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Living With IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Updated on June 4, 2018
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It was about two months ago when I was diagnosed with IBS, and it did not come accidentally. Today, I'm going to be sharing how I got it.

The Loss Of My Father

Have you ever experienced the feeling of loss or even abandonment of someone that you loved the most?, well I have, and it definitely is not a pleasant feeling. When I was 11 years old, I watched my father walk out on my mother, but he did have some visitation rights of me until I was 13 years old and he decided to fall off of the face of the Earth. This is where the pain started to hit, and it wasn't pretty.

Shortly after my father's abandonment, I really hit home with depression. I would lay in bed and cry and eat a whole family sized bag of potato chips, and that is a pretty good sized bag of potato chips, but soon enough my menstrual cycles became heavier, my weight became the increasing size of amount of 150 pounds, and I soon became very ill, so I went to my family doctor, and they did what doctor's normally do when you are severely ill and ran a blood test on me.

When my blood results came back it was not the prettiest news. They told me that I had high cholesterol and that if I don't lose at least 5 pounds, I'll never get rid of the high cholesterol I could have a heart attack and possibly die at the young age of 13, and nothing scared me more because diabetes and many other artery diseases run on my dad's side of the family.

If you read on, I will talk more a little bit about what high cholesterol looks like.

What Does the Body Look Like From the Inside Look on High Cholesterol?

This is what a healthy body would look like form the inside if a person did not have high cholesterol verses what a body looks like from the inside if they did have high cholesterol.
This is what a healthy body would look like form the inside if a person did not have high cholesterol verses what a body looks like from the inside if they did have high cholesterol. | Source

And if you have High Cholesterol, you would feel the same as if you had Low Cholesterol because there are no side affects, not symptoms of having High Cholesterol.

— Mark Spitz

Facts About High Cholesterol

Causes:

  1. Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)
  2. High Density Lipoprotein (HDL)

Risk Factors:

  1. Poor diet
  2. Obesity
  3. Large waist circumference
  4. Lack of exercise
  5. Smoking
  6. Diabetes

Complications:

  1. Chest pain
  2. Heart Attack
  3. Stroke

Prevention:

  • Eat a low-salt diet that includes many fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Limit the amount of animal fats and use good fats in moderation
  • Lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise on most days of the week for at least 30 minutes
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all



Avocado-1/2 medium=114 calories:

Has twice the potassium of a banana. The healthy, monosturated fats help lower cholesterol levels. Babies could live on avocado alone, due to the high fat content that helps with normal infant growth and development.

— Vaital

Two Ways that I Got Rid of my High Cholesterol

  1. Diet: I substituted pancetta bacon Pancetta bacon for Turkey bacon. My mom would mix it in different foods, but most of the time she would put it in regular Ground Beef.
  2. Exercise: My favorite type of exercise since I was in my early teen years was playing Just Dance on the Nintendo Wii. I keeps you moving while still being in front of the Television screen.

The benefits of Turkey Bacon:


Protein: Each 2-ounce serving of pork or turkey bacon has roughly the same amount of protein. Pork bacon offers 20 grams per serving. Turkey bacon provides 17 grams.

Calories: Turkey bacon contains fewer calories than pork bacon, but the difference per 2-ounce serving is small – 218 vs. 268 calories.

Fat: The overall fat content in turkey bacon is significantly lower than pork bacon – 14 grams vs. 22 grams. The level of saturated fat is still high, however, with 4 grams vs. 8 grams, respectively. High saturated fat content contributes to heart disease.

Sodium: If you don’t select reduced-sodium bacon, just a few slices can max out your daily recommended intake of salt – less than 1,500 milligrams according to the American Heart Association. Two ounces of turkey bacon has more than 1,900 milligrams of sodium. The same amount of pork bacon contains roughly 1,300 milligrams. In addition to increasing your risk of heart disease, high sodium intake raises the likelihood of kidney stones.

Vitamins: Turkey and pork bacon both provide vitamin B complex nutrients, but pork bacon offers more. Pork also contains more selenium, a mineral that activates certain proteins associated with preventing cancer. Turkey and pork bacon contain roughly the same amount of zinc, which helps control gene activity.

10 healthy benefits of playing Just Dance:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • better coordination, agility and flexibility
  • improved balance and spatial awareness
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological wellbeing
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills.


