I have been suffering with IBS symptoms for 7 years, getting steadily worse. I've been reading the forum for some time and i really wanted to get some advice from people as i feel so isolated suffering from this. Nobody truely understands unless you've suffered the terror of an attack and the pain and humilation that can go with that. When people say "its in your head" its infuriating as i would do anything to live a normal life like my friends and not have to worry. I realise this forum gets a lot of posts asking for simular advice i guess im just looking to see what has worked and hasnt worked for people.
After suffering with IBS-D through may late teens i finally plucked up the courage to go and see the doctor (i was too embarrased to go before) but after a disasterous weekend away with a friend i couldnt go on any further. (I had been using immodium to cover short term symptoms, and avoided all other situations were i couldnt feel control, but in a small hotel room with paper thin walls in the bathroom theres no where to hide).
Initially had been suffering with a small amount of abdominal cramps but the symptoms are gas, LOTS, after eating anything which turns uncotrollable within an hour or two (my stomach rumbles a lot with it as well) with occasionally D. But as the years have gone on the D part of the symptoms have gotten much worse. I was diagnosed in April with IBS-D and given Spasmodal to help with pain. I didnt really work for me. I have found teas to be much more beneficial for the pain (peppermint and fennel) with a hot water bottle. This means i can easily deal with any occasional pain (which im extremely thankful for, having read some peoples experiences) but the D and gas are so much worse since, and made worse by the stress of having it or the prospect that it might occur which aggrevates the situation. I feel miserable with it all.
But i feel like i dont wanna hide any more and its taken a lot of courage to even post on this forum. My social life is reducing further and further as i cant commit to anything for the fear i will have an attack and i cant even consider starting a relationship the way i am currently.
I have been looking at various options but there is so much conflicting information on the internet, i wanted to ask for advice?
I have been looking at food intolarence (Lactose and fructose) but have struggled to cut them out completly as im vegetarian and its hard to reduce it. Ive also looked at wheat, but my symptoms dont appear to worsen after exclusivley eating this. I dont know if the stress of a possible upcoming attack may result in it actually happening, like a self fulfilling prophecy.
For my stress ive been considering using CBT (cognitive behaviour
al therapy) and Hypnotherapy - Has anyone had any good experiences with this?
I've been told that soluble fiber may help me, but ive been warned that this produces a lot of gas so therefore im reluctant to try it (i have to sit in a lot of meetings for my job so im scared of the consquences)
If anyone could help i would be very grateful.
Post Edited (j2345) : 6/18/2010 6:41:58 PM (GMT-6)