I've learned to live with this

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/3/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody ! I'm new to this chat room. I just found it a couple of min ago and decide to log in and tell you my story. I'm 33 years old and have lived with this for 7 yrs now. It all started after a procedure I had done to correct my acid reflux. It's called a "nissen wrap" ..WOW biggest mistake of my life...I ended up with ibs-d...darn I hate feeling this way. It took me alot of trial and error to finally find a way to live normal again and alot of ALMOST embarrassing moments.
This is what I do :
I get up in the morning have my coffee with milk .... this is the only milk I have now during the day.
It takes a couple of hours before I have to poop
After my poop ...which are now normal :-)   I eat my breakfast (either cream of rice or corn meal made with soy milk) I also add 2 teaspoons of benefiber to my cereal.... this binds me up. With breakfast  I take my swiss probiotics, 2 of them. I then take my multivitamin, my caltrate plus, glucosamine and one baby aspirin .
Mid morning I eat a handfull of almonds, handfull of soy nuts and a banana.
Lunch time I'll eat some sort of sandwich made with flax bread only...sometimes I'll have cold cuts, sometimes I'll have tuna. I'll have a bowl of soup, usually tomato of homemade chicken noodle. cool
Mid-afternoon a few more almonds, maybe some almond milk, cranberries, grapes, walnuts, shortbread cookies, arrowroot cookies, soy cheese..these are just some ideas of foods that won't give me "the runs".
Dinner - Now I can't eat my fruits and veggies so I juice them...I'll add to my juicer some apple, celery, beets, carrots, pears, orange, broccoli ( very good for your health) basically whatever I find in my fridge. Now it takes a while to drink this but the nutrients are very good for you and we need them. I mix 2 more teaspoons of benefiber in my juice and down it goes.
I then eat my chicken or fish with rice or potato and a slice of flax bread. I also have my glass of red wine everyday with my meal.. sometimes 2 glasses... skull
So far so good and I have 2 normal SOLID poops everyday....I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I am alittle gassy though from the benefiber but I'm sure my body will adjust in time...I'm just glad I don't have the D.
I also have a reciepe for date nut bread for people with really bad IBS-D. I eat it as well but sometimes don't have the time to make it. This bread makes your poop really solid.
I'll post it tomorrow ... it's time for nite nite
Thanks for listening to my story :-)
Cheers !!!

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 12/6/2007 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that's really interesting. I've had IBS-D for nearly 30 years now and am still discovering things that make it worse but the main offenders are caffeine, milk and even the tiniest amount of onion.

I'm envious of you being able to have that morning coffee!
~~~I learn by going where I have to go~~~

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 12/8/2007 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I am amazed too! Glad you feel so well.

If I still had the freedom to stay home and work with a diet and food, former stay-at-home mom here, working part-time now, the only way I know how to deal with my situation is follow my low residue diet, in very small amounts and abstain from food several hours before work. And abstain from solids while at work.

In other words, I pick and choose what/when I can eat and that seems to work the best for me, knock on wood.

I don't know what I'd do if I had to work full time though. I'd be a mess! I'd have to practically give up food. If I eat, I go, ALL the time!


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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/10/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marsky,

It took me 7 years to feel like this. I`m still not 100% and get the cramps thinking I`m going to get D then my anxiety kicks in. The benefiber helps me alot and so does my date nut bread that I make ( which I forgot to post) and I will...I promise. What I hate the most is the gas I get in the evenings, very hard to have a relationship and hide the farting. I don`t know how many guys have dumped me or made fun of me because I fart in my sleep.

I do work from home which is a bonus right now cause I know I have a bathroom close incase I do get D.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 12/11/2007 12:16 AM (GMT -7)   
If a guy is making fun of your farting, tell him to get out of the house! Man...I remember when I first was hanging out with my now-fiance and he opened up my medicine cabinet once to get toothpaste or something and about 98323 pill bottles ended up falling into the sink...I felt sheepish about that one, but he barely blinked an eye. That's when I knew he was a goody!

That is great that you've been able to take charge of your health and figure out something that works for you. Keep posting on your successes, we love to hear them.
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New Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 12/12/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Here is the receipe I said I would post for ibs D'ers. This works really well if you have sever D in the morning.

Date Nut Bread

2 cups flour
4 tspns baking powder
1/2 tspn salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup unsweetend apple sauce
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped

I add all of the ingredients in a big bowl , mix it together. I add the nuts last.

Pre heat the oven at 350 and bake for one hour.

I eat a slice for breaky and one after my dinner.

Good luck I hope this helps.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 12/14/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Activa is for both and I can tell you it really helped me.

I would go 3 days of no BM and then 3 days of D. It was horrible. My body was not digesting food properly. THe docs said I had IBS/Ibd, and the gave me prescription pills for the pain and cramping I would have every single time I ate. I suffered for almost 2 years. Every meal I ate felt like I was food poisened. could not eat much for food. Everything had to be bland. Like white rice and baked chicken for the last 2 years.

I tryed Activa and the first 3-5 days I did not notice a difference. BM were still loose. I still ate one everyday and now I have been on it for 1 month. I feel like a million bucks!!!! I go the same time everyday now and its normal and there is no pain associated with it. My mood has improved and I am ten times happier then I've ever been. I can finally go out to restaraunt with my boyfriend and eat from the menu without worring. Just only regret I tried this sooner so I would not have to suffer.

And I can eat anything I want now. I might gain alot of weight at this rate. The foods that I would have to avoid before I can now eat with ease....

Like Pizza, ice cream, soda, chocolate, pudding, chips, sandwiches, an occasional beer OMG the list goes on.....

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 12/18/2007 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG you can have a beer, your so lucky. I love beer and if I drink one its over for me the next day. Ive had three Activa yogurts so far. Ill give it a month to see if it helps like it did for you. Do you take a probiotic as well. 

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 12/18/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't believe you can drink fruit juice, especially with apples in it. I only rarely eat fruit anymore, and only whole. Apples are right out. :-( They were my favorite fruit and fruit juice.

Dehydrated bananas bind me up! I've been known to eat them before going on a trip. I think I'm going to make better use of them the next time I go overseas; it took my guts about a week to get adjusted to the new waking-up time and the sleep deprivation from the flight. It wasn't until the trip was nearly over that I finally got to eat part of a full English breakfast.
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