Foods You Can Eat With IBS
I can’t remember a time when I digested and passed my food ‘normally.’ I have been told many times that it is ‘in my head’ and that I just need to learn to deal with stress. I used to be so nervous going on a date that I get sick and I believe it interfered with my social life and my confidence. I am very lucky now to have a boyfriend who is understanding and supportive. Lately though I have just been crying and feeling so overwhelmed that I am stressing him out. I have had IBS for about 7 years.
It’s embarrassing to say the least. I can actually feel it coming on with the sharp rolling stomach pains and it builds to where I have to go to the bathroom instantaneously. I think I’ve had IBS at least since I had my gallbladder removed. I don’t recall having IBS before then and could pretty much eat whatever I wanted.
After that incident, I told myself that I had enough. I would continue research on my own. But when I began the university this year, everything was the same, or even worse, with even more frequent diarrhea.
My relationships suffer because I don’t feel attractive or desirable when I am gaseous and experiencing frequent bowel movements. And I can’t take a work position that doesn’t allow me to get up and disappear for several minutes at a time incase I begin to feel sick. Since then any time I experience any amount of stress or even any emotion beyond complacency, my stomach reacts and I am sent flailing to a restroom. It’s horrible. My most recent relationship ended because my boyfriend couldn’t handle the nervousness and anxiety I would feel about eating or being in public places without a restroom.
I finally decided that I would seriously try to uncover the problem because no one else seemed to be able to do that for me. I took margarine (not butter) totally out of my diet for about ten days. I also had myself on a very restrictive diet. As I added back food I noticed that as long as I stayed away from margarine, I had great improvement in my digestive tract.
The pain from the gallbladder is gone but now she has a new pain after she eats and in the mornings. She had a colonoscopy this week and found no problem so they say it has to be IBS-C.
Drinking a hot beverage with caffeine helps too. Then 20-30 minutes after you eat go sit on the toilet for 30 minutes. Read, or listen to calming and relaxing music.
Ironic isn’t it. I pray that I can find an alternative treatment for controlling the symptoms so I can stop taking the medication. It is causing me a lot of problems. I guess I’ll have to apply for disability since I am a Home Health Nurse. I am too young to feel this old!
I was diagnosed with IBS in 2001. Since then I was diagnosed with celiac as well. When I first cut out gluten I went for almost two years without any problems. But in 2014 the bathroom issues started again.
I know I am not the only one that has to deal with this, and with the amount of people who are diagnosed with IBS, you would think that someone would be able to help us sufferers by now. I think that is the worst part of it all. Because there is no medicine or anything to fix this, we have no choice but to silently suffer through this every day.
EndoscopyEndoscopy is a broad term used to described examining the inside of the body using an lighted, flexible instrument called an endoscope. Endoscopy procedure is performed on a patient to examine the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum; and look for causes of symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, or intestinal bleeding.
The only problems I still encounter happen when I lapse in my diet and eat too much dairy. I also found that I can’t take the antispasmodics with the antidepressant so I’m still searching for help with abdominal cramps. For now I’m just trying to find a way to live with my stress while in Iraq while looking to the future when I’ll be in more control of my surroundings and diet. There is an excess of health-related information available on the Internet. Some is downright wrong.
New Rome IV Diagnostic Criteria for IBS
Those afflicted report lower quality of life and activity levels and call in sick twice as often as the general population. (2) Depression and anxiety often accompany IBS, most likely through the gut-brain axis connection between the enteric nervous system of the GI tract and the central nervous system.