I have had irritable bowel syndrome - alternating for a long time (dx in 2008, but suffering pretty much my whole life). I have my token home remedies but am wondering if anyone has any new suggestions for me. I find with the stress of chronic pain and the medications they have me on it flares worse than it ever has. Typically when I get a bad flare it starts as constipation where I apply heat and massage my stomach. Then it switches (usually at the peak of the pain) to diarrhea. When that happens I have many trips to the bathroom. I try to put my knees above my hips and not strain. Then I usually go to bed lying on my back and fall asleep. What tricks do you use that I may not know about? I am very hesitant to use laxaday or imodium as it usually swings the pendulum too far the opposite way.
I have had IBS for 40 years and have had the same issues with pain. The only thing that works (other than meds) and this might sound ridiculous, but it's Breathing into my stomach for a few minutes to half an hour. It's quick, cheap and easy to try. Best hopes for you.
Cdngirl, I've fought ibs for 25+ years, and I have PFD also. Due to multiple abdominal surgeries the nerves have been damaged so I can't really feel my stool moving through my system unless I'm constipated (thank you to Sjogrens for the extreme IBS-C!). My doc says I have delayed emptying now too. Occasionally I can feel backup pressure in the stomach area. At those times I cross my arms below my stomach, pressing inwards, and slightly rock to & fro; it helps with the transit.
I've tried multiple OTC & rx meds (Linzess have me uncontrollable IBS-D, with embarrassing accidents). As with any meds, rx or OTC, check with your doc. But one of my docs suggested I try magnesium + Senokot-S, 2 caps each, 2x a at. I am the closest to my normal, before developing AOL these issues than I've ever been. And I have less constipation, bloat, has, etc.
Linzess did the same for me. Not good. Haven't found anything for my disabling IBS in 40 yrs, but still hoping. I am encouraged to have this forum where we can learn from other's experience what questions to ask.