Posted 1/18/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -6)
Even though I love winter, I have learned that if I'm dressed for cold weather, I just feel better overall. Since I struggle with IBS-like symptoms (D is more my case than yours), when I'm messed up and it's cold out, it does seem to make things worse. What I find that works well are:
Lightweight thermal underwear (I bought mine years ago at Target, a knock off brand similar to what you'd find at LL Bean or Lands' End).
Corduroy pants (over jeans). Much warmer.
I dress in layers and tuck my thermal pants into my boot type sox (purchased also with extra padding in mind years ago, my daughter prefers Smartwool sox but they are expensive, mine were bought at Kohl's), then put on my cords.
Wool sweaters are a must! But they're itchy, I wear long sleeved T's underneath.
Down mules from Sierra Designs - OMG, I want to wear these everywhere! Last year I bought a second pair at the end of the season (you have to buy them online), they were only $13, orig. $35. When I'm away from home, I can't wait to get home and wear my comfy clothes and my down slippers. I wish I could drive in them!
Our heated water bed. My daughters have electric blankets. You could try these. But we all fight over my husband's throw back to his post-college purchase 80's phase - the butt ugly but oh so warm waterbed. Our Golden Retriever loves our bed too.
And finally.....hot tea.
I do hope you can find the comfort you are searching for. Oh one more thing, the toilet to our master bath is in a small separate room with tiled floor, over our unheated garage. It's freezing sitting there. Until I bought bathroom carpet and cut it to fit this space. We use this carpet from November to March or April every year. I could never use that toilet without this padding! It's like sitting in an outhouse without it!
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!