I am a new poster, but have been dealing with IBS for YEARS...I'm 35 and feel worse than my 75 year old grandmother.
I have been diagnosed with IBS-D and I have gained weight. It's ironic, isn't it. I can't figure it out, other than I am too busy sitting in my bathroom and feeling the side affects of diarrhea to actually exercise. The irony is I don't eat anything, and I have slowly over the past 5 years gained about 10 pounds a year. My legs, buttocks area, and lower back hurt so badly on many days, I have a difficult time walking around the grocery store, let alone going for an actual walk.
This IBS-D stuff is serious stuff, it's ruining my life. I don't think I can really take it anymore, and to top it all off, I feel crappy and fat on top of the actual side effects and pain from IBS-D. I actually think I am moving from IBS-D to alternating, as I haven't went to the bathroom for 3 weeks now, for some reason, even after taking 11 laxatives and miralax.
I'm 35, a mother of 3 younger children, and a total mess. I feel awful, I feel bad for my husband having to put up with my issues, I feel bad for my kids that their mom can't always do the things that other moms do. I think it's driving me into a depression.
I rarely eat, so I feel weak constantly..but I still gain weight! It makes no sense. I cant' even begin to type all the meds that I am on, but I do take daily my donnatol, my bentyl, and my clidinium. Literally I try not to eat, as on some days even if I eat 1 grape...I will run to the bathroom with the urge to go, spasms, and nothing comes out. On those days, I sit in the bathroom putting my body through torture of pushing and pushing, crying in pain, spasms all over my body..but there is nothing in my system to actually "push" out because I am empty...although my body doesn't realize this for some reason?
I did eat 1 bowl of vegetarian chili yesterday, and that's all I ate all day long. This is normal for me, only 1 meal a day and I STILL gain weight. I cant' understand it, and I feel my doctor must think I am crazy when I go in and tell him about the diarrhea issues and the spasms but then I am actually gaining weight. It makes no sense. Half of the time I do not even feel like eating, it's some psychological issue telling me if I eat anything, I will be in the bathroom...and the next day will be nightmare with the hurting back, hurting butt, throbbing upper leg pain, and general weakness from all the ruckus I caused in my body with the straining and spasms.
If you find out how we can actually feel good enough to exercise, let me know because I'm right there with ya.