giving it a rest

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   Posted 8/12/2006 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Ive been diagnosed with IBS 3 wks ago and since then its been a real pain in the neck (or butt)0just the lone concept of eating. The worst factor is that I havent been eating properly most my life and its really hard to switch now.

I was thinking about doing a fast- first for 7 days, then 4 days break and 10 days again. I think it might settly my stomache, give the poor colon a rest and help me totake up new healthy eating habits.
Is this a good idea with IBS? Would anyone like to join?

also, sometimes if I overeat Im seriously scared of my stomache bursting because of all the bloating. Is it possible to have a stomeche rupture this way?

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   Posted 8/13/2006 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chardonnay,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
What type of IBS do you have.... D (diarrhea), C (constipation) or A (alternating between C & D)?
In my opinion, fasting isn't a good idea. If your intestines take a rest it might be even harder to get them back up and running when you do re-introduce food. What about going on a low fat diet? Or even a liquid diet? If you have IBS-D then you're probably already under nourished, you don't want to keep depriving yourself. Make sure that whatever diet you do try you get plenty of vitamins and nutrients. Maybe take a supplement.
Have you tried OTC meds for the bloating? Maybe take some Beano before a meal and/or Gas-X after. I've also noticed that taking probiotics helps with the bloat (if you can push through the first couple weeks with gas). Digestive Advantage is great and has worked for many of us.
Sorry, I can't help you with the stomache rupture question. I want to say NO, that your stomach can rupture by over eating, but not because of bloating.
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