Posted 1/22/2019 8:09 AM (GMT -6)
UCer23, I was dx'd with crohns via an emergency resection in 2002. Then in 2005, UC was an added dx. I understand where you are coming from about medications. I had uncontrolled explosive diarrhea for 3 very long years. I literally became house bound except for drs appts. I never had warning when it would hit & many, many times in public I never made it to the restroom. The psychological impact was as bad as the issue at hand. I had mal-absorption problems. I became afraid to eat or drink. That lands a person in bad trouble. I was a mess.
My gi did everything in his power to help me. I was referred to a dr that wrote the first book on diarrhea, lol. He was of no help. Diet is really a key to helping IBS. Believe me, I am not one of these foodies that think diets are the cure for everything. I had to figure out what to eat or not eat, even though I had slim pickings in the food department. To this day I am careful with what I eat. I also found out if I ate something one week, there was no guarantee I could eat the next week without an issue. It truly is an individual thing. You have to be patient & diligent in finding what works for you.
about the antidepressant. There is a connection between the gut & brain. This is why your dr recommended this particular medication. Now a days so many medications are used off label to treat a variety of issues. Try the food diary, if it helps great. If it doesn't perhaps give the medication a serious thought. about the probiotic, there again some folks can take them, others cannot. You will not know until you try.