Oh yeah, definitely terrified of puking!! You are NOT alone on that one!! I've done the Camp-Out In The Bathroom, too. My Mom, who also has IBS, also does it and we take turns keeping each other company when it gets really bad for one or the other of us.
My Mom just got divorced in the past year, too, and my IBS flared up (after almost a YEAR in remission - DANG IT!!) AND my hair started falling out. Over the past year I've lost over half my hair - luckily, I had a lot to begin with, so at least there's no bald spots. LOL
Couple of things that have helped me:
- De-stress (http://store.agoodvitamin.com/birede30ca.html) Like the name suggests, it helps you calm down. It's derived from milk (but I'm lactose intolerant and I can take it) and really gentle on my overly-sensitive tummy. Also non-habit forming. It doesn't zombie-fy you like antidepressants, just helps you maintain and gentle, mellow calm.
- Peppermint oil or candies. The mint helps settle the tummy. Same for ginger, basil, and lavendar. Lavendar will also help you calm down as it is very soothing.
- try drinking a glass of water before going to bed. Sometimes when I'm stressed out my tummy makes too much acid. The water dilutes it and helps me sleep through the night. Eating a slice of bread with the water also seems to help, I guess because it soaks up stuff... I dunno, I'm not a doctor. lol
I would definitely talk to a doctor though, sweetie. There are options and things to help you deal with this better. It's never EVER easy to go through a life-altering event like divorce. Don't be afraid to ask for help. *nods*
Good luck, I hope things get better!
27yo Female, diagnosed with IBS in 2002. Taken lots of meds, but never got relief from any of them. Been subjected to too many tests to list, but never had a colonoscopy. I think that's the only one I'm missing. :p
GOOD NEWS!!! I found a new GI doctor and I'm seeing them for the first consultation on August 6, 2008! WISH ME LUCK!!