Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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    10 reasons to join the Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group

    1. It’s full of other people with connections to IBD.
    2. It’s a safe forum to ask any and all IBD questions.
    3. It’s a way to connect with others on the Mighty community.
    4. I’m one of the group leaders (living with #UlcerativeColitis ), and I’m pretty cool.
    5. We want to normalize talking about poop.
    6. We do Q&As with partners like Girls with Guts.
    7. It’s a small but “Mighty” community that we want to grow.
    8. It’s supportive.
    9. Why not?
    10. Do it today!

    You can search the groups to join. #CrohnsDisease #InflammatoryBowelDiseaseIBD #ChronicIllness #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS

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    Re: Submitted Articles Posted as Thoughts

    I've noticed a lot more Thoughts posted which originated as submitted Articles. I don't mind this at all. It seems to indicate that more people are submitting articles than ever before, which is exciting! Keep submitting!

    My main issue is that submitted Articles published as Thoughts are poorly formatted. Most often, submitted Articles go over the character limit of a Thought, and therefore when converted to Thought format, the content is split into Part 1/2 and Part 2/2. This means if I want to read the rest of the article, I have to search through my feed hoping it will pop up. I've tried finding the other half by visiting the writers account, but more often than not the site glitches and shows no posts at all.

    As a reader, and chronically ill person, it is distracting and exhausting to have to search for the other half of a post I was interested in. And as a writer and submitter, often the conclusion to my submitted Article is in the Part 2/2 and less readers end up accessing the conclusion, even if they were interested in Part 1/2.

    I'm curious whether other readers and writers have noticed this, and whether anyone else has found it difficult to navigate.

    #ChronicIllness #Disability #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #PTSD #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder

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    6 ways to alleviate symptoms of an IBS attack


    Use Heat to Treat Spasms

    During an IBS attack, it helps to apply heat to the abdomen with either an electric heating pad or a hot water bottle. The gentle heat feels nice. It also helps stimulate the blood flow and relax the smooth muscles of the colon, reducing spasms and cramps.

    Sip IBS-Friendly Teas

    Sipping a nice cup of IBS-friendly tea can be soothing. It can also further help alleviate painful spasms and cramps.

    IBS-friendly teas are not fermented and do not contain any of the ingredients that can trigger or inflame your IBS symptoms. IBS-friendly teas include:


    -Black tea

    -White tea

    -Green tea

    Breathe Deeply and Relax

    Your body's natural stress response can have a dramatic effect on your IBS. That's because stress can trigger the release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which can increase IBS symptoms.

    Several breathing techniques can combat the effect of stress on IBS.

    Deep Breathing

    Breathing deeply not only helps calm the nerves. It also sends powerful messages to the brain, telling it that everything is okay and no need for emergency response.


    Pranayama breathing is a yoga practice in which you control the flow and pace of your breathing. It is beneficial for coping with IBS. People often incorporate it into certain meditation practices.

    Guided Imagery

    Guided imagery is another relaxation technique in which you create mental images to stimulate calm feelings. By doing so, you gently shift your thoughts away from the areas of physical discomfort.

    Keep a Symptom Diary

    Keeping track of your symptoms can help you identify patterns in your IBS attacks. For example, when you use a diary, you may start to notice which things tend to cause your symptoms to flare, including:

    -Foods you eat

    -Activities you engage in

    -Routines that cause stress

    Knowing, for example, that you are more likely to experience attacks in the morning can help you plan your day. By identifying and recording these patterns, you can remove many of the "what-ifs" from your life. In addition, this sense of preparedness can help you participate in activities more confidently.

    Know Your FODMAPS

    Fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAPs) are a group of carbohydrates found in foods that contribute to IBS symptoms. These carbohydrates are poorly absorbed in the intestine. This poor absorption can result in bacterial overgrowth, leading to increased gas, bloating, pain, and watery stools.

    By focusing on foods low in FODMAPs, you can decrease your gastrointestinal sensitivity and provide yourself much-needed relief after an IBS attack.

    Work with a Healthcare Provider

    There is no need to suffer in silence. Working with a healthcare provider can help you pinpoint what triggers your IBS.

    From there, you'll be more likely to find strategies that may offer better and more sustainable control of your IBS symptoms.

    You can refer to this:

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    Share an example of something unhelpful or harmful someone has said to you when discussing your CFS.

    Sharing your experiences with others about living with chronic fatigue syndrome can be incredibly validating, but sometimes other people’s reactions can be disappointing and hurtful (even if done unintentionally).

    Have you been told something unhelpful or harmful when talking to others about your CFS? How did you respond?

    #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #COVID19 #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #AutoimmuneDisease #Spoonie #Fibromyalgia #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #Migraine #Depression #Raynuads

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    What endometriosis symptom is the most difficult or challenging to manage?

