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Tips To Help Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Updated on June 16, 2017
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Do You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the large intestine. It can cause stomach pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS symptoms can depend on the person. Some people have noticed that certain foods can cause symptoms. IBS can make an impact on your life negatively, if you can't control these symptoms. If you think you may have IBS, please go see your doctor. You should also talk to your family about your medical history, because there might be something else that you should get checked for.

My Side Of The Story

My IBS symptoms started a awhile ago. Every time I ate, I had some really bad stomach pain. I would be hovering near the toilet for hours. I went in to urgent care and found out I ended up having a stomach ulcer. The stomach pain started to be unbearable and I could not figure out what medication to take to limit my symptoms. I went to the doctor and she prescribed me acid reducers. The stomach pain was getting better, but wouldn't go away. She eventually diagnosed me with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She also referred me to speak to a dietitian. My dietitian told me that I should try a gluten free diet, lactose free, and the FOD map diet. I'm currently caffeine free and I have quit smoking cigarettes. I continued to start doing more research to see if I would find anything and I did.

I have cut back on caffeine, acidic food, and greasy food. My symptoms are a lot better and my stomach is not upset as it used to be. I've been doing this type of diet for six months and I feel a lot better. I still experience symptoms occasionally when I eat those types of foods, but I really miss my spaghetti I used to eat.

Low FOD Map Food Choices

Food Group
Foods To Limit
 
Meats, Poultry, Eggs
Foods made with high FODMAP fruit sauses or with HFCS
 
Dairy
Buttermilk, Chocolete, Cottage Cheese, Ice Cream, Creamy/Cheesy Sauces, Milk, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Evaporated Milk, Soft Cheeses, Sour Cream, Whipped Cream
 
Meat, Non-Dairy Alternatives
Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream, Beans, Black Eyed Peas, Hummus, Lentils, Pistachios, Soy Products
 
Grains
Chicory Root, Inulin, Grains Made From Wheat, Wheat Flours, Flour Tortillas, Rye
 
Fruits
Avocado, Apples, Applesause, Apricots, Dates, Canned Fruit, Cherries, Dried Fruits, Figs, Guava, Lychee, Mango, Nectarines, Pears, Papaya, Peaches, Plums, Prunes, Persimmon, Watermelon
 
Vegetables
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Leeks, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Fennel, Green Beans, Mushrooms, Okra, Snow Peas, Summer Squash
 
Beverages
Fruit/Vegetable Juices And Fortified Wines
 
Seasoning, Condiments
Agave, Chutneys, Coconut, Garlic, Honey, Jams, Jellies, Molasses, Onions, Pickle, Relish, Sweeteners
 

Tips On How To Improve Your Symptoms

Everything you eat is very important if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Depending on what you eat, these symptoms can possibly get worse. Keep a journal of what you are eating every day and monitor everything you eat. You may notice that some foods upset your stomach. Once you have figured out which ones, stop eating that type of food. Some people notice symptoms while eating acidic and greasy food.

Limit your caffeine intake. I know you may love your coffee, but you may have to cut back. Caffeine can mess with your stomach over time and can also create more stomach acid inside your stomach. Instead, drink some yogurt fruit smoothies. Yogurt is very good for your stomach. Try some Greek yogurt. Fruit is packed with nutrients and natural sugars that can help stay awake for the day.

Eventually, you should see improvement and it will take time. Meanwhile, do some research of what kind of food you can eat. Try a gluten free diet or the FOD map diet. Some of these diets may help improve your symptoms. If you want to know more about a gluten free diet or the FOD map diet, talk to a dietitian. Check your medical history and get tested for Celiac Disease and check if you're lactose intolerant.

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In the picture above is two different types of acid reducers.
In the picture above is two different types of acid reducers. | Source

Medications And Supplements

Try taking acid reducers and probiotics. Acid reducers will help limit the acid in your stomach. Probiotics are already in yogurt, but if you take some it could help limit your symptoms. This can help reduce your stomach pain. Take a acid reducer in the morning and at night before you eat. You can find acid reducers at your local pharmacy or department store. If the symptoms become too much to handle, try taking some tums or pepto. Your doctor may prescribe you something that can help.

I have tried all of these medications I have mentioned. The acid reducers and tums really help. I tried taking a probiotic, but some of them taste gross. Currently, I am in the process trying to find a probiotic that doesn't taste horrible. I think the acid reducers help limit my stomach acid which helps the symptoms.


Conclussion

I hope you try some of my advice if you are having this issue. Just know that you are not alone. Since I have been on the diet and medication, my symptoms have improved. I only get symptoms if I get something that my stomach likes. I'm still in the process of getting further testing done.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can ruin your life. You can miss work and other important places that you need to be. The symptoms are so unbearable that you can't go any where besides the bathroom. Don't do what I did and wait to talk to your doctor. The bad news is, there is no cure. Some people have seen improvement as they age or change their diet. All you can do is getting plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat healthy.

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