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Re: managing ibs symptoms

Originally Posted by te22a View Post
Hi, I am new to this site and have been suffering with IBS for a while, but I have only just found this forum after recently buying a laptop!
The main problem I have is with constipation, diarrhea and acid reflux. Does anyone mind sharing their main problems and how they deal with these symptoms? I have tried over the counter remedies but they donít always work. Thanks.
I am a 51 year old female with a lifelong history of chronic constipation and then in June of 1996 I was diagnosed with IBS- A= alternating between constipation and diarrhea and I also have acid reflux.
Acid reflux for me responds to Prilosec and L-glutamine powder(taken in am and pm). Prilosec is taken in the morning (2 capsules). Put the head of your bed up on bed risers or use a pillow wedge to keep your head and chest elevated. Don't eat at least 2 hours before bedtime and don't lie down after eating for at least 2 hours. Watch your diet ! Stay away from acidic,fatty,greasy,gassy,and spicy foods ! Don't drink soda. Drink water .
Basically the same type of diet you use for acid reflux is also good for IBS. For IBS, take acidophilus by pill form or buy it milk form at least twice a day and eat yogurt every day, this helps keep the balance of good bacteria in your colon and helps prevent diarrhea and yeast infections when you're on antibiotics. I usually up my acidophilus to 3 a day and yogurt twice a day as soon as you start any antibiotics. This will not interfere with the antibiotics working in your body to fight the infection you're taking the antibiotics for. The acidophlus and yogurt help to calm down the severe abdominal cramping(colon spasms) that usually precede a explosive diarrhea attack of IBS. It doesn't rid them completely it just helps it not to happen as often and as severe. When my IBS was at it's worst in 1996, I was on a prescription called Bentyl 4 times a day, now I only have to take it once a day in the morning. To slow down the diarrhea and to help firm up your BM's use the BRAT diet-B=bananas R=plain cooked white rice-nothing on it A=apple sauce T= toast- white bread and nothing on it,just dry. Citrucel and Metamucil twice a day ( in am and pm) help add bulk to your BM's and help to maintain regularity.
Constipation( my biggest problem part of IBS). Drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day, High fiber diet 25-30 grams a day( as long as you don't have a gluten intolerance or problems with whole grains.),making and allowing enough each day to sit on the toilet to have a bowel movement.(allow up to 30 minutes at the same time every day.) This for me has been the biggest key constipation prevention method. When I first started doing this in the beginning of March 2011, it took 2-4 days in a row of using a glycerin suppository to help soften the stool inside the rectum so I could pass it a little easier and get my body use to the daily routine of moving my bowels which was pretty darn foreign to doing on any regular basis. I now know that I can't allow myself to go more than 48 hours in a row without moving my bowels because if I do then I pay the awful painful price on the third day trying to force myself to go. This only happens now when I get lazy about about not taking the time to go every day and I don't eat and drink properly. I do use a glycerin suppository at the 48 hour mark if I haven't moved my bowels so it doesn't hurt so much to go. I hope this can help you in some way.