Good to hear that jt80. Sounds as if you are re-examining everything you were doing (meds, diet). Questioning, etc. This is good, keep it up. One of your sentences jumped out at me - you said this is the battle of your life.
Yes I'm sure it feels like a battle but facing it also is helpful too. I honestly don't think I handled my post-colon resection/cancer which induced IBS/D phase as well as when I finally had a serious pep talk with myself. I made the commitment to myself to make this situation the best that it could be. Because I did want to get out there and have some sort of life and not be stuck at home. I do think I've been able to do both - feel as well as I can but also to venture out and leave home at times. One of the things I do the most is cut back on food. Only for short periods of time but I find that this helps me the most of all. I joke - no input, no output.
Lately this trick of mine has really put thru the test - my mom has been in the hospital for 3 weeks, (head trauma from a fall, she lost her speech and has been in rehab ever since). Nothing in my life right now has been normal. Once she is discharged I know I'll be needed to help. Again, how this is going to all work out well I don't know. But I do know I'm stocking up on turkey subs and packing my own food. Bananas too - LOL. First week I was trying to eat hospital cafeteria food with everyone else but paid for it. Then I started bringing bananas with me and had one for lunch each day. That was all and you know what, this one mid-day banana seemed to keep me almost normal (formed bms). And as my one sister-in-law said - we're in a hospital, there are bathrooms everywhere here! True, there they were, one down every hallway it seemed like. But this medical crisis sure has tested my IBS routine.
You're going to figure all of this out. I just know you are. I have this intuition and to use a bad pun, a feeling in my gut you're going to find your answers soon.
Take care.....good night.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening