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Esther2006
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   Posted 12/11/2006 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
i am new here and hope that maybe somebody can advice me...
 
Dont know exactly when things went wrong with me but I can remember an episode of my "illness" 4 years ago, basically what happened was during a stressfull time in my life I constantly had to go to the toilet to pee, which was very annoying, also cried alot and fell distressed. This time was stressfull to me but it wasnt a mayor stress factor and after two months all went away again.
 
Well now since March this year I have been falling to pieces and dont know what I can do anymore.
 
In March I did had a lot on.
1st. I moved houses, but that was in my benefit as I love my new home.
2nd. Out of the blue I lost my job, was quite upset as there wasnt any reasons for laying me off but coped quite well and got offered my old job back (my old job isnt great but it pays the bills)
 
The problems began with me having to travel ( It takes me an hour and a half to get to work), after 10 minutes on the bus I need the toilet for a pee as there isnt a chance to go on the way into work I basically are stuck with lots of pain and really getting anxious as course I dont want to pee when I cant. So after a week of this I decided not to drink anything in the morning hoping it might go away, went to the GP which did a urine test and the results were that all was ok, he said it might be stress.
 
After this period things gotten worse, every morning it gotten worse, now besides peeing I also need to go for a number 2, strangest thing is that I actually can go aswell (its not al in my head) After a month I went back again to the GP which said to me its anxiety and panic attacks and its all in my head, To be very honest I got quite upset as my live hasnt been that easy but to be honest I wasnt that stressed out at this stage of my live.
 
The GP gave me citalophram 20 mg a day. After a week of trying to get use to this I threw it away, this medicine made me feel stoned the whole day, got even worse due I would actually got diarrea and it was just to be scarey to be on that stuff. Also I drink alcohol in the weekends, actually most nights I have a glass of wine with dinner which cant be done with citalophram. I tried not to drink alcohol as well for a period of time and this didnt change my situation prior to taking citalophram. this last month I actually get ill every time I require to leave the house, anywhere I go its a struggle for me, I am actually doing a car share now which means it only takes 30 minutes to get to work but thats even a problem.
 
So now everyday I got to leave the house I atleast got to pee 6 times (not much) and also take imodium to ensure I wont get diarrea at work..its just a vicious circle of discomfort.
 
today I am going to my GP again and I got no clue on what to say as this morning I gotten so ill and upset that I couldnt face going to work..I so want to be able to get my life the way it was before march..this is just a living nightmare and all the GP wants to give me is anti depressants..
 
I would like to find out if this is something common and if someone else might of have the same problem and what they did...
 
I really hope someone can help me as I am really about to just give up on everything...

Keriamon
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   Posted 12/11/2006 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
It is possible that you have some sort of anxiety problem that's tearing up your stomach. Could be social anxiety disorder, could be due to stress at home or work, or could just be a sense of claustophobia on the bus. There are a lot of people on this board who get very anxious if they get somewhere without a toliet and, sure enough, their stomach will act up right on cue. It's often very hard to determine if the anxiety causes the bowel problems or the bowel problems cause the anxiety.

I would suggest that you DO try the anti-depressants. There is evidence that they help people who are having diarrhea, regardless of their actual mental state; it seems that the same chemicals that run the brain and make it act normally also run the GI tract and make it act normally. So don't pooh-pooh anti-depressants because you think they label you a "mental case"; think of them as something that treats your hyperactive bowel.

Also, have you seen your gyno? Overactive bladder is common in women, and he or she would probably know more about it than a GP. There are medicines to treat it, as well as things like botox injections if your problem is a weak muscle. Were you checked for a urinary tract infection? These also can make you need to pee a lot.

You can also try taking a Caltrate 600 w/ vitamin D pill everyday to see if that doesn't help with your diarrhea. You can take up to 3 a day, but because they can be quite constipating, start with one and work your way up.

Also, do you have the ability to take a train to work or drive your own car? Just having a bathroom available or the ability to stop if you need to can help lessen the anxiety and help prevent bowel problems from coming on. If you live in a big enough city, you might try organizing a carpool just for people with IBS! Guarantee as many stops as needed to go to the bathroom and you can get group therapy out of it to boot! Lol.

