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A Delicate Subject… ~ Tips For Treating IBS in Fibromyalgia

Everyone feels stressed out at some point in their lives. But, for many of us stress/anxiety/worry becomes a way of life.  I love it when I’m told “Just don’t worry about it”  or, “Think about something else”.  Is it a choice of the will? I know some who think it is, but I’m not so sure.

An overstimulated nervous system is the main culprit of FMS.  It is a dysfunction of the automatic nervous system.  This nervous system regulates your ‘fight or flight’ response to real or perceived threats.  It stands to reason that if that function is in a perpetual state of stimulation, you’re going to have problems.  Problems like anxiety, excessive fear, exaggerated startle responses, and a propensity for worrying.  That doesn’t make us ‘weak minded’ or ‘pathetic’.  I went through years of feeling shame at not being able to ‘stop worrying’, as if it were a light switch I should be able to turn on and off at will.  Now, that does not mean I don’t have the responsibility to manage my worry.  I have to be vigilant to sift through my thoughts and replace any disproportionate fears with truth.

So let us now approach the ‘delicate subject’.  Stress wrecks havoc on the digestive system.  IBS affects around 50% of those with FMS.  No small wonder considering the over stimulated nervous system we have  is directly involved in digestion.  The complications of IBS can take the form of chronic diarrhea or constipation.  The latter has been my symptom of choice since I was in my early teens, when I believe my Fibromyalgia began.  Treatment for IBS can include diet, exercise, and medication.

Tips for treating IBS in Fibromyalgis

I have a very good friend who was dying of liver cancer 15 years ago.  He was told there was nothing else the mainstream medical community could do for him and he should just go home, make himself as comfortable as possible, and wait for the end.  He started to research alternative forms of treatment and found the Gerson Institute. He was completely cancer free in 1 year and is still here today.  There are many procedures in Gerson that can be used to treat medical conditions beyond cancer.  One of those that I have found beneficial for years in treating my IBS is the coffee enema.  Yes, I understand your reaction.  I felt the same way when I heard of it.  I am not advocating that everyone should do this, I am simply telling you what has helped me over the years.  Here is a link that explains the benefits and reasons for coffee enemas *LINK*.  It may or may not be for you, but if you are interested there are many resources for instructions and supplies online.

Whole Wheat Walnut Waffles w/Fresh Strawberry Compote


~ Krusteaz Whole Wheat Pancake Mix (follow instructions on back for batch of waffles)
~ 1 Cup finely chopped walnuts
~1 Cup fresh strawberries
~1/8 cup raw organic honey
~1/2 Cup water with 1 Tbsp corn starch dissolved in it
~1 tsp vanilla
~ squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Mix walnuts into waffle mix and cook waffles in waffle iron.  
Place strawberries, honey, water, vanilla, and lemon in pot and cook until berries are soft and can be smashed with a potato masher.  Cook until compote thickens and pour over waffles.
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  • Reply
    August 28 at 9:14 am

    Hi Red,
    I have known people to use the coffee anemia and some people it did wonders for. I am so glad your friend did not accept the go home and die but searched for alternative methods and won the battle. What a great story. I love you pictures of your roses – they are beautiful. The recipe for the waffles sounds delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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      August 28 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you Marla, yes we are glad too, he’s one of our best friends 🙂

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    Miz Helen
    August 31 at 8:58 am

    Your Waffles look delicious and those roses are just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply
      August 31 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Miz Helen 🙂

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    Deborah Davis
    August 31 at 8:27 pm

    My family could eat this yummy dish every day! Thank you for sharing this healthy and delectable Whole Wheat Walnut Waffles w/Fresh Strawberry Compote recipe with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

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      August 31 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Deborah! Enjoy 🙂

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    September 1 at 7:52 am

    I say whatever the treatment if it works its works and that’s what matters most. The waffles look to die for and making me drool. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Reply
      September 1 at 8:01 am

      Thanks Jenny! 😉

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