From the article: How to Deal With an IBS Attack
IBS attacks can be hard to deal with. Whatever your symptoms are -- painful abdominal cramps, frustrating constipation or urgent diarrhea -- episodes of severe symptoms can be debilitating. Besides taking medicine, what do you do to help yourself get through a bad attack? Do you tell others when you are hurting or do you try to keep it to yourself? Share your tips and learn some new ones by reading about what others do to deal with the disruptive nature of IBS attacks. Share Your Tips!
I have IBS
- I am 11 years old and have IBS it is painful and hurts so it hard for me to go to school. I usually have to spend all day in the nurses office!...:( I am still learning what foods I can eat. Meditation helps a lot to. But in some meditations it talks about Buddha, now it's not going to get in the way of your religion. But I hope meditation helps everyone like it helps me.:)
- —Guest Bonnie
serotonin and protaglandins
- I have had IBS since I was in my 20s and now 63..I have noticed a few things..When I was younger and had my periods, I would get horrible attacks then . I had been on Prozac for a few years and I did not seem to have problems when I was taking that. Now I am not on Prozac and I have been getting my attacks again. I really think it is related to the serotonin or lack of it in the body. I tried Lexapro a few weeks ago and that caused me some grief as I was waking up in the middle of the night with urges to have bm but coud not go and then I would get sweaty and nausea and vomit too at times. I could not handle that so I weaned off the med. I just feel that all of us have different reactions caused by hormones be it..I wish there was a definite way to regulate them and keep things running correctly..I think I do want to go back on the Prozac as that really seemed to keep me comfortable.
- —Guest Karen
some of you should research Nightshades
- I have ibs and knowing what your triggers are are key. Recently we found out one of our family members trigger was nightshades. And no doctor we seen knew anything about it. But research it online and see how many people are affect with sensitivities to nightshades because most people eating a healthy diet eat them all the time. Potatoes, tomatos, bell peppers, hot peppers and eggplant. This info might only help one person on this board because we all have different triggers..but one is better then none. Research NIGHTSHADE intolerance..it could change your life.
- —Guest Den
- Please could anyone help!! I was a quite well person till I recently hit 40. I am living with constant belly ache and the pain worsens when I eat. I go to the loo 2-3 a time but normal but its the pain in my back and rolling pains in my stomach. Did does not matter what I eat, would you say these are symptoms of ibs?? Sometime am sick with the pain and worsens at night - thanks!!
- —Guest Sarah
i know the feeling
- I have had ibs for 16 years. I got it from drinking bad well water. I have experienced all of these symptoms, have had every test known to man and every pill known to man. Nothing helped. Not eating till I am full helps a lot. Also I eat fiber one bars. With those two combos. After these two thing I would hardly ever have an attack. And when I did it was like a walk in the park. Now with that being said. I had to know if it did work or not. So I stopped eating fiber one bars and ate until I was full and hello uncontrollable ibs. So I have my proof and after this attack to the store I go. And thank god for technology..I love my phone and games while in the pot. I'm here so long sometimes the world slips by and I get bored. Hope this helps someone!
- —Guest sadpooper
Help for you
- I have had ibs since I was a child. I am now 63. We called it a nervous stomach back then. I can go many weeks without an attack now, but when I get one, it usually starts in the dead of night with a dull ache that grows to a painful one. By morning I know its going to be a bad day. The first BM will start the attack, and then its "everybody out of the pool". It will not end until every bit of waste is gone out of my body. I can tell I am nearing the end when all I have is acidy water. This can last 4 hours or 12 hours. What helps? For us suffers, we need to go everyday!! A regular bowel movement. This is a challenge. Here is a little something that I have found that works. If you have a significant other, have them give your abdomen a gentle massage while you are standing in front of them. Do this massage gently. Give yourself plenty of time in the morning for this to help nature take its course. Do this massage at the same time each morning. NOT DURING AN ATTACK.
- I have had IBS most of my adult life (am 87 now). For a number of years probiotics worked for me (suggest you try several, Jarro-dopholus w/FOS worked for me, only the refrigerated kind), but you will have to try several to see which works for you. You find a wide selection at the health food store. It stopped working for me after I contacted Parkinson's. Now I take unsweetened yogurt. No alcohol/no caffeine, only spelt bread. am negative for gluten and celiac. Have IBS/c and gerd and find that Benadryl helps. Allows me to sleep. Am bothered by Hot flashes/brain fog/cold intolerant.
- —Guest harold
what usually works
- I have had ibs for about 6 years now... drs have tried numerous meds only for them to make my stomach hurt even more. ( which I compare to contractions during childbirth - had 4)...so over a period of time I realized if I take ling slow breaths it help a little..but finally my pain management dr put me on robaxin 750 mg for muscle spasms 4-6 times a day..so when I had an ibs attack I took the robaxin & within 10 mins my stomach was feeling normal.... so for all of you people suffer through these extremely painful attacks I would ask my dr for a muscle relaxer.. it's been a life saver to me....
