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haymister
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   Posted 4/26/2006 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
My doc told me that I have IBS.  Every article on IBS syas about pains inside well I don't have this.  What I have is bloated stomoach and lots of wind, sometimes smelling worse than anything I can imagine.  People have nearly been sick.   Its really funny at times and sad at others.   Thing is, I read that stress causes it and frankly, I'm a person who is fairly carefree but yet I still have it.  In my former job I was harrased and this may have brought it on but that was ages ago and I still have it.  It contributed to my partner leaving and I really need to sort it before I move on!!! I ilove coffee - this I must cut out apparently even though I thought I was safe with decaf.  I don't know what else to do.  Why I keep getting it is a mystery and really hacks me off.  I do a bit of body building and friends tell me to do cardio excercise to loose the stomach and I'm fed up saying that its just bloated, hello.  But now I go in the morning before I eat so its not so bad.    
 
Why IBS, why me and thank god its nothing more serious!!!!
 
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   Posted 4/26/2006 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi haymister,
Welcome to Healing Well :)

Bloating is a real problem for most IBS sufferers. There are quick over the counter products like Gas-X that can really help. Although some don't get relief from it, it does help many. Eating slowly helps ingest less air which could help. Also the foods you choose help as well. There are foods that have more gas than others, these are raw vegatables, beans, chocolate, dairy products, and foods high in carbs. Beans are really good for you but most of the gas comes from how they are cooked. I personally have success with Beano which is another over the counter product that you take before a meal that lessens the gas. Some people also have problems with sorbitol contributing to gas. Of course, not everyone is affected the same way with the same foods so its always good to keep a food diary of what you are eating and how it affects you so you can start identifying the trigger foods for you personally.

I hope this helps a little. Take care and keep posting.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 4/26/2006 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
You said you do body building. Do you drink any of the whey/protein shakes? We have a new member who just developed IBS symptoms after adding a new whey shake to his diet and he thought that might have contributed to his problem. Some people's guts just can't handle the extra strain of trying to digest that much protein.

Stinky farts are often a sign of a bad bacteria problem in the guts--as is blotaing. You could try some probiotics (good bacteria) to try and combat the bad. You can get multi-strain products such as Digestive Advantage and Culturelle in the bowel-products section of most chain drug stores, or you can get just a single strain, acidopilus anywhere herbal remedies are sold. You can also drink acidophilus milk and eat yogurt, but these don't tend to give you as many bacteria per dose. You may want to start out with the pill supplement and if that fixes you, switch to the acidophilus milk and occasional yogurt to maintain your gut function. Just start out with one pill a day--like fiber, if you take too much at once, you will get worse gas--work your way up to whatever level seems to be doing you the most good and stick with it for a month. If you have no improvement at all after a month, then it's probably not a bad bacteria problem that you have. If you see some improvement, just stick to it; it can take a while to get the bad stuff outsted and the good stuff in there to replace it and for your guts to get rebalanced.

haymister
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   Posted 4/26/2006 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for that.  I did try the probiotic yoghurt but it really didn't seem to make much difference.  Yes, I do take whey suppliments and I do change them quite often.  My current one by Met-Rx which gives me wind but I don't think that the others did that much.  I have noticed an improvement in my IBS if I take creatine (another bb suppliment).  Don't know why this helps. 
 
I don't have extreme IBS.  Mine is usually quite subtle but then it goes into a mad session of burping and farting for no apparent reason - I think about what I've eaten and whaqt I've done and what could have caused it but I'm often at a loss.  Its bizzarre!  Theres a chinese medicaine shop in town who advertise a remedy for IBS - anyone tried it?
 
 

jason85
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   Posted 4/26/2006 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually tried chinese medication once for almost a month. I had to go with my dad because I didn't know Chinese, and I met with a "doctor" in the store who examined my blood pressure confused . My dad and the "doctor" talked for a bit about my condition and he prescribed me some ancient chinese medicine consisting of dried roots, seeds, and other stuff that I couldn't identify. He gave me exact amounts of how much to use for each dosage in paper packages and told me to use two packages a day(one in the morning and one at night). The process was to boil the dried stuff with water, then drain the liquid content out and drink it. Other than tasting like the most disgusting thing in the world, I think the medication just gave me diarrhea. Maybe something went wrong like there was miscommunication with the doctor or miscommunication with my dad because he doesn't really know English and I'm not fluent in my native language. Anyway you can always give it a try. It might have not worked for me, but it might work for you.  

