IBS creating other health problems...blast it

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Lady Frog
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 12/3/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Over the six years that I have been dealing with this I've done things to help control it. Like avoiding trigger foods, taking it easy when the gremlins and me were at war, not exercising too hard because anything strenuous would set me off( confused on that one but it is what it is) and little by little I started getting other problems that are not IBS related but having IBS caused them.

I am currently kicking myself( I would literally but I lack the flexibility for my foot to reach my rear) because yesterday it all came to a head. I couldn't open a jar of spaghetti sauce and so couldn't finish the dinner I wanted to make. Looking back I can see it didn't happen all at once but little by little. Some minor malnutrition from eating a diet of toast, buttered noodles and chicken. No dairy, very little veggies unless it was in a stir fry, no red meat, and basically no variety. I don't want to know what would happen if I fell down the stairs or some other possibly serious injury. Already all you have to do is look at me wrong and I bruise. I'm scared of what they would find if they did a blood test.

Due to me not being active because it felt like I had been run over by a herd of elephants after a flare or just general lounging because tummy was being threatening( and when is it not some days) I can't even go bowling because I can no longer lift my ball. It's only 12 pounds. And I felt like I was going to dislocate my shoulder over Thanksgiving trying to get our 20 pound turkey into the fridge. I think that the last straw was that I couldn't finish the dinner I started last night because I couldn't open the jar. Or any other jar in our cabinets.

So my question is there any resources out there that can help me get out of this mess I've made. I really don't want to go to the doc about this because I trying talking to her when I first noticed the other stuff going wrong because of the bad habits I picked up and she just said not to do what I had been doing. Easier said then done when what I was doing was causing immense amounts of pain and frustration. I admit that all this is totally my fault. It was easy for me to just say "well it sets off the tummy so it's off the good food list" or "I don't feel good so I'm not going to go for that walk". I walk a 1/4 mile now and you would think that I was having an asthma attack. My guts are what they are. But I functioned around them for the last three years and it's gotten me nowhere. Now while I know I am still going to have to work with them, I want to start no longer working around them.

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   Posted 12/3/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Lady Frog, I feel for you. Yes your guts are what they are. Like you, I'd like mine to be normal or more in line with what others experience. Sometimes it helps if you're around people with similar issues. I've always wanted to find a support group in my area but could never find one. A real in person live one but the most support I've been able to find is over the internet. In forums like this one.

As far as getting out of the mess you've "made", similar to eating foods in moderation that irritate us, try adding more food groups to your diet, but again, in moderation. It sounds as if you need protein. Would hard boiled eggs bother you? Sometimes I just cook half a dozen and keep them in a bowl in the fridge. Also, tuna salad on Club crackers tastes so good. Again, protein.

I wish I had the magic answer for you but I don't.

Sometimes I wish I could just take my guts out of my body and have them work outside of me. I know that makes no sense but inside of me, they heave, they roll, they cooperate or they revolt.

But my guts are never normal either. I've been going thru all of this for 9 years now.....going on 10, next April. I had it so good at one time and didn't even know it.

Hang in there.....hoping you receive concrete, positive feedback. I think you will.


Lady Frog
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 139
   Posted 12/3/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Marsky, I'd have to make the hard boiled eggs into egg salad. It's a consistancy thing with the yolk. But yeah sometimes to get more protein I make myself an egg sandwich. I've actually gotten my tummy used to the non whole grain wheat bread so I know that I'm at least getting more fiber then I was. I think that one of the biggest things that is going to have to change with me is the "baby" factor. I avoid things because they hurt or because they may( not even a certainly) aggravate the tummy. I don't do certain types of pain well and tummy pain is one of them. I got myself to the point of not needing my pills which is great but I got there by basically wrapping myself in bubble wrap and not taking any chances. Through all this I have a very supportive hubby. He gives me the evil eye when needed and coddles me when things get really bad.

Sometimes I wonder how the heck I used to do things. The first few years, when I didn't even have pain meds(!) I finished my schooling, worked two jobs at one point sometimes working almost 60 hours a week and dealing with an ex that believed it was all in my head and treated it as such. Shopping on Christmas Eve while running to every public bathroom in a six mile radius is not my idea of fun. But if I can figure out how I dealt with it then, I'm thinking I have a place to start now. Only now I don't have to play taxi( yes!) and when I ask hubby to stop because I have to go he'll actually pull over.
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