It is what it is, so enjoy IT!

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 9/26/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah  Hi all, long time since been on here. After 28 years of IBS-D it has really wrecked the rest of my body and life. You cannot be dehydrated 70% of your life and not feel it all over. I noe have Fibromyalgia, bursitus, a labreal tear in shoulder, DDD in neck. But after having been checked for skin cancer and breast cancer, results not in yet. And always having so many polyps which we know what they are I have decided I will ENJOY  LIFE.  Just really tired of people telling me not to get stressed! It IS stressful to have accidents and pain all the time. Part of living your life to the fullest is being able to feel down when you are down. Sorry just really missing my late husband, when I was down or mad at life he would understand and just try to make me feel better. Now everyone just says I am negative or bitter etc. No Sh--. So trying my best to be happy. Finally went to rhumatologist like suggested on here a year ago. Thanks so much I really think he is helping. Gave me Savella and Amitza. Havent read about them yet. Anyone tried them? I also was told I may have schoriac(spelling?) arthitus. Anyway it is nice to come on here and feel normal rolleyes because it is normal to have IBS on here. Try to enjoy it whatever it is.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1956
   Posted 9/26/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never tried meds such as the ones you've described. I have tried meds for D but overall I find that what I eat, how much I eat and when I eat it, is what helps me regulate my IBS symptoms. As I stated in another thread, to the outside world I fake it. I carry on as if I am the most normal colon-wise person on the planet. When inside I am a mess (physically I mean, emotionally I think I manage fine). People think I am just dandy - LOL! So you know what, I let them think all of these things. I used to think people observed my eating habits or IBS symptoms (sudden urges to use a bathroom, loud and rumbling noises, offensive gas) to a great extent. I've come to realize that for so many people these days, they are completely absorbed in their own worlds - work, play, home, their kids, their spouses, what they'll make for dinner, how will they juggle all they have on their calendar, etc. I am a mere blip on their radar screen.

So once I did realize that I was incorrect, my perception of others observing me struggle with IBS wasn't accurate, at all, I managed my IBS in a more positive way.

I'm not saying that others don't care about us in general, they just don't seem to want the details, they have nothing to compare what we go thru to in their own lives, especially people who can eat anything they want and then lead extremely busy social lives. That's just not how I roll now.

This is my new attitude - faking it to the rest of the world, to my immediate family, they know what I go thru. And even then, I often wonder - do they really understand what it's like to poop all day long? Of course not. They try to understand and I give them credit for trying.

But mostly I just take each day as it comes, put a smile on my face and well, deal with it.

I try to enjoy things in life I might not have before cancer/IBS - petting my dog, walking my dog, sitting alone in my house without the TV on - it's heaven! LOL Or sewing, reading, even pulling weeds (sounds wacky but I do find yardwork therapudic).

This is of course how I handle my struggles.

Normal - I am sorry that you have other health issues to manage on top of IBS. That has to be very difficult to manage, at times. But I do admire your spirit!

Hang in there.......
- 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

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 9/27/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it's important ane helpful to have a place to come where people can relate.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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