I have dealth with IBS-D for the past 20 years. Along the way I have had UC, Gallbladder removed, colon biopsied, and even got so bad I couldn't keep anything in for nearly a month. It was coming out one end or the other and all the could tell me was it was my IBS.
When I was not able to eat at all of course I lost weight very quickly. But as soon as I could eat again it gained back quickly too. But I started taking antidepressants for other reasons (wellbutrin and lexapro) but noticed my IBS symptoms were not as bad. I even was having some formed BMs, which honestly is very rare for me. However, my BP started to rise while I was on the meds so I discontinued without notifying my Dr. I have to say since I stopped taking them 6 months ago my stomach is back to 5-6 times a day in the bathroom and I have gained 25 of the 30 lbs I lost back. I even eat much better now and cut out all soda and most juice, I try to drink only water. I don't like milk and lactose intollerant anyway. I know my body does not absorb properly because I have to crush my pills or else I will see them whole floating in the toilet. So I am certain that since things fly through me so quickly my body hordes what fat it can to compensate for what it seems to think is starving.
I am 5'5" and pushing 218 now. I was down to 189 while on the meds and still losing. I am going to start taking them again and see if it comes back down. I will just have to monitor my BP but hoping exercise will help offset that increase. I am trying to walk 30 minutes a day but have not worked up to every day yet. about 4-5 times a week right now. I also suggest starting out with brisk 10 minute walks and just get yourself used to that everyday for a few weeks and then add a few minutes each week. I know it is hard believe me! I was slim without considering what I ate when I was younger but then I lost a child to SIDS and my world fell apart and I didn't care what I looked like and the IBS just got worse and worse. I snowballed from 125 to what I am now. I even considered the gastric bypass surgery but just think I need to be more disciplined and try harder before I go that route.
I know I had started to lose weight and then became pregnant with twins. When my babies health was dependent on what I put in my body I was very good about what I ate and exercise. I only gained 30lbs carrying the twins but they were nearly 8 weeks early. I weight a lot more now than the day I came home after having them. But I am trying to use that focus to get me motivated now to fight the weight. I don't like the way I look of course but I am more concerned about my health than vanity. I want to be healthy for my kids and my future grandkids. Even though they are not inside me anymore I need to think about what I do to my body and health as a direct affect to them now too.
Hope this helps.
Post Edited (juliab) : 10/13/2008 2:51:17 PM (GMT-6)