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    Default Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    The dr thinks I have IBS... I had a baby 4 weeks ago and I am miserable because I cannot look after him going to the bathroom 30 times a day...imodium seems to work and the dr gave me other drugs yesterday but they have made me soooo sick I cannot take any more....

    Any other suffers out there want to give me some tips or advice?

    They don't know what caused it but I was on really strong iv antibiotics after the birth and the birth was very traumatic both physically and emotionally so could be any of these things. Had mild issues before pregnancy and during with some reactions to food but nothing at all like this.... Recovering from a third degree tear sucks enough without living in the toilet for the past 2 weeks

    I am starving coz I can't eat anything. Hubby is back at work so I have to have my mum stay with me..... Really really down. I just want to enjoy my new baby.... Not to mention have something left to give to my 5 yr old...who is being neglected coz I can barely look after myself

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    Argh that's awful, you poor thing. All that at once to cope with. I had terrible tummy health for a month or two post giving birth as well, no real reason for it but I just put it down to the babe just taking it out of me, if you know what I mean.
    The first thing that stood out to me in your post was the antibiotics. Have you looked into probiotics at all? I would be picking up some good quality stuff from the chemist and hitting it hard for at least a couple of months. Maybe you could even make an appointment with a naturopath? They are wonderful with gut disorders and can set you up with the right supplements.
    Another thing is diet. Typically with IBS so many things can set it off, wheat is a biggie, especially white (refined) wheat, sugar can also be a negative for many.
    I hope you get it sorted before long. For me, I have had to eliminate many things from my diet, take supplements including probiotics and fish oil, but geeze it's so good to have pooing back to normal. It's worth the hassle.

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    Also just quickly on the foods that are good to eat and easily assimilated, you can't beat a bone broth - which is basically just plain soup stock from any kind of bones, cooked down for a few hours at least and strained. Add salt & pepper and it's actually really good when you have a really sore tum and need nutrients. Great for post partum recovery, too.

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    really sorry that you are experiencing such upsetting symptoms. Given the severity of the symptoms I would really be wanting the opinion of a specialist(gastroenterologist) as I'm not convinced Imodium is a suitable long term strategy.
    In terms of your emotional health , I would be inclined to find someone to talk to in a professional capacity(counsellor or psychologist) as you can't underestimate the toll the physical symptoms take on your overall well being.

    Good luck

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    Default Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Got my hubby to get me some probiotics so hopefully they help. I have been watching what I eat to the point of starving... Grrrr. I am looking into the natural therapies... Willing to try anything.... I had diarrhea for three days in the first week but stopped the antibiotics and it cleared up... Then a week later I got this. Scared to stop imodium incase it gets bad again but I might give it a go....

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    I am trying to find a counsellor specializing in birth trauma... So far no luck .... Might just have to see anyone. The dr said he would send me to a specialist if it doesn't get better after these drugs but I cannot keep taking something thats sooooo bad.

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    Being a bloody long weekend isn't very helpful either

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    It'll get better. But it might be slow. It took me 1.5 years on supplements with a fairly limited diet, but now I can have a cheese toastie now and then without being up in crippling pain all night. Good luck with the natural therapies route - a naturopath did do wonders for me, they're quite technologically advanced really these days.
    The birth trauma section might be helpful for advice too...

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    Aloe Vera juice from the health food store. Settled my tummy when I had it.

    I had to change my diet, no spicy food - and really had to pay attention to what foods triggered it off.

    There is a aloe Vera & Manila honey juice that was great. Just be careful, I don't know if you are BF but just make sure that it is safe to drink if you are.

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    Have you tried Mintec?


 

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