I just heard on another message board that I'm on that they are trying to get some more "diet drugs" passed by the FDA. One is a weaker version of Xenical, that will be available OTC, which someone described as follows:
"Xenical, as you probably know, works by blocking the absorption of fat in the digestive process. You can tell it's working because if you eat "too much" fat, you can have oily diarrhea and [smelly] discharge or even basically lose bowel function (albeit, temporarily)."
People who have gastric bypass surgery also wind up having "gastric dumping" which means if they eat too much they either vomit it back up or it goes right through them and they have horrible pain and diarrhea. I think in both cases "too much" food really equates to a smaller than average meal.
So given that so many of us suffer from chronic diarrhea or even gastric dumping or vomiting, would any of us willingly endure this, even if ceasing to have IBS meant you would gain 20 or more pounds? Would you trade thinness for health or health for thinness? There are some of us here who are already "overweight", despite being sick. Personally, I lost two dress sizes when I had a bad gall bladder and I wasn't happy with it. I looked horrible and felt worse. It was not a good way to lose weight, being sick all the time and unable to eat. At that point I would have been glad to have been back at a size 14 if it meant not being sick. Even now I would not give myself diarrhea on purpose for any reason in the world, even if it meant I got bigger. Or, to broaden it up, what would you be willing to give up if it meant no more IBS forever?
(Now, if they'd just spend all of that money on diet drugs on developing a cure for IBS instead....)
Very interesting topic,
From my experience i cant believe anyone would want IBS to be thin. My IBS was chronic in Sept and in 2 months i went from 147 pounds to 107 pounds. Im very small build so before i was really quite fat but I would give anything to be my old fat happy self!!!
This put it this way if I was given the choice of being rich or not having IBS i'm pretty sure most of us would not want IBS.
Believe me no one wants this disorder!!! Regardless of weight. Ive always been a petite person, never weighed over 110 in my whole life. But, since this has happened, ive gotten down 99pds, not fun, not attractive, not a good thing for me. I like myself just fine, its the contant trips to the bathroom over and over everyday, the accidents , which can happen anywhere, thinking you have gas, and uh oh, it was more than gas. Beleive me this disorder plays no favorites to anyone anywhere, anytime. I just think its time that reasearch was focused on this and not downplayed and Billons of dollars spent on testings, doctors, meds that work, and your still where you started!!!
I apologize if you felt i was ranting on you, I just felt you misunderstood the question that was asked and the explaination given for the question. It was certainly not to be mean, im sorry, take care Pepper
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