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I am new to this community so hi, im tonya and nice to meet you all. I cant believe i found a support site for this.I was "sort of" diagnosed with ibs about 5 yrs ago. I had a massive attack that caused me to lose my job and had me crying for weeks. after a few docs and a colonoscopy a gi doc offhandedly told me that i had ibs, drink only fluids for a few days and that was that. i lost insurance so no more docs til recently. i seem to have had this all my life but it is becoming a daily event. no matter what i do it acts up daily now to the point that i have to buy clothes 2 sizes larger at least to not cut off my circulation when the bloating begins. at full bloat i look like i am 9 months pregnant and i hurt soo bad that i tend to go into the bathroom at work to cry. this lasts for several hours and then once i get home from work i get the runs from, well you know the saying. i literally seem to be in pain while anything i eat digests then makes it to the final exit point. it starts right below my rib cage and above my bellybutton then progresses from there. sorry, you all know the symptoms and i am babbling.What i want to know first is this..i saw alot of members refer to an ibs diet??? where can i find this? i need to know trigger foods even though it seems that EVERYTHING triggers mine. the gas/bloating/pain/runs is gettin to be too much and i am afraid i am about to lose another job. i was thinking of just doing a liquid diet but not sure if thats healthy.any help would be greatly appreciated..sorry this post is so long but so far this is the most ive had to talk about this with anyone.thanks in advancetonya
 

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If you go to www....com there is a book on there you can order that has recipes for an IBS sufferer. Some of them are great, some of them I don't know how any SEVERE IBS sufferer could tolerate.I think it's best to keep it simple when it comes to diet. It's also important, in my eyes, to get into a routine and eat pretty much the same thing each day without changing it up to much at one time. I like to stick to light things like chicken breasts, skinless fish, rice (I can tolerate chicken rice- the lipton brand), lean turkey, ensure supplement drinks, bananas, nature valley's granola bars (Thanks Brett for showing me the way to these!), water, gatorade, green tea... and pretty much just that for the most part. Also, I make sure to eat small meals throughout the day. A meal to me could be half a banana and half an ensure meal replacement drink. If I'm doing that 6 times a day, it adds up.There are a lot of people here who have benefited from hypnotherapy. I know, at first, it seems strange, but there is quite a lot of research that shows that hypnotherapy can be very beneficial in conjunction with whatever else you're doing for your IBS. It helps you relax- there is a hypnotherapy section down a little further than this one where a lot of people are on the journey right now. There's something called "Mikes Tapes". Basically, it's a 100 day hypnotherapy program. It's around $90.. but many people would probably pay 10x that amount because it has helped them so much. You can get these tapes at the same website I mentioned above (...com), or you can go down to the hypno forum and find a link there. It's been shown to help with pain, too, and I know that was a big concern of yours. Also, if you want to listen to samples you can go here- IBS hypnotherapy samplesAs someone who is an IBS-D sufferer that has experienced tremendous amounts of chronic pain because of it, I can fully understand. I would rate pain as my primary complaint, because I could deal with the diarrhea if the pain wasn't present.The first time I gave fiber a chance to help my IBS I was on Metamucil. I gave up after about 2 months because I didn't think it was helping me. Fastfoward to today- Brett (geez this guy gives good advice!) told me about how much better he was doing since starting Fibercon tablets. I was a little hesitant to try these because I had already had no luck with a fiber supplement 5 years previously. Well, I was surprised to see how much they have actually helped me. I take 4 of the tablets a day (a good dose for me- you can take anywhere from 2-8 per day), and I find that it keeps me more regular and my stools are more firm. It's also helped with the pain (in my opinion).There is another diet you can try when you're in the middle of a horrible attack. A lot of people use it (even the non-IBS sufferers) when they aren't feeling well.It's the B(ananas) R(ice) A(pplesauce) T(oast) diet, or BRAT. It's pretty gentle on the stomach. If I've had like a 3 week stretch of non-stop watery diarrhea and pain, I will throw this in there for 5-7 days and then gradually reintroduce foods.Sorry, I'm rambling right now- I just feel for you, because I know exactly what you're talking about!
 

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I don't know what to tell you to eat as everyone is different, but the things I avoid are caffeine, alchohol, anything acidic like tomatoes and oranges,things high in fat(especially deep fried things),no beans,no popcorn,or anything that causes excess gas.No artificial sweetners either. Alot of these ideas came from my GI specialist. He is a good one that knows there is an actual problem and that it is not all in the head.I take citrucel fiber and amitriptyline once a day. I also take a multi enzyme formula from gnc right before meals(seems to make the full feeling go away alot sooner). I eat six small to moderate meals a day. Also activia yogurt and align daily(I am undecided about these.)Immodium advance and belladonna/phenobarb(for pain)once in awhile.The diet change and amitriptyline seem to help the most.Hopefully you can get a good gi doc. I wasted alot of time with the first so called specialistwho was a nurse practitioner specializing in GI disorders. Nine months after my first visit she basically told me there was nothing she could do. She never tried different treatments. Just nexium and protonix which i think made things worse.I also have to apologize for rambling , but anyway hang in there.Oh yeah one last thing. Peppermint products seem to help some with the pain. I eat alot of those red and white mints or sometimes capsules.I also lift weights 3-4 times a week. It seems to help quite a bit.
 
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