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I am back from vacation... and well my master plan didn't work too well. I basically stuck to a liquid diet and "cleaned" myself out before leaving. I ate a little solid food the morning of my flight assuming that I'd be okay.Well... it was disaster. I had the worst cramping and gas of my life, and spent the hour before my flight with D in the bathroom. I figured that I wouldn't have D - I am 100% type C - it was probably due to laxatives the night before. I made it through the flight by a miracle of God, and an hour delay in takeoff
My question is... I have to do this emptying out again this week for my flex sig... and am scared to introduce food again to my empty bowels. What do people usually eat when their are adding stuff back to their empty system? Same as normal? Does anyone else have problems?Thanks in advance,gt
 
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Hi GT, Been there done that but I'm always D, so I'll tell you how I cope. First of all with IBS I was told never ever use laxatives !!One doctore said it's like putting salt on an open wound, Ouch very sensitive ! As far as reintroducing foods after a really bad day of D the good old BRAT diet works best, I usually start with dry toast(french or sourdough,not whole wheat),white rice and herbal tea. After a meal or two with no cramping I add stage 1 baby foods such as squash or sweet potatoes added to the rice for variety and extra nutrients. About a day of this usually gets my stomach back to wear I can gradually add my normal diet(mine normal is very bland, though).I've found baby cereals and jarred food are very convienent and quick to settle an irritated systme. I am not a doctor though,just someone who has suffered with IBS for 22 years, but I now keep my weight up by using this process. Good Luck, Feel Better!!!
 
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This is a very timely topic for me. As a diagnosed IBS-C sufferer I was using laxatives about once a week on average (including the purgatives the doctors prescribed before a couple of tests). I now realize that was possibly making it worse. I intend to rely on very occasional prune juice from now on. Also am taking modulon to smooth the gut motions out. Most importantly, I've been eating an elimination diet for ten days now, of chicken, spelt bread and canned pears (with spelt bread instead of the prescribed rice for the fiber, plus Fibercon tabs). I intend to reintroduce other foods occasionally. I don't think my IBS was caused by any food, just excess soluble fiber in my diet combined with stress, a one-week liquid diet and the above-mentioned purgatives. Not knowing it was IBS caused a lot of anxiety too. Sorry, I do go on. But I really want to say the above reply is bang on -- take it easy after a purgative or laxative and don't think of what happens for a while afterwards as having anything to do with your own IBS. I did not -- and how I have suffered before this realization!
 
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