what to eat when an IBS attack is going on

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   Posted 9/17/2006 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor thinks I have IBS. She is not basing this on any tests just by my symptoms. I am going for a colonoscopy at the end of the month and it will probably be followed by an endoscopy. In the mean time I am in the middle of an attack of something. It seems as if I have always craved sweets, lately to the point where I have no will power to resist. Usually these cravings follow meals. I even wake up in the morning looking for something with sugar in it. I have noticed when what I am calling an attack ( constipation, shortness of breath, gas trapped in my chest and abdominal area, chest pain) happends , if I eat candy, cookies, brownies, or cake, I feel better. Once it is digested the symptoms return. 5 days ago after talking with a friend I decided to give up the sweets and see what happend. Today has been the worst. All of my symptoms have hit me full force. I would love to know if anyone else has experienced this and what should I eat to calm the whole thing down? I did notice that the day before I gave up the sweets I had lunch at Red Lobster and I think that started this attack. I vaguely remember that I had a similar reaction back in December after eating there. I know stress plays some part in this as well. I just want to be able to sit down and eat something without feeling like I am going to pass out from lack of oxygen.

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   Posted 9/18/2006 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Some of your symptoms do sound like they can be IBS, however, it also sounds like some sort of imbalance. If you haven't had any tests yet you might want to consider getting your Thyroid test. Consider seeing an Endocrinologist and get your homones checked (along with the thyroid).
It seems that most IBSers can't handle too many sweets in abundance or too frequently. It's good that your doc wants to be thorough and scope you, but most docs do the other routine tests first... blood, stool, ultrasound.
Please keep us posted.
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   Posted 9/18/2006 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Make sure you have your blood sugar checked. Diabetics have a bad tendency to crave sweets.

That being said, a few people have found that hard liquor helps their IBS, although alcohol messes most IBSers up pretty bad. A few of us have theorized that perhaps the alcohol relaxes the gut and keeps if from cramping up, but alcohol is also very high in sugar; maybe that's it's key ingredient. And you may one of those people that's helped by that, only you're getting your quick sugar fix from candy.

If nothing else is wrong with you, I'd say eat the candy if it makes you feel better. I can think of worse things to have to eat!

Red Lobster is terribly, terribly high in fat. They drown so much of their food in butter and cream. They also give you huge portions (I've overeaten there more than once, I assure you). You may want to try tracking your food fat content to see if too much fat bothers you and if so, how much is too much? You may also want to look at dairy intolerence.

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   Posted 9/18/2006 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I also suggest that you have your sugar tested, and also maybe be tested for gluten intolerance. Your symptoms may be partially related to gluten in breads and so forth staying in the system too long. Many people have gluten digestive problems possibly without feeling that gluten in flour, breads and so forth may cause digestive problems. I hope that you feel better soon. Phoelona

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   Posted 9/18/2006 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
hi try and give the sweets devil p its hard and i know i love my chocolate and that plays a big part in setting me off and so dose potato you just have to find out what sets you off im still going through it all so just hang in there. tongue
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