I haven't posted in a while because there has been no change for the better in my chronic D and loose stools. I am now in my 21st week of pregnancy and on Saturday my stomach finally calmed down and for a week I've had the most normal poohs! I am completely flabergasted that my colon suddenly remembered what to do after a year of driving me insane with diarrhea. I haven't changed my diet at all, either.
Now I am hoping that my pregnancy hormones were just stirring up my IBS extra bad and now I am leveling out. After a year of diagnosed and undiagnosed intestinal infections (I live in a third world country, so I am exposed to a lot more bad stuf than you all are), I am so relieved to see that my body can revert back to what it is supposed to do. I never thought I'd feel this normal again. I am sure my D will rear its ugly head again, but for now I am enjoying this peace!
To those of you who are just starting out with chronic D - you will get to a point where it will become your new norm, and the only thing you can do is accept it and work it into your life. I spent months looking for the 'true' cause to my problems online and with doctors, and nothing ever worked. By accepting that it was what I was dealt with in life, I finally started to eat without fear, and just accepted that it would result in D and cramping. I starved myself at first and got a phobia about anything that went in my mouth. I lost a ton of weight and looked skeletal. The starvation will depress your body and your mind and the IBS-D will take over your life. The probiotics did absolutely nothing, but I sure did blow a lot of money on them!! Lomotil didn't do much either, except cramp me up even more. Time was the best medicine, because after a while you'll realize the D isn't going to kill you (even tho you feel that way on the loo!), and you stop obsessing about what disease is lurking within you.
I hope this new bowel pattern stays!!!! I'm so happy!!!