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I have just been informed about this forum by a doctor and decided to share my experiences with IBS.

I'm a 31 year old professional, having a really hectic life style(always had). I used to be quite chubby (around 80 kilos) and 1.75 cm height. And used to eat any sort of food, alcohol + occasionally smoking.

Just over a year ago(2012), I have a severe wisdom teeth problem and before the extraction, I was offered to take several painkillers by my dentist (ibuprofen) since the pain was too much! Right after the removal and treatment (maybe a month), one day I had a horrible diarrhea following with mild cramps and had to rush to the emergency. When I was checked the doctors could not find anything important, and sent me home. The diarrhea and other symptoms disappeared but I started to have rapid bowel movements in the morning so decided to see my GP. My GP run several tests, including full blood profile, Stool, urine, H. Pylori but could not find anything and diagnosed with IBS. The problem was I started to lose weight during this period, even though my symptoms disappeared slowly.

I've changed my diet, as started to eat more vegetables, sea-food, fibers and NO junk-food!

Completely stopped drinking alcohol,cola or any other sugary drinks and stopped smoking for the time being.

Currently my weight is about 66 kilos, and my height is 1.75 cm. I have recently got a full-blood profile check and everything was normal but I was quite worried about my weight. I was told that due to the fact that, I have completely changed my diet (stopping alcohol, junk food and etc..) this might have caused a weight loss but my GP said, it's quite normal according to my BMI. For the time being, (about 18 months, ) I see this weight loss, more than 10 kilos a little bit too much!! (I do exercise more than I used to, walking + jogging 2-3 times a day)

I rarely get some IBS symptoms, like wanting to rush to toilet after a big meal and sometimes just not having a big appetite that I used to have. During this period, I never had any other symptoms or even a cold,flu, weird stools and etc...

Would really appreciate some feedback regarding to my weight loss and the diagnosis so far.

Thank you

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    So you've changed your diet completely, you're exercising more – quite a lot in fact – and as a result you've lost weight and now you're a very good weight, and you're still worried and complaining??? I think you should just congratulate yourself!
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    Sounds like you've on the right track! Sometimes stuff takes a while to wash out of your system. Just stick with it, keep drinking water, and don't lose hope. Good for you about your diet change and weight loss!!
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    I've had ibs for two years now found out that wheat dairy were also trigger foods and intolerant too now avoid totally from my diet from experience any food change will make you loose weight and you will find a big loss to start with whilst your body adjust since I changed lost 4 half stone in one year now stable

    But please make sure you eat sensibly and drink 2 litres water a day

    Herbal teas like ginger or peppermint good for ibs keep stress levels down as much as possible if your attacks are like mine more prone in morning learn breathing relax this will help keeping anxiety levels down

    Look at what you eat learn about gassy foods which trigger ibs also stay away from caffeine this also a ibs nightmare

    Hope this helps

    Kaz

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    Hi I have also been receiving tests for IBS and have been suffering since March this year. It's totally threw me on what triggers my IBS as I've not changed my diet or lifestyle for such a long time. I would like to ask does anyone else have problems when passing water when suffering with IBS.
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    Hi urinating is not a symtom of ibs

    Ibs is bowel motion only either d or c or both but major flare ups can cause urinal track infections if your urine is dark with blood or burns when urinating should be checked out with a gp

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    Thanks popcorn that does make sense in what your saying I have mentioned it to my doctor several times and he don't seem that interested to be honest. This IBS sounds like its something you have to put up with until you find out what triggers it. I do have a stressful job and wondered if this could be the trigger as I haven't change my dietary needs at all.
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    Just a few changes in diet will help keep a diary on what you eat and drink daily also enter what you stools are like how often and emotions do this for three weeks try not to use medication in this time scale as effects results also don't change your diet or start to use different food ingredients this way you get whats upset the system

    Keep in contact oh go back to gp on urine get tested as your body dehydrates on infections

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    Thank you for the comments. I would like to share some of the things that good for my IBS:

    - Probiotic Yoghurt + Cereral or porridge every morning (cereal should be the ones without the preservatives though, as most of them are quite high in sugar)

    - Loads of water (1.5 or 2 liters every day)

    - Camomile Tea (This is great, especially after dinners)

    - Boiled vegetables (Carrots, potatos, broccoli and similar)

    - Fish and crab (Solmon and white crab, is a great source of proteion and so easy to digest)

    - Fresh red meat (Please be careful with burgers, most burgers in the supermarkets has preservative sodium metabisulphite! It's a shame they putting this crap in almost every meat product just to prolong the shelve life of their products, but causing us loads of digestion and more unknown issues!)

    - Reduce eggs + milk (not sure if I have lactose intolerance, but usually eggs + milk trigger my ibs symptoms)

    - Fruit (Banana, berries, apple) - Avoid dried ones, they also contain loads of preservatives! but fresh fruit have been a good snacking option so far.

