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I have IBS and like you it comes and goes. My IB flares if my IC flares, if I get stressed or if I eat the wrong diet. I control it by doing the following: I used to take Buscopan but I was taken off it as a side effect was pain of unrination and it keep making me flare. (bear this in mind with your IC)
I take 'Colafac' (Mebeverine) but it is not 100% effective for me
I stay away from starch such as potatoe
I stay away from pastry (like on pies - this is a big no-no, its almost instant tummy swelling)
I try not to drink a lot of tea or sugary drinks.
I keep an 'IBS' diary of when I flare to work out whether its been something I have eaten or if its stress related
I try to relax as much as possible, espcially if I have had a stressful day, because again its instant tunny swelling
I have relflexology (this is brill!)
I also use cream for when I'm constimpated and sebseqently then get piles
I try not to eat a lot of sweet food like biscuits, crisps, cake etc.
I have been given fibregel but I near enough vomit everytime I try to drink it
I personally find that if I control all of the above it negates the need to take the medicines. Becuase I am already on treatments it frustrates me having to keep taking more so I try to self-help instead. I have included some self-help advise and some useful websites. Self-help
For most people with IBS, a healthy lifestyle is the best way to improve symptoms. This can include the following.
If your main symptom is diarrhoea, you should try not to have tea, coffee, alcohol, spicy food and the artificial sweetener sorbitol, as these can increase your symptoms. If you have constipation, you should try gradually introducing more fibre-rich foods, such as bran, fruit and vegetables, into your diet. If bloating or wind is a problem, cutting out gas-producing foods, such as beans and green vegetables (eg cabbage and broccoli), may help. Some people find that certain foods regularly bring on symptoms, but this isn't always easy to discover. It's best not to miss out one food after another from your diet to see if it's causing your symptoms, as you may not be getting all the nutrients you need in your diet. Advice from a dietitian can be useful. If stress triggers your IBS, learning stress management or relaxation techniques may be useful. You may also find keeping a diary to compare your symptoms with life events helpful. If certain events are identified as triggers, it may be easier to deal with the stress of them. Taking regular exercise helps to keep your bowel movements regular and reduce stress. Soluble fiber helps both diarrhea and constipation. It dissolves in water and forms a gel-like material. Many foods contain soluble fiber such as apples, beans and citrus fruits. Psyllium, a natural vegetable fiber, is a also a soluble fiber. You can buy psyllium supplements (some brand names: Fiberall, Metamucil, Perdiem) to drink and you can add it to other foods. Insoluble fiber helps constipation by moving material through your digestive system and adding bulk to your stool. Insoluble fiber is in whole grain breads, wheat bran and many vegetables. If milk and other dairy products bother you, you may have lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance means that your body can't digest lactose (the sugar in milk). Stress may trigger symptoms in people with IBS. Talk to your family doctor about ways to deal with stress, such as exercise, relaxation training or meditation. He or she may have some suggestions or may refer you to someone who can give you some ideas. Your doctor may also suggest that you talk to a counselor about things that are bothering you. Heating pads and hot baths can also be comforting. Food intolerance is gaining ground as a possible cause for IBS symptoms in many people. Sufferers find that by cutting out particular types of food such as dairy or gluten they reduce their symptoms, or they may find that they have certain 'trigger' foods that always set off symptoms.
