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    loose stools. very worried
    leelee9010 posted:

    It wasn't exactly diarrhea. It's just when ever I do go, it's was watery. I'm not sure what's causing this. The day before this started I had, a couple of Vienna sausages, a grilled cheese sandwich with baloney, and ramen with sriracha. I also had a 5 hr energy shot and a cup of strong black tea.
    I took a look at everything I ate and saw that the sriracha sauce has a best use by date. The date on the bottle is 09/2011 and its never been refrigerated. The can of sausages had been open in the fridge for a couple of hours...

    I have not been officially diagnosed with ibs, but I am pretty sure I have it. But that is another long story
    ohana37 responded:
    I haven't posted on these boards in a few years, however, after reading this in my inbox this morning I had to dig up my sign in information. I'm not trying to be mean or dismiss your concerns but if you've had no other issues(I don't see any older posts from you) then you should start by looking at your diet! I have had IBS-C for well over 25 years---if I ate a bite of any of the foods you've mentioned I'd be in serious trouble!! The 2 year old Sriracha--may not cause an illness since vinegar based but could cause the loose stools....Seriously, Vienna sausage, bologna(baloney) and grilled cheese--just looking at them would cause constipation not loose stools.....and if you ate all at once....I really don't know how else to I sit here waiting for the Milk of Magnesia I had to drink last night to work this morning---and no I ate nothing in your "food group". For you, I'm going with the hot sauce creating your issue---the sausage, bologna and cheese in a otherwise healty person would most likely cause constipation. The cheese could cause some issues --if you have a dairy issue/intolerance. Sorry if you think I was blunt but that's how I see it. Please first take a look at your diet--canned sausage, bologna, cheese---all highly processed --not a good way to gauge if you have IBS.
    leelee9010 replied to ohana37's response:
    I don't eat like that everyday. Anyway, after about two days it we n t away. I'm now back to my extremely constipated self.
    welcomefriend replied to leelee9010's response:
    A hard and stiff abdomen often causes stress, strain and digestive disorders like ibs, indigestion, bloating, flatulence, chronic constipation or diarrhea etc.
    Hence ideally our belly should be small, soft, tender, yet, at the same time strong, supple and flexible to support our body. This may sound absurd. But I assure you that it is very much possible. Anyone, with a little bit of practice and patience, can make it happen himself.
    If we observe the breathing pattern of infants and young children. we will find that usually their breathing is relaxed and effortless. Their chest do not move much, rather their chest and belly gently move up and down simultaneously during breathing. Whereas we usually breathe moving only our chest and shoulder while our belly remains more or less static or stiff.
    No, I am not talking about so-called "abdominal breathing" in which, the chest is forcibly kept still and only the abdomen moves. I am telling about "normal" breathing involving simultaneous effortless movements of chest and abdomen.
    So our target will be to very slowly involve our belly to move while breathing and to gradually reduce stress on our chest and shoulders. The most important thing is proceed slow but steady. Never apply any force or pressure during this process. Be patient and wait for results to come automatically.
    At beginning, by put your palm of your hand on your belly and observe whether your belly is soft and tender, or stiff and hard; whether it is moving up and down in breathing or remains static and fixed. Do not try to keep your chest still. Allow it to move on its own. Then try to relax your whole body, particularly your abdomen, chest and shoulders. Do not use force to push up or down your belly. Do not unnecessarily try to take deep inhale or deep exhale. Rather just watch your breathing. Keep focus on your belly. Feel your belly. Just observe your breathing pattern and relax. Keep in mind the target- that ultimately the stress on your chest and shoulders will be reduced and your chest and belly will smoothly and automatically move up and down together in breathing. Such movements will be not big or heavy, rather small, quiet and easy.
    Also observe closely the breathing patterns of people around you. After some time, you yourself will be able to find out who is breathing normally and healthily, and who is not.
    Gradually and slowly, after months of practice, your belly will start to move automatically together with your chest while you inhale and exhale. You will enjoy it. Your body and mind will get multiple benefits. It is worth trying for at least a couple of months.
    Let us hope for the best. Good wishes.

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