Struggling With Cramps

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I'm in the middle of what I think is an IBS flare.

It's been going on for a week now. As soon as I eat anything ,

even the smallest amount I have to rush to the bathroom with bouts

of diarhea and awful stomach cramps. It's the cramps that I'm not

coping with . I take mebeverine twice a day , I've tried buscopan ,

neither help . I was diagnosed with IBS years ago but I have diverticulos

too . Anyone know of anything that will ease the pain of the stomach cramps ? I'm not eating , is it best to avoid food or eat small ? Thanks !

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    Sorry to hear that you are sufferring.  

    How long between eating and cramps?

    Are your cramps in your stomach or lower down in your abdomen?

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      Hi Cramping and diarhea start about 15 to 30 minutes after eating .

      Had half a packet of crisps earlier and cramps and diarhea started 5 minutes

      after , didn't even have time to reach my stomach !

      The cramping is low down .

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    I have the same thing with IBS, and it's just awful.  When this happens, I eat gluten free crackers, and drink plenty of water.  A hot water bottle helps too.  I've had this problem for two years, and my doctor finally prescribed morphine.  This I wouldn't recommend as it relieves the pain only temporarily, and then it comes back, worse than before.

    I've been told that medical certain strains if marijuana help as well, but I'm not an expert on that subject,  Perhaps another reader can add to this??  

    Sorry not to be of much help, but my thoughts are with you.

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      Hi I can't eat crackers without getting diarhea. I can't eat gluten free

      as I get other problems with the other ingredients. I eat really low fat.

      I'm already on oramorph for other problems anyway .

      Thanks for your input.

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    Not eating will make things a lot worse.  Your body needs nourishment.  Try eating little but often, Try a food diary or the low Fodmap diet. Ask your doctor for a different antispasmodic. Mebeverine can cause more problems than it solves.  Try combining Nurofen with Buscopan first of all before seeing your doctor, this works for me.
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    No, eat. My doctor always tells me to eat white to start (potato, rice, simple bread/crackers, chicken, eggs) Acute attack started the week before Thanksgiving. When I was at the worst of my attack, food touching my lips sent me to the bathroom. This is my fourth week and I am slowly getting better. Maybe another month of slowly introducing other food.  Use a heating pad for abdominal cramps, it helps me. Also, for me, I take a couple of Advil and that helps too.  NO dairy or fried foods, no spices other than salt and pepper. Saw my Gastroenterologist yesterday, it's going to be a slow revival.  I have only been given Librax if I get desperate with the discomfort of cramps and stomach aches. 

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