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I have been on short-term disability from my job (which I love) since the first of the year with chronic, moderate to severe indigestion, abdominal cramping and pain, bloating, and nausea. I've had similar bouts for a while but just a day or so at a time- last year it ate up all my time-off. This time it was worse and lasted long enough to kick-start the short term disability plan (did I say how much I love where I work) and I was fortunate that I already had a doctor's appointment scheduled so I didn't just ignore it or think it was a bug. I have been told that i have mild- ibs in the past when describing my acute attacks of cramping and diarrhea, but this wasn't as sharp a pain and was longer in duration. The endoscope showed gastritis- as my dr put it "you make lots of acid". So I started treating for that and the indigestion cleared up but not the cramping, pain, bloating, and nausea. So after a CT scan and blood work showed nothing (the biopsy from the endoscope already ruled out Celliac), my GI says it's IBS- in a 'there's nothing else it could be" kind of way. He wants me to try Align for a month. My best guess is that the high carb/ low fat diet my severe indigestion/ gastritis seemed to tolerate kicked off a serious case of IBS since the diet the GI suggested is the exact opposite (although my attacks are normally diarrhea and this has been more constipation). So... I'm going to be optimistic and assume he's right, which means I'll be heading back to work in a couple of weeks when my short term disability expires. My concern is that for the last several days (and in hindsight, for the other bouts), I wake up then starts the pain/discomfort and nauseous which lasts till about 10am then I'm mostly okay the rest of the day. However, my job is a standard 8:30-5:30 office job. Does anyone else have worse symptoms in the mornings? Any suggestions for getting through it? Waking up earlier, not eating past a certain time the night before? Because of one of the gastritis meds I usually don't eat anything after 8 or 9pm already, and it can't be a food trigger because I've been asleep, not eating. If I can't get this under control I may have to ask about an adjusted work schedule like 10-7, but who wants to be finishing the day at 7pm at night, ugh. I'm hoping this daily bit will pass soon and I'll just be back to running to the bathroom every now and then and when I'm stressed. Suggestions?
 

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The colon is always very active in the morning around the time you get up.If you get up earlier does that help?Have you tried Imodium at bedtime? Calcium carbonate with every meal?Some IBSers with diarrhea do seem to do better on a low carb diet rather than a high carb one. You can still keep the fat down if the proteins you eat are very lean.Caffiene when you get up may also make the morning activity worse than it can be, and some people find getting up an hour or so early so they just have at bit more time before they have to leave the house helps.
 

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Hey, I completely have the same problem. I usually lie awake at night thinking about how my stomach will hurt in the morning, which I know doesn't help the matter. And in the mornings I wake up usually nauseous more than anything, with a crampy stomach. I find that a heat pack on my stomach and drinking peppermint tea helps me tolerate it but I'd like to get completely over it... sure does get annoying.
 

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I have picked up a few tips from various books. Here is what I do and have found that helps.Dont eat anything after dinner. Only water after dinner. Let your body rest as you sleep not try to digest a meal.L-glutamine mixed with water taken without food. this will bulk up your BMs and help repair the intestinal lining.Wake up a little ealier, eat first, then shower or get ready. This gives you more time to have the morning BM.A healthy Low-carb diet. With good amounts of protien, veggies and good fats.Good luck
 
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For the last 15 years I have just had to accept the fact that I am not a "morning person" as I tell everyone. I specifically sought out jobs that started at 11 a.m. or later and normally worked part time. I have recently been unemployed but found a job after 4 months. My new hours are 5:30 to 10:30 and I couldn't be happier. I do all of this so I can exist with my IBS. It is just a given that when I get up and have that first cup of the coffee I will be in and out of the bathroom sometimes 10-15 times with diarrhea. It will stop then but if I eat or sometimes even drink anything for the next couple of hours it will trigger another bathroom break. Therefore I eat hardly nothing until lunch or later. I am okay the rest of the day. I have always had stomachaches and anxiety, but didn't develop my more severe symptoms until about a bout of food poisoning. I think I have just come to accept the fact that this horrible thing rules my life. If I visit my children who live out of state and have an early flight I get up extremely early to deal with my symptoms. It is what my life has become. It sucks!
 

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This sounds so very familiar. I'm at home this morning because my symptoms are too bad for me to get in the car and drive 40 minutes to work. I feel yucky every morning - nausea and bloating - with usually only one or two trips to the bathroom for diarrhea. With the diarrhea out of the way, I can go to work, even if I feel awful. I have a very stressful job and the days with more stress are the days my IBS-D acts up in the AM. Nice to know I'm not alone. Great ideas here about getting up earlier and not eating late in the evening. I'll give them a try.
 

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I always get up 2 hours before the time I have to leave... That gives me time to go to the bathroom several times before I get out. I don't know why, but my symptoms are stronger in the mornings. Once, I had a job that started at 3pm and I felt like if I was a normal person!
 

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I used to get up 2 hours early too, and would take Imodium in the morning. It worked once in awhile for me, but then my symptoms just kept on getting worse. I still never know when I will be held up in the morning, and it can go on for hours.....
 

