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I have IBS-C, and trying to find some relief
I have IBS with constipation. I’ve seen specialists and had colonoscopies. They always prescribed fiber supplements which never helped and actually seemed to make things worse. I did some research on line..reputable links like Mayo, WebMD, etc. There I read fiber supplements don’t work for everyone. When I pushed the issue with my doctor they told me to start using MiraLAX. It did help but when I first started using it I got cramps before going to the bathroom. That went away after a short time. I now use ClearLAX which is Walmart’s version of MiraLAX every night. I also watch what I eat. I can’t digest beef well and too much doughy stuff like pizza doesn’t go well for me. I can have 1 slice of pizza but if I eat 2 or 3, I feel it within an hour of eating it. I make a LOT of soups with lots of veggies and use chicken or organic chicken broth as a base. I can’t eat too much at one time so I graze throughout the day. As for what I can and can’t eat..it’s different for everyone so you have to experiment. I have to stay away from fiber drinks like Metamucil Psyllium Fiber though. Again..everyone is different but if I use that stuff I feel just like you described. I stick to ClearLAX.
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Fiber can be good if used for the right reason ie diarrhea but first speak to your doctor before using even over the counter suppliments
safetyshield: i was told by my gastroenterologist that there are many people out there with hiatal herniea and never know it because they never cause the patient any problems. And then there are those who have issues. Grazing…multiple small meals throughout the day is good advice for both the hernia issue and IBS. In fact, I’ve read it’s just a healthy way of eating…period. I grown to appreciate it and enjoy it more than 3 larger meals a day.
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Fiber can be good for some and not great for others. Everyone is different. My doctors pushed it for a while and then realized it wasn’t right for me and told me to stop using fiber supplements. I use MiraLAX/ClearLAX and usually eat one or two Fiber One brownies a day to satisfy my sweet tooth. The combination seems to be working well for me. My IBS with constipation is doing quite well. When I get a bad flair up I just start eating homemade chicken veggie soup that I simmer for two hours to really get everything soft and easily digestible. I also drink Ensure twice a day. With a really bad attack I’ll stay on that regimen for a week or so and then things work themselves out again and I go back to my regular diet. Basically I try to get my two kinds of fiber from a natural diet.
You’re welcome cherriann and good luck. Like I said I’ve read from several reputable sources that fiber supplements are not for everyone. Easy goes it with changes in diet. If you’re having problems, of course see your doctor first but eat foods that are easy to digest and lay off raw fruits and veggies for a while. Cook fresh veggies until they are soft and easily digested. That’s what my doctor said and it seems to work. I’m all for fresh veggies that are raw or gently cooked but when I’m dealing with an IBS attack…very easy does it. I even substitute a few mini meals a day with Ensure if I’m really having trouble with a painful stomach that’s not digesting properly. .
I remember when I was young that my GP told me I had a hiatal hernia when I complained about heart burn. But nothing was recommended. Not until I had problems digesting the food that my gastroenterologist told me more about my hiatal hernia and still told me it was up to me when I wanted to get this repaired. When it so bad I decided to go to a general surgeon and he was the one who said to eat smaller portions throughout the day. So not to put to much of a strain on the stomach. I also heard that these operations have to be repeated every third year. The surgeon once again told me stick to eating smaller meals and you will not need another surgery. It’s been since 2011 so so far so good.
Well said @cahnny I use and need fiber because I have IBS with diarrhea which needs fiber. So if you have IBS with constipation it makes sense that the fiber may make things worse
I would like to know if anyone experiences IBS like I do. I either go or don’t go to the bathroom. When I do, it usually feels incomplete. Once I start walking around, I often feel the urge to go again. It feels like there’s a huge ball pressing down in my rectal area, like pressure, like my rectum is “open”. My doctor has me on daily Benefiber to soften stools. I often take Tylenol for pain relief in hopes of shrinking my tissues. Does anyone have any ideas on how to rid myself of this?
Ok..first don’t laugh at this because it DOES sound funny. Also this is NOT a commerical. This is my own personal experience.
I was just in the bathroom and a light bulb went on. I should tell you all about…wait for it (and don’t laugh)…the Squatty Potty. Oh gosh even I’m sitting here laughing. Why the heck did they name it that. Here’s the story. I was in a having a LOT of problems with IBS with constipation. I had had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy and the doctor was touting fiber with a little advice about diet. Ok…so there I was trying to get myself so I could go to the bathroom without straining really hard and causing other problems. I discovered fiber was not for me but MiraLAX/ClearLAX worked well but still there was quite a bit of straining.
