IBS—Change from -D to -C

Posted by jackiem95 @jackiem95, Feb 20 10:01am

Has anyone else experienced a change from IBS-D to IBS-C? After about two years of the D, I have now changed to the C. I have no explanation for this and of course doctors don’t either. I had learned pretty well how to manage the D stuff with low FODMAP diet but now am having trouble with the constant constipation and experimenting (not very successfully) with the related OTC products suggested by doctors to treat it. Still following the Low Fodmap diet. Anyway my basic question is: Do the same foods and ingredients (eg fructose, polyols, oligosaccarides etc.) that I had been avoiding to prevent diarrhea now cause constipation? Doesn't seem logical— but then I guess nothing much about IBS is logical! I have been tempted to eat a nice big serving of pinto beans with guacamole to see what happens.

I have suffered from IBS and constipation for many years. Ten years ago I started taking psyllium husks (in Canada I have found 454g bags of unflavoured psyllium husks at a natural foods store, cheaper than name brand Metamucil) and I have no problem with constipation. I started with 1 teaspoonful in 8oz. water followed by another 8oz. water, and since 2011 have worked up to 2 tablespoonful in 8oz. water followed by another 8oz. water. Still suffer from IBS but the attacks are not so frequent; at least I don’t deal with constipation! You could take laxatives and stool softeners but I’ve read your bowel becomes dependent on them. Psyllium is fibre which is good for you, too.

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@jackiem95 It sounds like you were finally controlling your IBS symptoms. Now your symptoms have changed for no obvious reason and you are trying to find ways to manage these new and almost opposite symptoms.

Below I have linked Mayo Connect discussions. You may wish to scroll through the posts for information.
– IBS-D https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ibs-2/
– IBS sufferers – MRT and LEAP ://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ibs-sufferers-mrt-and-leap/
– Constipation – 5 steps to keep things moving https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/take-charge-healthy-aging/newsfeed-post/5-steps-to-help-manage-constipation/

Members like @cindychesler @cindychesler @oceanone @cim37343 @elle1233 @artist01 @jackiem95 @Pookith85 @srobison may be able to support you or direct you to resources.

I understand that anti-depressants can be used to control symptoms and there are other medications as well that can supplement the dietary changes. May I ask if you take medication for IBS?

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Will all my digestive issues, the gastro had me taking Senokot for an extended period of time and during my last colonoscopy, they could see some changes in the lining of the colon that are from laxative use. So my thought is find something as natural as possible that helps, rather than laxatives

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@erikas

@jackiem95 It sounds like you were finally controlling your IBS symptoms. Now your symptoms have changed for no obvious reason and you are trying to find ways to manage these new and almost opposite symptoms.

Below I have linked Mayo Connect discussions. You may wish to scroll through the posts for information.
– IBS-D https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ibs-2/
– IBS sufferers – MRT and LEAP ://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ibs-sufferers-mrt-and-leap/
– Constipation – 5 steps to keep things moving https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/take-charge-healthy-aging/newsfeed-post/5-steps-to-help-manage-constipation/

Members like @cindychesler @cindychesler @oceanone @cim37343 @elle1233 @artist01 @jackiem95 @Pookith85 @srobison may be able to support you or direct you to resources.

I understand that anti-depressants can be used to control symptoms and there are other medications as well that can supplement the dietary changes. May I ask if you take medication for IBS?

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No I do not take prescription medication for IBS.

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