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God, I Hate Mornings

God, I Hate Mornings

I think it’s pretty common knowledge that many people that suffer with IBS have a really rough time in the morning hours. By ‘really rough time’, I mean some of our more uncomfortable symptoms seem to AMPLIFY. The symptoms are terrible under normal circumstances, but for some reason they seem to want to become absolutely excruciating and uncontrollable upon waking. I’d like to share my experiences with this phenomenon and some ways that I have tried to, at the very least, minimize the havoc that IBS wreaks on our bodies and minds.

Preparing for the morning

I’m not sure that being a ‘morning person’ makes this morning IBS attack any better, but for the sake of sharing, I am NOT a morning person. It may because of the medication I take at bedtime, but I honestly am not fully awake until about an hour and a half after I get out of bed. This makes the pain and loss of control I experience a lot of the time, worse. Because I am not yet my ‘go get em’!’ self yet, I find the six, eight, ten…trips to the bathroom completely demoralizing. Not to mention the fact that my guts literally hurt and my back feels like it is on fire. Fun, fun, fun… I have done my best to take care of all the stuff I need for my day, at night, when things are a little more calm. I make my lunch, make sure my work stuff is in order and pack my ‘IBS Bag’ with teas, medication and other things that I need to help me through the day. My clothes are laid out at night and my bags put by the front door. So, all I have to do is grab my keys and I’m gone, right? Wrong? IBS in the morning makes things so much more complicated. Agreed? Agreed.

During the morning

Ok, so other than doing as much preparation at night as possible, what can we do IN THE MORNING, to ease our suffering a little and make it easier to start our day? The first thing I had to change was my sleeping schedule. I realized I needed to allow myself a lot more time in the morning to deal with Mr. IBS. I decided to go to bed two hours earlier (understand I was going to bed at midnight or 1am) and then to get up two hours earlier. Sucks, but a lot of this sucks and requires some sacrifice and change just to get by. I still have a good breakfast, even though I may not want to. I think if you take your breakfast seriously and have a good dietary plan going, this will only help matters. I stretch and do some light yoga straight out of bed and then I shower. Now, as you can imagine, all this ‘regular morning’ stuff is interrupted, sometimes at a frantic pace, by trips to the bathroom, cramps and discomfort. I shower again. I may shower three or four times at varying durations to make sure that when things do settle down I feel as positive and fresh as I can when I finally walk out the door.

What works for me may not work for you. I do have medication that my doctor prescribed that takes the edge off a little, but certainly doesn’t FIX the problem. The morning is so important to having a positive outlook on the day ahead and what we go through with IBS some (or a lot) of mornings, may be one of the more difficult aspects of this illness. I will keep trying new things. I will also keep an eye out for what all of you are trying and see if I can’t up my game.

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Comments

  • Nani
    1 year ago

    Well it’s day 6 on the citracil. I don,t think I,m any better. Maybe a little but definitely not a miracle cure. I,ll keep on though. I bought the sugar free. I wonder if that makes a difference. Please let me know if you think it does. Nan

  • kelliannschultz
    1 year ago

    I can so relate to this post. Mornings are my absolute worst. I used to be such a morning person also but by the time I’m done in the bathroom, I’m ready for a nap. I recently was also diagnosed with colitis which as you can imagine makes my mornings rough. Sometimes my stomach is so sore I won’t eat for days. I ended up in the hospital for dehydration one time. On the advice of several persons, I tried marijuana. This is a miracle drug if you ask me. It stops the spasms I get every time I have to go to the bathroom, and by stopping the spasms, I go less. It also stimulates my appetite when my stomach doesn’t want to eat. I’ve also changed my diet somewhat. It took a lot of trial and error, but starchy foods seem to negatively affect me. They make me feel bloated and then my stomach starts hurting. I also use less dairy using almond milk instead. Hard cheeses don’t seem to affect me too badly, but still in moderation. I also try to avoid eating certain foods several days in a row. Back to the dairy. I may eat some one day and I’ll be fine but eat in the following day also will give me problem. I’m down to at most 5 times in the bathroom only. All I can say is this is a horrendous condition. Oh and I also try to keep the stress to a minimum. I’m glad I found this site.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks for weighing in, @kelliannschultz! We’re really glad you found this site, too. You’re definitely not alone with the troublesome mornings. It seems like you have some good things in place to help manage your symptoms. One of our contributors, @hessp, has written an article on his experiences with medical marijuana. Here’s the link in case you want to read more: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/living/13-reasons-for-medical-marijuana/. Additionally, I wanted to share an article with you about the low-FODMAP diet, which has helped many folks with managing food triggers: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/ibs-diet/. I hope this is helpful! Thanks for taking the time to comment. – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • katles
    1 year ago

    I was wondering is other people find mornings the hardest too…ah,it’s hard,I personally only drink tea,because if I have to leave the house for the day,then everything I had for breakfast will end up in a bathroom. Not eating makes me pretty weak but it’s still better than when I do eat..and that can be anything,if I’m a little stressed,it will not stay in my stomach. I also do little yoga and stretching,and just like you,give myself time in the morning,because I know it will make me feel better and give me some extra time,just in case. Although my gut problem mostly flares up when I’m stressed, that means it’s always there when you don’t want to or in the least needed times,so at that I’m stressed about anything involving quiet places,small places and so on, had make some adjustments due to that,but I really do try to stay positive,practice self love and go trough the day besides the unvisible struggles, I hope you can too ❤

  • Chris Hall moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks for commenting, @katles! We’ve heard from others that mornings are really tough for them, too. Whether it’s flaring from the previous day’s food, or the anxiety of the upcoming day, it’s understandable that mornings are hard. It’s good to hear that you’re taking steps to help address the morning difficulties! Have you ever tried drinking smoothies in the morning? We actually have a few articles talking about this and a few smoothie recipes in case you’re interested!

    https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/living/digestive-issues-smoothies-rescue/
    https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/tag/smoothie/

    I hope this is helpful. Thanks for sharing with us!

    -Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • katles
    1 year ago

    Sorry,I didn’t re-read before posting,had a few missing words there and some that just didn’t belong,but I hope you understand,also English is not my first language..finding excuses

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