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IBS D AND EATING AT A RESTAURANT... FEELING AWFUL IBS D

Does anyone else find that they feel dreadful either on the night of eating out at a restaurant (afterwards) or the next day? I get bad gas, nausea, reflux and the lovely bought of D! I can't stand it and try to avoid my known triggers but still sometimes get caught out 😞 This condition is ruining my life right now! Also I'm ridiculously stressed and overwhelmed with too much going on and I'm a carer for my poor mum who had been seriously ill for the past few years. Any help or advice and hearing your experiences would be appreciated! Thanks in advance for reading!

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I feel dreadful just thinking of eating out. You need a good stomach and gut for that.

If you have symptoms right after eating that can be a sign of stomach problems.

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Yea I agree with that! It's awful isn't it, everyone around you able to enjoy food... before all the IBS problems I loved my food! Now it causes anxiety eating out (which won't help)

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Especially hard if you go to a date. I don't understand how most of you can do that.

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I used to dread eating out for similar reasons, especially diarrhoea either in the restaurant straight after a meal, or on the journey home, morning after. I use silicolgel and now eat out without these problems, I even sit in the corner seat as I no longer have the fear of not getting to a loo in time, so confident has it made me feel. I hate hearing of others feeling this way. I know these things don't always work for everyone but I would suggest you give it a try if you haven't already. I take a tablespoonful of the gel in the run up to eating out and one the morning after. So if i'm eating on a Friday night, i'll take it Friday lunchtime, and evening just before going out. It does the job for me fantastically. I do hope you find it takes away the stress from eating out and that also helps stop the diarrhoea. You could also try artichoke and other bitter herbs (Digestisan is one) and Tormentil in tincture form. I don't use these now as silicolgel seems to be the one for me but you may one of the others works for you.

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Hey thanks for the reply and for the advise! Yea it's definitely worth a try! Are you in the U.K.? Just wondering as if not it may not be available over here! I'm going to have a look for it either way 🙂 I take Imodium before a meal out however it's a bit hit or miss really! I also don't like to take too much Imodium as I find it bungs you up with is no fun either...

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I feel the same about Imodium - it makes me feel rubbish for at least a day or two but has its place in an emergency! I don't know where you are but I know that avogel.co.uk stocks it and they do ship internationally and so that might be a good place to start if you can't get it where you are. Good luck. Also, I used to take silicolgel everyday, but I have found now that I only need to take it for circumstances like you mention above. If you read any of my other responses you'll see that my IBS-D I think is mainly stress-induced and fear of having an embarrassing accident. So, breaking this psychological circle has been crucial in my management of IBS-D, and I put a large part of that down to silicolgel giving me more control of my bowels! Nice topic of conversation isn't it!! Have a great day.

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I'm in the US and import Silicogel from the UK through Amazon. I've read that it's available at the leading pharmacies there.

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Have you tried Psyllium Husk?

It does the same thing as Silicogel.

For emergency I use Active Charcoal. It doesn't mess up things like Imodium.

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