The TMI Supply Kit

The TMI Supply Kit: Tools to help you tame inflammation and flares.

Ta-DA!

PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended to be used as a replacement for medical advice. If you are allergic/intolerant to any of the items listed, then don’t use them. ALWAYS consult your doctor first.

What should be in your kit?

#1 - Wedge Pillow

If you have esophagus issues, lying down flat is the worst thing you can do to your body.  Especially after eating.  (The second worse would be sleeping on your stomach – ouch!)  So be nice to yourself and keep your torso elevated.  Plus, it will reduce that oh-so-yummy acid taste in the back of your throat and give your esophagus a chance to heal.  And it’s portable!


#2 - Aloe Juice

This stuff is frickin’ amazing! It is not a cure-all, but it reduces acidity and eases inflammation within a seconds.  Seriously!  It normally takes my pain meds 30 minutes to get those results!  Granted, the medicine works for a lot longer, but if you’re desperate, aloe juice is the way to go.  Some pointers:

– Drink it cold. It tastes gross, but is more tolerable when it’s cold.
– Get it from a reputable health store. You don’t want additives in your aloe vera when you’re trying to stop inflammation. Also, check with your doctor and pharmacist to make sure that it’s compatible with your meds.
– DO NOT DRINK MORE THAN 8 OUNCES A DAY! Aloe vera’s a natural laxative…yeah, confirmed that the hard way. :O Start with 2 ounces and see how well it works. Less is best.



#3 - Ginger Candy

I am nauseous pretty much every day.  Most of it’s business as usual, but when it’s horrific, ginger’s the one thing that eases my stomach acid storms.  This is especially true when I’m going on/off of meds and/or changing doses.






#4 - Decaffeinated Chamomile Tea

Ginger (and ginger tea) is awesome, but I know that some people don’t like the flavor.  Chamomile also helps to settle your stomach, and making tea isn’t too difficult to do when you feel beyond terrible.






#5 - Heating Pad


Works for everything.  Get one.  Now.









#6 - Pedialyte/Gatorade/Smart Water


An electrolyte-balancing drink is really good to have on hand for those wonderful days with Mr. Toilet.  Dehydrating is extremely dangerous, and when you’re having a bad day you need more than just water.






#7 - Your Prescription Medicine

I’m not going to recommend any specific medication for two reasons (a) my inflammation and my body’s reaction to medicine is different than yours; (b) I’m not a doctor.  Prescription medicine is your best bet since your doctor already knows your situation.  However, make sure you ask your doctor about your over-the-counter (OTC) options.  For example, Pesky hates Pepto-Bismol in my stomach and lets me know it.






#8 - Something Distracting

Do something to take your mind off of the pain.  I don’t care if it’s completing a sudoku puzzle, watching Commando or Knotting Hill, playing Angry Birds, or doing something else on the internets.  And neither should anyone else.









Okay, so realistically speaking having all of the things you need in one place for your inflammatory digestive tract is difficult.  For one thing, you don’t want to have warm aloe juice (blech!).  But the point is that you should have immediate access to these supplies so that you or your significant other can quickly ease your pain.  So keep your aloe and your electrolyte replacement (if in liquid form) in an easy-to-reach place in the refrigerator.  In the meantime, your heating pad, supply of medicine, a couple of tea packets, ginger candy, and distractions in a container within reach.

And that’s it! 😀

By the way, when the flare is over you’re not done caring for yourself.  Here’s a list of things that will trigger more inflammation issues if consumed or used within a day of an attack:

  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks of any kind
  • Anything with caffeine in it
  • Greasy food
  • Super spicy food
  • Excessively fatty food
  • Excessively dairy-filled food
  • Excessively acidic food (i.e., citrus fruits)
  • Gum
  • Wearing anything that restricts movement or bodily relaxation (belts, jeans, pantyhose, leggings, etc.)

Well, that’s about it!  See you next post or in the comments!

Hilary

  • TL;DR: The labeled pics are ways of easing digestive flare-ups.  The bullet-point list that follows is what to avoid after an inflammation attack.  Frankly, it’s better if you don’t skim, but I cannot stop you…yet…
  • Disclaimer reminder: I am not a medical professional.
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About tmidigestion

Living life with my inflammation avatar, "Pesky." Current mantra: I may have TMI, but it does not have me.
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