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  • I suffer from IBS D and granted I don't always eat what I should and what not but I've noticed that during the winter months with the stomach bug floating around my anxiety has risen to new levels. I am paranoid that I am going to get sick and what that will mean. I'm supposed to travel tomorrow and be away the weekend and I have spent the entire week basically worrying about the possibility of getting a virus or my IBS flaring up. I was just wondering if anyone else ever feels like this to.

    This month we’re talking about how pets can affect or help IBS. If you have a pet, tell us how your pet helps you cope with your IBS. Don’t have a pet? Then tell us what comforts you when you aren’t feeling so great.

    After 3 years of doctors moving me along and giving me too many ineffective medicines to count, I decided to do some research on natural healing. For the past 4 years, I have been treating myself with a lot of natural Peppermint. (Side note: I did this research because my doctors literally told me that there was nothing more they could do for me. This may not work for everyone, and you should definitely consult your doctors if you wish to try it. Please be aware that dosages and allergies apply for everything.) I grow the plants, make the oils and teas, and am constantly learning new ways to use it. Turns out you can add the oil to food, liquids, and use it for aromatherapy. I find that as long as I ingest it in some way, it helps. However, it doesn't help all of the time, and I still struggle with many symptoms. Has anyone else found alternate ways to help manage the symptoms?

    For many community members, the process of getting a diagnosis of IBS was not quick. What was the most challenging or frustrating part of your diagnosis journey?

    Managing your IBS symptoms and flare ups can be difficult while on vacation, or just going to the store. What are some tips you have to manage your IBS when you're away from home? Share with us below!

    I have recently had a lot of stress. This gave me constipation as my bowels felt screwed up, I got cramps and bloating. I also look after a 1 year old little boy whilst my daughter is at work, and lifting him created a strain in my left side which I attribute to my bowels, which worried me as I was unable to walk without it aching. Seeing my GP (I am 66) to talk about my issues he sent for bloods to be tested. He examined my tummy, and suggested I could have Diverticulitis...which really spooked me as it would have meant invasive examinations which one previous GP some time ago , when I went for bloating, actually said, cases have been known where people sometimes had there Bowels ruined by the procedure, so I was really scared. After my examination the GP sent me away with a prescription for Fybogel, which I started the same day. I can actually say, it has worked for me. I have stools that are much bulkier and easy to pass, and my tummy feels less bloated. The slight ache in my side has also gone, so I feel less stressed already. I had my results back that my Blood test was clear and did not show signs of Diverticulitis, which has made me feel happer. I did not think I was not having enough Fibre in my diet, so I would suggest trying this if you have constipation. I did get cramps with trapped wind, when I started taking it but a good poo was worth it..

    Does anyone use vierberzi? I have been on this regime since Dec. 2015. I have side effects would like to hear from others how they are managing on this drug . Thanks

    Does anyone suffer from IBS C and gas and bloating? My IBS started perhaps 7 years ago and was more of a feeling of incomplete evacuation. Taking Metamucil/psyllium husk would typically help. I then noticed alcohol and coffee would sometimes throw me off, but things were very manageable. I got food poisoning about 5 years ago and I noticed things were never quite the same. The symptoms were more severe. So I took the bulking agents everyday. Then about a year and a half ago it was a crazy fun/stressful summer. My buddy got married and I was in the wedding. I noticed that at the wedding I felt really good, my gut seemed almost normal. Thank goodness! Then I went back to work and I was more constipated than I've ever been in my entire life. I felt like my gut was irritated and I had to go 4-6 times a day, yet I would strain and barely anything would come out. So I started taking Magnesium Citrate and this started to help a bit. I then embarked on getting every test done under the sun! About $1,000 later and 18 months later I got no diagnosis from my gastroenterologists, none from my Integrative Doctor and I had given up on my General Practitioner. I was beyond Frustrated! People wanted me to try some of the most obscure stuff and nothing seemed cost effective or would work. So Here was the journey: Gastroenterologist: Colonoscopy and Endoscopy, blood work, Breath Test - nothing came back positive (that's good I guess)...I then begged them for a medication and they let me try Linzess and Trulance, both were awful! The side effects Integrative Doctor - Heavy Metals Test, Blood Work, Stool Sample (He wanted me to try the the SCD Diet and low Dose Naltrexone and that’s when I said, I think I need to tackle Anxiety and other aspects, goodbye. I tried going carb free for 2.5 weeks, it helped ever so slightly but I felt so weak). Dietician - Allergy Elimination Diet, then low FODMAP Diet (Allergy Elimination diet was terrible. Some relief from low FODMAP) UBiome - Stool sample - (No real actionable information) Professor/Doctor of Gastroenterology - Cognitive Behavior Therapy aimed at IBS Allergy Testing - Sent Hair Follicles out for intolerance, nutrition and heavy metal testing Currently, I still work with a dietician and am on a low FODMAP diet. I meditate sometimes. I still see the Professor/Doctor of Gastroenterology for CBT sessions. I also recently am trying out an anti-anxiety for the first time in years, as well as an antispasmodic. It seems like my symptoms fluctuate. I’ve noticed that since I’ve started eating all organic and mostly whole foods, that I’ve lost a lot of weight, but I’m gassy alllllll the time. Occasionally it goes away, but lately it’s been constant. I think the stress of the Holidays, as well as letting my guard down slightly for the holidays with good I can’t seem to get rid of gas. I’m actually trying food combining this week. And if that doesn’t work I may next try intermittent fasting. I have to say, I've suffered from Anxiety, depression and stress for years. Maybe 15 years. I tried a few generic medication about 7-10 years ago, no help. Recently I've done 90 consecutive days of meditation, 30 consecutive days of intense workouts, 75 consecutive days of Writing…..none really seemed to help all that much. I think I get some relief from the Cognitive Behavior Therapy, but I still feel really tense a lot of the time and my mind races uncontrollably. My current regiment: Meds: Escitalopram, Dicyclomine Supplementation: Psyllium Husk 2x/ day, Neuromins, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, ~1000 mg Magnesium Citrate. Diet: Low FODMAP, removed all intolerances/triggers/sensitivities Mental/Physical: Exercise, Meditate, Yoga (I have gotten pretty lazy about this as depression and fatigue has increased over the year, but I do try to get ½ of these in per week). Try to sleep as much as I can, however sometimes I wake up after 6 hours. Fill out CBT sheets or run through exercises in my head. I’m kind of at a loss of what to do next. I’m just hoping the Food Combining helps with the gas and intense IBS C flare up, and hoping that the Medication helps take the edge off of the anxiety. If anyone has any recommendations, I’d love to hear them and if anyone has any questions for me, I’d love to help you out on your journey.

