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I am severely bloated EVERYDAY because of IBS...Please help!!!

Hello,

I have recently lost 25kg through exercising and eating clean. But after the weight loss I have been told that I have IBS.

The problem is that I am bloated everyday! I wake up fine and through the middle I start to bloat and by the end of the day I look 3 months pregnant.

I drink mint tea, ginger tea, I eat, but it does not get better.

The bloatings come with severe lower abdominal pain and the doctor said that its the IBS.

Please help me, it has started to severely affect my personal and professional life now

Thank you

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I take peppermint oil capsules and have switched from white rice, pasta and bread to brown. It's really helped me a lot.

I hope you find something that works for you, the pain and bloating are horrible

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Hi

Have you considered the possibility that you are swallowing excessive air. I posted on this recently. Prof John Hunter from Addenbrookes Hosp reports that 20% of referrals of IBS can be attributed to excessive air swallowing. If you are anxious you tend to have poor breathing habits and swallow excessive air. Most people expel this easily by burping but if air makes its way down into the small intestine this causes bloating and pain that can be very difficult to shift. Excess amounts of air in the small intestine can create loads of problems. There are a number of very useful articles about this online that are helpful. If all other causes have been eliminated it might be worth considering looking at your breathing habits particularly if you have anxiety or stress problems. I hope this helps.

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Hello!

When I am feeling particularly bloated (or constipated), I either go for a run or do some yoga. The best position is definitely the upward dog, which enables you to stretch out your stomach and reduce some of the tension there.

Hope this helps!

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I agree on both the running and yoga for pain and bloat.

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Hi there you need to take notes of how you feel daily , and explain this to your GP so he or she could further investigate or send you to see a gastroenterologist.

Please do not ignore this ,the sooner the better.

I neglected my symptoms until it was a bit bad.

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I have ibs also the only thing that helps me is the fob diet for ibs and celiac . No dairy no gluten and no high fuitose corn syrup. It's very limited but it works. My swelling went down and lost 14lbs.

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You mean the low FODMAP diet .. Right ?

Cause yes all the above did the trick for me too .

Much better now thank god .

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hi there, have you tried just drinking plain water? I get a lot of pain lower back,lower tummy area and hip pain,feel older when I am walking about town due to this pain, I have co-codamol for the pain and drink plenty of water to help with bloating though I know it doesnt work for everybody, sorry if this doesnt work for you just thought I would mention it,plus I am trying to lose weight also as I am over weight anyway

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Thank you everyone for your replies. I have just been to the gastroenterologist. I explained that I workout 5 times a week and watch my food intake very closely. So told me to increase my fibre intake<which I think is already a lot> and gave me Bedelix for the pain, Duspatalin for gas and Duphalac for bowel movements. I dunno if these are available in UK though. I am from Mauritius.

He gave me these for a week and see what happens.

I just want this to stop-it is very difficult and uncomfortable to have a normal life with such pain.

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If you have IBS you need to eat soluble fibre not insoluble fibre. The normal 'healthy' foods usually make IBS worse not better. In my opinion it is better to find out what food is better for you to relieve the pain than take loads of medications which generally don't work for long and do more to upset your system than make it better!

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Hi Oumi..

Sorry to hear about your suffering , me too I have had the bloatedness and lower abdominal pain .My GP has booked me to have some further test to find out the cause . Meantime in waiting he has prescribe me Buscopan tablets to reduce the discomfort. They seem to reduce the pain but not permanent.

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Hello Noel, Im taking these meds the gastroenterologist gave me. They seem to be working. The bloatings have really calmed down and I am able to resume my workouts without any pain or discomfort. I am a bit concerned though about what I will be doing after the treatment. I am supposed to take these meds for a week and see what happens. The gasto... told me that the reason for being bloated can be that I dont eat enough. I eat 5 times a day but I would agree that my portions are quite small.

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Oumi please try no to think too much in the future take each day as it comes you know anxiety is also bad and can cause your symptoms. As you said your med seems to be helping you now try to be happy and enjoy even the small comfort you have now. Loose yourself in your social life with friends and family if you can . Eat enough :) Okey ?

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I found the following reduced my severe bloating by around 60%:

- bowel calm probiotics by clever cultures

- digestive enzymes before I eat larger meals

- cutting out gluten and dairy

- medicating and supplementing my hashimotos thyroiditis which is linked to IBS symptoms

- reducing stress by changing job

- avoiding eggs and too many apples, grapes

- sticking to a fairly stable diet- avoiding spices. garlic and onions

- fasting twice a week

hope something works for you, its a horrible thing to suffer x

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Hi there! Sorry to hear what you’re going through. Ive been there. I’ve had IBS for over 10 years (but digestive issues all of my life, nonetheless). I’ve missed work/school because the pain was unbearable. After seeing many doctors , emergency rooms, reading online and changing my diet quite a bit, I can honestly suggest some great natural remedies That have improved by IBS by almost 100%. First and foremost, make sure you don’t have food sensitivities like lactose intolerance which can contribute to IBS. I am lactose intolerant so I cut out dairy (bloating/nausea is not fun); except for kefir which actually helps IBS.

