Living with IBS can be a nightmare. I have struggled with this condition for 20 years, ever since I had my gall bladder out. Going gluten and dairy free helped tremendously, but I still get flare-ups.
This past week, I had several. I am sure it has a lot to do with my change in diet, the stress of dieting and losing weight (I have anxiety disorder) and just for no reason at all. A food that never bothered me can all of a sudden result in stomach cramps, spasms and diarrhea. I have alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea, which makes it really hard to treat.
You have probably seen commercials for IBgard. I know you have seen the commercials for prescription drugs for the treatment of IBS. I would stay away from these, as they have too many side effects. And in my case, I would have to take both drugs at the same time. I take enough medication, thank you! I did a post on taking these two medications some months ago. You can read it here. In it, I said that IBS should be managed with diet, not drugs. The FodMap diet is also helpful. But sometimes, you still get a flare-up.
The other day, I had a particularly bad flare-up. I decided to run to the drug store and pick up a box of IBgard. I figured I had nothing to lose. IBgard is peppermint oil, which is in tiny microspheres within a capsule. You can read more about IBgard here. It helps with all of the symptoms of IBS:
You just need to take 1-2 capsules at least 30 minutes before or after a meal, with water. Within 20 minutes, the cramping and spasms had stopped. I was truly amazed! I was reluctant to take this before because of the peppermint oil. Anything with too much oil can make IBS worse. But because of the tiny microspheres, it is not straight oil. It is meant to go directly to the intestine, which is where all the trouble is.
I can truly say, this stuff works! I highly recommend it. I won’t leave the house without it anymore.