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/27/2006 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
You always need to be careful with herbal remedies, be they Chinese or GNC's. I'm not saying none of them work--I know that aloe vera has long been prescribed for constipation and it does work--but a lot of people make a lot of claims in many languages that just don't stand up to testing. Some herbs can be dangerous if you take too much or take them in combination with other things. I'd make sure I had exhausted the regular OTC remedies for gas and the like before I started in on the herbal remedies; the OTC drugs at least have dosage recommendations and warning labels. And asking around about who's tried what--like you're doing--is a good way to start.

Here's a question: Midol is made for cramping and bloating and gas. Has anyone tried taking that? I know men wouldn't think to dare take a woman's medicine, but it's not like it has hormones in it; it won't damage your testicles any. It may work better than just regular Gas-X and the like. And I'm pretty sure it doesn't contain donkey urine in it.

jason85
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   Posted 4/27/2006 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe I should try Midol since I have "cramping and bloating and gas." I don't care if it's a woman's medicine. As long as it works with no bad side effects(like damaging my testicles), I'm content. Remember I am willing to try anything if it helps.
 
Maybe you should try it too, haymister. We will see if it works on guys.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 4/27/2006 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Isn't Midol just a pain reliever? Wow, I would be really careful of Creatine as that is what the kidneys excrete, i think. I know that high creatine will cause or show kidney failure as I have friend that had a transplant and they watch that like a hawk to make sure there is no increase from the norm. I hope you are having regular blood tests to check on your overall health. It is part of the regular full panel blood test. I would think the whey would really increase bloating and gas.

I have been so impressed with the IbS digestive advantage I just bought a 90 day supply on net. In the meantime since I am waiting for shipment using Acidopholous and Probiotic in one pill and I can't believe how well all this stuff works. Even had some ice cream last night and it didn't bother me. It is like I have my life back as far as the bloating, gas,etc. but still having the constipation problem which maybe will work its way out.

7Lil
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   Posted 4/27/2006 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   

LOL

Jason, I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself from laughing when I saw your Midol comment.  You should really look into the testical affects before/if you take it.

Keri, I really liked DA too!

 


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Keriamon
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   Posted 4/28/2006 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
http://www.midol.com/Products/PMSFormula/index.asp

This is the box that's for cramping and bloating and breast tenderness (lol).

It does warn you not to take it if you have an enlarged prostate. Now, it's been a while since biology class, but I don't think women have prostate glands. So the very warning implies that men might take it.

However, I looked at the ingredient list and it basically gets rid of bloating by way of a diauretic. I had forgotten that most women bloat because they retain water, not because of gas, so the diauretic won't help your bloating any. The rest of it is a pain reliever, and you can get that by using a much cheaper ibuprofen.

Guess it won't work for you at all. :-(

jason85
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   Posted 4/30/2006 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha.... I was going to buy it along with all the other things, but your piece of advice in the other thread of trying medications one at a time saved me.

Thanks for the update on the Midol, Keri. You saved me a couple of college bucks and saved my breasts from getting tender (relief yeah ).

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/1/2006 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
No, no, it HELPS tender breasts. Might be something to try after a game of rugby or a lot of bench pressing, LOL.

kandyl
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   Posted 10/5/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
The ingredient in Midol Pyrilamine is known to be an anticholergenic. I decided to try it because I do have some IBS, plus I have some around that time and I remember when I used to have cramps it helped also with that. After recently having a terrible virus or something I haven't been able to shake some terrible IBS. I started a probiotic, and the doctor is going to prescribe some Bentyl but I haven't been able to obtain it yet. I decided to go buy some Midol and take it and I'm better in one day. All I can say is wow... I don't even need the Bentyl at this time.

shawn12
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   Posted 10/6/2010 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
kandyl glad the midol is helping.
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