Here’s a list of great remedies that have helped/saved me:

#1 eat healthy and drink tons of water. Cut out the fast food and eat more veggies and fruit (think apples and pears) . Result= you’ll start seeing the bathroom on a regular basis and it won’t be a struggle :)

#2 probiotics, to be exact, KEFIR !! This has done wonders for my stomach. Better than TUMS or Pepto ( especially those people that wake up nauseas for no reason, like I used to) . Drink Kefir regularly and you’ll feel way better. Mix kefir with fruit if you don’t like the taste. And definitely invest in some great quality probiotics

#3 lemon water: squeeze half of a lemons juice into lukewarm water, stir and drink. (preferably drink in the morning to get your stomach moving) this will usually send you to the bathroom soon, so be prepared to go

#4 Apple Cider Vinegar: put about a teaspoon in a bottled water and drink up. ACV has probiotics that promotes good gut bacteria and relieves constipation

#5 pills can help with bloating: heathers tummy tamers peppermint oil pills helps with IBS symptoms ( shop for it at helpforIBS.com, there’s other great products there too)

Hope this information helps

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Hello, I've got a drawer full of medicines and pro-biotics that I have taken over the years, and do you know what I take now? None of them. After 27 years of suffering with IBS-D I have found that the long term solution that actually works is all about vitamins and fasting and both are equally important. You are effectively the manager of a food processing factory, I know that is obvious, but I have found that IBS is not about medicines, but about changing the way you run the factory.

This is based on some excellent publications, and also just observing how healthy people live. First, go to the doctors and get yourself checked for intestinal infections, and whatever other tests they want to do, you can be a carrier of some bugs and only suffer occasional flare-ups. But, if you are all clear then the first thing to sort out is your vitamins and the timing of your eating (fasting periods). An incident of food poisoning or infection can start you on a cycle that you need to make a really concerted effort to break out of. IBS causes vitamin deficiencies which are very difficult to overcome in most people’s diets, especially because you are probably eating selectively to manage your symptoms. Your vitamin levels affect the health of your guts, and the health of your guts affects your vitamin absorption, so it is a vicious circle that you have to break. Get some really good, expensive, multi-vitamins (ideally constituted for your age) and take them without fail every day before your breakfast. Do not get the ones with high calcium and magnesium initially as certainly in large doses these minerals can mess you up as they consume your stomach acid, and you should get enough of these minerals from your diet. If you are on low FODMAPs, go for all lactose free dairy products to boost your calcium. At the same time, sort out your fasting periods straight away. Your small intestine should be practically sterile, and your stomach acid along with bowel cleaning during fasting (called MMC) will usually do this. You need to fast for this to be effective, and by that I mean, ABSOLUTELY NO eating in between meals, only water, or tea with saccharin. Imagine that you never washed your dinner plates and just kept putting food on them all the time!, they would be filthy. You need to give your small intestine plenty of time free of food for cleaning and maintaining the factory. God didn't design us to have cupboards full of rich foods permanently available day and night. Your stomach will sort itself out when you have got control of your small intestine (although if you've got gastritis you'll need to finish a course of omeprazole first), and then your large intestine will improve later as nutrients are more efficiently absorbed from your small intestine. Eat a good breakfast at say 7am (porridge with 50% lactose free milk) or what suits you and then a good lunch at 12 o'clock - absolutely no food in between. After lunch, no food again for at least 5 hours, and eat well again for your evening meal because it has got to get you through the night. No supper or snacks, no food or milk at all until breakfast the next day. In general, do not eat fried or roasted starches, i.e. crisps, chips, roast veg or fried rice. The high temperature that gives the lovely crispy bits, makes complex polymers that are very difficult to digest, they feed the bacteria and make you ill. Starches should only be boiled, and this is enough. Red meats take a long time to digest, only have them once a day, and just a light salad to go with them, not a load of starchy foods, as they have conflicting digest times. You will feel hunger in the fasting periods, but you must not respond to it - only with water or no-sugar drinks. Importantly, when you are feeling better, do not resort to your old ways, you are still recovering, and you need to make a life-style change to have this level of discipline in your eating and continue with it. Start doing some exercise if you don’t already, as this will really help with your gut motility. Your intestines take time to fully recover, it takes a few weeks at least, and you need to persevere. You then need to maintain a healthy and consistent way of eating and always keep the vitamins topped up all the time to prevent you from relapsing. There is a lot of support for L-glutamine to help with nutrition specifically for your intestinal lining, this means buying 500g of the bodybuilder powder type and having a couple of tea-spoons of this a day, one before breakfast and one just before you go to bed, and you can have this in a light cordial drink. A lot of this was taken from this GENIUS paper below, but it does fit exactly with what I have experienced, and for the first time I really feel in control of something that has been a burden for years, but is not longer. Good luck.

Treatment and Management of SIBO — Taking a Dietary Approach Can Control Intestinal Fermentation and Inflammation

By Aglaée Jacob, MS, RD

Today’s Dietitian

December 2012, Vol. 14 No. 12 P. 16

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