, like clockwork. It doesn't seem to matter what I eat, though I obviously try to keep veggies, salads, rough foods, well under control or I know I'll have more issues.

Anyone know what causes this? I've had this happen for years (humidity=diarrhea), and it sure gets old! Any tips or advice? I do try to eat lightly in the summer, knowing otherwise I'll pay and have to be near a bathroom. I drink more water, of course, but not to the point of extreme. It's like my stomach saves up that extra water for a couple hours, then I pay!

I'm sure most, if not all of you, can relate to the fact that it gets hard to get out and visit relatives/friends or just to go shopping, unless a bathroom is very handy! Very annoying.

I've read some threads here, and there are more serious, chronic issues you have, I realize, but just wondering if others here deal with hot weather increased bathroom trips?

Thanks for any help.
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pb4
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   Posted 6/16/2015 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Strange, I don't live where there's high humidity and my IBS has been impossible to control.
DX with Crohn's Disease in 1991 shortly after becoming ill. CD was affecting small and large bowel & anus (perianal crohn's skin tags) & rectum for first 2 yrs of becoming sick, CD remained constant in colon (Crohn's colitis) & anus with anal tags, intolerant to oral meds. Currently on Humira (Feb 2014) once a week and B12, Vitamin A and Omega's daily. In remission but trying to combat IBS D/C.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/17/2015 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response, pb4.

I'm wondering if my "issues" aren't more from my neuro condition---just the way my system works. Who knows?

I did a search on this subject and did find a few things, so guess I'm not the only one with the problem.

Hope you have a great day!
"You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You."
St. Augustine

pb4
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   Posted 6/17/2015 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have crohn's as well and many have posted about flare ups with that in conjunction with weather in general so I believe even researchers have tried to figure that one out but still no conclusion to date....nothing would be better than finding out people with CD must live in a warm beautiful tropical paradise in order to keep the disease at bay lol....I wish hahaha! I've never noticed weather/climate affecting me one way or the other with my gut issues (both IBD and IBS) but that's not to say that many others don't, it seems to be a tough one as usual to pinpoint the direct correlation to gut issues and weather/climate.
DX with Crohn's Disease in 1991 shortly after becoming ill. CD was affecting small and large bowel & anus (perianal crohn's skin tags) & rectum for first 2 yrs of becoming sick, CD remained constant in colon (Crohn's colitis) & anus with anal tags, intolerant to oral meds. Currently on Humira (Feb 2014) once a week and B12, Vitamin A and Omega's daily. In remission but trying to combat IBS D/C.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/19/2015 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, pb4, don't we all long for a tropical paradise!! I'm still waiting for that one.

I'm in the Midwest, and we have such temperature extremes. Seems I just start adjusting to the cold, and my body has to switch to warm, then hot weather, and on it goes. No wonder my body gets so confused!
"You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You."
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pb4
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   Posted 6/21/2015 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Pretty much the same where I live, Alberta, Canada though our winters tend to be/feel longer than summer typically, though our last winter was probably one of the mildest ones I can recall in my whole life living in Alberta...spring and fall seem almost nonexistent...it's not uncommon for us to even get the odd snow blizzard in spring/summer.
DX with Crohn's Disease in 1991 shortly after becoming ill. CD was affecting small and large bowel & anus (perianal crohn's skin tags) & rectum for first 2 yrs of becoming sick, CD remained constant in colon (Crohn's colitis) & anus with anal tags, intolerant to oral meds. Currently on Humira (Feb 2014) once a week and B12, Vitamin A and Omega's daily. In remission but trying to combat IBS D/C.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/25/2015 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, pb4, I think our poor bodies take extra stress with all the weather changes. The older I get, the trickier it gets!
"You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You."
St. Augustine

Sergedc
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   Posted 8/10/2017 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Luvzminis,

I was wondering if you made progress?
My situation is exactly similar to your. However my way of proving it is humidity (and not heat, not food,and nothing else) is impeccable. Every 2 month I fly from a dry place (London mostly) to a humid place (Singapore mostly but sometime Mumbai in August). Within 24 hours of landing, even if eating nothing, diarrhea comes. However. The more I stay in air conditioning the less the problem appears.
If I go to dubai, no problem (hot but not humid)
I am looking for people with this same issue. I want to create a malling list so we can help each other. Let me know if you are interested.

You also mentioned about a Nero condition. Could you explain what is the condition?

Thanks

1013
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   Posted 8/11/2017 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I be leave change in weather can cause problems for people with IBS.
I think they mean neurological condition,I know people that get along better when taking low mg of antidepressants,I'm one of those,not 100% but better

Luvzminis
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   Posted 8/11/2017 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sergedc: I pretty much still have that same "issue" when it gets hot and humid. It may be a bit better, but not much---maybe getting older actually helps a bit?

My neuro condition is non-specific; despite much testing, it was inconclusive. Mostly, I was told my muscles are 'so good that they're too good.' So that may be at the bottom of everything. The best guess the neurologist had was it could possibly be mild cerebral palsy, but who knows? He said it may be a "wait and see" kind of thing.

Thanks for the mailing list offer--that's so nice of you--but I just don't get on the computer that often, so will have to pass. However, I'll try to pop in here occasionally and throw in some thoughts.

Have a great weekend!

Best wishes! smile
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