Caught in the stress cycle

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   Posted 11/27/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a problem. IBS interferes with my life; I feel bad, and I can't stop thinking about it. I spend all my time reading about ways to try to feel better, different treatments etc. I feel like I can't do the things I used to enjoy; sports are, for now out because running makes me have to go to the bathroom. I think about it all the time is the thing; just walking down the street I think how I feel off or I feel okay today but I should watch what I eat for lunch etc.

I realized this when one night I got this feeling on my leg which quite honestly felt like I had soiled myself. It was so real that I got out of bed and checked it out to make sure I hadn't! I've now gotten that feeling at least once every 1-2 days, this twitch in the hairs on the back of my right thigh that perfectly imitates liquid running down my leg. My constant obsession is causing my body to go crazy.

I'm going to be returning to hypnotherapy in a few weeks, but I need something else to shift my focus from this problem. I'm ready to stop obsessing and just start trying to think about other things; I haven't had a moment without my bowels in the back of my mind in months now. I need a new hobby or activity to absorb my focus, and it can't be anything too physical (all I can really do right now is lift weights, anything else, i.e. cardio makes me feel worse).

So, I'm asking you for suggestions! Something that will keep me off the internet and keep my mind off my intestines. I'm considering yoga, but I also want something like a real hobby, because you only do yoga like once a day in general right? I guess I should warn you that I'm not artistic, I've never been able to draw or paint or take photos. Any ideas for something similar to playing an instrument? Something I can do in my own home? Something who's practice will take time and dedication, so that to improve I'll actually have to focus on it.

Thanks for any suggestions, I'm really trying to get back to living life.


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   Posted 11/27/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jesse,I know how you feel that's all that consumed my mind focusing on my bowels scared of having something embarassing happen concerining my IBS symptoms.I just resently have been able to focus on other things being able to eat without worry,I just worry the next day when I have to have my couple of bms for the day.I'm trying to get back out there and live my life and not let my thoughts focus so much on my stomach and what it may do.I'm also thinking about excersising actually start to lift wieghts.I'm so desperate to consume my days doing something productive instead of sitting at home alone worrying about my bowels.It even prevented me from sleeping my thoughts were about what I ate for that day is it going to effect me that night what tomorrow was going to bring for stomach problems.I was loseing precious sleep scared while I was sleep having gas I even had nightmares about my bowels actual dreams of being on the toilet or not making it to a bathroom on time.

I thank God I will always thank him for the change concering my symptoms they have improved to where I do not worry so much.I've been sleeping real good,not so scared to pass gas in my own house lol.I have to be patient and believe things will get better,I hope for you they will and you wont focus so much on them.Lol there is one thing that is like a comfort for me like a binky I always light a scented candle through the night if I waas to ever pass gas while I was sleep lol.I know that's crazy right? I dont think I'll ever stop doing that,and plus I dont mind it I love scented candles.I hope my social life will change too I'll start going out more to places and meet make new friends.So hang in there stay strong and I'm here whenever you need advice.
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   Posted 11/28/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly how you feel. I often tell my hubby how he is lucky and takes his regularity for granted. Normal folk just don't understand how something like IBS can color so much of our lives. I don't go anywhere unless I know they have a decent public washroom. And everytime food goes in, in the back of my mind I wonder if it is going to hurt coming out.
As far as hobbies go, finding the right one can do a lot of good. For me it is knitting. Not sure if it is up your alley or not, but for me it is perfect. When I am knitting, my mind instantly calms down, I think a lot when I knit, but my thoughts aren't as stressful when knitting. Even in my worst attacks, if I just can't stand the pain another second and need a break, I find that if I read a knitting magazine, or even just flip through and look at the pretty pictures, my attack instantly goes on hold. Of course as soon as I stop, it comes back full force, but it gives me a minute or two of merciful peace. I am not sure why it works this way, but I have relied on this for so long and it has never let me down. I hope you find something that you can enjoy!!
fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel, restless legs, polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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   Posted 11/28/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey folks thanks for the understanding replies. My life is at this in between point where I go out with my friends and I ave a good time until that dreadful feeling of hunger comes along. I know eating will send me straight to the bathroom, usually for a substantial amount of time! Very frustrating, but ever since this....I don't know, psycho-somatic twitch that mimics the feeling of soiling myself has started it's been a wake up call that thinking about it all the time has got to end.

I'm going to start yoga and Tai-Chi, because they're both supposed to be relaxing while still utilizing some physical movement. As for a hobby...I considered knitting (unusual for a 20 year old guy but I'm so over what other people think haha) but I'm afraid it might let my mind wander too much. Maybe I should take up an instrument? I also really like to play poker, but unfortunately I have another year before I can get into the card club near my apartment.

Keep on keepin' on guys, glad to hear you all have found ways to cope and I hope to be joining you in that regard!

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