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Flare up of IBS and Gastritis, simultaneously


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#1 TamaraB

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 10:28 PM

Hi again all, Hope all is well!


I am in dire need of help...again! :excl: I am experiencing a flare up of both IBS and gastritis, that equals a LOT of pain and discomfort. It began a week ago yesterday. At first I thought I had a stomach virus, presented with low grade fever, chills, and nausea, that quickly gave way to diarrhea. The fever and chills lasted less than 24 hours the nausea has abated but the diarrhea just will not go away! My primary doctor is out of the office, broken hip, but they did call me in a prescription for Librax and lomotil. The Librax I know will not work immediately and the lomotil tries to help unfortunately it isn't helping enough. I finally went to a walk in clinic today, they couldn't do anything more than renew the lomotil and tell me to call my primary care doctor Monday and go to the emergency room if the pain becomes unbearable. :(

Since this is a problem that many of us have, I was wondering if any of you know of any alternative or natural remedies that you would be willing to share? I am staying away from any and all dairy, no spicy foods (but still beginning to get that burning in my stomach).

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!

Tammy :thank-you:

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 03:10 AM

Hi Tammy,
In our family we seem to have solved the IBS problem which my daughter and granddaughters had by changing to a low starch diet. Well, actually Marie now has them all on a Gluten Free regime, but the IBS problem went away very quickly with a change to low starch. If you have not come across this plan you can PM me and I will send you the info. on a book you can buy to help you along.

In the meantime for your current attack, the only thing I know to try is green apple sauce. The pectin in the green apples has some helpful properties. You need to get some ripe green skinned apples. Wash them and chop, skins, cores and all, cook them in enough water to cover until they are very soft. Don't drain the water off but sieve the whole potful and strain out all the bits then eat the remaining puree. If the apples are eating apples (as against sour cookers) to start with, you don't need sugar.

Hope this might be some help.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 06:44 AM

Hi Tammy,

I am sorry to hear that you're experiencing such horrible gastric problems; thankfully I don't have gut involvement but a good friend of mine does and she certainly helped her symptoms by being very careful with her diet, rather as Judy has suggested. She has reduced the amount of fibre, vegetables and chocolate :( that she eats and only has them in very small quantities so as not to irritate her gut. Over the last few months she's found out what she can tolerate and has found this to be quite successful.

I've included our links to Alternative therapies, Diet and Systemic Scleroderma and also a link to some simple lifestyle changes which I hope will be helpful to you.

I do hope that you can get your symptoms under control and that you soon feel much better. :emoticons-group-hug:

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#4 TamaraB

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:24 AM

Thank you both so much for the wonderful advice! You guys are amazing!

I'm still having some trouble with it but it is under much better control! The doctor thinks that it may actually be more affecting my colon. She did a few tests to make sure that there is no stomach infection and has scheduled a colonoscopy (woohoo!). I guess sometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do!

Again, thank you very much!

Tammy