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

Posted by Barb @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

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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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he saw blood and told doctor and doctor told him to stop Beano.

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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 went to a gluten free diet first, then the anti inflammatory diet as well. It took a little time to figure out my trigger foods. Stress is a Hugh factor I have found. I take the over the counter anti diarrhea pills when in doubt. Have them with me at all times. A heating pad is my friend.

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@beverlymarks

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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I understand what you are going through. My symptoms are the same. Stress is a big factor. I cannot control my stress it surrounds me with my family having no regard. I love on Bentyl and Imodium and a heating pad as well. I have exhausted all Aves.I am ready to go back to Kennedy Kreiger where my son was diagnosed. If you have any information please share it with me. I feel for you.Be well

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anyone out there know about lots of gas and lots of bowl movements??????anyone????

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@dianais

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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If you have problems with dairy, read labels on probiotics. Many contain milk.

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