IBS Emergency Kit

IBS Emergency Kit

I would like to share with you all my IBS Emergency Kit. These 5 items are essential for me every time I leave my home. Do any of you have an IBS emergency kit? If so, what are your most essential items?

 
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  • psuchick402
    10 months ago

    Nice video! Creative idea. I used to carry things on me like wipes and medication (antacids and an IBS medication). Since having my son, I prefer a smaller purse. BUT now I also have a baby bag! So I don’t need two large bags: I already need wipes, sanitizer, etc. for him, so I can use it in a pinch. If you are a parent, take advantage of the baby bag!

  • Chris Hall moderator
    10 months ago

    This is an awesome tip, @psuchick402! There’s definitely a lot of space in those baby bags. Thanks for sharing! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • Hazel
    11 months ago

    I do have emergency IBS bag. Like tomorrow I’m supposed to visit my sister Who recently had surgery,my nerves are starting already. But in my kit I have prescription pain meds. Baby wipes, Mentos which are a strong peppermint losenger,found at any discount Marc’s Store. I take a daily over counter antiacid..so I don’t have acid reflux much with the pills. Pain is what does me in it’s as bad if not worse than labor pains. I have medicated wipes also. My handbag looks more like a drugstore than a handbag. Another thing I’ve found is Ginger Tea ,it works quick to stop spasms. I used it last night worked immediately to stop spasms. Hope this will help anyone who suffers this painful,frustrating disease,IBB.

  • drummerplumber
    1 year ago

    I like the kit idea!
    I personally would add either Poo Pourri or VI Poo spray to it as well. It works so well to cover up the smells that may be left behind.
    Nothing worse than attack at a friend’s place!

  • brnttoast
    1 year ago

    I’ve had IBS-d ever since I was a kid, and always had no idea what was going on but my mom kept pepto bismol for me, which i eventually started keeping in tablet form in my purse. It hasn’t helped, so that turned into Tums, which doesn’t help either, which turned into imodium. I keep it with me now like my life depends on it, and it helps most of the time. Having lived with it from then up to now, nearing 30, it’s beginning to become the standard ‘flare-ups’ everyone talks about, lasting for days instead of just a few hours. The wipes are a great idea, as I’m a clean freak anyway and anal (ha) about odors. Going to start carrying those. I guess that makes me a little kit between imodium and cleansing wipes, with a bit of mental mantra that I’m not dying, it’ll pass, and I don’t need to go to the ER, lol

  • HessP moderator author
    1 year ago

    I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been living with IBS for so long, brnttoast! Please know many of us can relate. Nonetheless, I’m glad you were able to take something away from this video. Wishing you much success with your new kit and feel free to keep us updated on how it works out for you! Thank you for sharing with us and stay strong! Best, Hess (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team member)

  • pshannonbaker
    1 year ago

    Such a good idea! I always have my script on hand which I sometimes even take as a preventative in case I eat something with hidden triggers. I also try to have Gatorade or Pedialyte on hand at home.

  • HessP moderator author
    1 year ago

    Glad you like the idea, pshannonbaker! Thank you for sharing your essentials with us! – Hess IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • Singingaway
    1 year ago

    That is a great idea, having a kit like that. I sort of have that, but not all in one handy pouch. I’m going to have to make one now. 🙂

    On a side note, I tried that brand of peppermint pills once before and I strangely got a horrible reaction from it. I suffer IBS-C mostly and that pill gave me IBS-D with nausea so it really shocked me. How could peppermint hurt me, stupid gut!

    I have a little on-the-go medication box that saves me most of the time with nausea meds, OTC pain killers and reflux meds. I also have emergency pair of undergarments because you never know, haha. Anyway, thanks for sharing this idea very helpful.

  • HessP moderator author
    1 year ago

    I’m glad you enjoyed the video, Singingaway! I’m sorry to hear that you had a negative reaction to that brand of peppermint pills. I did notice they make me belch at times leaving behind a strong peppermint odor, which I don’t know if that is a good thing or bad thing lol. Nonetheless, I hope your on-the-go medication box gives you all the relief that you need. Thank you so much for sharing your extra tips as well! Stay strong! Best, Hess, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • klcaco
    1 year ago

    Thanks for your mentioning the ibs kit. It’s amazing how people think differently. After hearing what you carry, ive decided to add some of the items you mentioned. Here is what I currently have in my kit: cleansing wipes, adult throw away briefs, odor spray and an emergency set of clothes. I carry the dycyclomine my doctor ordered for pain and a very big deal is my promethezine for nausea. I experience very frequent nausea, especially when my Ibs-d is about to kick in.

  • HessP moderator author
    1 year ago

    You’re very welcome, klcaco! I think having an emergency set of clothes is a great idea and definitely an essential! I’m sorry to hear that you experience very frequent nausea, which is something a lot of us IBS sufferers can relate to. However, it’s good to know that you are able to keep it under control with treatment. You may be interested in an article from a fellow contributor, @emily-downward, who wrote about her struggle with nausea in a creative way here: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/living/hello-nausea/ . I think you may find it useful and relatable. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us and stay strong! – Hess, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • DorisE
    1 year ago

    I never used to carry an emergency kit until a therapist I was seeing told me she had one. It has proven useful and I feel better just knowing I can clean up when not at home. I have Ibs d, , with the runs 3 or more dats a week, and at my age some leakage. Family I visit have septic systems so no wet wipes etc can be flushed. I have three face cloths, one wetted in a plastic baggie, two changes of underwear and a small plastic bag for soiled items. Using cloth items does mean laundering them with bleach tho. when I get home. As I have aged, have other medical issues, and have had accidents which were too messy to clean up…plus the pain, I do not go out very often now, cannot travel and rarely go shopping. I have used various Imodiums and I find the wafers work well. An emergency kit is such a good idea but it is p, of course, only a piece of the puzzle.. I hope that by the time you are my age .. 74, that research and medications etc. will bring an end to this life changing illness.

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