Irritable Bowel Syndrome/IBS


Lynsey wrote at 2013-01-12 15:33:51
Im sorry you experiance IBS so bad!! I was diagnosed with IBS 7 years ago. I got sick in Jan 2006 and remained vomiting every 10-30 minutes, having cold sweats, feeling anxiety, diarrhea, and feeling restless; which does not let you give in to sleep. I could not hardly keep anything down and every time I would go to the emergency room; they would give sodium potassium and Phenergan, and send me on my way. I begged for 5 hospitals to keep me, but I was apparently getting enough potassium somehow. I drank water and Gatorade and threw it up almost immediately. I are jello for 6 months. Finally, I went to a doctor that sent me to a gastro. He removed 5 polyps and I felt good for years! Then, in 2010... It came back! My husband wound up finding out he had it, too! I have several bout's with it since 2010, and I do the following...

I notice when I drink the lemon line alka seltzer, I have no problems. You can eat a certain food one day and it not bother, then the next time it does so its impossible to tell which food and when it will bother you.

I also take a oscociccillium to take away the chills. I usually only eat ice chips until I know I'm finished vomiting, or I only take a small sip of water here and there. I do recommend the ice chips while you are still feeling nausea. I don't throw up as much. I have tried several things to cure the nausea... Never does. The thing that helps the most, when you have a bout is Xanax. It will help you relax, eat, and takes away my nausea.  

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Heather Van Vorous


I can address questions regarding diet, cooking, recipes, and non-pharmaceutical supplements (soluble fiber, herbal, probiotics, etc.) for IBS. I can supply information sources about diagnostic guidelines, symptoms, and the medical pathology of IBS, but I cannot give a diagnosis or analyze test results a patient has obtained. I would prefer not to answer questions about prescription drugs and diagnostic tests. PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME YOUR SYMPTOMS AND THEN ASK ME TO DIAGNOSE YOU!


I'm the founder and CEO of, an organization dedicated to serving people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My goal is to offer education, support, and help that allows people with IBS to successfully manage their symptoms through lifestyle modifications.

I'm the author of Eating for IBS, the only explicit dietary guide and cookbook for people with bowel disorders. Eating for IBS then led to my second book, The First Year: IBS, a comprehensive view of the disorder and every way to successfully manage it. Together, these works have become the two best-selling, best-reviewed IBS books in America.

My writing has led to an ongoing Canadian clinical research study of the groundbreaking dietary guidelines for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Eating for IBS; this work also led to my inclusion in the 4th edition of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Today's Dietitian has featured my IBS dietary guidelines, and my work has reached gastroenterologists and internists. I'm the author of "Heather's IBS Newsletter", which is free to subscribers and is published twice monthly. As a result, I've become recognized as the foremost patient-expert on IBS in America. I've personally had IBS since age 9.

I now teach classes on managing IBS through lifestyle modifications, I developed the Heather's Tummy Care line of organic medical foods for the dietary management of IBS, and I'm planning to work with corporate HR departments to offer employee IBS education programs. I host Heather Cooks!, the Seattle television cooking show for good digestive health, which is now available on DVD and also on the HelpForIBS YouTube Channel.

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