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What Works For Some

To date, there has been no cure developed for IBS. We know this. So what are we all left to do? We see our doctors and they prescribe medication. Sometimes they help, sometimes they don’t, and in some cases, they seem like a godsend. Same with diets, exercise routines, therapy, meditation, acupuncture, probiotics…I could go on and on. What I have discovered, and I think many of you have too, is that there is no quick and easy way to ease the pain and frustration that we experience through IBS.

My personal experience with IBS

It has taken me three long years (and many of you much longer) to come to terms with this illness and to find that my ability to manage it has become stronger. I am not cured. One pill did not do it. One diet did not do it. It has been a journey of trial and error and more error. Just when I think I’ve got it kicked, it comes back stronger. Yes, it’s about resilience and perseverance, but in my humble opinion, it’s about being flexible and going back to the drawing board.

Our IBS experiences are all different

I think we’ve all discovered that there are some basic building blocks that, at very least, won’t hurt. Exercise (in any form) is good. Water is good. I believe that even though the low FODMAP diet doesn’t work for everyone, that the ideas there are good ones to work with. Let’s see, support is good. We can’t get through this without some kind of support. Whether that comes from a family member, a friend, a therapist or this site, it doesn’t matter, we need not be alone in this.

The crazy thing about IBS is that it seems to react to each person and their particular weaknesses, whether they be physiological, psychological or both. That makes each person’s case of IBS unique. So where one gameplan does wonders for one, it may wreak havoc for another. I have always found it interesting the variety of foods people can get away with when reading people’s posts. I can have coffee, another person laughs and says they can, too, but will go into the depths of hell afterward. I saw one person say they could eat lots of fried food and not be triggered. I laughed because I knew that fried food makes me the person playing the pain game.

Seeking our personal path

I suppose the point I’m trying to make is that this is a search. A search for something or things that can help us manage the illness and hopefully find us some relief and some peace. If that is something very simple, then great. If it is something that you have to continually go back to the drawing board to reevaluate, then so be it. I wish there was a cure, a pill we could take, or just a list of things to do that would take care of it, but this is not the nature of IBS. Good luck finding your own personal path and I will keep walking mine.

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  • ExplodingGuts
    3 months ago

    After maybe a month or more of a tsp of raw honey plus one Immodium each morning after coffee, I am FINALLY feeling human. No explosions for more than a week and a half. Whole hours go by when I don’t hear, feel or even think about my guts.

    I had to find a new GP at a walkin clinic to plead my case for the h pylori Urea breath test. Alas, the test proved negative. But I persevered with the honey and I am now after weary yrs finally getting my life back. I’m now thinking seriously about travel, a luxury that becomes a nightmare with IBS.

    I heard about the raw honey from an AZ psychiatrist at fb. He said h pylori infection was almost always to blame for what is diagnosed as IBS. He mentioned studies from New Zealand that indicated a tsp of raw honey daily quite often killed the infection within about two weeks. Longer for me but it seems to be holding.

    I am not a person who typically looks to what I call pop junk science aka ‘alternative’ medicine for medical complaints.

    Until the raw honey, the only real relief I had experienced was brief respite from explosions during a course of strong antibiotics undertaken for pneumonia a few yrs ago. I told each successive MD about this respite asking if there might have been a link. No interest. None.

    The treatment for h pylori infection is, in fact, a two-week course of two kinds of antibiotics plus a strong antacid although sometimes two weeks isn’t enough. It sometimes takes several courses of the treatment to kill the bacteria.

    Unfortunately for me, b/c my Urea test result came back negative, there was no way I’d get the treatment. Nor any other treatment, it seems. The MD who ordered the test never wanted to see me again. Chronic diarrhea is not a condition Canadian MDs care to explore or try to treat. Very troubling as it seems to infect so many. Apparently, about 60% of us carry h pylori though not all get sick from it.

    So T., I strongly suggest you try the raw honey. Bees may know more than we think they do. It’s easy and pleasant to take. You have nothing to lose.

    Again, I did undertake multiple blood and stool tests over the last few years but never the h pylori Urea breath test. Could there have been a problem with the sample testing? Possibly. Our recently privatized medical labs here are not a model of hygiene. Were the samples tested properly? It’s a leap of faith at best, unfortunately.

    If the raw honey stops working, my next plan would be to find still another GP and beg for the h pylori course of antibiotics and antacid. I’m hoping it won’t come to that b/c antibiotics up here are now as verboten as opioids even when they’re medically necessary.

    So far, the raw honey and one Immodium are working. I expect to resume regular workouts again shortly, that’s how much better I’m feeling. I hope to lose the one Immodium, too, eventually. Right now, I feel a certain dependence b/c of the terror of an explosion far from a washroom. But I expect my confidence to return soon.

    If this ‘cure’ holds, I will submit my narrative to the local College of Physicians and Surgeons, malevolent as they are toward IBS and its sufferers, and see what happens. I think that’s all I can do for now.

    I’d be very interested to know if the raw honey helps anyone else here. I sure hope so. It’s cheap and accessible at least.

    I’ve told my pharmacist so far and will see my asthma specialist in the spring, when I hope IBS will be but a vague memory.

    To everyone who’s been advised that it’s a stress or mental health issue, ignore them and persevere. IBS whatever the cost is real and extremely debilitating.

  • tmholland moderator author
    3 months ago

    Hey @explodingguts,

    If you keep having good luck with the honey you’ll have to change your user name. No more ‘exploding guts’ :-). Glad to hear you are getting some relief, you deserve it with all the hard work you do. I haven’t had any experience with the honey remedy much, but have been through the breath test. Mine was negative, too. Perhaps someone will chime in with their experiences with the raw honey. I hope you are continuing to feel well today and thank you for your comments. -Todd, Team

  • Elizabeth Alvarez moderator
    4 months ago

    Well said. IBS is so hard to figure out. It truly is a daily game of trial and error, at least it feels like that sometimes. I have been dealing with it for years now and my trigger foods tend to change after some time making it difficult to keep a solid diet plan.

    Thanks for your encouraging words and I hope you are finding relief from symptoms today.

    Elizabeth ( team)

  • tmholland moderator author
    4 months ago


    You are very welcome and I thank you for your kind words. I am feeling quite well today. -Todd, Team

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