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My Management Plan

Share Your Story: What Is On Your Plan for IBS Relief?

By jeffiam

Updated January 20, 2011

What I Do Daily

First and foremost, I avoid eating all those foods I'm allergic too, as well as onions, broccoli and cabbage. I eat freash fruit and veggies daily, but not too much fruit. I limit my intake of simple carbs (breads, other baked goods), sugar and junk food. I avoid processed foods and instead eat whole foods that I cook myself. I read the label on every food item I buy. I drink lots of water every day. I get cardio exercise at least every other day (half hour of walking followed by 5 running intervals of 1 lap each) to help the motility. And I don't go anywhere without my simethicone anti-gas pills!

Emergency Strategies

For excessive gas, I take over-the-counter simethicone pills, sometimes 2 or even 3 if I get a gas attack while in public. Skipping meals helps too. For abdominal pain, I'll take ibuprofen if it gets and stays bad. I also like hitting the couch with a heating pad over my lower abdomen and just watching TV. I've also found that walking and/or running helps overcome abdominal pain.

Lessons Learned

  • Get tested for food allergies; this may be causing IBS synptoms.
  • Cheating (eating foods you're allergic too or that otherwise cause problems) is not a good idea, no matter how much you love that food item.
  • Eating at restaurants is virtually guaranteed to cause problems with food allergies/intolerances.

Favorite Food Tips

Fennel tea helps with motility and has a good flavor. Eat whole foods, including fruits & vegetables, and forget the processed food. Grapefruit also seems to help with motility.

Favorite Diarrhea or Constipation Tips

For bad constipation, I'll take either a psyllium fiber supplement (1 tablespoon mixed with a galss of water) before dinner, or Milk of Magnesia, though I don't like taking laxatives.

Dr. Barbara Bolen, About.com Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), says:

Thanks for sharing all of your very sound advice. I especially like all of your food suggestions.

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