For me an IBS attack is usually what some call dumping (repeated bm's, that can go on for an hour or two, spaced out over 5 to 10 minutes). Or all out diarrhea.
I'm usually fine while the offensive food travels thru the stomach, small intestine but when it hits the colon, for me, trigger foods usually have an adverse effect. I just know I'll be spending a lot of time in the bathroom. Afterwards, I've had another mini-clean out and feel depleted. Starving actually.
Others here will likely tell you they may feel ill or nauseous, soon after they eat the offensive food.
My trouble is post digestive, can be hours after I've eaten the food or the next day.
Only a few times have I had immediate trouble (mostly from heavily fried foods or entrees with a lot of fresh garlic). These specific times induced severe heartburn, not my usual bm troubles.
You probably already do this, but if not a food diary/journal is very helpful while determining what works for your GI tract. Any notebook will suffice, 1 page for each day. Record every single thing you eat, drink, if you took medications, vitamins, were sick with the flu or a cold, under undue stress. And then what I did was in the bottom right hand corner of each page (I never used the back of each day's page, just left it blank) I drew a diagonal line and in that one or two inch space, I rated each day - great, good, bad - then later I could flip back thru my previous days and find a good or great day if I knew I had an important social event coming up. I looked closely at what I had eaten on that specific day and then duplicated that diet. So I had another good day when I really needed one.
You'll be surprised at what seemingly minor details are important. For example I'd notice a pattern begin to form in say the summer. When my husband wanted to grill out almost every night. After a while my insides were screaming for a simple dinner so I'd just buy a Stouffer's meal of turkey and mashed potatoes. He'd eat what he wanted to grill and I'd eat my simple frozen meal. I could feel my insides thanking me! Other examples were I noticed I had more bad days during the holiday season (all of December is usually just busier, you're shopping, not eating right, always on the go). So I decided to eat very light for the month of December and stay on my low residue diet. That tactic has worked every year since.
I kept a food diary faithfully for about
2 years. I wrote down the silliest of details but they really do paint a useful picture you take the time to complete the diary.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily
Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/1/2010 7:30:42 AM (GMT-6)