Table of Contents

My personal stories
Lists of how to maintain your Health
Pictures of the Inside of the Body With Health Issues
The Loss of My Father
Facts About High Cholesterol
What Does the Inside of the Body Look Like with High Cholesterol?
My Journey Through Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Two Ways I got Rid of My High Cholesterol
What the Body Looks Like on IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
The Blood Sample They Took From Me the Day of My Colonoscopy
15 Foods That Victims of IBS Should Stay Away From
Fact Quote: Viatal

What the Inside of the Body Looks Like on IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndorme)

This is what the inside of the body looks like with IBS.
This is what the inside of the body looks like with IBS. | Source

It's hard to explain to someone who has no idea. Feeling pain and sickness on the inside while looking fine on the outside.

— Someecards

My Journey Through Irritable Bowel Syndrome

It all started last Summer. I started to have frequent diarrhea while at the same time feeling stuck. I could be in the bathroom just sitting there for 30 minutes straight, but when I finally got it all out I couldn't get what came out off of me. I would have to take frequent showers or baths just to get it off, but then at the end of August of 2017 is when I stopped having bowel movements all together, but I was having frequent urine runs almost every hour of the day. In fact, I spent more time passing up urine than passing up a stool, but I still kind of shrugged off the problem and figured maybe sooner or later it would come to pass, but then a month went by, and by this time I was experiencing pain like I had never felt before. It was worse than having cramps on my menstrual cycle. At times, I could hardly even sit up in my bed in the morning. I felt pain in my lower abdomen, my lower back, up by rib cage, and close to my right side by rib cage.

I never had told my mom the pain that I was experiencing until I had a snow day one day and we decided to stay in and have a movie day.

She decided to make popcorn and asked me if I wanted some, but of course being in as much pain as I was, I rejected her offer. She asked me, "are you okay? You've hardly ate the past two weeks and you honestly don't look good," and of course being how I am I responded with, "I'm fine, don't worry about me," so she just said with a worried look on her face, "okay," and rolled the movie. I was fine until the middle of the movie when my mom paused because all my stomach was doing was gurgling, and because I was laying flat on my back you could actually see the lumps rising in my stomach as the gurgles would come and go. Once again she asked me, "are you sure you're okay," and I responded with "yes, now can you roll the movie," so she continued to keep the movie going when all of a sudden I just grabbed my stomach, rolled off of the coach onto the floor, and let out the loudest scream I have ever let out.

Right away my mom immediately got right up out of her chair and down on her knees where I was laying there balling my eyes out. She managed to encourage me enough to get up off of the floor so she could rush me to my family doctor with no appointment make, and she checked me out right away. After she did she looked at me and said, "I don't know how you went as long as you did without telling anyone that you weren't feeling well or coming to see me because you are extremely full of stools you brave soul." Then came the words I never wanted to hear, which were, "I'm scheduling you for a colonoscopy." After she said this I thought, "rip it off like a band-aid girl, rip it off like a band-aid."

If you don't know what a colonoscopy is, it's a test that's run where they stick a tube up inside your rectum and it has a camera on the end of it so they can see if your stools that are stuck inside your system are tearing at your colon, but you have to prep for it the night before by drinking this 25 gallon of electrolyte water and it pretty much waters up your stools so you can pass them before they stick the camera up inside you, but you're pretty much in the bathroom every 15 minutes, and you feel disgusting like you need a shower by the end of it all, which they pretty much tell you that you need to take one and wash with no hair product in your hair. Just anti-bacterial soap.

Anyways, after my colonoscopy results came back I had pretty good news except for the fact that they did find a hemorrhoid, but they told me that the swelling would go down and go back into my stomach and disappear in no time at all.

After my recovery, I felt much better until March of 2018 hit. I started having abdominal pain again, but this time I actually told my mom before it got ugly again, and she took me back into the doctor, and the whole time I was praying, "please not another colonoscopy because I cannot go through that again." Anyways, she laid me down flat on my back on the table so that she could check and see where the pressure was bothering me the most by putting pressure on the pressure. She got to my right side just below the rib cage where my gull bladder is and that's when I let out a little yell, so she made another appointment at the hospital to get my gull bladder checked out just to make sure it's not about to explode inside of me.

