Posted 6/22/2008 7:32 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Everyone. It's been a while since I've been in here. My last post I was highly stressed and ready to give up hope. I was struggling with IBS-C and pain would come and go but my main problem was constant discomfort!!! And of course, it would mess with my breathing which was the worst part. I've always kept a journal even before my IBS started, and yesterday I was writing about when I first got IBS and how I felt and I wrote reminising on my hospital visits and what not and thought.. wow, I was in alot of pain. I dont know what and why it was, but I'm now starting to think anxiety caused most my IBS symptoms. I remembered going on chat forums in search of help, and support and here I am to say that IBS CAN heal and get better. There is hope, and although I feel 95 percent better, I know there are still other's suffering and I wish I knew how to stop it. I do know that tea relaxed me, the heat pad was and still is at times my best friend :) With me, anxiety had a big role in my ibs.. Now that my anxiety is getting better, I'm doing alot better. I don't think I can ever "out grow" anxiety but I can live with it and learn to accept it. When I was suffering from IBS I was prescribed alot of medication, and the only onw I took was Limbrex for two weeks, but that I had to use the bathroom to pee every 2 minutes.. The thing with me is I didn't want to take the medication, I just took Tylenol, (repaid release) when the pain was bad. I believed in a more natural way, and thought it'll just heal on it's own. I watched my diet, kept my mind off "anxiety" and Excersizing was a GREAT stress reliever. I had a counselor for a while, and that helped as well. Anyway, my point is IBS can get better..
I really do believe IBS and anxiety and stress DEFinately go together, although if you told me this 4 months ago I would've said "whatever, there's something wrong with my stomach and it's not in my head!!" lol My mother still suffers on and off with IBS and I know it can come back to me badly again, but IBS will never rule my life again and that's a promise. Anxiety comes and goes, stress is almost a constant being a new mother but you just have to deal... Things always work themselves out. Please don't give up ya'll, dont let IBS ruin your life.... as painful and annoying it can be, you can beat it.