YES!!! The heat KILLS me!! It only takes a little while and if I can't cool off, I'm all lower abdominal cramps, pain, and queasy. I usually try to cool myself off ASAP when this happens by putting coldness (be it cold water, touching something cold, ice, sticking my hand out the window of a moving car - ANYTHING) on the pressure points on the insides of my wrists and on the back of my neck. My brother calls it "super-cooling" because I often get the chills as a result. Once I get the chills and my teeth start chattering I'm usually about
five minutes away from some relief (although not always COMPLETE relief, but you take what you can get, right?).
Also, I've found that essential peppermint oil mixed with unscented lotion rubbed on the bottoms of my feet will cool me off REALLY fast!! I highly recommend Young Living Oils for the peppermint - it's a little pricier than other oils, but it's also the purest I've ever found and it works the best for me. Just mix about
two drop in the palm of your hand with some unscented lubriderm and slather it all over the soles of your feet. Cools you off right snappy!! It also works if you rub it clockwise on your belly - but sometimes the smell gets to me when I'm feeling queasy, so I tend to stick to the soles of the feet. The mint natually cools your body down and helps lower your temperature, as well as aids in digestion and acts as a muscle relaxer. It's pretty awesome stuff, and the oil won't effect any reflux because you're not ingesting it. :)
Wow...every time I start to think I'm alone in something, I find another post up here from someone else who goes through the EXACT same thing!! Nice to know it's really NOT all in my head! ;)
27yo Female, diagnosed with IBS in 2002. Taken lots of meds, but never got relief from any of them. Been subjected to too many tests to list, but never had a colonoscopy. I think that's the only one I'm missing. :p
GOOD NEWS!!! I found a new GI doctor and I'm seeing them for the first consultation on August 6, 2008! WISH ME LUCK!!