NavBar
  The Parkview Publishing Bulletin Board
  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Discussion
  I'm not alone

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

UBBFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   I'm not alone
Jennie P
Veteran

Posts: 24
Registered: Jan 99

posted 01-23-1999 12:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jennie P   Click Here to Email Jennie P     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After all these years of feeling like I was the only person in the world with this dreaded condition, I stumbled upon this bulletin board. You know that guy on the imodium commercial? The one in the huge arena at a sporting event who just sits down and has to make another mad dash to the bathroom? That's me! I have to smile when I watch that commercial because I know just how he feels. After reading all your messages, it seems like I may not have a real bad case of IBS although it can make your life miserable.

I have been dealing with it for as long as I can remember, practically since childhood. Always thought it was just a "nervous stomach". I find myself avoiding social situations and just hate traveling, especially by plane. Constantly worrying about whether or not it would bother me that day.
From reading these messages, it seems like most sufferers have diarrhea on a daily basis. I can go anywhere from 2-10 days without any problems. Even that is too much.

I am going to try the Caltrate that everyone is talking about and hope that helps me. Anyone have any diet suggestions? I am sure avoiding caffeing would be a start. I never could pinpoint anything that triggers it, so haven't really eliminated anything from my diet.

I try not to let this make me a prisoner, but I am losing my patience.

belfor
Veteran

Posts: 196
Registered: Jan 99

posted 01-23-1999 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for belfor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jennie: Please tell me what are your favorite foods? I think it is so important for you to know that. Sometimes these may be or are the trigger foods for both C&D IBSers. belle

Jennie P
Veteran

Posts: 24
Registered: Jan 99

posted 01-23-1999 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jennie P   Click Here to Email Jennie P     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Belfor,

I really enjoy fried foods, like chicken. I like spaghetti, ice cream, chocolate, hamburgers. I love to drink coffee, caffeinated of course. I am sure I am eating all the wrong things. As everyone says, you should eat your fruits and vegetables, but I stay away from that fearing it will make the problem worse. Am i wrong?

heykate
Veteran

Posts: 556
Registered: Jan 99

posted 01-23-1999 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heykate   Click Here to Email heykate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jennie P

Welcome to the world of IBS. OK, so you have named all of the offending foods in the world. Caffeine is a stimulant and will irritate a normal person's colon. Ditto chocolate. Fried foods and red meat are fatty and can be hard to digest. Spaghetti sauce is acidic and can be spicey and also an irritant. You pretty much named all the food I can no longer eat. Add wheat products, milk products, Mexican food (which I love), alcohol (ditto) and soda, and life is pretty much over. But, I feel better by eliminating these foods and drink. Have you seen a doctor yet?

Jennie P
Veteran

Posts: 24
Registered: Jan 99

posted 01-23-1999 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jennie P   Click Here to Email Jennie P     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HeyKate,

Yea, I saw a doctor for about 6 months. Told me to eat bran cereal, and relax!! I tried antispasmodic drugs and it seemed to do the trick for about 3 months. First time ever I went that long without taking imodium, but, after that time, it stopped working. The doctor said it was because it was psychological. I was on a medication to help and I believed it would, as soon as I started doubting it, it stopped working.

So, what CAN I eat??? I don't like too much, so it will be hard to find something else besides what I have been eating.

heykate
Veteran

Posts: 556
Registered: Jan 99

posted 01-24-1999 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heykate   Click Here to Email heykate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jennie P,
Sounds like you need to change doctors. Those doctor words that now makes me ballistic are - it's all in your head. I dump every doctor who says that. I don't have time for that uninformed nonsense. I used to revere doctors, but after years of struggling with the illnesses I have, I realize that they are just human and limited by their own personalities, intellect and ambitions. Anyway, enough about my total respect for doctors - I happen to have found a wonderful doctor (actually a nurse practitioner) and I can't say enough good things about her. Finding a good doctor is essential if you have IBS (Good doctor = respect for you, knowledge of illness and understanding).

As far as eating, I just know that it is a process of elimination. You eliminate offending foods - most IBS sufferers cannot tolerate caffeine - it will stimulate the colon on normal people. That's one you really NEED to cut out. Can you eat chicken any other way but fried? Chocolate is not good for most IBS sufferers either. Nor are tobacco products and alcohol. This is pretty much across the board. Other things vary from person to person, you just need to find which ones offend the most and cut them out. For example, try cutting out dairy products for a few days and see if it makes a difference. Then try cutting out another type of food. Etc. If you find a better doctor who will listen to you and not judge you and who KNOWS that IBS is mercurial, see if you can get a diet sheet out of him/her. Maybe you could try a different anti-spasmodic, also. Sometimes you have to try a dozen to find one that works. Good luck, Jennie P. I know it's not easy.

K
Veteran

Posts: 314
Registered: Oct 98

posted 01-24-1999 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try keeping a diary of the foods you eat, and your symptoms, and what time they occur. This way, you can find out which foods bother you, and which are okay. It really varies from person to person, so what may bother some of us may not bother you. For example, I do okay with chocolate in moderate amounts. Lucky for me, because I don't think I could live without it!! Hope you have luck finding your triggers. K

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Parkview Publishing Home Page

Parkview Publishing

Powered by Infopop www.infopop.com © 2000
Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.45c

IBS & the Mind-Body/Brain-Gut Connection, by William B. Salt II, MD