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Fight IBS with Fitness

Exercise to Alleviate this Common Condition


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I'm 44 and have had IBS all my life. About 18 months ago, I began exercising and eating better, and have lost 25 pounds. I'm now within my proper weight range. The key to controlling my IBS is rising early (5:30 am everyday), relaxing with some reading material and coffee (quiet time) and then exercising for about 30 minutes. I have found that if I stay in bed later, I don't get the same results. I began to do yoga about 3 months ago, and I think this has helped further. I try to exercise for another 30 minutes when I get home from work, and I also take a probiotic with my evening meal. I recently had a set back when I started taking a multivitamin, but was able to determine that was the cause of my problem and stopped. My quality of life has greatly increased. Being self employed, I felt like I just had to tough it out on the bad days, and that could sure be miserable. I know this doesn't seem like earth shattering advice, but I hope it might help someone if they try it. Report
Thank god I don't have a problem. Report
I wish you could support your some findings from actual medical trials of patients that have IBS and and show the gains or losses from each group those that exercise and those that do not. I have been working out for the last three years I started at 250# now I am down to 215# with moderate exercise. I was doing well up until recently my IBS became worse. I found that if I worked out then worked a full day by days end I was in a lot of discomfort with my IBS. I went to see my doctor because it was so sever and I had to have a colonoscopy and an endoscopy in which no really new problems were found it just left me in more pain. So I would really like to know if moderate exercise helps with IBS. Report
I have noticed that even with consistent exercise my IBS symptoms are not really impacted. My doctor specifically told me to walk or run at least 10 mins a day, which I did, but it did not help my symptoms. My doctor did recommend Amitiza, which he explained was supposed to increase the fluid in my colon. However, I had an allergic reaction to it and could not continue on the medication. I am going to ask my doctor about the bentyl. Report
I also have severe IBS(really interferes with work). I have noticed that stress, not just mental stress plays a part in how often I have a flare-up. For example; if the house is a mess or bills are unpaid or the dishes are piled high etc. I can't relax. When everything is in order and the house is clean, and I don't have to worry about finances my symptoms are much better. Stress is a definite trigger with me. The ideas mentioned here in this article are helpful. Report
I have been on bentyl for about 6 years now and it helps me alot.
It is an anti-spasmatic drug so when you take it it relaxes everything.
It really helps with the severe pain of IBS. Report
I've had the same experience! I was going along steadily after I had my son, with flare ups maybe once a month (sometimes less often than that). My son is 5 now and I decided it would be a good idea to take some weight off and feel better by walking and changing my diet. I'm now on very low carbs, and walking about 3 miles a day. I've had to call in sick and come in late almost every day since I started walking. I've lost weight (about 20lbs), but in all honesty, have never felt worse in my life. I've asked my doctor about it and he won't prescribe anything and recommended yoga. Is anyone on any meds from a doctor? If so, what are you on, and how is it working for you? Help! Report
I've has severe IBS ( I can't even work) and I've been walking on the treadmill and doing yoga for years now. I've noticed it doesn't help and it very hard to do with severe headaches, bloated, cramps from constipation. Report

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