    - Chicken (did not have any problem with chicken so far, I try to buy fresh-free range chicken 1-2 a week)

    - Coffee (not a big coffee drinker but exchanged this habbit with green tea, and I can already see the difference. However, green tea has a big cafein intake so I try not to drink this early morning as it might also triggers IBS)

    - Matcha (This is amazing! Japanese drinks this quite often. It's basically a green tea but more powerful, and expensive. Easy on it, as its extremely stronger than usual green tea and might be a problem for the heart)

    Again, I can not confirm any of these options for everyone but personally these have been good for me in this process so far. Any input/suggestions are welcome again!

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    Thanks lucky charm for your suggestions on what triggers your IBS, I find that some information very confusing I have read lots of information on line and some I find quite contradicting, for example some say avoid cereal and some say eat cereal how do you no which one to believe. I don't fancy just taking the chance an eating it just to find out if it makes me ill or not.

    I wish there was a list of things to eat and not to eat as all I'm doing is finding myself lost by it all. I have thought about the types of things I eat and I thought that red meat makes my symptoms worse but you say to eat red meat so once again I'm confused by it all again.

    I also suffer from constipation and found myself in hospital on Monday this week being given pain relief as I was in agony, however the doctor then gave me co-codamol which in turn gives you constipation. So the confusion goes on an on, I feel totally lost by it all now.

    Lee

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    Hi lee

    Go to fodmap online there's a chart which will help your confusion list all good foods and bad foods for ibs sufferes

    Unfortunately trigger foods can come in different forms ie wheat dairy and meat I only eat beef chicken turkey as lamb and pork to fatty

    Fodmap will start you off and only cutting out certain foods is I'm afraid helps a diary is the only way ur going to know what your trigger foods are could be just one could be multiples like me I'm dairy and wheat intolerant

    You can find alternatives like me I swop milk for rice milk

    Wheat I'm just pure gluten free

    Also drink peppermint and ginger tea

    Everyone's different and sorry to say this but ibs attacks will happen till you find your trigger foods

    Kaz

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    Hello, Mr G

    Really sorry to hear that you have been to hospital, it's a horrible start of a week, with all monday pressure and etc...

    Again, this is a really personal list of mine, which might be quite specific depending on our systems.

    One of the things, with trial and error, I've come to realize (Eggs + milk) have been a big trigger so I try to avoid them as much as possible!!

    Read meat - This is again a really borderline, as I'm in a really hectic life style and need my energy, need to eat red - meat once in a while but as I said, the burgers were not really good for me either (I suspect due to their preservatives) but organic lamb,steak and beef without any preservatives have not triggered any issue so far with a moderate consumption.

    Cereal - I've tried loads of different brands and came to conclusion that the ones without preservatives and less sugar, have been quite good. Actually porridge is a better option, if you have time to prepare your own at home by using hot water - not milk.

    Porridge has "Beta-glucan" and they say, this is a quite good thing for the tummy. I have found out that some of the supermarket cereals also have "Beta-glucan" and I try to pick them. Again, I avoid milk completely, trying to eat with probiotic yoghurt instead and my mornings going quite calm so far...

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    Hi luckycharm thanks for the advice I'm going to see the specialist on the tenth for a scan and on the 20th of September for an endoscopy which I ain't looking forward to at all.

    The one thing I can't understand is if my IBS is triggered by what I eat how come its happening now when I'm still eating what I've always eaten. Back in march this year I did have a period of gastroenteritus and I wonder if this could of been the trigger for my IBS.

    I'm buying a diary in the morning start making a list of what I'm eating and drinking just to see if I can work out what's triggering it.

    Do you suffer with the symptoms continuously or do they ease up and then flair up once and a while as I've had these pains now for over a week?

    Lee

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    Hi lee

    Till you find your trigger foods it keep giving you pain like I said could be just one thing or combination once illuminated things do get better just harder to identify whats in things and I can tell you you don't eat that product again

    Glad your getting scan done and endoscope will indentify your intestine condition I had one up one down that's how they found out that I also had celiac and diverticulitis

    Glad also your doing a diary

    Keep in touch

    Kaz

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    Hi

    Today is the first day I actually feel normal since being taken into hospital last Monday, I am thinking about going back to work on Monday an trying to get things back to some sort of normality. However I've been talking to people today out an about and I've been telling them what I've been threw this week and its like its all a big nothing ...... Like I'm making it up or something !!!

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    Unfortunate as it seems I've found that anything to do with the bowels many people think its all in your mind and your to blame little do they know there's thousand if people like us that go through hell all you got to take in that there's all if us supporting one another as we all in the same boat all we can do is advice you what helps in our case see how you are tomoz don't think for one minute just cos you had one good day it's finish cos it isn't especially in your case

    After three years I'm still learning hiw to control my dynosis and have good days and bad which can kat five days please don't rush going back I've had to give up my job cos of this just be careful you have us to guide you

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