You will fing this board is very helpful and supportive. I found it about a month ago when I tought there was no more hope for me. It has made me feel a little better, at least!
I know what you are going through. And I TRULY feel for you. DO you have IBS with diarrhea, IBs with constipation? Or IBS that alternates between the D & C? Have you been properly Dx as having IBS by a Dr.? Have you been to a GI specialist and had the colonoscopy, blood tests, stool cultures, etc. to rule out other causes of your symptoms? If you haven't I would highly recommend doing that first.
I started to have diarrhea/loose stools this past March. I have not had one normal bowel movement during this time. It has led me into depression, stress, and anxiety, which tthe Dr.'s say aggrivates IBS. I have a constant feeling that I'm just "withering away" and life is moving on without me because of this "whatever it is I have". I don't feel like doing anything like housework, going outside, going out to eat, etc. I want to sleep, sleep, sleep. THe GI specialise assures me it's IBS with diarrhea (another name for it is functional diarrhea") I thought that IBS with diarrhea comes and goes and does not last for 3 straight months and you arn't supposed to lose weight with it. I am short like you, approx. 5'3" and I have lost about 10 lbs in 3 months. I weight around 110 no. I look skinny and in m y eyes, I look bad and that makes you feel even worse. My hair is shedding like CRAZY too. I'm guessing because of poor nutrition because I'm so afraid to eat like I used to because I'll have loose stools / diarrhea twice as bad in the mornings. (By the way, mine is always WORSE right when I wale up. It's like my bowels start howling and within 5 minutes of waking up, I'm running off to the bathroom. Are you like this?)
Here's my story: I had a colonoscopy in April (it was normal, just some minor inflammation in 1 of the 3 biposies which the GI Dr. said was due to the prep solution that I had to drink that made me "go" all night long, and boy did it burn...he said that was very normal), a number of stool cultures (shows no bacteria, parasites, etc.) , blood tests (all are perfect), EGD test (where they stick the tube in your throat that lets him look in your stomach (he found minor GERD or acid reflux is another name for it - nothing major), I had a CT scan yesterday af my abdomen, pelvis and fine cut of the pancreas. I will have the results hopefully by tomorow. HE keeps saying it's IBS with diarrhea because he can't find a "cause" for these symptoms. I have NO PAIN with this though and I thought IBS was known for it's pain...which makes me think it's not IBS. I don't know, I'm not the Dr. so I suppose I should trust what he says. But this DIARRHEA has to get better of my life is going down the tubes! I was only married 3 months when this all started and I can tell that I'm getting on my husband's nerves. I'm worried constantly and crying all of the time. He is sick of my fretting. I, like you, are frustrated. He loves to boat on weekends, I usually do too, but there's no bathroom on the boat and when you're stuck out in the middle of the river with IBS-D, what do you do? I feel like he is disappointed in me which makes me feel even worse.
My regular Dr. wants me to see a councelor to try to work out my anxiety about all of this. Have you thought about giving that a try?
Hope you can realize that you're not alone!
Post Edited (shelly1979) : 6/14/2006 8:03:35 AM (GMT-6)