Posted on April 22, 2013
GI update # 3
Good morning! I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend filed with sunshine, racing, coffee and whatever makes you happy.
It’s been awhile since I last updated you on how I’m feeling, so I figured I’d do a post on it. If you’re new around here (hello!), you may check out this post for more information.
Overall I’m feeling about 90% better, which is huge for me. I used to have a stomach ache every single day and while they still haunt me, they are a lot less severe, and tend to go away faster. #winning
- Official diagnosis is chronic & severe IBS C. It’s a party. But really I am relieved to finally put a name to it, learn how to fix it and move on with my life. Although it’s not as easy as that, I’m slowly getting better learning what my body can tolerate.
- Probiotics I’m still taking them every day along with calcium. The Trader Joe’s brand my GI specialist recommended are horse pills and I’d forget to take them, and let’s be honest, I didn’t want to take them, so I switched back to the gummies from Costco. I figure something’s better than nothing. Plus I am 4.
- Prescription anti acid I’m still taking a double dose of a powerful which is working to control acid reflux and heartburn for the most part. I might schedule a follow up and see if I can reduce it and possible go off it completely. It’s the only prescription I take so if not, it’s not the end of the world.
- Moderate fiber About 15 grams a day. I made the switch to white breads, pasta & rice. It feels so weird to go against everything I’ve ever learned about choosing whole grains, but I’m willing to sacrifice those for fresh produce. By the way that salad above was not a great idea. It had too much fiber which did not sit well. I already knew this, but I guess I need to be reminded every now & then.
- Miralax is life changing. I’m pretty much keeping Costco in business! It’s okay, you can laugh with me because we all know I am 80 so this shouldn’t surprise you. It took some time to figure out the right dosage. That was fun. <-insert sarcasm. I might be the only person who can take a dose & a half of that stuff before a run and have no side affects. You think I am joking, but I am not.
- Moderate amount of water I feel like I’m doing a good job with this. I take in more when I exercise thanks to my new addiction, Watermelon Nuun. I try to stay on top of hydration since I tend to dehydrate easily.
- Coffee I tried making the switch to all decaf and thought my life was over. Dramatic, no!? So now I have a cup of full caf in the morning and switch to decaf the rest of the day. Most of the time it sits well on my stomach, but on occasion, it doesn’t. It’s worth it though. The good news is the pain is not as intense nor does it last as long as it used to. Coffee for the win!
- Dairy is back in my life. CHEESE!! Oops sorry that tourette’s pops up every now & then. Anyway chowing down on pizza without any repercussions is pretty freaking awesome. I still don’t know why dairy seemed to be a trigger before my diagnosis.
Something I need to work on:
- I really struggle with lowering my fiber intake while still maintaining a healthy the lifestyle that I love so much. I think this may be why I’m not feeling 100%. I’ve done some research about a low fiber diet, but surprisingly it’s hard to find, so I’m feeling kind of lost. I mean how in the heck do I eat healthy and only have 5 grams of fiber a meal!? Ha!
Do you have a GI issue? Any other IBS friends out there?
How do you manage it?
Anyone have experience with a low fiber diet? Please spill your secrets.
If you have any questions about IBS, please leave a comment or email me. While I’m no expert on this, I do have a little experience and would be happy to help if I can.