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Hello Everyone,My name is Shona Beck. I'm born and breed New Zealander (Kiwi)living in Wellington, our captial city. My heritage is mixed Irish, Canadian and Samoan and with a touch of India(Bangalore)I am newly diagnosed with IBS-Diahorrea, bloating, acid reflux and terrible stomach cramps.This is all new to me and I am TRYING to learn a new way of eating and managing IBS.Through this forum I am hoping to meet other people who have this illness and would like to learn more on how to best manage IBS in my daily life.My history is that I experienced a terrible bout of Gastroenteritis(I've never had this before and experienced 1 month of full on Diahorrea and all the other pains). This bout has left me with IBS.I see a specialist again next month to see how things are going...and whether further investigation is required ie Colonoscopy I am not coping very well..as I have had alot of time off from work on account of the uncontrollable diahorrea bouts, which has kept me stuck at home and close to my bathroom.I'm afraid to eat and feel as if I am starving. I've lost a bit of weight. I'm eating some "safe" foods..knowing that these won't set off another bout of D. My food is boring. IF I do go out..I'm now looking to find where the nearest ladies amenities are..and I won't eat until I get home.I would very much like to read back from people that can suggest helpful food tips for me to eat.Many thanksShona
 

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There was a small study that showed that for some IBS-diarrhea types a low carb diet can sometimes control the diarrhea so that may be something to try.Also eating regular small meals tends to even out the gut a lot more than waiting as long as possible and then finally giving in. Aim for 300 calories at a time every 3 hours or so.Are you adverse to using Imodium to control the diarrhea? Some people don't want to take medications, but sometimes taking that 2X a day about 12 hours apart (start low and work up to the dose that controls things without backing you up) can give people good control.If you mostly have diarrhea after meals some people will take it 30 minutes before each meal.
 

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There was a small study that showed that for some IBS-diarrhea types a low carb diet can sometimes control the diarrhea so that may be something to try.Also eating regular small meals tends to even out the gut a lot more than waiting as long as possible and then finally giving in. Aim for 300 calories at a time every 3 hours or so.Are you adverse to using Imodium to control the diarrhea? Some people don't want to take medications, but sometimes taking that 2X a day about 12 hours apart (start low and work up to the dose that controls things without backing you up) can give people good control.If you mostly have diarrhea after meals some people will take it 30 minutes before each meal.
 

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Hello Kathleen,Your information on IBS management is gratefully appreciated. Thank you very much. I intend to give this a try to see if things improve for me.I have taken Immodium tablets on MANY occasions in the past and I still have a supply at home on stand by.Many thanks again Shona
 
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