There are also various
food intolerance tests available, which offer to identify what foods affect you by testing your blood, your skin or sometimes even your hair. Medicines
(not all of these will be affecting you so please don't read this list and cut everything out!) IBS trigger foods
French fries (baking cocoa powder is fine) Onion rings Fried chicken Corn dogs Anything battered and deep-fried Anything skillet-fried in fat of any kind Shortening Margarine All oils, fats, spreads, etc. Mayonnaise Salad dressings Tartar sauce Cool Whip Coconut milk Shredded coconut Solid chocolate Solid carob (carob powder is fine) Olives (unless they're baked) Nuts and nut butters Croissants, pastries, biscuits, scones, and doughnuts Pie crust Potato chips Corn chips and nachos (unless they're baked) Store-bought dried bananas (they're almost always deep fried) Coffee ~ both regular AND decaf contain an enzyme that's an extremely powerful GI tract irritant. Go cold turkey today and drink herbal teas instead. Caffeine is a GI stimulant and should be avoided, especially in higher doses. Alcohol is a GI irritant and often triggers IBS attacks, especially on an empty stomach (though small amounts of alcohol used in cooking are fine). Carbonation in soda pop and mineral water can cause bloating and cramps. Artificial sweeteners, particularly sorbitol, can trigger pain, cramps, gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Artificial fats, namely Olestra, can cause abdominal cramping and diarrhea in people who don't even have IBS – imagine what it can do to you. MSG has acquired lots of ugly anecdotal evidence against it regarding all sorts of digestive upsets. It can simply be avoided, so why take a chance? Top Twenty Most Avoided Foods
1. Spicy foods 11. Pulses (beans, lentils etc) 2. Fried and fatty foods 12. Vegetables (non green) 3. Greens 13. Brown bread 4. Citrus fruit 14. Salad 5. Cheese 15. Nuts 6. Onions and leeks 16. Sweets & desserts 7. Cereals 17. Beef 8. Non citrus fruit 18. White bread 9. Chocolate 19. Eggs 10. Bran 20. Dairy products
IBS Foods that may help! Top Twenty Helpful Foods
1. Fish 11. Bran 2. Green vegetables 12. Bananas 3. Other vegetables 13. Chicken 4. Non-citrus fruit 14. Bland foods 5. Rice 15. Salad 6. Citrus fruit 16. Potatoes 7. Brown bread 17. White bread 8. Yoghurt 18. Porridge 9. Cereals 19. Apricots, dates, figs & prunes 10. Pasta 20. Biscuits IBS most avoided drinks
Top Twenty Most Avoided Drinks
1. Coffee 11. Spirits 2. Alcohol 12. Soft drinks (sugary) 3. Fruit juice 13. Milky drinks in general 4. Milk 14. Horlicks 5. None 15. Drinks containing Sorbitol 6. Tea 16. Cocoa 7. Fizzy drinks (general) 17. Very cold drinks 8. Red wine 18. Ovaltine 9. Beer 19. Anything 10. White wine 20. Tomato juice IBS drinks that may help! Top Twenty Helpful Drinks
1. Water 11. Decaffeinated coffee/tea 2. Weak Tea 12. Drinks containing ginger 3. Herbal Tea 13. Slippery elm 4. Fruit juice 14. Semi-skimmed milk 5. Alcohol (general) 15. Ribena 6. Milk 16. Soya milk 7. Chocolate, cocoa, malted milk drinks 17. Carbonated drinks (general) 8. Tonic and soda water 18. Aqua Libra 9. Wine 19. Vegetable juice 10. Peppermint Tea 20. Lemonade Useful websites: (info from above) http://www.ibsresearchupdate.org/IBS/homeie4.html
http://www.ibstales.com/ibs_treatment.htm (info from above)
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100000581.html (Colofac) http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/facts/irritablecolon.htm (IBS info) http://symptomchecker.about.com/od/symptom-checker.htm (symptom checker) http://www.ibstales.com/food-diary.htm (you can download a food diary) Hope this helps! Kerry xx __________________ Survivor of IC since November 2002, finally diagnosed in Summer 2004. Had 4 cystoscopy's, 4 hydro-distentions, 3 urethral stretchers, 1 laparoscopy, 4 urodynamics, numerous ultra-scans, Cystistat and DMSO instils of which I have lost count, perform ISC, suffer with retention, pain, bleeding, frequency and urgency and now have a urethral stricture. Had botox injections in Nov 2014. I'm on ibuprofen and tramadol daily along with my other six daily tablets.