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I've been away from this board for about a year and returned with a new id (couldn't remember password and changed e-mail address).Looks like the same sort of postings going on. Heart rending stories from people who are suffering a lot more than me. Same names quoting medical publications and data. Plenty of disagreements and unfounded theories but very few success stories.I guess if people find "a cure" then they are likely to stop using the board, so we may not share in their success, although I suspect these are as rare as rocking horse sh*t.Does anyone have any good news? I don't.It seems to be getting worse but I can put up with it.I pump myself full of fibre, plus Immodium when I'm out socialising. I can cope with ****ting 3 times before leaving for work and get used to a regular explosive #### after a lunchtime sandwich.I'm undecided about probiotics, like why do you have to keep taking them, why don't they take over and colonise your intestines. Do they really work, or are they a marketing con trick?I've got a pack of Caltrate plus (or similar) sitting in the cupboard unopened since I read about it on here over a year ago.I can't fathom out whether it's certain foods. Should I worry about dairy products, high fat products, bean and pulses, spicy food, wheat and gluten? There's no pattern to it, although the spicy stuff comes back and bites!
Now I'm sounding like all the other hard luck stories. It's a bloody annoying condition but it won't stop me doing the things I want to do. It's just the occasional embarrassment of my arse exploding in a toilet somewhere near you!
Enough of my ramblings, I just want to hear from someone with some positive news for a change.Oh yeah, no pseudo-medics putting anyone down please.
 

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for foods the only way you'll find out is to eliminate one for a few weeks and see if it helps.. if it does, eliminate another etc.. i know that i cannot have much dairy at all or i'm in a lot of pain!
 

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Bloater, its important to understand there is not a cure for IBS. The best at the moment is to manage the condition, hopefully to the point of having no symptoms and that is pretty individual for each person, although statistically somethings have higher success rates and are more understood in why they work better on IBS and what they know already to generate the symptoms of a brain gut dysfunction." guess if people find "a cure" then they are likely to stop using the board,"This is probably very true for the most part, except for the Cure in the statement, which maybe better called remission. If a person things cure and never finds it due to the nature of IBS it can be self defeating for sure.The bb in a way is more likely to hear from those who's IBS continues to be probelmatic or from people who have many conditions.probiotics can possibly help some people with IBS, but they are not likely to cure the condition of IBS, but they can possible help and new research shows they may help immune cells in the gut wall and possible some other values. They are also pretty safe as a management tool."'ve got a pack of Caltrate plus (or similar) sitting in the cupboard unopened since I read about it on here over a year ago."How come you didn't try this?" I can't fathom out whether it's certain foods. Should I worry about dairy products, high fat products, bean and pulses, spicy food, wheat and gluten? There's no pattern to it, although the spicy stuff comes back and bites!"Keeping a food diary and stress diary can help to sort through this or even Heathers book eating for IBS ect., foods don't cause IBS they just can triggger it. It maybe a good idea to be tested you don't have malasorption or celiac sprue ect, also on the food issues as well as other possible problems, even medications and otc products should be investigated to there mechansims of action and contridictions.There are certainly many success stories on the bb here, they maynot be all the same thing or in one long list, but they are there really.You didn't say much about your symptoms here, although from your name I would guess bloating is an issue.
 

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If you go to "Living with IBS" and set it to show all posts there are quite a few sucess stories listed there.Food is not the only trigger so some of the today it seems OK tomarrow it doesn't may have to do with other triggers going on.Some people on good IBS days have no problems and on bad IBS days find certain foods routinely trigger symptoms.What you are looking for is routine patterns with foods. Eat once have symptoms when you normally eat it OK is not that useful, but if you find that 90% of the time when I have X I get symptoms That helps you figure you out. Everyone has different food issues, so there is no one general rule.I had hoped you came back and every single person has found the 1 thing that makes them 99% better 99% of the time, or that there was a huge breakthough that helped 50% of us or something, but alas it is not to be.I am 95-99% better 95-99% of the time (story in sig). I am down from 7 Levsin a day to less than 7 Levsin a year. So that is a huge improvement. Once in awhile I get a blurble, but then most people get some GI upset a few times a year.K.
 

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Hi! I haven't had an episode of IBS-C or the occasional D in 6 months or more. Before that I had occasional problems if I caught a flu bug or just overdid on eating such as nuts. I love nuts! I had 4 and 1/2 years of IBS-C from about 1994 to 1998. I had some tests and even went to a therapist because the doctor thought stress might be the problem. The pain was so bad I couldn't sleep at night. I'll never forget the pain and the fear of it's return. My first help was when I switched to bottled or filtered water. That quieted down my gut quite a bit. Now I also take a nutrition supplement that I swear by and it just made the difference more so. I still have some gas and I'm lucky I'm home a lot! But even that is getting to be less and less. Everyone says there is no cure, but I'll take what I get!I eat anything I want but I try to eat healthy. I don't eat meat...some fish maybe once a month.......love fruit and vegatables, raw preferably, breads, and my favorite treat is Kettle Corn (probably causes some gas....ya think?)
 

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I guess I'd consider myself a success story. Esp. compared to how my quality of my health was when I was first diagnosed vs. now. I owe it to magnesium (I'm a C-type). Don't know how I'd manage without it and I'm grateful.
 

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I can't say a complete success yet, but definitely better than I was when I came to this board. And if I stick to my regimen (fiber, calcium/magnesium & hypno), I do better - just not perfect about that yet. But success from the standpoint that I have better control over it, don't have the weeks on end of problems and even when I do, I can control the situation better (haven't made the mad dash to a bathroom in quite a while - I can walk like a normal person when having an attack!)nancy
 

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Open up the bottle of Calcium and let me know if you want some help on how to take it. It has been over 4 years of success for me.Linda
 

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Bloater, If I were you I'd try the calcium. I've been reading posts on this BB for years and all the D-types seem to swear by the Caltrate. I'm a C-type myself, so my particular regime won't help you, but I can say that I've learned enough from this BB about diet, exercise, hypnotherapy, CBT, and medications to be able to manage my IBS. I was at the point where I was completely disabled by IBS and could not work or socialize. I'm now at a point where I can work on a freelance basis (I can't work full-time) and I can go out to restaurants and socialize. To me that's a success story.
 

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Hi Bloater,I've had tremendous success with a grape based mixture called Provex CV. There's more under Products and Websites (although you will have to go back a couple of months). Called "No more D."Good luck.Mark
 
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