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Fragmntedsilence 07-04-2007 01:17 AM

IBS
 
I got diagnosed with irritable bowel sydnrome (fun, huh?) about a year ago. Try telling people that, cuz it's a conversation ender. The diagnosis did explain lot of my stomach problems but didn't make them go away.

I also found out that IBS is related to anxiety. Apparently people with anxiety disorders are more prone to IBS. Don't you feel lucky? I think it sucks.

As if having SAD isn't bad enough, my stomach lives in constant war with me. The IBS makes me not want to go out with friends and makes me super uncomfortable in social situations. I never know when my stomach will act up and it's embarrassing, so a lot of time I just don't go out.

Anyone else have IBS or other stomach problems?

Noca 07-04-2007 04:32 AM

I known Ive had IBS all my life. Im embarrased to talk about it so thats why its not listed under my DX in my sig line.

I take Simethicone 160mgs-240mgs at a time(its an OTC drug). Works great for short term solution.




David1976 07-04-2007 07:36 AM

I had it a few years ago really bad... still have it but it is not nearly as bad... I would have it really bad for a couple of weeks and then it would go away for a week or so.... and then come back... as soon as I started paxil back then it went it got dramatically better..

FreeSoul 07-04-2007 07:57 AM

Yeah I have that. The only way it got better with me was to stay mindful of what I was eating and to relax afterwards. Stress will trigger it too so need to stay mindful of that as well. You might also look into Gluten and Lactose Intolerance to see if any of that applies to you.

gracie07 07-04-2007 11:27 AM

re: IBS
 
A few months ago I took a class and I had terrible stomach problems. We had to introduce ourselves and then there were times when we had to go around the room and explain our answers. Ugh....talk about a nightmare for me. Plus the instructor would *always* call on me because she knew I had experience in certain areas. So as you can imagine, I was in the bathroom for every break!!

leppardess 07-04-2007 12:07 PM

re: IBS
 
I had that a few years ago, when I was under extreme stress. It got to the point where I was afraid to eat... anything. Even mild stuff would send me into terrible stomach cramps and make me live in the bathroom for hours at a time.

When the stressful events stopped, the IBS basically stopped too but I get episodes now and then.

Fragmntedsilence 07-04-2007 02:57 PM

re: IBS
 
Wow, that really makes me feel better to know that other people deal with IBS too. Sometimes it sucks cuz you don't really want to talk about it with most people, you know? Thanks your responses... it means more than you would think.

andy0128 07-04-2007 08:36 PM

re: IBS
 
I had it 18 months ago. For 6 months i was on various tablets, fibrogel etc and then an exclusion diet after i'd begged my gp to refer me to a specialist. I think a combination of high stress levels and gastro entiritus brought it on in the first place. I had a break from working and started going swimming regularly and over time my digestive problems have gradually eased. Now it appears to have completely gone and i can go out enjoying myself once more.

nubly 07-04-2007 10:21 PM

re: IBS
 
i had IBS from my teens to my late 20s. it would get so bad that i would be in the fetus position sometimes. it just went away though no idea why. i did clean up my diet and that is one of the things they recommend you to do

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i was diagnosed with IBS but i didnt take my feces to the lab to rule out anything else. i was too embarrased to carry around my poop in a bottle

James of Maine 07-08-2007 06:27 PM

re: IBS
 
IBS sufferer since my teens. I take loperamide (i.e. Immodium) probably twice a week on average to help control it. It always seems to be the worst on weekday mornings when I have to go into work, especially Mondays. Besides anxiety, coffee, red meat, greasy foods, and foods that are high in refined flour, sugar, and dairy all seem to be triggers/compounders in moderate to high quantities, and I try to avoid-or moderate my intake of--these as much as possible.

Fragmntedsilence 07-09-2007 09:18 PM

Re: re: IBS
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by James of Maine
Besides anxiety, coffee, red meat, greasy foods, and foods that are high in refined flour, sugar, and dairy all seem to be triggers/compounders in moderate to high quantities, and I try to avoid-or moderate my intake of--these as much as possible.

Yeah, I've been working on changing my diet and increasing soluble fiber. That's helped a lot. I had to give up caffeine and alcohol for a month to "cleanse" my system... worst month ever! But it did make me feel better for a while.

Noca 07-11-2007 02:22 PM

I also use Zofran(strongest antiemetic) and Immodium to help control my IBS.




Arisa1536 04-25-2010 05:31 PM

Yeah i have all the symptoms of it, i have had those symptoms since i was 16 but thought it was due to anxiety, you know the upset stomach and reaction to certain foods etc and the depression that comes with chronic IBS is not fun either, so i am waiting for a colonoscopy, not something that really gets a conversation going or thats nice

i mean anything else thats not Bowel or colitis related is okay to talk about in hospital like even i dunno, having an ulcer removed or even a laparoscopy cuz its down the throat and testing your stomach but colon related stuff? not so enjoyable to chat about

i hate having it, it limits my enjoyment of certain foods and keeps me awake at night
i find gastrosoothe helps

rachelynn 04-27-2010 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Arisa1536 (Post 1360824)
i hate having it, it limits my enjoyment of certain foods and keeps me awake at night

me too :( I've had a chronic problem for 3 years now. IBS, Celiac, Crohn's....I've got one of those. I haven't really had anything like a colonoscopy or xray done, only a blood test, which didn't help much.

kosherpiggy 04-27-2010 04:32 PM

I think I might have IBS too. I always have terrible stomachaches and don't why. This is one reason why I try to not go out but I always hold it in. It's so embarrassing to talk about. I don't even want to tell my doctor or parents. I wanted to get a colonic because I heard it helps your digestive system.

Arisa1536 05-13-2010 12:30 AM

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Originally Posted by kosherpiggy (Post 1364026)
I think I might have IBS too. I always have terrible stomachaches and don't why. This is one reason why I try to not go out but I always hold it in. It's so embarrassing to talk about. I don't even want to tell my doctor or parents. I wanted to get a colonic because I heard it helps your digestive system.

you sound like me before i got tested by the doctor, i would go and see your GP and get it sorted, yeah i hear colonics are useful but they only last until you eat your next meal

I suggest asking the doc to book you in for a colonoscopy or something

Justonekitty 05-16-2010 08:24 AM

Yes. I have a lot of problems. I haven't mentioned it to the doc but I know what it is. I'd run the the bathroom in the mornings if I was stressed about going to work, if I had an interview, presentation, etc... Or if I was at work and stressed about being in a staff meeting. If Im in a new place I have to keep an eye where the bathrooms are. Its always embarrassing and worse if you are not feeling well and a person goes to the next stall. I hate anxiety.

Cyrus 05-16-2010 10:58 AM

I've got Crohns, doesn't really bother me much, just have to watch what I eat, ahem, onion bhaji's in particular lol, so I avoid them. I first had problems with it in 2004 and was misdiagnosed for having appendix problems so they took my apprendix out by mistake. Wasn't until a couple weeks later when I thought I was dying they found out what was up.

I spent a few days in hospital ill with it in 2008 and they wanted to do a colonoscopy but I refused as I was going to be awake for it, (before when I had it done I was younger), so I just went home the next day. All was good though.

RosieApple 05-16-2010 11:26 AM

I was diagnosed with IBS because of my anxiety too. I cut out lactose and the symptoms all went away after a week or so. If you haven't ruled it out make sure you do!


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