Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): How do you manage it?

Posted by .harp player @amberpep, Oct 30, 2019

I just had a colonoscopy 2 months ago so I know there’s nothing really wrong. But everytime I get overly stressed I wind up with what I think is Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I get diahrea, abdominal pain – gas like – and when it hits, I’ve got to get to the bathroom pronto! I usually don’t go anywhere on those days. It only lasts about a half day or a day, but on those days I wear a Depends, just in case I don’t make it. After the spell is over, my abdomon feels as though it’s been purged. I do have Bipolar 2, and when stress hits, this is how it manifests itself. I usually take Immodium – I only need 1 or 2, but it really leaves me dragging. I just want to lay down and sleep.
Any suggestions on anything else to do besides what I’m doing?
Abby

Have you tried daily Metamucil?

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Hi @amberpep – first- great that you had a good colonoscopy! I understand fully what you are going through with the IBS attacks. Stress is hard to avoid. I have lived with this for years. Imodium is good to take before you leave the house. I agree with Depends for emergencies- you are not alone! I also take PeptoBismol those days in addition to an antispasmodic, like Bentyl. Helps with cramps. If I’m home, I’ll nap a lot. When I sleep, my intestines sleep too. I always have PeptoBismol and Bentyl in my purse. Let’s see if other members have additional tips!

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anyone have some suggestions on how to control a bad case of IBS

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@fit

anyone have some suggestions on how to control a bad case of IBS

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Hi @fit, and welcome to Connect. I moved your message to this discussion about irritable bowel syndrome to connect you with @amberpep @cim37343 @astaingegerdm and others.

Fit, do you know what brought on your bad case of IBS? What have you tried so far to control the symptoms?

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consult a doctor, a full abdomen CT Scan may help

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I understand what Irritable bowel syndrome is I have it.I have adrenaleukodystrophy and that is one of the many problems.When I stress my ibs acts up. I am living on Bentyl and Imodium. I am always prepared never know. I have cramps when this happens and just want to be in bed with a heating pad.I also noticed eating certain foods it also triggers it. My friends don't understand. If you can ask your Dr for Bentyl it does ease it.

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my husband takes Areds 2 for Eyes. Has had 7 to 8 BM's a day. No one will tell me is Areds 2 causes this. Don't think it is IBS. Don't know. Can anyone out there tell us anything about this. Even Areds and Mayo clinic will not research this and give me an and.

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I use "Anti-Diarrheal". I know it's an odd name, but that's exactly how it's labeled. Dollar General has cheap prices. The DG Health Anti-Diarrheal works for me. You take two tablets the first time you have to run to the bathroom, one tablet the second time, no more than 4 tablets in 24 hours. I usually only have to take two doses. I truly believe in it! I never leave home without it. I also keep PeptoBismol around. It doesn't cause drowsiness for me.

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I had the same sort of problem. I started taking daily fiber (I’ve found the powder form in water works best for me) on the advice of my doctor father, and have never had trouble since. I was diagnosed by my PCP ages ago, and was using a med specifically for IBS, but it was taken off the market due to some truly horrific results.

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@astaingegerdm

Hi @amberpep – first- great that you had a good colonoscopy! I understand fully what you are going through with the IBS attacks. Stress is hard to avoid. I have lived with this for years. Imodium is good to take before you leave the house. I agree with Depends for emergencies- you are not alone! I also take PeptoBismol those days in addition to an antispasmodic, like Bentyl. Helps with cramps. If I’m home, I’ll nap a lot. When I sleep, my intestines sleep too. I always have PeptoBismol and Bentyl in my purse. Let’s see if other members have additional tips!

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I take the same things that you take. I don't always get diarrhea but the bloating and gas is terrible. Pepto Bismo works the best for me. I prefer the liquid but keep that tabs in my handbag. I take Bentyl but not sure if it helps that much. A good nights sleep helps.

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I am at a loss as what to do anymore. Had diarhea once a week for the last 4 weeks. At my wits end. Began Probiotics (Align) as my Gastroenterologist prescribed for me. Been on it for 3 days. Today I had a bad episode? HELP

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@colleenyoung

Hi @fit, and welcome to Connect. I moved your message to this discussion about irritable bowel syndrome to connect you with @amberpep @cim37343 @astaingegerdm and others.

Fit, do you know what brought on your bad case of IBS? What have you tried so far to control the symptoms?

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I have started taking Align on Tuesday. Hoping it helps. Gastroenterologist ordered that. I also take 2 Colestipol tablets every day which was prescribed about 4 years ago. Last month I had weekly severe diarhhea episodes.

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my husband tried align for weeks and it does not help. tried Beano and he showed blood and doctor said to stop that.

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Oh, I am sorry to hear that, I was hoping it works. Anyone else have any ideas?

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I use Beano with good luck. Why do you think he had blood?

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