IBS/IBD/Hemorrhoids (may contain TMI content)
Anyone have any experience with any of the three of these? If so, I may have some questions. Thanks!
MagsterKeymaster2 months, 3 weeks ago
My husband has IBS. He was dxed about 10 yrs ago. Not sure how much help I can be, but I’ll try!
TwoSapphiresParticipant2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hemis yes, thanks to pregnancy. Sitz baths, Tucks pads and Preparation H!
I just finished writing a discussion question on the benefits of pre and probiotics. One of the uses is to treat IBS. Align is a prebiotic that is used to treat IBS and might be worth checking out
lilybellParticipant2 months, 3 weeks ago
I’ve had IBS and Some serious Hemorrhoids.
I’ll answer whatever I can.
P.S. 90% of us are parents…. I don’t think that there is too much that is TMI anymore
Well here’s what’s going on. For the past, well I don’t know, 6 months or so, I’ve had boughts of diarrhea followed by constipation, but more so the diarrhea part. Like to the point, I don’t know if I can get to the bathroom in time. It really is quite inconvenient sometimes. Probably about a month ago, there was a tiny bit of blood when I went to the bathroom. Then nothing again until last Tuesday when I had it again and then again today. Not a lot. Just a little in the toilet water and when I wipe. (SORRY SO TMI….)
Needless to say, anytime you see blood it’s alarming. I know it could be as simple as hemorrhoids or a myriad of other non harmful things but it could also be something much worse like colon cancer. I’ve definitely been worrying about it and praying that all is ok but what are your all’s thoughts? IBS related? Hemorrhoids induced by IBS?
We are thinking of TTC soon (TOTALLY confidential here please) and I’ve been talking to my OB/GYN about coming in to just get a once over to make sure everything is good to go health wise with getting pregnant and I definitely plan to bring this up as well.
Thanks all!! And if you have suggestions on how to regulate IBS, bring them on!
I would check out probiotics. there are different types that help different issues. I started eating Activia to deal with constipation that accompanies any change in diet and it is fabulous! I never thought I would call a yogurt fabulous but it helps so much!
I used to have a probiotic pill I took for about a month but didn’t really notice a difference. I also can’t stand yogurt.
MagsterKeymaster2 months, 3 weeks ago
The bouts of constipation/diarrhea are definitely signs of IBS, but I’m sure they could be other things as well, I don’t know. He doesn’t get hemorrhoids, but I’m not sure if he’d tell me if his tp was bloody if I didn’t ask. LOL Hemorrhoids tend to go hand in hand with constipation though, especially for women who’ve given birth.
My husband has learned what foods he can/can’t have, and what he can do in moderation over the years. He doesn’t treat with any medication because he’s a stubborn, stubborn man.
For him, veggies/roughage are the biggest problem. He can’t handle corn in most forms at all (he reeeeeally misses popcorn!), and has to really limit his veggies/salads, which stinks. He can only eat them about once a week, maybe twice if he’s willing to chance it. He also can’t handle certain dyes, especially whatever they use in brown sodas like Coke, Dr. Pepper, etc.
Thanks for the info Maggie!
Have you ever been tested for food allergies? Many times food allergies can mimic IBS, and for whatever reason lots of doctors don’t think to check. IBS isn’t a “real” diagnosis, although the symptoms are very real. It is just what is left when everything else has been ruled out. Before landing on IBS, the doctors should check you for things like food allergies, and if those are negative, should rule out other rarer possible diagnoses like celiac disease as these are disorders that can actually be tested for. Both allergies and celiac disease can have symptoms that don’t show up until adulthood in some people and can be made worse by stress.
There are different types of probiotics (I only share again because I did not know this – not that you HAVE to try it or anything)
Bifidobacterium infantis – this specie of the Bifidobacteria probiotics, which are found flourishing in the large intestines, alleviates the symptoms caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (known as IBS for short) and also reduces the duration of diarrhea experienced by infants down to 2 to 3 days…a great relief from the usual 4 to 5 days of excruciating pain.
I don’t think this is the kind in yogurt – not Activia at least.
it is the type in Align but you can good this strain and it give you other options
Embra–I really haven’t been eating anything different than I have all my life. Maybe it’s something that just now decided to start affecting me??
Yes, that could be. A friend of mine whose lifelong favorite food was bread started having horrible GI issues in her 20s and after about 6 months they diagnosed it as celiac disease. My dad and I started to have allergic reactions to foods we’d always eaten in our late 20s/early 30s. I don’t know why that happens, but it is worth getting checked out if you are having unexplained symptoms.
Hmmm well that is interesting. I will have to be conscious of what I eat and see if anything triggers it.
Once your system gets irritated it is hard to identify that way because problems may last a while even when you aren’t eating the thing that bothers you. Unless you think you might know what food might be a problem, it is hard to figure it out by keeping an eye on what you eat. It is better to start with an allergen-free diet to begin with until symptoms go away and then add things back one at a time (like you do with babies who are just starting to eat solids). This is a huge pain though. It is easier to just get a blood test.
lilybellParticipant2 months, 3 weeks ago
I have all the issues you do other than the blood.
Even without pregnancy or being overweight hemorrhoids can be caused by the straining from constipation.
I have had the diarhea and constipation issues since I was 8. The best thing is to keep a food journal (I know it’s a lot with being a mom) but if you keep a food journal and in the journal note when you’re having those problems even that REALLY helps the doctors when you go in because I can guarantee that they will ask if there’s any food coralation to your symptoms and it will save you from having to do that and going back a month later.
If you don’t like yogurt you can try something as simple as those dissolvable fibers and put them in something each day.
yellowwattsParticipant4 weeks ago
So I’m fairly certain (without seeing a doctor) that I am dealing with hemorrhoids.
TMI——It almost feels like glass cutting if I stretch my leg up to far, get up too fast from sitting down, start a BM etc but I haven’t had any blood for 2 weeks now. (I’ve had it once or twice since my last post and always when I’ve been somewhat constipated). And now it feels a little swollen down there and I can feel a couple small pimple sized bumps which I imagine are hemorrhoids and where the discomfort is coming from….kinda feels like a have a wedgie when I don’t. lol It’s not really painful, just uncomfortable.
I’ve been babying myself with Tucks pads, hydrocortisone, warm baths (just got some epsom salts to try soaking in as well), hemorrhoid spray and dermoplast. I’ve also been making a valiant effort to be more active and drink more water.
For those who’ve had experience with hemis, how long did they take for them to go away? What treatment did you find to be most effective? We are going on vacation in a couple weeks and will have a 9+ hour drive and I would LOVE to be better by then!
lilybellParticipant3 weeks, 6 days ago
I’ve had a few. I had a couple that didn’t even really hurt and they like deflated on their own.
TMI—The last one I had I went to the doctor and had to have it surgically removed. It really didn’t hurt that much. I had my (then boyfriend) of 3 months hold my hand while they cut it out and the nurse was an older lady (50+) and she was horrified that I’d let him be in the room with me. It was less than two days recovery and you have to take stool softener for like a week so the cut didn’t break open from straining. They just do it right away in the office for a regular doctor’s visit.
yellowwattsParticipant3 weeks, 6 days ago
Thanks for the insight lilybell. So did it feel kinda like what I was describing? I’m feeling a lot better today thankfully.