    Hi, I am new. I have had IBS for years. I don't know anyone else that has it. I have IBS-C. When I have a flare up I am totally exhausted afterward and completely drained for the rest of the day. Does anyone else experience this? Thanks!

    All the hustle and bustle of the holiday season isn't always the best you IBS. Do you have specific holiday triggers? Let's discuss!

    Has anyone had success with adding this to their daily regimen? I ran Across this article when doing research. http://www.ei-resource.org/articles/irritable-bowel-syndrome-articles/reversing-irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs-with-nutritional-therapy/

    Which part of your invisible illness do you wish people would see and understand? We want to hear more about your journey with an invisible illness.

    I have been having a flare up of IBSD going on 4 weeks now..It has taketaken over my life..to the extent that I cannot leave my home..my my stomach hurts all the time am scared to go to my Dr. Am thinking the worse...

    If you're suffering from IBS, you know how unpredictable flares can be. Are there any routines you've established that help off-set flares? Any routines that you tried, but didn't work? Discuss below!

    IBS can really be a pain. We hear frequently how pain is a daily struggle for many members of the IBS community. How do you manage your IBS pain?

    What types life hacks do you have for managing your IBS symptoms? Use any smartphone apps to help track symptoms or diet? Share with the community below!

    About 10 years ago I started having severe stomach and upper GI pain. At that time is was localized to that area. Nothing helped and no particular thing seemed to cause it. It just came and left me doubled over in pain for days. A doctor diagnosed me with IBS 2 years ago. She said" you have depression and anxiety therefor you have IBS". She gave me tramacet for pain. I have been treated for deppression and anxiety for 20 years so that part is right. Over the years I have tried every diet, meditation, buscapan, OCT medication, probiotic to no avail. In the past 2 years it has moved down to my abdomen with all the textbook symptons for IBS-C. The buscapan gives relief for the abdomen spasm but I still have debilitating stomach pain. I lived on Mexico for 8 of the last 10 years and was treated several times with antibiotics and anti parasite medication a year for Ecoli and parasites. I go back to my doctor this Friday. Any advice or suggestions for some tests. I have never had any diagnostic test done. My life is ruined by this. There has to be some answers out there. Thanks.

    I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in February. However after another doctor performed a second colonoscopy, I was diagnosed with Crohn's. I spent 7 days in the hospital and was given an injection of Remicade. It went well and I was released. When the next injection was due I had a severe allergic reaction and treatment was stopped only 20 minutes into it. My doctor took precautions the next time, but I still had an allergic reaction. The next week my doctor had it approved for me to get Entyvio. I had no problem with this medication. Yesterday I had my second dose. Everything went well. I am not sure, but I haven't seen many people on this medication yet. I felt a little better a week after my first dose. I was just wondering has anyone had Entyvio, and how long it took to feel good?

    We hear many community members speak of the other chronic health conditions they live with along with IBS. Coping with IBS can present many challenges on its own, so this June, we want to discuss managing multiple conditions with you! Do you have any tips or advice? Just want to vent? Share with us below!

    I am 75 and have had IBS symptoms for many years along with stress issues which do go hand in hand for me. Have used Miralax for a while with great success must stop it after a few days due to unexpected bathroom trips at unpredictable times and places. Had anyone else used Miralax?
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