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When I was working, I had to be at work for 6:15 AM.About a 20 min drive to get there.My get up time had to be between 3:30 and 4:00 AM to be relatively sure I was OK.And even then, there were days.......as we all know!
 

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I have been on short-term disability from my job (which I love) since the first of the year with chronic, moderate to severe indigestion, abdominal cramping and pain, bloating, and nausea. I've had similar bouts for a while but just a day or so at a time- last year it ate up all my time-off. This time it was worse and lasted long enough to kick-start the short term disability plan (did I say how much I love where I work) and I was fortunate that I already had a doctor's appointment scheduled so I didn't just ignore it or think it was a bug. I have been told that i have mild- ibs in the past when describing my acute attacks of cramping and diarrhea, but this wasn't as sharp a pain and was longer in duration. The endoscope showed gastritis- as my dr put it "you make lots of acid". So I started treating for that and the indigestion cleared up but not the cramping, pain, bloating, and nausea. So after a CT scan and blood work showed nothing (the biopsy from the endoscope already ruled out Celliac), my GI says it's IBS- in a 'there's nothing else it could be" kind of way. He wants me to try Align for a month. My best guess is that the high carb/ low fat diet my severe indigestion/ gastritis seemed to tolerate kicked off a serious case of IBS since the diet the GI suggested is the exact opposite (although my attacks are normally diarrhea and this has been more constipation). So... I'm going to be optimistic and assume he's right, which means I'll be heading back to work in a couple of weeks when my short term disability expires. My concern is that for the last several days (and in hindsight, for the other bouts), I wake up then starts the pain/discomfort and nauseous which lasts till about 10am then I'm mostly okay the rest of the day. However, my job is a standard 8:30-5:30 office job. Does anyone else have worse symptoms in the mornings? Any suggestions for getting through it? Waking up earlier, not eating past a certain time the night before? Because of one of the gastritis meds I usually don't eat anything after 8 or 9pm already, and it can't be a food trigger because I've been asleep, not eating. If I can't get this under control I may have to ask about an adjusted work schedule like 10-7, but who wants to be finishing the day at 7pm at night, ugh. I'm hoping this daily bit will pass soon and I'll just be back to running to the bathroom every now and then and when I'm stressed. Suggestions?
Hey There, I have been given pregnacy morning sickness tablets... work a treat!
 

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I get up ridiculously early (2-3 hours before I have to leave) if I have to work or go to school or be anywhere. I swear, if I got up five hours before work started, I would spend all five hours in the bathroom! I get up, eat, exercise, and try to make sure I go to the bathroom enough before I leave so that I don't experience the *get halfway to where I need to be and go into the emergency bathroom search mode*. I've tried getting up, showering and all the stuff, then driving to work or school and eating there. That way when I have to go, I won't be in my car, I'll already be there (though this brings its own set of challenges). And people wonder why I'm always tired and have no time on my hands! I also don't eat right before going to bed. Right now I was hungry (and I can't go to sleep hungry either) so I ate a bunch of food, and now I'm going to stay up for probably two hours so it has a chance to move a bit before I sleep. I've also noticed certain foods in the morning are worse than others for me, so depending on whether it's a IBS-A or an IBS-C morning, I'll eat accordingly. Hope you can find something that works for you, let us know how it goes.
 

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I get up ridiculously early (2-3 hours before I have to leave) if I have to work or go to school or be anywhere. I swear, if I got up five hours before work started, I would spend all five hours in the bathroom! I get up, eat, exercise, and try to make sure I go to the bathroom enough before I leave so that I don't experience the *get halfway to where I need to be and go into the emergency bathroom search mode*. I've tried getting up, showering and all the stuff, then driving to work or school and eating there. That way when I have to go, I won't be in my car, I'll already be there (though this brings its own set of challenges). And people wonder why I'm always tired and have no time on my hands! I also don't eat right before going to bed. Right now I was hungry (and I can't go to sleep hungry either) so I ate a bunch of food, and now I'm going to stay up for probably two hours so it has a chance to move a bit before I sleep. I've also noticed certain foods in the morning are worse than others for me, so depending on whether it's a IBS-A or an IBS-C morning, I'll eat accordingly. Hope you can find something that works for you, let us know how it goes.
Since the age of 10 I've had issues with my stomach, following a 2 month stint of gastroenteritis, awful! I'm now nearly 22 and things aren't any better, I've tried almost everything, peppermint, a lot of different medicines prescribed by both GPs and specialists in the gastroenterology department at my hospital appointments. They've done plenty investigations etc, as I'm sure everyone of you have also had to suffer, all to find out that there's no cure. More recently I've tried the FODMAP diet under the supervision of a dietician but wasn't sure it helped. My problem with the "morning journey" is atrocious, I'm almost in tears with how useless I feel every morning with the dread of what's to come. I'm about to start my first real job since completing my degree and it requires 8am starts sometimes, which wouldn't be so much of a problem except that it's a 1.5 hour journey by metro and bus, I don't know the area well, and I'm not sure that there'll be many public toilets along the way, as a 21 year old it's been difficult in so many respects to get on with my life when there's such a constant and unpredictable limitation, when will I need to go. So far I've almost fainted with pain, and had panic attacks from the experience of getting a bus to work, and that was a 20 minute journey, what on earth can I do to make the new job semi-bareable. It's exactly as you've all described, getting up hours before I need to be somewhere and no matter how inoffensive the food is that I've eaten, or how calm I am, or how much sleep and preparation I've had I always have the feeling of needing to go in the middle of a journey. I got past the embarrassment of going in public long ago but the problem is no toilets are available when I need them.
 

