Controlling FGID Attacks

I have FGID every day.  My stomach is never quite right.  Still, some days are worse than others, and after twenty years, I’ve got the symptoms that indicate a bad day down pat.  Put another way, there are things that happen that send an OH-MY-this-is-gonna-be-BAD message straight to my brain.  Here’s the short list for figuring it out (at least in my case).


  1. Something stressful occurs.  An argument with a friend, bad news, a big bill, a big presentation coming due at work.  Sometimes it’s just a bad day.
  2. Next, my back will start to hurt, and I’ll feel pressure in my gut.
  3. An hour or two later, the mouth farts begin.  These will last anywhere from 3 hours to 2 days, slowly increasing in intensity.
  4. Next comes moaning on the bathroom floor by the toilet, begging for mercy.
  5. Finally, the throwing up begins, the pressure eases, and I can take my bruised & battered body to bed.


I’ve found that if I’m really attuned to the symptoms, I can catch the attack at stage 1 or 2 and stop it from progressing by moving to an ALL LIQUIDS diet.  This means soup (ramen noodles, light broth), milkshakes & protein drinks, maybe some eggs if things aren’t too bad.  If I stay on that for a day or two, I can usually pull things back from the brink.


Things go really bad if I miss the signals and move into stage 3.  Usually by that point it’s too late to stop it.  When I’m having a particularly bad month (or months), I’m aware enough to catch it almost every time.  It’s the “good periods” that I get lazy and stop watching the signs.  That’s when I get caught unaware.


None of the actions above are a guarantee though.  Sometimes the stress is high enough, or the functional response is fast enough that I can’t catch it.  My doctor has prescribed anti-cramping and/or anti-nausea meds for these cases, although I usually have to wait for at least one round of symptoms before I can keep a pill down long enough to have an effect.  These pills come with side effects too — most of them will knock you out for a day.

So what do you do to control your FGID?  Tell us more in the comments below.

Categories: FGID Life and FGID Treatment.

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