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   Posted 1/18/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
i know im gonna sound totally crazy here lol haha.. but I have a question.. I've had IBS-D since 2001... so far, nothing I've tried, helped me.. I did everything..changes in name it, i tried it anyways.. on some days, I can just smell food and I'll have to run to the bathroom..I know I sound nuts saying that lol but has anyone ever heard of that?? I dont want to tell my dr cause i dont want him thinking its all in my head or something.. but just the other day i was walking through a craft store and I smelled those cinnamon things really strong..and five mins later I had to run to the bathroom.. or when i pass a restaurant and smell it really strong..I have to go then too.. I also have fibro so I smell stuff very easily for some reason but the dr said thats normal for fibro lol..but im just wondering has anyone else had this problem?? confused

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   Posted 1/18/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Well it certainly isn't too common, but I don't think it is totally outrageous to smell food and then have to run to the bathroom.  It's common for people to smell food and get an upsets stomach, or smell perfume/cologne that turns their stomach - so I don't see why that, in turn, wouldn't trigger bowel trouble.  Lots of times when I have an upset stomach D goes hand in hand.
I don't know, just my theory.  confused
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   Posted 1/18/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Most of us with D have problems in the morning because waking up gets the digestive system cranking, not to mention eating breakfast.  I wonder if smelling food gets your guts turned on?  Do you start to salivate when you smell food smells?  Do you start to feel hungry?  Maybe you're smelling food and your stomach says "food's on the way!" and your guts say "food's on the way out!" 
I would certainly mention this to your doctor as something in your digestive tract is being overactive.  The new type of anti-depressants might be just the trick to calm your guts down.  Hmm... I wonder if Prozac would work for hyper-active digestive tracts?

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   Posted 1/18/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I think what has happened is that you are smelling the food, thinking about the reaction it causes your stomach and then the stress or anxiety of it is triggering your ibs.
You need to break your anxiety my finding different foods that are very light on your stomach.
It's almost like a taste test. I went through 7 years of suffereing before i started recognizing my body and how I could change things.

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   Posted 1/19/2007 1:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that Paxil worked for my friend. Not sure about Prozac

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   Posted 1/19/2007 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My co-worker sometimes eats his lunches in out little room with no air flow and when I get back from lunch the smell can really bother me and send me to the bathroom. Cinnamon can cause d so smelling it could cause your gut to react.
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