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silver
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posted 01-13-1999 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if you guys could help in identifying gut triggers. I am perfectly fine one day and the next morning, look out, the cramps and D start and I feel like hell for the day. The next day that follows, I'm fine. So, you see, I'm a bit confused where to start. Do you look at what you just ate the day before or do you check the last 3 days or so. Cant seem to figure this out. I have tried a food diary, with no help. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Chantal
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posted 01-13-1999 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chantal   Click Here to Email Chantal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there, Ibs is like that one day you feel fine and the other well.... it take about 2 days for the food to get to the intestines so try to keep track of what you are eating but that's not all stress is a big part of IBS. Here are a few suggestion for cutting out foods: all dairy, spicy foods, fried food, all sugars (except:honey), no corn products. Few suggestions on what to eat: wheat, oat or rye for fiber, lots of veggies and fruits (but not too much), lots of water, soy milk and anything that agrees with you.

Hope this helps you a bit
Chantal

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posted 01-13-1999 11:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would keep trying the food diary. Also, do you drink coffee or pop? For a long time I couldn't figure out what was causing me to have D and pain all the time, but I found out that it was caused by the caffeine in the pop I drank (I used to drink a lot). Also, could it be that some days are more stressful than others? Stress and anxiety are major triggers. My IBS also flares up badly when I'm on my period. Even with all these possibilities though, I still get D sometimes for no apparent reason. Maybe you have the same problem too. K

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posted 01-14-1999 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi K, I drink about 3 cups of coffee every morning and I dont plan on giving it up. I have given up too many things already. I dont drink pop, only lots and lots of water. I know I should do the food diary again but I found I could not find a pattern of any kind. I dont have very much stress in my life, I exercise regularly, about 3 times a week, it helps alot. I know I have been trying to eat yogurt the past week, and I just dont know if that would do it. I heard its supposed to be good, but I'm not sure if thats what triggered it. I also have bad D and lots of cramps around period time too. I have gone on the Depo-provera in hopes that if I dont get a period it will get rid of some of the cramps I get at that time of month. Its only been 6 week since I have been on it, and I have not had a period but this past week I also had symptoms, like mild cramps and backache. This could also have started this attack. You see, I'm confused and dont know where to start. May be I'll just wait and see, and stick to my regular diet with no new foods. Thanks anyway.

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posted 01-14-1999 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe you could switch to decaf coffee? I know it's hard to give up foods that you like, but when you see how much better you feel, it makes it a lot easier! Really, I think it's the caffeine that's doing it to you. Maybe you could try going a week or so without coffee, and see if that seems to help any. They also make "light" coffee, it has only about half the caffeine. That may be all you need. Take care! K

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posted 01-14-1999 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blair   Click Here to Email Blair     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yogurt is one of my worst triggers. Without a food diary I would not have belived it. Oats and Bran cereals also cause problems. I am just mentioning these two because "common knowledge" says they are healthly foods and good for you. I have a whole list of foods I avoid but because eveyone is different it would be of little value to list them all. and it takes 12 to 48 hours to get bad reactions so without a diary you better have a good memory. Good luck.

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posted 01-14-1999 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Julianne   Click Here to Email Julianne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Silver, I have had the same problems trying to figure out foods. It takes a long time, but clue 1, you need to try NO coffee. I found I can tolerate caffeine in tea and soda, but I can't drink any coffee at all. Once in awhile, for a treat, if I've been well for awhile, I'll drink just a tiny bit. Just about an eighth of a cup, for the flavor. I'm doing much better since I cut out dairy and vegetables. Now I need to experiment with individual vegetables. I've also found that a food will be fine one day and a problem the next. I have to now think about things like, how much have I eaten today? How hungry was I? Am I anxious? What was the first meal of the day? Mine is also worse around my period. Good luck, and cut out that evil coffee! I know it's hard!

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posted 01-14-1999 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Judy   Click Here to Email Judy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too found that caffeine was causing me to cramp after lunch everyday when I would have my beloved cup of hot tea. I tried cutting it out and it stopped. I would get on a diet for a few weeks of things that you can tolerate and keep a food diary and slowly add one thing at a time back and you will begin to see things that trigger it. sometimes things you would never think of ..maybe a certain snack or condiment, barbeque sauce, rough vegetable. That;s why it;s so important to keep it simple and write it down. Anything is worth not having cramps and diarrhea!
Judy

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posted 01-14-1999 07:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Judy   Click Here to Email Judy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also I take one Immodium every other day. And calcium on the other day. Depending on how bad your diarrhea is you may be able to take calcium everyday or several a day but with the Immodium I cannot take that much calcium

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posted 01-15-1999 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Renee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Silver - I recently stopped the Depo-Provera shot and that's when I was diagnosed with IBS. I am not in anyway suggesting a link here, but I thought it might be helpful. Maybe the pill could help the backaches. I have always had backaches with my periods and back labor during childbirth. The pill stopped that. I was on Depo for almost two years with no periods, no cramps, nothing. It was great while it lasted. Good luck

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