- —Guest stacie
- use a fibre mix made in India it's called isapgol you mix with water about 2 times daily it's got orange flavor this may help some of you try yoga also twice daily best of luck to all
- —Guest DINESH
do I have ibs?
- I am experiencing my first ibs attack right now..it is so weird considering I am constantly unable to poop. I hve been suffering from severe constipation for 3 years now. After missing work and spending over 10 hours running back and forth from bed to toilette I started getting desperate. My bf wants to take me to the er but now after readying comments it seems useless. The abdominal pain is excrutiating and I can't seem to catch a break. I just ate for the first time all day now I feel like I'm litteraly shitting my every last bite out...please someone help! Do you think I have ibs?
- —Guest miss marie
Nothing's helping me
- Reading everyone else's stories sure makes me feel better that I'm not alone. I'm so embarrassed by my ibs. I've had it for over 10 years now and it's only gotten worse. I've started vomiting due to the stomach pains and having to go to the bathroom at the same time is not fun. Probably the worst feeling in the world. My doctor won't give me anything, she said she knows its bad but there's nothing that we can do. I need something for the pain or something to at least stop those embarrassing trips to the public washrooms. I've had so many nights ruined by the cramps waking me out iof a dead sleep only to have me running to the bathroom and staying for hours on end. I'm scared one day I won't be able to go on. I feel so weak sometimes. I can't keep anything down. Align hasn't helped much and pepto only makes matters worse. Someone help!
- —Guest Desiree
IBS is difficult
- I have been dealing with IBS for 10 years now. It runs in my family on my Mom and Dad's side. Stress is what triggered my first attack. It was so bad that I was missing work and dropped nearly 30lbs. I started exercising almost every day and laying off the trigger food and drinks. When I have them I know I will pay, but I am hooked on Starbucks right now. Sometime I literally can only have plain rice or some kind of creamy soup that has no milk. I have found that bananas, store bought broth or processed foods, applesauce, and fresh oranges/pineapple/apples make it worse for me. Taking a strong probiotic with 15 billion cultures helps some and staying relaxed when possible. Sometimes I cannot workout though because my attack is so bad. My attacks usually last 3 days or more. Nothing I do during it seems to help. Wish they would find a cure. It is no walk in the park! Here's to kicking the Starbucks habit and feeling better hopefully. Hang in there everyone!
- Im a type 1 diabetic and have been diagnosed with ibs, I have the runs everyday and can't leave my house for long periods of time, I have very bad stomach cramps, lots of wind and bloating, I only get 2-3 hours of sleep a night cause of the pain... I started a low fodmap diet, taking nexium for stomach acid, buscopan for pain, gastro stop to stop the runs, I also take ibs support tablets along with vitamin b complex, zinc and magnesium. It helped for the first month, stopped the pains and I was having normal stools, but now I'm bank to the same thing, I also lost 10kgs and dropped down to 37kgs, i was at the point where i couldnt even walk or dress myself..I'm a 21 yo female and I'm desperate need of help... Iv had test after test and everything's clear... Please help!!!
- —Guest Steph
- I have had ibs since I was very young. They didn't know what it was back then. I was forced to do test after test and nothing was found. I wanted the nausea and pain to stop, so I stopped eating. I was 82 pounds when I was admitted to the hospital. I'm 36 now. I would also get bouts of burping rotten eggs, FOR DAYS! Out of desperation a couple years ago, I took alka seltzer while having a burping attack and constant ibs attacks. I drank the fizzy stuff and didn't think about it. Nothing else helped, right. A half hour later I realized I had stopped burping. An hour later the rotten egg burp was gone. Now, if I can help it. I drink alka seltzer at the very instant of a cramp. Even an inkling of an ibs attack. To my amazement, it works almost 90 percent of the time. I think it gets there fast, has the anti gas and anti nausea effect. God bless it. I take it during an attack and it lessons the length and pain. Sometimes it goes away all together. Alka seltzer has aspirin. Caution.
- —Guest Firethoughts
- Man, Im sorry after reading some of yours my pain isn't as bad as yours. But you helped me thanks. need to cut out caffeine, I have had diverticulitis then it changed to ibs for about 6 yrs now. Don't eat big meals at one setting. Stay away from milk, ice cream, all sodas no spices on your food, no choc. candy, beer hurts me but hard stuff doesn't, don't know why, motion pills will help settle the stomach down most of the time's but not all the pain will go away, no gum give's you gas. Nut's peanuts etc etc will hurt you. No refried beans, no fresh pineapple, this will put me in the hosp.. no mustard, a-1 heinz 57 etc etc..heating pad hot bottles on stomach, or back helps, 2 ibuprofen in the am no more helps a little, other pain meds over the counter makes it worse I have done most of them. Take fiber tablets in am 2-4 then 2 in pm everyday help keep me right most of the times except for the damn attacks every mo. or two. most only a day or 2 this time a week. levbid & robinul helps.
- —Guest mark
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