I haven’t slept very well in the last couple of weeks due to either because I or a member of my family was sick. Because of it my IBS has flared up. I am on a strict diet and I noticed that I have to exercise to help with the anxiety. I try to use my out of the box places. It only works so far if I can’t get a few nights of good sleep.
Things I could tolerate I am having a hard time being patient with these days. Hopefully I can get some sleep.
I had a patient ask me what is my secret for being able to maintain my IBS and not have so many flare ups.
For years I was using anti gas medication, activated charcoal, and Imodium. Then one day my body would start having withdrawals from the Imodium. I knew when the Imodium was wearing off because I would start having cold sweats and then my body would shake and I would feel like I wanted to vomit. This would last for hours. I thought I was going to die.
It has been a while since I posted. The clinic is getting busy.
While that has been going on I started to notice about respect. Do you have respect for ourselves to tell the truth to us about our health?
I noticed that when I stopped having respect for myself and not slowing down that my IBS was getting worse. When I put in the time to exercise, get plenty of sleep, and eating healthy I can maintain my IBS better.
What is respecting one’s self? I think it’s a lot of things.
Here are a few examples:
Not telling yourself you are fat or ugly or any other negative comment.
Not saying “yes” to everything.
Knowing your bodies limits each day and not going beyond it.
Not being around people who don’t respect you.
Not undervaluing yourself.
Being true to you. Not changing yourself to fit someone else’s image of who they think you should be.
School is back in full swing I thought I would go outside and see if I could pick up jogging again.
With in seconds I realized why I don’t jog. I have 2 cysts on my liver that are 2 inches each rubbing against my ribs if I try any jogging, jump roping, and etc. I get nauseous rather quickly if I try to jog.
I will stay with the bike riding, speed walking and weights to get a good workout. Yoga works too.
The answer to that question is very complicated because there are a lot of variables involved.
I think that a lot of people can be in remission from flare ups with their IBS for years.
Flare ups can still occur if there is stress or if one eats the wrong foods again or the body decides it’s going to be allergic to something different then what was already on your food allergy list.
Other factors like hormone imbalance can sometimes bring on flare ups as well.
The point is to learn to enjoy where you are at in the moment that you have it. Whether it’s a good day or a bad day. Even if the flare ups are bad it will still help to see it as a blessing to make it through the day.
On my bad days I forgive myself for not being able to do everything and just know that I it alright.
Because it is alright to rest and recoup.
Yesterday on my radio show “Here’s to your Heath with Dr. Burns” I talked with Dr. Allan Hunter.
In his book Gratitude and Beyond he talks about how we go in circles and continue to think about things that aren’t good for us for our energy and bring us down.
Then I started thinking about this with health and with gut issues. If we have anxiety about our gut issues, then it spurs inflammation in the gut and then we get even more anxious about it having the gut issue. We end up in this vicious until we finally had it and start thinking differently.
There has been this never ending pursuit for perfection. Due to internet and media outlets and photo editing we can now finally have what we want, to be flawless. Yet people still aren’t happy. Why is this? You can photo crop as much as we want, but reality is that we are flawed. We are fighting against the thing that makes us who we are that gives us our personality.
We make ourselves stressed out because we are not perfect. We don’t embrace that which makes us different from everyone else. I use to fight my flaws so hard that I was making things worse instead of better. I wasn’t centered, I was creating chaos and I was miserable. I was doing the total opposite of what I should’ve been doing…..
This morning I am walking my dog and see this dead cockroach being eaten by a group of ants. It is going to take a while for these ants to pull that cockroach apart.
I looked at the cockroach as obstacles or weaknesses we have in our lives. How many times do we let the cockroach win? How many times do we fall back to old habits instead of being patient with ourselves when we start to change?
The ants are like the changes we make in our lives just chipping away at the old habits and making way for the new ones. It takes time to replace one thing with another. Just like it takes time for ants to pull apart a cockroach.
I think it’s time we all start looking at our successes no matter how small they may be.
I would have to say yes on that one. Any type of negative stresser will effect the IBS and will create flare ups.
Not taking offense is easier said then done. It takes a lot of practice to master this. The only way to master this one is to be confident about yourself.
Mr. Ruiz, author of “The Four Assigments” is right. When you are able not to take offense it does free your world up of all the negativity we all seem to hold on too. This is when we become defensive and want to fight back because we feel we have to stand up for ourselves.
There is a good way and a bad way to stand up for ourselves. The bad way is going in prepared for battle.
That will flare up your IBS as well.
Before you can “not take offense” you must work on yourself first and sure up the weaknesses. Part of this is letting of the fact that you can control everything. Which in reality we can’t. Once we can acknowledge that then the rest will come. We don’t have as much power as we think we have is scary. We can only control ourselves and no one else.
That was a big bubble bursting moment for me when I figured that out. It has really helped me be able to manage my stress better.
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