im confused.. i mean all the doctors i go to give me medicine for pain, and i realize that my stomache is very sensitive, but is that what IBS is? i dont understand how everything can be fine, but cause so much. i dont understand what it is that is causing the bad pain, and the gas, and the weird digesting.
i am very detirmined to get better, but if theres nothing wrong, is there nothing to really heal?
i am just very confused and upset about it i guess. if anyone wants to share anything, go ahead
It is confusing! I agree! Sometimes it's impossible to comprehend that this "thing" that causes so much distruption could be benign!
I tend to think that medicine just hasn't isolated the "real" cause behind IBS. Remember ulcers? Until the last 10 years, doctors really didn't understand what caused them. Now they seem to agree that they originate from an infection and apparently a quick course of antibiotics can cure this condition that previously ruined people's lives.
There are many conditions where the cause is unknown. Fibromyalgia seems to have the medical community quite stumped, although it looks to me as though they are advancing with the treatments more rapidly than with IBS (last IBS treatment was Zelnorm - and look how that turned out!). Even chronic headaches are a stumper for most doctors. I've been complaining for years that IBS research doesn't get enough funding. If even one tenth of the money that goes into ED research went into IBS, we would probably see some improvements in care. Hell, even if they gave money for education (especially to educate doctors) about IBS we would all benefit.
My personal theory is that IBS is an adult form of colic, a condition that doctors still don't understand yet mirrors IBS in many ways. In my "theory", I would venture a guess that if many of us asked our mamas what we were like as babies, we would find that tummy problems started very early on. I can remember mysterious stomach aches all the way back to Kindergarten - the kind that kept me home from school.
Hypersensitity, both in the gut and in the heart and head, seem to contribute to IBS symptoms. We can probably all remember situations where extreme anxiety caused explosive intestinal responses. I would guess some of us even have "issues" with food as well.
For me, I think the problem of IBS has been exacerbated tremendously by all the attempts to treat it. When I think back to my teen years, when my symptomos first started, I wonder what might have happened if I had just left my system alone, to work things out itself. Rather than introducing laxatives, pain pills, motility pills, fiber supplements, wacky diets, not eating, eating all the time, herbs, enemas, anti-depressants, and on and on. Who knows what might have happened if I had just left it alone!
i really like your point of view. I recently visited a naturopath, and most of her questions were about
my early childhood and such, becuase IBS cant just start on its own, (i dont think), and i remember getting mysterious stomache aches too. it first started in grade 4, and i guess i had a bit of stress in my childhood but nohting too dramatic. I had a view anxiety problems, and i worried a lot. It's so strange, and i have asked myself the same question about
all the medicaxtion i have been on, and that im currently on. Maybe it just has made things worse and worse. I always say i will go off of it, but i am afraid to becuase its pain medication, and i certainly dont want my pain to be any worse, but going off may help in the long run.
IBS is getting more and more common, and you would think that would bring a lot more attention to it, besides the same old thing, your stomche is sensitive and whatnot.
Anyway, i liked your opinion gutostrophe. thanks for the input:)