Had the best week in a year (IBS-wise)

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 6/24/2006 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone!
I haven't posted in a while because there has been no change for the better in my chronic D and loose stools. I am now in my 21st week of pregnancy and on Saturday my stomach finally calmed down and for a week I've had the most normal poohs! I am completely flabergasted that my colon suddenly remembered what to do after a year of driving me insane with diarrhea. I haven't changed my diet at all, either.
Now I am hoping that my pregnancy hormones were just stirring up my IBS extra bad and now I am leveling out. After a year of diagnosed and undiagnosed intestinal infections (I live in a third world country, so I am exposed to a lot more bad stuf than you all are), I am so relieved to see that my body can revert back to what it is supposed to do. I never thought I'd feel this normal again. I am sure my D will rear its ugly head again, but for now I am enjoying this peace!
To those of you who are just starting out with chronic D - you will get to a point where it will become your new norm, and the only thing you can do is accept it and work it into your life. I spent months looking for the 'true' cause to my problems online and with doctors, and nothing ever worked. By accepting that it was what I was dealt with in life, I finally started to eat without fear, and just accepted that it would result in D and cramping. I starved myself at first and got a phobia about anything that went in my mouth. I lost a ton of weight and looked skeletal. The starvation will depress your body and your mind and the IBS-D will take over your life. The probiotics did absolutely nothing, but I sure did blow a lot of money on them!! Lomotil didn't do much either, except cramp me up even more. Time was the best medicine, because after a while you'll realize the D isn't going to kill you (even tho you feel that way on the loo!), and you stop obsessing about what disease is lurking within you.
I hope this new bowel pattern stays!!!! I'm so happy!!!

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 6/24/2006 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow m&ms! I'm glad that you are doing better and also uplifted reading your guidance for those of us just starting out with chronic D! I have a real problem accepting that there is nothing else wrong and just can't understand how someone goes from normal poop for 38 years to diarrhea seemingly overnight. Thank you for giving me a little hope here in the rough morning I am having!

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   Posted 6/24/2006 5:05 PM (GMT 0)   
What great news... Congratulations! :-)
m&ms, you are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your outlook - it is wise and refreshing, and we can all use a positive spin on things.
Good luck!

PS - Please keep us posted on your IBS and pregnancy.
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Date Joined Jan 2004
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   Posted 6/24/2006 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Good news m&ms!!!

Actually I had a good pregnancy, it seems like all my symptoms disappeared and I had a good pregnancy after the morning sickness went away. I think the pregnancy hormones either help or hurt someone with IBS but for me it was a real big help.
Hugs, Des
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