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We wanted to create a dedicated space where those living with IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D) can come together to learn and share in one space. Are you living with IBS-D? Do you have words of support or questions? Share here!

Common symptoms of IBS-D include: stomach pain and cramping; loose, watery stools; sudden urges to have a bowel movement; bloating, gas, and flatulence.

  1. I basically have IBS D, but most often not definitely diarrhea, just chronically too-loose stool. I (so far fingers crossed) don't get horrible urgency or accidents. But I do get flatulence, sometimes trapped wind, my lower tummy swells up sometimes, and in the evenings after dinner I often get discomfort low down in my abdomen about 4 hours after eating. That might be gas moving. It's not painful, just uncomfortable. Passing wind can help but it usually goes away anyway in an hour or two.
    A good thing is there are no other bad signs in my stools, and they do not have a bad smell, and when I pass wind it has no bad smell either.
    Neither do I have any signs of malnutrition or vitamin /mineral deficiency, even though my diet is more restricted than it ought to be.

    I can also get: heart palpitations, exhaustion, a feeling a bit like anxiety, slight dizziness sometimes, sensitivity to weather especially dark grey skies, and low pressure rainy weather, and the thaw after snow.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! I'm the same, I don't often get actual diarrhea unless the flare is really bad. How are you currently doing with all the rain?
      Karina (team member)

  2. Yes that's just like me. Sometimes I am quite normal! But I still have to be careful what I eat even if I am.
    Ugh....the rain. One good thing is there can be lovely sunshine in between the rainstorms, and it's not yet cold here, which it can be at this time of year.

    1. That's true, we get some sunshine between rain storms as well and it's nice to have that at least. I hope you had a lovely weekend! Karina (team member)

  3. My flare-ups are in the morning when I have to go somewhere. Not diarrhea, just multiple trips to the bathroom. I've been dealing with IBS for 47 years.

    1. I totally get that and it's so frustrating! Would love to have an early appointment but I just never know.

    2. You're not alone. I used to never make appointments until 11 either... Do you have somewhere to be early in the morning, or are you able to wait it out at home? Karina (team member)

  4. Some, now that I retired. I try to schedule things late morning which had helped. Also, my doctor told me that almost 80% of people with IBS are gluten intolerant. Going GF has made a big difference.

    1. That's great. Yes, for me cutting wheat was a huge huge help. Glad you have found ways to manage. I hope today was a swell day for you. Best, Elizabeth (team member)

    2. That's so interesting, thank you for sharing! It's the same for me, going gluten-free has helped me so much.
      Do you see a difference in your IBS now that you're retired? How are you feeling?
      Scheduling things later in the day definitely helps, that's what I try to do as well.
      Wishing you a symptom-free day today, Karina (team member)

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