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Since the age of 10 I've had issues with my stomach, following a 2 month stint of gastroenteritis, awful! I'm now nearly 22 and things aren't any better, I've tried almost everything, peppermint, a lot of different medicines prescribed by both GPs and specialists in the gastroenterology department at my hospital appointments. They've done plenty investigations etc, as I'm sure everyone of you have also had to suffer, all to find out that there's no cure. More recently I've tried the FODMAP diet under the supervision of a dietician but wasn't sure it helped. My problem with the "morning journey" is atrocious, I'm almost in tears with how useless I feel every morning with the dread of what's to come. I'm about to start my first real job since completing my degree and it requires 8am starts sometimes, which wouldn't be so much of a problem except that it's a 1.5 hour journey by metro and bus, I don't know the area well, and I'm not sure that there'll be many public toilets along the way, as a 21 year old it's been difficult in so many respects to get on with my life when there's such a constant and unpredictable limitation, when will I need to go. So far I've almost fainted with pain, and had panic attacks from the experience of getting a bus to work, and that was a 20 minute journey, what on earth can I do to make the new job semi-bareable. It's exactly as you've all described, getting up hours before I need to be somewhere and no matter how inoffensive the food is that I've eaten, or how calm I am, or how much sleep and preparation I've had I always have the feeling of needing to go in the middle of a journey. I got past the embarrassment of going in public long ago but the problem is no toilets are available when I need them.
Have you tried using immodium or pepto bismal?? They help short term
 

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Have you tried using immodium or pepto bismal?? They help short term
Hey, sorry hadn't seen the reply. I always have a pack of imodium instants in my purse but some mornings it no so much diarhoea as just the repeated "need to go to the toilet" feeling, I make sure I don't eat too late at night to avoid food lying on my stomach. And I've been sticking to the FODMAP diet recommended by the NHS dietician I saw. Recently I've been paying for taxis to work quite a lot and they cost a tenner each way so it can be quite expensive. I'd love to work from home so this wouldn't be as much of a problem. Just being late for work, well eventually I won't have a job if my stomach keeps misbehaving. I'll try peptobismol though. Thanks.
 

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I also struggle a great deal in the mornings. My teaching job requires me to be in at 7:15 daily, which means a wake up time of 5:30. I give myself an hour in the bathroom and then scramble to get out the door. My evacuation is rarely complete even after the use of 2 suppositories. So, I go into work, get through the day and come home and find myself back in the bathroom with more suppositories. It's certainly not ideal, and I do feel that the incomplete evacuations cause stool to build up in my intestines rendering my pretty tired and sluggish at times. My eye has also been twitching a great deal lately. In order to go to the bathroom at all on these early mornings, I take the following nightly:2 magnesiumMiralaxChinese diet tea (every other nights)flax dailya homeopathic remedy called silica marI'm coming to realize that while I'm coping now, this is not a way to live long term. I am really searching for what I could do besides teaching, but it's difficult as I've now been in the field for 6 years. I was off during the summer, and while it still took an hour to go to the bathroom daily, I was doing it on my own time. I really feel that my body simply is not ready to evacuate at 5:30. Over the summer, I was diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction. I saw a physical therapist and did biofeedback but had no positive results whatsoever. I am becoming pretty frustrated as I don't want my entire life to be spent at work, in the bathroom and in bed. I know that many of you can relate.
 

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I got fired for using my FMLA time. On paper, it was for "performance issues" but everyone knows that each time I returned from a short break, whether for treatment or illness, I was put under a microscope, held to unrealistic standards, disciplined, and finally booted out. In addition, my employer hired TALX, the same company as The Work Number, to find some shred of fake "misconduct" with which to deny my unemployment benefits. I am a single young woman who depended on herself and her corporate job for her health insurance and income.

I will NEVER disclose a disability at a job again.

Get yourself some Linzess AND some Resolor. You can get your doctor to write you an Rx for Resolor, submit it via CanadaDrugs.com (an authentic pharmacy) and the medication will come from overseas in three weeks. The two together have been the best combination of therapy I've tried and I can work full time again. I can go to the bathroom like normal in the morning and again in the afternoon. Do not lose your job over this. Find the right meds, even if you have to get them from another country. This country doesn't care about the sick. Only the rich.
 

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Thank you for the information. I was on Linzess for a month, and then my insurance stopped covering it. Is Resolor the same as Amitiza? The Linzess did absolutely nothing for me, even at the 290 dose. Amitiza made me very sick. I am a teacher and would think that I'd be protected from what you went through by the union.
 
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