Saturday, February 9, 2013


Having a significant other is great for many obvious reasons, but they are particularly useful when it comes to control over your mischievous urges.

Let me set this up for you: you just had a wonderful, small piece of a safe brand of pizza (if you're lucky enough to be at a place in your life where you can handle pizza), and you suddenly feel completely and utterly miserable. You're super bloated and might even be experiencing some urgency. You say, "Baby, don't let me eat a single thing for the rest of the night. Water only."

Now, fast forward a couple of hours. The bloating has dissipated and you're no longer having urgency; the threat of an episode is no more. You open up the pantry and see a snack that you really want, so you grab it and head out to the couch. Your significant other says, "Whoa whoa whoa. You said you couldn't eat anything else all night." You respond with, "Well, yeah, but I feel fine now!" They say, "Put it back."

Grrrr. But goodness how helpful that is! Because you just know that you'd be down for the count if you would have actually eaten the snack. So don't forget to ask your boo to help you stick to your guns and keep your stomach happier than it would have been if you had given into your urge to snack after an almost-episode. It might almost help them feel like they have some control over the thing that has indirectly changed their life too.


  1. You got a good man there. I rely on my wife heavily when I'm down and out. The next couple months are gonna be rough sailing, but with the support group of friends and family, I'll make it through it with flying colors. You guys are strong and will be together a long time. Good luck in the future.

  2. I'm a 24 year old P3 pharmacy student and I was diagnosed with IBS two weeks ago. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm still processing the diagnosis but am extremely grateful to finally have answers after years of suffering. My IBS is coupled with GERD. So, it took a long time for doctors to discern that the abdominal pain I've experienced since childhood was not simply reflux. Keep the great advice coming! I'm going to need it.

  3. New to IBS but not the pain. I wish we had a fix for the gut pain. Does anyone have back pain along with the gut pain? Or do I have 2 issues going on? This really screws up your day. Good Luck to all and God Bless.

  4. Thanks for writing about this. I struggle with is as well and anxiety. I am a father of three and my episodes come and go. For me, I feel the answer lies in what I eat for sure. I don't use meds, other than gravol if I have nausea.

    Not sure if you have ever heard of the primal diet? Check out

    I've been trying to go grains free but with a young family it's virtually impossible.

  5. Hi, I've been suffering with ibs for most of my teenage years and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on getting rid of that awful pain in your abdomen. I'm drinking peppermint tea and am on mebeverine for the cramps and its worse in the morning.