a desert dehydrated bathroom

Dehydrated From An IBS Flare?

Whenever my IBS is in a severe flare, I am running to the bathroom easily over 15 times a day and that’s not including the night episodes.  At night I will get woken up to use the restroom almost just as much.

Discovering dehydration

When you are going to the washroom so many times with diarrhea, dehydration becomes a big issue. But when you are in pain and seeing stars from all the commotion of your condition, and all you want is someone to put you out of your misery, reminding yourself to drink water or an electrolyte drink sort of becomes a low priority. You’re just trying to survive the flare and get some rest.

I didn’t realize how easily I dehydrate when I flare with IBS until I recently had a video appointment with my gastroenterologist. She took one look at me and immediately said I needed fluids. I was sort of shocked because the way I felt, felt so normal with a flare. I had zero energy, felt like crap, easily got dizzy and moved at the pace of a sloth because I was so exhausted.

Well no duh, I was also extremely dehydrated.

My path to hydration

In lieu of this discovery, I decided to take my doctor’s advice and get some IV fluids and nutrition therapy. There is a small holistic clinic near my house that provides these therapies and I immediately made an appointment for the day after I spoke with my doctor. I decided to do what is called an IV Myers Cocktail along with 500mg of saline fluid.

What an amazing discovery! I entered the clinic depleted and miserable from my flare, literally feeling so weak that I could barely stand for long, and left with a pep in my step!  I had no idea how severe my dehydration was.

My vitamin IV

So what is an IV Meyers Cocktail?  Well, it is a mix of vitamins and minerals that is administered through an IV. In other words, all the goodness of vitamins and minerals bypass your digestive system and go straight into your bloodstream boosting you almost immediately.

At the clinic I went to, you can customize this cocktail and either add to or delete from the mixture. I decided to opt-out of the vitamin B complex because I recently had bloodwork done which showed a high count of vitamin B in my system, so I didn’t want to overload my body with something it already had plenty of. I kept the rest of the cocktail the same which includes: vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, selenium, and zinc. Then of course I added 500mg of saline for maximum hydration. It was the best decision I ever made.

Now that I have discovered this amazing tool in helping me feel better during a flare, it has become a go-to therapy for me whenever I need extra help when I’m dehydrated.

I highly recommend this therapy for anyone who has issues with dehydration during an IBS flare. It has truly been a game-changer for me, and I am so glad I decided to give it a try! Of course, always consult your doctor first, but if they give you the green light, go for it!

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