I apologize if some of you have read a similar post from me under other topics...I'm just trying to cover a variety of audiences :-)
I've been an avid runner for about the last 15 years...not competitively-I just to it for exercise & mental unwinding. I have IBS (for maybe the last 10 years-though I'm not totally convinced that is my main problem) And about 6 years ago I began getting what I call a sloshing-(for lack of a better descriptor) in my left abdomen and back. I can put my hand on my side (fingers on the front, thumb on my back) and physically feel the sloshing hitting my fingers and thumb from the inside. And it's loud...If I'm running with someone they can often hear it-it sounds like I have a hot water bottle strapped to my body. I doesn't happen every time...but it has gotten more and more frequent over the years...and more and more painful. It usually leads to sharp cramping pains in my right- and sometimes left- lower abdomen (ovary area) and makes me have to stop running. (yet it isn't ALWAYS associated with the pain-sometimes I can actually tolerate it and continue running..though it's disturbing) I'ts very frustrating and it makes me so angry I want to scream (which I have done before)
I can go a month (or more) feeling good with no problems, running five-six miles a day.. then BAM...it starts and I'm not able to run more than a mile-sometimes a half a mile every time I try -for weeks sometimes. I know it's not water in my stomach...and I'm actually convinced it has something to do with trapped gas (gas is one of the dominant symptoms of my IBS) yet I don't know why it doesn't happen all the time then- or evenwith certain foods.
Can anyone else relate to this sloshing? Does anyone have any ideas about why it started and continues to get worse? I've been to doctors...I have yet to find one that will even consider addessing this as a real problem...
I'd appreciate any insight!!
Question--when running, do you wear anything that may be tight around the waist, like spandex? Anything that's even remotely tight makes my IBS flare up. I noticed the spandex thing myself, and since I started wearing looser clothing, I never have any trouble when exercising. In fact, exercise relieves my IBS symptoms (cramping, bloating) when it's acting up.
Thanks for the response...It makes no difference what I wear..I actually thought at first that I should wear something that would hold my gut firmly would help stop the slosh...it didn't...wearing loose fitting clothes makes no difference. It just happens when it wants to happen.
I've always read that exercise should help relieve IBS symptoms...my symptoms make excercise impossible...therein lies the greatest frustration for me...as my symptoms get worse...the more inactive I become and that makes me feel even worse yet-physically and mentally!
I'm glad to hear that exercise helps ease the symptoms for you!! Keep exercising!! thanks for sharing :-)
[QUOTE]Originally posted by dmbfan:
I also have IBS and started running several months ago. My IBS flares up every few months and I just don't even want to run. Is it true running may actually help? If so I will try it and see.