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Re: For Heather
      04/18/19 11:45 AM

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Hi - on an average week I am 100% stable. I hit a rough patch a few times a year, and that has been consistent for many, many years now. Sometimes I know why (I stupidly eat something I know is a trigger, but it's been so long, and maybe if I just have a little, it's so delicious....WHAM) and sometimes I know it's stress, and sometimes it's out of the blue.

I drop right back to breaking the cycle ( ) for a few days and things get back on track. It helps that I know this will work, it's a temporary set back, I need to get extra sleep, I have a great husband who knows the drill and drops everything to help me, I don't worry that it's not actually IBS but something undiagnosed, etc.

In general I think your gut tends to keep going in the cycle it's in - if that is daily dysfunction, it takes more effort to get it into a stable rhythm and then keep it there. But if you can get it stable consistently, and that regular motility becomes your gut's new normal, it is more likely to stay stable and easier to get back to normal rhythm if something does come along and send you sideways.


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