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So we all know that stress is a major factor with flare ups. This was really apparent last week. I have huge complications following eye surgery. My stomach immediately cramped and I was so nauseous to the point of not being able to eat. I had to force down a biscuit when taking medication and just had to lie in bed all day. Since I have made slight progress with my sight my ibs is settling. I tried deep breathing techniques and meditation but my stomach wasn't having any of it. I lost 7lbs in a week which I didn't need to lose. I'm not sure how to calm my stomach without the actual stress being taken away. A very tough week with the surgery so I could really do without the ibs symptoms making me feel so ill.

  1. I hear you. Stress aggravates my IBS as well. I found that deep breathing is helpful and just taking a moment to decompress. Sometimes prayer/medication is key. But like a real session. At least ten minutes of maybe a guided medication or listening to calming music. Just understanding that what is out of our control is simply out of our control. But we can control how we react. To help, I also sometimes even do a liquid diet. Lots of broth and soup to help calm the stomach. Crackers. I hope this helps some. Big hugs, Elizabeth (team member)

    1. Meditation and breathing exercises were a good idea. Meditation is no wonder weapon which will just help magically. Kabat-Zinn (the father of mindfullness meditation) once compared meditation to a muscle which you have to train every day, so keep on practicing. Another idea: Just lying in bed (eventhough you feel horrible) might be a bad idea. Instead try to talk very slow walks outside. Locked-up in your bedroom, you'll notice that your mind will just go back over and over to the same problem. Keep yourself active if possible.

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