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   Posted 6/16/2010 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to rant a little bit and ask some questions,this site is so fantastic.:) anyway,I;ve been sick for years now(I can't believe it's been nearly 3!) and over that period of time with my stomach being such a mess,I've got down to 108 pounds. I'm 5'4,17 years old,which I think is still in the healthy range for now,but I'm cutting it pretty close. my family doesn't understand and gets so angry at me for not eating more,and when I try to explain they don't listen. it's gotten so bad they now believe I have an eating disorder and am in denial. idk what to do. I mean,I eat 3 times a day,but usually very small meals,and I'm vegan,which drives everyone in my carnivorous family absolutely crazy.(lol, inspite of everything,I take comfort in that I'm bugging them,lol) but anyway,my main problem is,if I eat very little my body functions a lot better than if I eat normal sized meals.when I do it's like my guts just stop completely. (ick,I know,sry) but I am starting to get really scared because I don't think I'm getting enough of anything(i take supplements,but still) but I feel like I have no choice in the matter because I can't eat more because it makes me sick. sometimes I get so depressed,I feel like i'm just slowly dying from this. I feel like i have two choices,I can either eat and have my intestines stop working and be miserable and death;y sick(so terrified something my rupture,too,or laxatives will stop working completely) or I can slowly starve to death. idk what to do. whenever I try to talk to my dad about this he just gets so upset and completely shuts down. I try to not be scared,and stay optimistic because I know I need to hold it together for my family. I can't talk to any of them about how scared I really feel,that I think I really might die from this. idk. I know that I shouldn't pretend I'm not hurting either,but I try to stay optimistic,because I know that sinking into a depression will just make it so much worse. what do u guys think? how do we all keep from losing to much weight with all of this happening to our poor bodies?

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Date Joined Jul 2004
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   

were you officially diagnosed with IBS?

Is your IBS alternating or the consitpation type?

Do you get pain or discomfort?

What tests have you had?

Part of this depends on why your losing weight, if its from not eating enough that is one kind of problem and if your eating enough and not gaining that is a red flag problem.

Another part of this is eating and not eating for long periods of time or not eating enough puts more strain and stressors on the gut.

I think there is quite a bit you can do and look into on all this for help.
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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 6/18/2010 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
So sorry to hear your going through so much pain. I have a lot of problems with my digestive system. I'm like you if I eat to much I hurt, so I eat smaller meals. Hubby gets upset with me and thinks I don't eat anything, but I know my limits and if I eat to much I pay for it. I deal with chronic constipation.The doctor put me on amitiza which helps a little, but it has so many side effects, but I take it to get just a little relief. I'm afraid it's gotten to where I have to take something to help me go or else I can't go on my own. Digestive issues are no fun that's for sure. We have dinner plans this evening to go out to celebrate our Wedding Anv. I wish they'd let me order a kiddy meal. :) That way I know I could at least eat most of it. Hubby gets aggravated when I don't eat my food, but I can't eat a lot at one meal. Hope you get some releif from your pain.


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