When I went into the room they stuck me under a little machine and stuck an IV full of fluid in my arm so that the fluid could go through my veins and make it's way into my stomach so that they could see my liver and gull bladder. They put this screen above my head in front of face so that I could watch it too, but there was a timer on it set for one hour, which is how long I had to be under this machine, and I was mostly staring at that because it was so boring. You can't move your hands or anything underneath this thing because it can mess the whole thing up and they have to start all over, and it's just boring.

Anyways, I got done and they sent me home and I had to wait another week for the doctor to give me my results back, so I went into the doctor's office the next week, and she was going through her little file on me and told me, "according to your records I don't see anything wrong here. There's no alcohol that was found in the liver, no nicotine from smoking. She's a healthy, beautiful young lady, so the only thing I'm thinking that it could be is IBS, so I am going to prescribe you onto some Amitiza."

If you keep scrolling I will explain what can happen if you have IBS.

The Blood Samle They Took From Me the Day of My Colonoscopy

The day that I went in for my colonoscopy they had they gave me a cup and sent me to the bathroom so that they could get a urine sample so that they could test for possible pregnancy, but they also did a blood test too.
The day that I went in for my colonoscopy they had they gave me a cup and sent me to the bathroom so that they could get a urine sample so that they could test for possible pregnancy, but they also did a blood test too.

15 Foods That Victims of IBS Should Stay Away From

  1. Broccoli
  2. Cabbage
  3. Green Peppers
  4. Corn
  5. Beans
  6. Butter
  7. Cheese
  8. Milk and Cream
  9. Ice Cream
  10. Coffee
  11. Alcohol
  12. Spices
  13. French fries
  14. Pizza
  15. Cauliflower

Since I've found that I can no longer eat these foods I have gone totally vegan, but that does not mean that I cannot have these foods or have to cut them out altogether. I just means that I can now substitute them and have a healthier version of them that are better for me and won't upset my stomach or flare up my IBS symptoms. I will give you some examples of some of these substitutes so that those of you whom are struggling with this disease know how to take care of yourself without any symptom flare-up's.

  1. Instead of cabbage try having spinach leaves. They're full of fiber and can help if you struggle on the constipation side of IBS, but if you struggle more on the looser side of bowels you may want to avoid spinach altogether.
  2. Try chickpeas instead of beans. They won't bother your stomach as much as black, kidney, etc. will.
  3. Try lactose free butters. For example, I do Earth Balance butter.
  4. Try lactose free cheese like Daiya
  5. Try lactose free milk and cream like Simple Truth, Silk, Blue Diamond, or So Delicious. If you are looking for a cheaper brand because lactose free milk can get expensive try going to Kroger and buying the Simple Truth brand of lactose free milk with your Kroger point card because they own the Simple Truth brand now, so you can get it much cheaper now.
  6. Try lactose free Ice Cream such as the vegan Halo Top brand or the non-dairy Ben and Jerry's brand. *Tip: Avoid the Lactaid brand because even though they say they are dairy free, their ingredients still carries milk, so avoid it altogether in order to avoid your IBS symptom flare-up's.
  7. For coffee, try organic, decaf brands such as Cold Brew. This one can definitely be a HUGE trigger for IBS symptoms, so always make sure you have decaf in order to avoid any gas or diarrhea.
  8. Alcohol I'm not too familiar with because I am underaged still, but I do work at a grocery store and I am familiar with it enough to know that it is fizzy, and fizzy drinks such as soda, sparkling water, and possibly alcohol have carbonation and maybe even gluten, wheat, or caffeine, and any of that can cause the IBS symptoms to flare-up.
  9. Spices if you suffer from the loose side of bowels for IBS may cause diarrhea, so you may want to avoid it if you struggle on the loose side of bowels, but if you have hard bowels it may be good for you so you can clean your colon out if you've been constipated for a couple of days.
  10. Try sweet potato fries instead of regular French fries. It's a much better fat and has less salt, which breaks into sugar, and that sugar can bother your digestive health system if you have IBS.
  11. For pizza try the Simple Mills pre-made pizza brand. It's totally vegan, and won't cause IBS symptoms. All you have to do is pop it in the oven like a Digiorno pizza.
  12. For Cauliflower, try steaming it or warming it up in the microwave. It won't cause any IBS symptoms.

© 2018 cassidy

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