Can you convince me that this is normal and my IBS has not returned?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 19, 2012 at 2:07 AM

We are all neurotic in our own way and sometimes we just need someone to tell us to get our head out of our A$$ and get a grip!! I think I need that right now. As I have mentioned before I struggled with IBS for 8 LONG years and anyone who has ever dealt with this knows it completely controls your life. I used to have anywhere from 4-7 BM's a day and went back and forth between constipation and diarrhea. I think the official diagnosis was incomplete evacuation, as I always felt as though I could not get everything out after eat BM. I embarked on a journey with Paleo and it completely changed my life. I went from 4-7 BM's or attempted BM's to just 1, immediately after breakfast. Now it still took me 30-40 minutes to complete the movement, but I felt that it was complete and no urges to go the rest of the day. This lasted for about 18 months.

Since then (approximately 6 months) I have had a couple unintentional gluten exposure, which caused some constipation and irregularity. However, after a few days and some bone broth/fermentation treatments, all seemed to be back to normal, except for one thing. I now started to go 2 times a day, once after breakfast (30-40 minutes) and once after lunch (10-30 minutes). I began to worry that my IBS was returning, so 3 weeks ago I did a similar bone broth fast like I did when I first started paleo. It did the trick for a couple weeks and I again only required one BM a day. However, last week, this time without any gluten exposure, I began having the same after breakfast AND lunch BM's.

Obviously 2 movements are much improved from 4-7, especially since I was spending at least 3 hours a day on the toilet. However, mentally I can't accept the fact that this is normal and not caused by IBS and I also enjoyed the freedom of not worrying about finding a CLEAN restroom if I was out for lunch and wasn't going home or the office immediately after. Since I started Paleo, my biggest fear is was my IBS returning and it was a constant mind f#$k. Now only people who have struggled with it can understand what I mean. The longer I went without symptoms the better mentally I got, but after the past 6 months of what I have described above, the thoughts have once again returned.

Essentially I am asking if you think my current situation is normal, including the number of BM's and the time it takes me, and I should chill out or is it something I need to try to correct again?

PS....I don't have the bloating and/or gas I had when I had IBS and I also feel complete when I am finished with both BM's, but I do sometimes struggle with constipation, hence the reason I am on the toilet for a long period of time. Also, I take Natural Calm before bed, which helps.


on January 19, 2012
at 03:14 AM

If you want to slow things down, try eating some rice, bananas, or stewed apples. However, 2 BMs a day is not abnormal.



on January 19, 2012
at 03:08 AM

I've been told I'm a "sensitive normal" and 1-3 is pretty normal for me. The only concern I see is that you still have to work at it. I'd keep track of your food mixes and make sure your meals include foods that you know help keep things soft and moving.



on January 19, 2012
at 02:43 AM

Some say that having two BMs a day is healthier than just one; even three. It shows really good motility, particularly because you have one after eating a meal. If I were you I'd learn to see it as an improvement rather than a problem. Congratulations!

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on January 19, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Yeah, IBS is a total mindfuck! I'm on the recovery path, too. The first thing I'd say is a reassurance that the 'chronic normals' ;) can have several BMs a day and still keep their normal status. If you're emptying comfortably, then I wouldn't worry about the number - it can change depending on how much you eat and how much material there is to move!

On the other hand, the amount of time it's taking you in the morning is indicative that you still have quite a bit of healing to do. I had to increase my carbs to resolve that particular issue.

Don't let it get to you! Keep doing what you're doing, breathe deeply, and relax.



on January 19, 2012
at 12:50 PM

I've conquered my own and can tell you 1-2 times a day is OK. If the other symptoms return such as the lower-gut cramps, constipation, diarrhea return, then you need to find out what triggered it.

It's the return of the constipation / diarrhea that really signals a return for me. Prior to late Nov. of last year I fell off the paleo wagon for about 4 months (wife got laid off from work and we had no money), and towards the end of that 4 month festival of crap food, my real ibs symptoms came back.



on June 22, 2012
at 07:40 PM

You will never not have ibs. It's like a.I. issues. There is no cure, but there is treatment and remission. The mindfuck is denial, and the fantasy that life is somehow different than it is.


on June 22, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I've had constipation with gluten and other grains from time to time.

Raw dairy - milk, yogurt, or kefir if you can tolerate The hubby and I started with 1/4 cup or raw milk and worked our way up to 1 cup a day over 1 week.

OR Refrigerated Probiotics - it costs more but how many do you think are alive in the non-refrigerated ones -you're wasting your money on those - I'm speaking from personal experience. Non-refrigerated ones (various brands for months) did nothing for my husband and I.

The refrigerated ones I've noticed can work (depending on the situation) in hours to weeks and can be quite potent!

MegaFood DailyFoods™ MegaFlora Description Optimal Potency Probiotic Formula MegaFlora® is a life-enhancing blend of 14 unique probiotics at an optimal daily potency of 20 billion. Each probiotic strain in MegaFlora is gently filtered from the food growth medium and is tested to be free of gluten, dairy, corn, pesticides, herbicides and soy.

Megaflora by Megafood has 14 types of probiotics found in refrigerated section of Whole Foods. Take 2 capsules a day when feeling ill or any GI distress (diarrhea, constipation, etc.). You must keep refrigerated.

Probiotics and raw fermented foods must gently be increased with time - otherwise they will give you gas (all the bubbling and reproduction). :)

You can break 1 capsule and scoop out the light brown contents with a fork into any dairy like yogurt, kefir, milk (even almond/coconut milk) and the good bacteria will continue to multiply over days in the fridge in the food you insert it in. There may be some bubbling after several days - that is normal - the good bacteria are reproducing!

MegaFlora is a broad spectrum probiotic blend. Each vegetarian capsule of MegaFlora provides 20 billion Colony Forming Units (CFU) of 14 non-competing, life-enhancing probiotics, inherently found in a healthy intestinal tract. Proprietary MegaFlora® Blend 20 billion Bifidobacterium Longum

Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Bifidobacterium Infantis (HA-116) (B. Lactis)

Lactobacillus lactis

Lactobacillus Acidophilus DDS-1

Lactobacillus reuteri

Lactobacillus salivarius

Streptococcus Thermophilus

Lactobacillus plantarum

Lactobacillus brevis

Bifidobacterium Bifidum

Lactobacillus bulgaricus

Lactobacillus casei

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

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