IBS and The Common Cold

Having IBS can be bad enough. But, getting sick on top can be horrifying. The majority of people with IBS have immunity problems. Especially after a flare.

I tend to have flares just before my menses but didn’t this time. I was pretty happy about this. And then, the instant my cycle ended, I got sick. There was something going around, the flu or cold, and it seems I got it. I woke up this morning with a horrible migraine and a tight dryness in the back of my throat. I wasn’t feeling too great yesterday, so I know this is going to be a great few days.

I suppose that having IBS and being sick isn’t too much different from a person with a normal system being sick. However, because of our immunity problems, it can be harder to shake it. Sometimes the symptoms can linger a little longer and hit a bit harder. That cough might last longer, be more frequent and hit a little harder in the throat. Your nose might run a bit more often and with watery mucus. Headaches will definitely hit harder since we are prone to them. And, of course, nausea will be worse since that is a symptom we are used to, as well.

But, what do you do to get rid of it? Well, that depends on what works for your body. Like I’ve always said, everyone’s body is different and your IBS is specific to your body. But, for my body, I just take care of the cold or flu. Usually, the IBS is something I tend to just deal with in my day to day life and medications don’t help, anyway. But, my experience has found that if you appease the cold or flu it will be easier to manage your IBS symptoms.

I usually take Nyquil Day and Night (I buy a combo pack because I need them both) and if I need a little extra help, I might try a Theraflu drink. But, for the most part, the Nyquil tends to work for me. I also like to amend my diet. I eat less meat and try to only eat fish or chicken when I do. Also, I up the greens, tofu, and quinoa. Of course, I drink as much tea as I can…but what else is new?  😉

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