Hi, Marsky ~ This is very interesting about
the dry hands coinciding with IBS. I don't know if there is a connection between the two or not, but it certainly sounds like there could be. Sometimes I think we are the best judges of how our bodies work (or don't work), and what connections and correlations we seem to find.
I have always noticed that I get a mild, dull headache when I am having an IBS attack. I also notice that my attacks are seasonal, getting worse with the changing of one season to the next; (especially going into really hot weather). Doctors I have asked have basically shrugged their shoulders saying they never heard of this before; so I rely on what I know to be true based on my own experience.
I was diagnosed with IBS about
15 years ago. But I have suspected for years that I have suffered from poor absorption even as far back as my childhood. I was so sickly as a child and throughout my teenage years. And guess what problem I have had my whole life, even as a child? Very dry, chapped hands that need constant applications of lotion. In the winter I often get those paper-cut like cuts on the tips of my fingers. They are so painful they even throb sometimes. I haven't noticed whether or not this occurs more when my IBS is particularly flaring up; I'll have to see if I have that connection as well. But what you are saying makes sense to me. Since I have my suspicions about
poor absorption, I take so many vitamins, minerals, and herbs everyday. It seems to help; I'm not as sickly anymore. So even if a doctor never confirms for you that there is a connection, I think you need to listen to your instincts and to your body. Maybe some extra vitamins during those bad days might help, if you can tolerate them. Feel better!
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