    Endometriosis symptoms can vary from person to person, but we know some symptoms can be more challenging than others to treat and stay on top of.

    Whether it’s fatigue, nausea, pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea (severe and frequent menstrual cramps and pain during your period), or dyspareunia (genital pain associated with sexual intercourse), what symptom do you find to be the most challenging or difficult to manage? Share with the group in the comments below. ⬇️

    #OvarianCancer #RheumatoidArthritis #Cancer #Endometriosis #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #Diabetes

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    My insurance company has stopped carrying my incontinence briefs! I have Lupus, and have bowel/bladder loss, especially when I’m in a flare. I also have IBS and often just can’t get to the toilet on time. I’ve had tremendous luck with the company that’s been supplying my briefs for more than two years, but when I tried to make my usual Rapid Repeat Order, I was sent to a customer service agent. They no longer carry my briefs! They are phasing out their plastic backed briefs for breathable briefs. They sent me a sample to try; it was flimsy and it leaked. They are sending a different sample to try. I found my preferred briefs on Amazon, but my insurance pays for them and it was not an easy process. Does anyone know if different incontinence companies carry different products? Are all plastic backed briefs being phased out?
    #Incontinence #IncontinceBriefs #HealthInsurance

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    About me

    My name is Elisabeth, I am 31 years old. Been diagnosed with IBS and possibly have issues with my nerves according to gastroenterologist. Will be scheduling an EEG soon. Was homeless until recently due to service providers being unable to handle someone who can advocate for themselves and the medical issues I experience. I will tell full story if there is interest? #chronicillnessproblems

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    how to start the process of getting evaluated for hEDS?

    hi! i'm 23 and have hyperadregenic POTS as well as IBS-C. i've been doing a lot of research over the last couple years and am seriously wondering if i have undiagnosed hEDS. it apparently runs in my family (i just found this out recently) but isn't officially diagnosed, even though it's blaringly obvious. i have a lot of the symptoms and have since i was very little: easy dislocations, constant subluxations and hyperextension injuries, hypermobility in my fingers, my knees are naturally hyperextended, my skin is very fragile and bruises and scars extremely easily, constant headaches/jawaches/chronic joint pain, chronic fatigue, POTS, GI issues, etc. the only thing that makes me question it is because my skin isn't unnaturally stretchy and not all of my joints are super hypermobile. idk how to even go about asking my doctor-- out of fear that i'll be dismissed. what did you all do when you first suspected it? what was your experience like with getting diagnosed, what helps you to manage (i use that word loosely) symptoms, what specialist(s) do you see? #HEDS #hypermobileehlers-DanlosSyndrome(hEDS) #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #hyperadrenergicpots #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS


    How do you feel emotionally?

    I’m so sick of having fibromyalgia. The pain, tingling ,burning are constant. The IBS gut pain makes socializing no fun. Life feels like Groundhog Day and a nightmare of torture. I’m either down, angry, bored with the monotony of saying no to everything, or anxious for dumb reasons. Living with this feels like a life sentence of misery. I’m a great actress in public though.

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    Signs and symptoms of IBS


    The symptoms of IBS may overlap with other serious conditions. If you have any symptom related to the gastrointestinal tract that may concern you, immediately consult with your doctor. Some of the common symptoms of IBS include:

    Stomach Pain: Person with IBS experiences stomach pain and cramping which becomes severe after eating. The pain is eased by having a bowel motion.

    Change in bowel habits: Person with IBS witnesses change in their bowel habits. The person may have diarrhoea, constipation or bowel habit of mixed pattern with both diarrhoea and constipation.

    Bloating: In some persons, the only symptom of IBS is bloating i.e. fullness of the abdomen, which may feel distended from morning to evening at times. Food may be the trigger for bloating. Bloating is often reduced by lying down.

    Mucus in stools: Although it is normal to pass some mucus in the stools, the amount of mucus is increased in persons suffering from IBS.

    Nausea: Persons with IBS also experience nausea like many other gastrointestinal disorders and the exact cause of nausea should be diagnosed for a better treatment approach.

    On the basis of dominance of diarrhoea and constipation, IBS is generally divided into three categories:

    Diarrhea Predominant: In this type of IBS, the person experiences moderate to severe diarrhoea. There is an urgent need to go to the toilet which cannot be delayed. Diarrhoea may be triggered initially in the mornings and progressively every time after eating.

    Constipation-Predominant: The person with IBS suffers from chronic constipation. Constipation may lead to abdominal cramping. Further, people with prolonged constipation have the risk of haemorrhoids.

    Alternating constipation and diarrhoea: Such type of IBS involves the alternate occurrence of diarrhoea and constipation.

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