I don't think IBS is totally to blame for my weight gain.. However, per postings from several people, I am learning that perhaps IBS has something to do with my uncontrollable cravings and you said it yourself, the gas and bloating must add some weight.
I don't have answers, that is why I posted my question. Also, I'm hoping I could learn more about this condition. I have talked to several doctor's;however, I haven't gotten any good answers. The only thing everyone tells me, is to cut down on eating and exercise daily. Also, I am constantly feeling tired. Extremely tired. Again, doctors don't have anything to offer me.
I am told that I am burnt out and stressed. Yes, I am quite aware of that. However, I don't have a way of changing my situation. Everyday I go through the same routine and there's never enough time to just relax. Discovering this website was the only thing that put a smile on my face...Sad, but true.
Thanks for all your kind words. I am currently reading the Oprah Winfrey book, Make the Connection. I've decided I will start walk/running. I think I have to take care of myself and because I cannot afford to go to the gym, I will do what's free. By the way, I did try a nutritionist. However, she cost $110.00 an hour and she was out of the way from work and home. She basically told me to divide my plate into four quarters. One quarter should be the meat, one quarter the carbs, and the half would be your veggies. Great advise, but $110.00 was not in my budget.
I really appreciate this website and all of you. I feel uncomfortable telling people around me of how depressed I get and I don't want to talk about the IBS. Working in an office enviornment, I can't stand all the gossip around the building. This way, I could open up and not worry about my business being the topic in the lunchroom or around the cubicles.
I want to share two horrible IBS attacks I've had. One time, during a New Year's Eve party, I went to a great restaurant bar in San Francisco. It was fun and I was having the best time. All of a sudden, pain struck and I was trying to rush to the ladies room, only to find a long line! I knew I couldn't wait and didn't want to announce that I was having an IBS attack. I quickly asked my husband to escort me to the men's room. Without hesitation, we both went in and he guarded my stall and I was able to rid myself of the evil in me. I was so relieved that no one cared that I was there!!! Another time, it was during my trip to China. I was on tour, going from city to city. During a long ride from the airport to the country road, while heading towards our hotel. I started feeling pain and I told everyone I needed the restroom. Unfortunately, they kept telling me to wait a little. It felt like we were driving endlessly and I was starting to feel labor pains. I was sweating and dying, but still the driver wouldn't stop. At this point, I was ready to swat anywhere. However, we continued for an hour!!! I could bearly talk and I had started to punch my husband on his arm. I didn't want to go on this trip and he had convinced me to go; therefore, just like during labor-I wanted to hurt him! Well, finallly we reached the hotel. I didn't say a word to anyone, just went straight to the restroom and swore I would never go back to China...
***HUG****Dlo, I'm sorry this IBS is getting you so down.... I totally understand (I think all of us do). I've learn to accept it and know my limits. It really frustrates me when people don't get it; my family will bug me when I don't want to take a long car drive with them, or go to Dim Sum (are they crazy?), and I'm sure my coworkers think I'm a b*tch because I hardly ever go out to lunch with them or join them for drinks after work. This is what we have to deal with.
I think you are sooooo right about the office gossip thing. I couldn't believe it when I started... I felt like I was back in high school. Good for you that you are not "fanning the flames." I try not to give them too much to talk about, but sometimes it's hard when I'm having problems.
Once, dlo, I almost had an accident because I got lost looking for a house in Tahoe. The drive to Tahoe is almost 4 hours for me; just as I approached the 3 hour mark my tummy started to rumble. I knew I could hold it for another 30-40 min. Then we got lost in the middle of the mountains, at night, with not flashlight or toilet paper. I thought I would die of pain. I made it but just barely. I think i was walking hunched over for sevaral hours afterwads, the cramps just wouldn't go away.
OK, so I've written a book... sorry.Dlo, I hope you feel better. Walking should help you. And that husband of yours... He's a keeper.
You got me curious...what do you mean that you lost about 1/2 a stone? Is that an expression for something?
Also, I've heard a few people mentioned that there are two kinds of IBS? What are the two different kinds? I always thought there was only one. My doctor never mentioned that there are different kinds..
Does anyone know how to look for a good yoga class? What should I look for?
Thanks for the yoga information. You made it sound really exciting. I guess I will start asking if anyone knows of a good place. Although, I don't think any of my friends practice yoga. The women I know are too busy with kids to do anything fun. I'm the only one who can try to squeeze some time for fun, cuz when I was changing diapers at a young age-most of my friends were still dating.
To those who explained the different kinds of IBS, thanks! Sorry, I don't remember all of your names, except for Bunny.
Also, I wanted to let you all know that I am feeling better. I go through times when I feel really down about myself and my condition; however, having read all of your postings I feel like I have support.:) I don't feel so alone. I do have friends and family that know about my IBS; but it's not the same when they don't have a clue to what we go through. For example, when they talk about going on trips-it actually make me feel stressed. I always worry if I have to go on a long trip. And, deciding on what to eat is also a pain. Once, I went to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I told the waiter that I am allergic to red chilli peppers. He kept telling me that the dish was not too spicy. I'm so sick of people telling me that certain dishes are not too spicy. It doesn't make a difference whether it's a little or very spicy. Even if I have a tiny bite of red chilli peppers,I get instant diarrhea!! Anyway, he served me the dish and I tasted the red chilli peppers. I asked him to return it to the kitchen and have the dish made without any rcp's. He came back and there they were again!!! I just don't understand why I can't get food prepared without them? I've tasted them on every type of food. Asian, Mexican, American, Italian, etc. Ever since I've discovered that I was allergic, I can't seem to avoid this stuff...
I don't know about the red bell peppers. The kind of red chilli peppers I'm allergic to can be found at any pizza place. It's the dried little red sprinkles on most foods.
What is everyone doing for Halloween? Since we aren't supposed to have chocolate, what will you all have?
Post Edited (7Lil) : 10/25/2005 10:48:35 PM (GMT-6)