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Beginning in February of this year, I started having digestive troubles that brought me into the doctor's office more times than I';D like to admit. I know I'm prone to a bit of anxiety when it comes to my health, but this was ridiculous.

Now, it's important to note that my father had a serious intestinal condition that lead to cancer (which I still believe could have been prevented through better screening and lifestyle), but other than that I had no serious risk factors or symptoms. I was just in real discomfort both physically and mentally.

I don't think we can say it was true IBS, as the symptoms diminished greatly when I got the anxiety under control. Still, I got a sense of what it must be like for people with IBS. I think a lot of us take our 'bowel schedules' for granted. Having them messed up is hugely inconvenient.

Does anyone else have any fun 'temporary IBS' stories?

Katie from SLN asked this
July 14, 2011 at 2:58 PM

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Unfortunately, I do.

My mom has IBS, especially aggravated by travel, so I've always wondered if I would get it; I seem to take after her, health-wise.

Anyway, for the past month or so, I've been having digestive difficulties. It sent me to the doctor, because I was really retaining very little of the food that I put in. He said it's probably not IBS, since those episodes usually only last a day or two - not a week and a half. He put me on a clear liquid diet for three days, which was no fun at all (especially since, during the three days, I came down with a viral infection almost indistinguishable from strep throat). That seemed to help somewhat, but I feel like my digestive system is still not back to normal.

I've cut back to about 1/2 a mug of coffee a day and am limiting my dairy intake and have been eating lots of bananas and yogurt. For the most part, I'm feeling okay - although if I overdo it on dairy or caffeine, I know right away.

Anyway, the verdict for now seems to be that it's not IBS. But I have the sinking feeling that it's only a matter of time.

Laura Hogg answered
July 22, 2011 at 10:06 AM

You know, as indelicate as digestive troubles are, it seems that most people, and most women especially, deal with them all too often. We might as well be open about it, right? ;)

See, I've heard that IBS can be more long-term... but maybe I misunderstood. And it's true that bouts like that can mess things up for a long time to come. In my case, the vicious cycle of anxiety, digestion, anxiety over the digestion, digestion gets worse, anxiety brings me to the doctor was largely of my own making, but it can be harder than you'd think to feel back to normal down there.

Yoga was something that helped me. While I was dealing with both ends of the spectrum (from backed up to the opposite) depending on the day, the yoga eased my anxiety in general. There are a lot of moves for constipation.

For the other issues, it sounds like you're doing the right thing. Do you know about the BRATTY diet? Worked wonders for me - bananas, rice, applesauce, tea, toast, and yogurt. Not the most exciting, but not too bad either:)

Katie from SLN answered
July 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Hear, hear! ;)

That's what I thought, too, but both my mom and my doctor have said that it's usually a chronic problem that comes in bouts that last one or two days. So, I'm not really sure what to think!

Stress definitely doesn't help. I was starting to get worried, so that probably made things worse! It's possible that the clear liquid diet didn't do anything except make me feel like I was taking active steps to make myself feel better...but hey, whatever it takes.

I've been meaning to try yoga for ages...sounds like this is just one more reason to actually do it!

I've heard of it, minus the tea and yogurt part...I'll be happy to add those! That's what I tend to stick to when my stomach is upset.

Laura Hogg answered
July 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Huh. Well, as long as it seems to be easing up, you're doing something right! And you probably have a point about the liquid diet making you feel proactive. I know that I've had a bunch of complaints eased once I felt I was doing something to improve them. The placebo effect is far reaching!

Yogurt is always good for digestive issues, as well as enzymes. Nutratose actually helped me out too:)

Katie from SLN answered
July 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM

That's what I figure! It may not have been a fun three days, but I'm just glad it brought me some relief.

I've been eating yogurt like a fiend lately, haha. I think I'm going to give Nutratose a try :)

Laura Hogg answered
July 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

IBS happens when all the food that we eat doesn´t get digested in the same day.

The mix of these 3 things is the best medicine in the world for IBS.

Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), and Vibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica).

Take half spoon of the powder(mix of above 3) with luke warm water before going to bed and you will kick the ass of IBS.

Suggested by www.kasakesari.com

Check the link for more remedies!

kasakesari answered
March 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM
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