GI pain: What non-medication ideas help?

Posted by samz0429 @samz0429, Sep 1 10:15am

Had gi problems for years. Recently chronic pain was bad, started 2-month stint of diaherra. Gi finally diagnosed colitis. Any advice on pain management, such as stretching, movement, walking.
Thank you!

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@samz0429, great topic. I updated the title to reflect your question and added it to the Digestive Health group as well. See here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/digestive-gastrointestinal-problems/

I'm bringing in fellow members @nwcs @lighthouseceliac @denisepowell @kitty2 @bvanderb @fourof5zs and others to share their tips.

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Awe yuck. I was diagnosed with lymphocytic colitis the first week of July. I can’t get into my gastro at Mayo until the end of Nov. it will be 4 months after diagnosis. I am winging it trying to figure it out. It is way worse than my Celiac experiences. I am just figuring it out so I don’t have much advice. 8 Imodium a day for 8 weeks has been helping some. I have 2 more weeks and my 8 weeks is up. I might start on budesonide.
Let me know any of your tricks with food. Take care!!

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@lighthouseceliac

Awe yuck. I was diagnosed with lymphocytic colitis the first week of July. I can’t get into my gastro at Mayo until the end of Nov. it will be 4 months after diagnosis. I am winging it trying to figure it out. It is way worse than my Celiac experiences. I am just figuring it out so I don’t have much advice. 8 Imodium a day for 8 weeks has been helping some. I have 2 more weeks and my 8 weeks is up. I might start on budesonide.
Let me know any of your tricks with food. Take care!!

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Diagnosis was first week of August..not July. Time makes no sense anymore.

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@lighthouseceliac

Diagnosis was first week of August..not July. Time makes no sense anymore.

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Maaan…6 weeks on Imodium that is…I have proven that brain fog is alive and well!!

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I have apt today with psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy. Took 3 months for apt! I’ll let you know how it goes. My gi thinks it’s “the” answer, so we’ll see.

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Very happy with initial visit with digestive psychologist! Feel hopeful for the first time in a very long time. He feels like he can help me. He actually me told me I will have a phone number where I can call and reach him when I need him. Haven’t had a doctor tell me that virtually ever! Uses a combination of gut directed hypnosis and other therapies. I really hope he truly has some answers because I am so tired of feeling sick and being in pain and no doctors seeming to care at all. I just want to have a life again.

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I have had GI discomfort for years. IBS and autoimmune intestinal inflammation. I also had MALS, but that is taken care of.
The only thing that really helps me is sleep. When I sleep, my insides also sleep.
I also take Dicyclomin and PeptoBismol.

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@astaingegerdm

I have had GI discomfort for years. IBS and autoimmune intestinal inflammation. I also had MALS, but that is taken care of.
The only thing that really helps me is sleep. When I sleep, my insides also sleep.
I also take Dicyclomin and PeptoBismol.

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My brief Google search showed Dicyclomin was to "reduce the symptoms of stomach and intestinal cramping." Does that mean it reduces diarrhea and you had IBS-D?
I believe I have IBS-C, constipation with very uncomfortable and disfiguring bloat especially if I inadvertently eat a little too much. Or maybe it is too much of a particular food. I finally have an appointment with a gastroenterologist who may help.

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@notmoff

My brief Google search showed Dicyclomin was to "reduce the symptoms of stomach and intestinal cramping." Does that mean it reduces diarrhea and you had IBS-D?
I believe I have IBS-C, constipation with very uncomfortable and disfiguring bloat especially if I inadvertently eat a little too much. Or maybe it is too much of a particular food. I finally have an appointment with a gastroenterologist who may help.

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@notmoff – I have a combination- also I have poor motility- the intestines are not synchronized. Many people with IBS use Dicyclomin to reduce cramping of any kind that also gives you bloat.
It’s a trial and error. Ask for a prescription and try it out.
For persistent diarrhea, there is also Rx Lomotil. Slows thing down.

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@astaingegerdm

I have had GI discomfort for years. IBS and autoimmune intestinal inflammation. I also had MALS, but that is taken care of.
The only thing that really helps me is sleep. When I sleep, my insides also sleep.
I also take Dicyclomin and PeptoBismol.

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Heating pad
Peppermint capsules
Warm baths
Walking
Yoga
Mediation
Accupunture
Bike riding

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The first thing people with GI problems should do is eat less.. chew food better.. slow down.. looking for a magic pill before disciplining yourself is getting the cart before the horse.

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@ken82

The first thing people with GI problems should do is eat less.. chew food better.. slow down.. looking for a magic pill before disciplining yourself is getting the cart before the horse.

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And also huge help to switch to a plant based diet (produce straight from the earth). Organic as much as possible.

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