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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/12/2007 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys, right I'm in need of some help!!, I have been diagnosed with IBS just 3 days ago, and I really don't know much about it confused , anyway, my symptoms are mostly constipation (although every now and again I do go the other way!!) I tend to suffer a lot of wind and painful stomach cramps, and I feel very lethargic most of the time, also I sometimes have nausea as well,and bloatedness along with loss of appetite, all very unpleasant, and I was wondering if you guys could help me along with info on this matter, along with perhps any herbal remedies that have worked, diet exercise, anything, I just need to try and get rid of this discomfort, especially when I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old to run around after, I also suffered with an eating disorder last year, I am currently just under 7 stone, so at the moment I don't know what I can eat so I tend to be avoiding food altogether and I really don't want to end up ill again, please please all advice welcome

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 2486
   Posted 8/12/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Princess,
Welcome to HealingWell!  Sorry to hear about your diagnosis of IBS but there are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site that can help you find ways to relieve your symptoms.  Constipation, bloating, gas, nausea, and stomach cramps are very typical symptoms.  I personally am prone to excessive diarrhea and don't have many other symptoms anymore, but here are some suggestions that might help you:
1) Taking probiotics in the form of yogurt with active, live cultures (like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria), or as a supplement.  These "good" bacteria are naturally found in your body and taking a supplemental dose each day can have a profound effect on IBS symptoms.  Sounds like you live in the UK, so I'm not familiar with the brand names over there...but if you ask the grocer or pharmacist about where to find probiotic supplements, they'll probably be able to help you. 
2) Increasing the fiber in your diet.  You should aim for about 25-30 grams of dietary fiber daily.  You can try taking a supplement, like methylcellulose, which might help as well, although you should remember to slowly increase the amount of fiber you're taking in because too much at once can cause excessive gas - which you don't need any more of!
3) Regular exercise can help move things along in there.  Aim for 30 minutes, five days a week.  Sounds like running after your children might be helpful, if they're fast enough :-)
4) Keeping a food diary so that you can track your symptoms and see if any patterns arise with certain foods.  Noticing patterns is very important for IBSers!
Best of luck; keep posting and let us know how things are going!
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 8/17/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Princess

I'm sorry to hear you have recently been diagnosed with IBS. I wouldn't wish this upon anybody :(

I've suffered for many years now. Alot of information and advise I've picked up over the years has been at times quite conflicting. But the more I learn, the more I realise everyone is different, with many different triggers, reactions etc.

If you are able I would recommend you maybe look in to getting some food intolerance and allergy tests done. I recently started to suffer from my worst bout to date .. and at my wits end I finally decided to get some indepth testing done and how glad I am that I did! Although the results were astounding to say the least, it looks possible that many foods I was eating were making me so much worse. Even some things that are recommended for the treatment of Ibs! Time will tell of course if I have indeed found the primary source of my ongoing nightmare with Ibs. But after a week of cutting out everything I have a high allergic reaction too (even toothpaste!) I am feeling much much better than I have in a long time. No more pain, cramps, erratic and frightening alternating BM's. The over night change in me has been amazing. Now just hoping and praying I can stay this way ... and find some foods that are safe for me to eat before I waste away to nothing.

Looking back with hindsight I would now recommend anyone to get tests done as early on as possible. If only to rule out any problematic foods first up. I plan to get the tests redone on a yearly basis to try and keep on top of this.

I hope things soon begin to look a little more positive for you. Keep hanging on in there & the best of luck : )


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