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Readers Respond: How Do You Soothe Stomach Pain?

Responses: 69


Updated October 02, 2012

From the article: IBS Stomach Pain Relief
One of the most debilitating symptoms of IBS can be abdominal (stomach) pain and often it can be difficult to know what to do to relieve this pain. Often the best advice comes from others who have dealt with this pain themselves. Get some tips from their experience and share your own soothing strategies.


I have the constipation kind, as does my oldest son. We've been on the FODMAP diet for about 6 months, and it's a life-saver. Am still figuring out my triggers, but they're different for everyone. Am having spasms and pain right now due, I think, to some chicken that started to go off. My best advice is to try FODMAP for 6 weeks, and eat as much natural food (not necessarily organic) as possible. Attacks are rare now, but antacids work a bit. Just have to ride it out. Good luck, everyone.
—Guest Brenda from Canada


A low FODMAPS diet and tons of exercise works wonders preventatively, but nothing seems to help once its bad. Not eating sometimes helps.
—Guest Kathleen

I can empathize

I originally found this post while looking for a cure for my stomach pain. Unfortunately many of you know this pain all too well. It starts little and builds up to feeling like you have just been stabbed. Then it goes away and comes right back again. Oh the agony! Then there are the attacks. The light headed cramping sweaty and nauseous feeling before an attack. My doc said IBS is common in people with abusive pasts. I was severely abused as a child and I have no doubt that this is what put it in motion. Also doc said if you have IBS you are likely more intelligent than most people and you have a compromised immune system. (I catch everything) I am getting ready to start the Paleo diet. Hoping this will make a drastic change in my pain!
—Guest Kara


I was having the most excrutiating bouts of ibs. They were terrifying. I even called my husband home from work. I was laying in the bathroom floor in agony and throwing up. I have been to three different gastrointestinal specialists with really very little help-- just lots of medical bills. One.day while.in the bathroom crying with the painy husband brought in a big spoonful of pepto-bismol. I really didnt.want to.take it thinking it couldnt help pain that was that severe. He insisted and lo and.behold the pain, almost instantly dissapeared. It had.continued to.work as long as i take the pepto right when i feel the first little cramps. I keep a.bottle @ work home and its always in my purse. Its been an ansolute lifesaver!! Sometimes though i do worry abt taking too much pepto bismol.
—Guest lynisfry@gmail.com

If you have any responses. let's me know

I have very bad stomach pain with cramps. I have abdominal pain. I don't know I have IBS. It's hurt a lot. Jenice
—Guest Jenice Drayton


I'm a 22 year old female who has had ibs since I was six. For awhile now I have been doing pretty well. Then two days ago I got a horrible ibs attack. Nothing is helping, going to work is a nightmare and trying to take care of a nine month old is so hard. I have really bad pain, wanting to throw up all the time, and running back and forth to the bathroom to stop. Any help?
—Guest Mikayla

Some Pain Relief

I just took some antacids, this works for about an hour or so usually enabling me to lie down in a ball for more relief. Unfortunately, I am at work and cannot lie down. Anyone have anything else I can do?
—Guest Carol

oatmeal helps prevent

I am a 56 year old male. Light walking is best for me, sometimes warm shower. Each day I start with small bowl of oatmeal, regular, not instant, 3 tablespoons in about 4-5 oz water, microwave 3 minutes at 50% . I use water only, not milk, occasionally a sweetener. Got me through 3 years with no pain, till this week when I skipped. Stress, milk, sugar, nuts seem to be triggers for me.

My way of coping bad periods

I have found that to drops of pepermint oil in a mug of not too hot water gives relief when your stomach cramps, but if you take it too often you get asid reflux two cups a day. (Next i will try peppermint capsules) The pain related to gas is worse, when its get to bad i have to stop eating at all for 1 to 3 days because food feels like eating broken glass. So when the pain eases i eat boiled rice for a some days before i reintroduce other food gradually. This was also a way for me to find what food my ibs react badly too. Its a long and boring work but i have more reasonably good periods now. I react espesially bad to wheat, barley, rye, coffe, tea and alcohol. Those i react to in both good and bad periods. In bad periods i react to more. To use rice as safe food has made it possible to have longer good periods and chorter periods without food (now a rearly have to stop eating for more than a day) I can also have a more balanced diet because i have found my ibs worst triggers.
—Guest Margay

vegan mom

I went through colonoscopies and had my gallbladder removed... no answers and still had issues.went vegan and organic and things got way better. Started juicing. That seemed to heal some damage. Every now and then I still have flare ups... too much sugar or oil usually... tried a quinoa burger for tge first time last night and now i am dying. I hate this crap. I cant eat anything without incredible pain. The pain is so bad i took some of my dog'sleft over tramadol. The plan is to not even eat for the next 24 hours and work slowly back in to food... thanks for all your stories. Sometimes I feel insane going through this.
—Guest sarah

You have it better than most

I just turned 16 and have been having stomach problems since I was 12. I used to have a very strong stomach and could eat anything and go on roller coasters. All of the sudden everything changed. Anything I eat gives me has or makes me have diharrea. I hate constipation so bad I ended up throwing up my feces and I can't eat much but soup when my stomach gets bad. My nausea is probably the worst. For that, I recommend emetrol. That isn't something you should take everyday but helps for the occasional terrible nausea. The heating pad helps me for stomach pain and watch something on tv to distract you. I always keep a trash can near just in case. Along with these side effects I get terrible acid reflux and have dizzy spells where I can't think and everything blacks out. Living with ibs definitely easy but try to think of the people who have it worse. Some might much rather have ibs than what they are dealing with.
—Guest Ibs :(


hi here's a few tips of mine, I've had ibs since 2006 an found a variety of things help! 1) drink a cup of boiled water with peppermint cordial in of morning and evening. 2) take your medication regularly, I take mine ( ColofacMerbentyl and merbentyl ) 20 mins before I eat. 3) carry with you a strong pack of gum or a peppermint mouth spray for when you're out and get them niggly pains especially when out for a meal, it helps trust me, that watery mouth feeling an the tummy ache isn't good when your on a good night out. 4) always know where you hot water bottle is at home for the moment when you need it. 5) keep at least a days worth of medication in your purse/bag 6) I find curling up in a half fetus/recovery position with your left leg bent helps with a hot water bottle after a hot bath. 7) deep breaths in your nose and long breaths out ( slow and steady) 8) try not to eat late at night 9) try to avoid bread! If you live in the uk I buy warburtons thins as an alternative.


Try to get hold of the Fodmaps diet, devised and researched by 2 Australians , Dr Sue Shepherd and another Dr at Monash University. Victoria. I tried all sorts of diets and medicines until I came across this research, and now it is accepted world-wide. If you google Dr Sue Shepherd you will find how to obtain this diet, which is clear and do-able. Best wishes, Rosea
—Guest Jade

What helps me

I find that I it helps to really watch my diet. I have been following the FODMAP guidelines and it has helped a lot. But my worst food trigger is MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and it is in a lot of things: broth based soup like vegetable soup, salad dressings, crackers, snacks like Doritos. So I read food labels on everything.
—Guest rita


Try this, its available OTC in the UK, have tried so much, and this really helped, also activated charcoal pills but they can make constipation worse.
—Guest Susie

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