7Lil
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   Posted 12/11/2006 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Esther,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
No, you are not crazy. However, it is not uncommon for docs to prescribe anti-depressants/anti-anxiety meds to IBSers - maybe as a last resort. IBS is believed to have a mind-gut connection. It is also associated with stress. Lots of people who have IBS and are not "depressed" have been prescribed these types of meds. They seem to work. Usually you just have to find the right one for you.
What Keri mentioned is great advice... You should see your OB/GYN and you might want to try calcium. It is also a good idea, as you mentioned, to drink less before leaving for work. I hardly ever eat or drink before work. I commute 35 miles to work and I don't put anything in my mouth until I am there. Safe. Near a restroom. It isn't even that what you eat in the morning is bad - it's just that food jump starts your system. You can put the healthiest thing in your mouth and still end up having to run to the bathroom in 20 min.
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Esther2006
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   Posted 12/12/2006 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

Thank you so very much for the replies. Went back to the doctor again yesterday and he was a bit more serious now and decided to do some test on my digestive system in hospital. He has requested the hospital to contact me shortly so we can set up an appointment so I am well pleased with this result. He also give me a sicknote so I can stay off work for 7 days and try to get more rest which is good. As reason for off he has put down IBS as he does think its what I suffer from but he wants to make sure so thats were the tests come in.

My case is I dont really have any stress at this moment in my life, have quite a healthy diet (course do the odd junkfood sessions like we all do) I am in my right weight.

My doctor does have a lot of knowledge but it has taken me 5 appointments to get thru that its not ONLY in my head which at first he suggested it was was made me feel more depressed.

I tried not to eat or drink before heading off to work, doesnt work, still got to go..seems like my digestive system just doesnt want to stop, it gets me anxious which obviously isnt helping my situation at all. I am doing a car share at the moment but that also does cause problems sometimes as I do always feel bad in the morning.

Keriamon
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   Posted 12/12/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad your doctor is going to give you a good looking over and get some tests done. When you're at the hospital, don't be afraid to ask what the test is that they are scheduling you for, how it works and what they are looking for. If you feel they are missing a test or two, don't be afraid to say, "I have a frequent need to urinate. Will you be running any tests to look for a UTI or other problem with my bladder?" You have to 1) educate yourself, 2) be your own health advocate. The more knowledgeable you seem, the more a lot of (although not all) hospital staff, doctors, etc. will treat you better and talk to you like a normal human being. When in doubt, ask a question! You can avoid a lot of unnecssary tests this way and you can get tested for things you need to be tested for as well.

Esther2006
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   Posted 12/13/2006 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, I am looking into health problems and such and also finding out more, also requested myself they do a test on foods, maybe I am allergic to something that causes these kind of reactions. Its very good to have found a site like this as it does make me feel not so alone dealing with this and also hear about other peoples stories which have sometimes simularities

Thank you again :-)

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 12/14/2006 12:28 AM (GMT -7)   
The best way to test for food allergies is to keep a diary as the testing itself is not all that reliable. If you are consistent and keep a diary of everything you eat and can get to one or two things then you can start breaking that down. sometimes it is something as simple as the dye color in something and there is no way they can test for everything. You can also do an elimination diet. Start with rice, applesauce and chicken and slowly add food. It takes some doing but it might work.

Esther2006
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   Posted 12/14/2006 3:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks thats a good idea !! I do think I will probably sin around the christmas time as I do like my christmasdinners but def will start with basic healthy food and add other foods to see.
I do feel a bit more positive towards this as atleast at the moment the doctor is exploring options and am getting tests done. My family does have problems with stomache and digestive systems so just want to ensure its nothing serious

7Lil
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   Posted 12/14/2006 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Esther,
I agree with Canyon, keeping a food diary is key. I must, however, warn you about applesauce (apples in general)... They are hard on the gut and notorious for causing gas and/or cramps. Unless you KNOW that apples don't bother you, I suggest taking it slow with them. Eat or drink small portions and then wait to see if they cause havoc before you dive in. Canyon is lucky that she can handle them, if I remember correctly they are the healthiest fruit out there (full of antioxidants).
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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 12/14/2006 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I can handle applesauce but not apples. Applesauce is part of that BRAT diet that is recommended for stomach problems. Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. I can't eat the bananas though as I am allergic to them but this diet is used with children with intestinal problems a lot.

nervymeg
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   Posted 12/18/2006 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   

hi Esther, I'm glad your doctor is taking things more seriously.  I agree with 7Lil about the anti-depressants.  They can take a while to get used to but can be extremely helpful.  It is normal to feel a bit groggy at first and alcohol wouldn't help with that. (I've made the same mistake!!).  Maybe give it six weeks and see how you go.  It sounds to me that you are going through a really stressful time and your body has gone into a bit of an upheaval.  I had a stressful beginning to the year and have only just been diagnosed with IBS...it all started around January and I've found that ant-depression/anti-anxiety meds have helped reduce my cramps. 

I've also found that cutting out caffiene, artificial sweetners and anything spicy has helped.  I'm sorry to hear about you bladder frequency..that must be stressful.  I'm actually the opposite and hate travelling long distances because I have bashful bladder and can go a whole 18 hours without going.  I wish we could find a mid point and swap!!!!! Good luck with your tests.


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