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What Natural Treatments Do You Use For IBS?

What Natural Treatments Do You Use For IBS?

My fibromyalgia has always been joint and muscle pain and chronic fatigue. In the last month I have developed stomach and intestine problems. My guess is IBS is showing up. What natual treatment do you use?

A MyFibroTeam Member said:

@A MyFibroTeam Member
Please see your dr. I realize IBS is painful. My mom had it. However, when I had similar symptoms, it turned out to be IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). It is diagnosed by a colonoscopy and blood work. It can cause bleeding, even perforation, not to mention pain and diarrhea. Usually IBD presents itself as one of 2 types. Either Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Neither is to be neglected. Personally, it took me 3 years and several meds, including steroids, to get into remission. I have done well since, (about 10 years) staying on top of flares with proper meds. Please check with dr b4 treating yourself.

As for a correlation between fibro and IBD, I do not know. I am an older lady, and have had fibro symptoms since age 12. So it waited a long time to show up, in 2008.

Hugs for improvement. We CAN get other diseases too.
Lee

edited, originally posted about 1 year ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

Peppermint tea is good for upset tummies. Heat pads and warm baths. I take a medication called Mezavant.
IBS/IBD is definitely co-existing to fibro 💜

edited, originally posted about 1 year ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

A good Probiotic with over a billion different strains of good bacteria twice daily. Something with a good amount of fiber in it like Metamucil daily. Magnesium citrate.

posted about 1 year ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

Probiotic yogurt helps as well. I know , it does not taste so great, but you can add in a bit of fruit. Or like i did just down it and not think about it.
You only need a bit per day.

posted about 1 year ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

@A MyFibroTeam Member and @A MyFibroTeam Member, Go see a Urogynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine specialist to be evaluated. You might want to start with your gastroenterologist, but mine ignored my complaints of constipation for decades. He'd put me on expensive poop meds, but they didn't really work. I know this trapped poop was present in 2013 when my father was dying, but it took it getting so bad that I could feel it trapped to the side pocket before I had a good description that caught the young FEMALE PA's attention. Ends up the vaginal wall becomes weak from chronic costipation (or surgery or babies or hysterectomy) and the poop just pushes its way into the vagina's space and gets stuck. Freaky, huh?!! This can be very dangerous if it stays there too long. Nobody talks about this!!! Nobody warns us that after a hysterectomy or having babies we can weaken our pelvic walls. I myself have been very hush hush about it because of the PT work being quite embarrassing, but we need to speak out. The sooner this is addressed, the better chance of avoiding surgery!! Stage 3 is when surgery is discussed. I'm stage 2, almost but not quite at stage 3, so I'm working hard at my PT. But if this PT doesn't work, I'll have to have surgery. I think the reason women don't talk about it is because PT requires someone working on the inside walls and muscles of your vagina. Very embarrassing at first, but my gal has really made me feel comfortable with the process. I mean the whole point is to relax the muscles, then strengthen the muscles. It was super painful at first. My obtumus internus muscle is like a rock and she has to massage it. Very painful, but her work has allowed me to walk pain free again. See, the inside muscles connect to our hips! For decades I have been walking with canes because of this problem. No hip doctor or back doctor or pain specialist ever put this together. I've had shots and epidurals and radiofrequency ablation trying to ease my low back and hip pain, and it helped some, but never rid me of this constant hip pain. But her work is working! It took a vaginal specialist to fix me. Crazy!!!

edited, originally posted about 1 year ago
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