One night my husband and I were channel surfing looking for something to watch when we saw this crazy product on a program called “Shark Tank”. These people had come up with a foot stool that wraps around the base of your toilet so it’s not in the way. When you want to have a bowel movement you just pull it out and put your feet up on it. I hope I use the write terms to describe this correctly.They showed a diagram of how there’s a bend in the lower end of your colon that your stool (note the foot stool…the poop stool) has to maneuver before evacuating. They said by putting your feet up you straighten that bend out so your stool can more easily just slide out. I watched and thought it was hype but they started giving some medical info and my husband said I should do a little research and check it out. By the way…the blonde chick on that show became partners with them and they’re making a killing now on those foot stools.
First I went to Amazon to see if they were sold there and they were. I started reading reviews written by recent verified purchasers ONLY. The numerous reviews were very positive. It was being sold as an Amazon Prime item so I knew I had nothing to lose. If I didn’t like it I could return it free of charge. After a little more research I decided to try it. OMG….IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!! It was amazing. At the time I first tried it, I was having bowel movements. It’s just it was kind of hard to get them out. I put my feet up on that stool as directed and within a minute or so I was done without straining. I yelled to my husband…”honey, you won’t believe it. I just pooped and it didn’t hurt”….lol. I’ve been using it ever since and wouldn’t be without it. Now this stool does NOT keep you from getting constipated. That’s diet and the things your doctor tells you to do. This just makes it SO much easier to go. I don’t strain any more. I HIGHLY recommend anyone with bowel issues tries one of these things. It’s so worth every penny.
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Sorry, even though you said not to laugh, I couldn’t help it as I read your post about the Squatty Potty – great writing in making a serious subject easy and fun to read!! I’ve never heard of the Squatty Potty, but will be watching to see if anyone else has, and what they think of it. Thanks again for a fun read and putting a smile on my face…..
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Thanks cherriann: I know it’s hard not to laugh. I really had some doubts just because of that stupid name. How undignified…lol. You think that’s funny, you should see the last commercial I saw for it on their website.
Well writing that last sentence made me go to the website and see if there’s anything new. Oh for heaven’s sake. Now we’ve got unicorns pooping soft serve rainbow ice cream???? Oh grosssssssss. Who comes up with this stuff. The video does show how the footstool works and why though…regardless of how stupid it is. It’s true…how it works…NOT the unicorn.LOLLLLL
Hi @mvestuto, I’d like to connect with other members who live with IBS. Please meet @jeanie26 @srobison @cherriann @flip1949 and @keysgull. You may also be interested in these discussions:
– Severe IBS-D and pain in spinal area http://mayocl.in/2bYWgJU
– IBS-C http://mayocl.in/2bYXi8S
I also thought you might find this article useful “What to Do for Incomplete Evacuation” https://www.verywell.com/what-to-do-for-incomplete-evacuation-1945278 Does any of the advice ring true for you?
While I’m dealing with AFib I need to join a conversation on Uncontrollable bowels every morning. It’s been going on for months. I seem to lose about 8oz a day. I thought I needed more fiber so added Psyllium Husk. Eating high fiber foods. Added magnesium but that seemed to make it worse. At least it’s still light brown in color. I’m happy about the weight loss, but I feel like it’s an unhealthy way. Can anyone guide me? Grandmajan
I remember finding out about the squatty potty. It does work. My daughter is a manager at a Bed Bath and Beyond in Texas and she said they had it. So got one and it does work, the position completely makes a difference. You are correct about diet and what your doctor tells you but this stool is terrific.Thanks for enlightening all.
I purchased a squatty potty as well and it really does help. I have had mine for about six months. Wouldn’t be without it now.
Maybe we should make an effort to get the word out. I know how much it helped me.
I use Premarin Cream for my hemmorrids and it heals them almost immediately if you lie down for 30 min or less. It’s a prescription a Gyn told me about it. Been using for over 10 years!
Hi @grandmajan. I’m tagging @safetyshield, who may be able to help with his experience with IBS.
Also have you ever looked into this discussion on Connect called “AFib questions” http://mayocl.in/29iD8aJ There’s a lot of information shared among members there including @martishka, @gonefishinmt and many more who may be able to share their experiences with you.
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