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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 6/4/2008 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I've replied to a couple posts here, but last time I did, someone asked to be updated on my condition, so here it is!  I'm now dx with IBS.  I've gotten a prescription to try out (Levbid, if you have any input, go ahead and share).  I'm so relieved that I finally got something new to try out cause heaven knows that I'm tired of missing class because I'm in extreme pain from stomach cramps.
Funny thing is, apparently IBS is fed by anxiety and stress (of course with bad diet and so much more too)!  It's just kinda funny that my anxiety feeds my gut problems which feeds into my depression which feeds into my anxiety...  Ugh!  It's hard to fix the whole person too!  But, I'm seeing a counselor, a nutritionist, got my doctors...  Now I just need to start religiously keeping a food diary and probably start exercising.  Hard to do the exercising part when I'm way to anxious to go to the gym and there's not a lot of space to work out in my dinky apartment.  I'll find something though.  And no need to throw myself out into the gym to only then have to rush to the restroom from gut problems.
Thanks for asking about me, those who did!
P.S. I really should be studying for a test tomorrow (in college) but I can't stop dwelling on everything (and I mean EVERYTHING).  I continually have to rethink everything and try to plan everything out.  I feel worried about getting my hopes up or if the pills aren't going to work.  I just need to try to toss it aside for right now and study.
Dx with crohn's since Oct '04.
Dx with IBS since June 4, 2008.
Have had symptoms since 2000.
Medications: Levbid
About to see a nutritionist... I need help understanding food! :)

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 6/5/2008 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Quesadilla,

Thanks so much for getting back to us, and I'm really glad you have found a med that might help you out! I have IBS but I've never taken a prescribed med for it so let me know how it works.  My doc just tells me to take over the counter things like buscopan and zantac which are no use at all for me. I also don't eat fatty foods (ok maybe chocolate) or things high in acid.

Isn't it Ironic that anxiety gives us IBS which gives us anxiety which makes IBS worse!! Argh! From reading your post I can see you get worse symptoms than me (ouch!). I can go to the gym (it's a safe place for me anxiety-wise), but maybe you could get an exercise or pilates/yoga DVD to do in the safety of your apartment?

Good luck with that test, and try not to worry to much about new med, it may just work out. :-)

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   Posted 6/5/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Quesadilla,
I am glad you got your dx and yes it is a bit like being on a merry-go-round. 

I know that going over and over something in my mind after it's happened doesn't do any good. It just makes it worse. I can actually inflate an event after the fact and then it causes me more anxiety than the actual event did. It is breaking that cycle that is the hard part.

Try to let go of it and stay in the moment.  don't worry about yesterday and tommorow will take care of it's self so stay in the moment.

Keep on talking to us as we are here to support you.



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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 6/5/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Quesadilla, and welcome!

I'm glad you have a solid diagnosis now and plan for treatment of your IBS. You say that the gym isn't comfortable, but how about a walk around the block? I don't know what your neighborhood is like, or whether agoraphobia is an issue. When I needed to get an exercise regimen started, the only thing that fit my schedule and (lack of) physical ability was walking. It helped contribute to an improved sense of physical health although I've still got a ways to go.

I hope you can find something that's right for you. The exercise really does help.


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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 491
   Posted 6/5/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
i have ibs and sometimes i barely make it to the restroom, and its really annoying some foods trigger it in me, and when i get stressed too, i don't take any meds yet for it i have had it for 12 years, it seems to have gotten worse lately but that another story of my life.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 6/5/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Quesadilla.

Vicious cirlce isn't it.  Our physical ailments cause our anxiety and our anxiety increases because of our physical ailments.  I too have IBS and know how it feels.  I've never been on the med you are starting but now that I have its name am gonna ask my doc about it.  My anxiety is always higher when physically something is wrong and when my IBS flares so does my anxiety.  I hope the new med works for you and you are feeling much better.  Thinking about you and hoping and praying it works.  Let us know.  I'm looking forward to hearing back from you that the med is a miracle.

Thou shalt smile and have a nice day.  It frustrates those who have other plans for thee.
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications:  Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.

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