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Losing weight whilst dealing with IBS

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Cheesyslice Tue 04-Feb-14 21:10:40

Has anyone got any experience of this?

I've lost two stone (LighterLife Lite - low carb, lots of veg) but recently I'm really struggling with my IBS. My symptoms tend to be severe bloating and constipation <tmi>, to the point where I'm on the floor in pain and I look seven months pregnant. A bad episode can last for three days.

I'm trying to increase my fibre intake to see if this helps. In the mean time I'd be really grateful if anyone has any advice / experience to share.

stargirl1701 Tue 04-Feb-14 21:13:19

My advice would be to see your GP and get some medication. I needed an anti-spasm medication for my IBS but everyone is different. Soluble fibre helps me but fibre is a disaster. And, exercise. I had no symptoms when I swam 50 lengths every single day for a year.

Cheesyslice Tue 04-Feb-14 21:16:31

Thank you.

I have been planning to go and see the GP but to be honest I'm scared of getting fobbed off blush

I actually find it worsens with exercise. I run and get so bloated afterwards...again, it can last for a couple of days. Miserable.

stargirl1701 Tue 04-Feb-14 21:18:43

I find running makes it worse too... Swimming is the only thing that works for me. I have no idea why.

Ask the GP receptionist if there is a GP who specialises and get an appt with that GP.

BigW Tue 04-Feb-14 21:29:35

Have you been properly diagnosed? If not you should go to the GO and just make sure that it is IBS.

I think you can do a low calorie diet with IBS. The problem with bloating comes for me when I don't eat often enough. I recommend a glass of cooled boiled water as soon as you wake up. Then make sure you eat very regularly, but small amounts. Apples are the devils fruit, avoid them like the plague! Brown rice, veggies, oily fish. No processed food. Try to increase your fibre intake if you think you need to, but do it slowly! And finally, never eat in the go! Make sure you eat sitting down. Easier said I know!

That ended up being a mammoth post! Hopefully there are some tips in there that will help!

BigW Tue 04-Feb-14 21:30:03

*GP

BsshBossh Wed 05-Feb-14 03:47:59

Powdered psyllian husks help me with gas and bloating. I get the pure powdered stuff from Holland & Barrett called Colon Care - 1 heaped teaspoon mixed in a 250 ml glass of water chased down with another 250 ml glass of fresh water. First thing in morning, last thing at night (but don't take close to any medication). So far <fingers crossed> my bloating etc has disappeared.

Cheesyslice Wed 05-Feb-14 11:08:05

bssh Is that the same kind of thing as fybogel?

BsshBossh Wed 05-Feb-14 12:11:48

I don't really know. The Colon Care is 100% pure psy husk, no other added ingredients.

daisydee43 Sat 08-Feb-14 20:36:20

Yes I had this when I was younger and underweight as I didn't eat much so when I did it shocked my system - takeaways were worst and strangely lettuce. If I have lots of sugary stuff now I get it. Buscopan is good and fennel

mineofuselessinformation Sat 08-Feb-14 20:45:49

Try peppermint tea to calm your stomach.

Cheesyslice Sun 09-Feb-14 19:40:39

I've been drinking peppermint tea for years, it doesn't even touch it angry

Been better this week and I've actually laid off the herbal tea.

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