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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/17/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
hi can anybody help me regarding my mum,she has just been diagnosed with ibs and is considerable pain with it,she is not sleeping and has trouble getting comfortable in a chair.last october she lost her husband (my dad) and was wondering if stress causes a major factor in this situation.any help would be welcome.thanks alot.

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   Posted 10/17/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi goosefair,

Welcome to HealingWell! :-)

Kudos to you for branching out and doing research for your mother. I wish my family had been as helpful.

Anyway, first and foremost, YES stress can definitely exacerbate IBS symptoms. It is quite common for most people under stress to suffer with GI issues.
What are your mother’s main complaints – diarrhea, cramping, gas, etc.? Did her doc prescribe any meds? Has he been scoped?

Sorry for so many questions, it just helps us help you with ideas.

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   Posted 10/17/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
hi thanks for replying.she is just so uncomfortable and tearful with it all.she went to the hospital the other day and was prescribed something similar to fybogel and other tabs i cant remember the name of.she is getting frightened to eat anything incase it upsets her stomach,so really is struggling.her main symptoms are nausea,her back hurts inbetween shoulder blades and stomach ache.she has wind,and gurgling stomach.i think the weight loss is over my dad.she is so miserable and just wants to build herself up again,i feel so helpless cos there is not alot i can do.

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   Posted 10/18/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome.  Sorry to hear about your mom and your dad.  In answer to your question yes ... stress can increase IBS symptoms and make it worse.  When you said pain between the shoulder blades though it made me think of the gallbladder and I wondered if they checked it also.  Here's some symptoms of an attack:
  • persistent, severe pain in the upper middle or upper right abdomen that increases rapidly
  • pain in the back between the shoulder blades
  • pain under the right shoulder
  • nausea and vomiting
Your mom is lucky to have somebody like you looking out for her and I hope she feels better soon.
Take care, Softy

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