I was just diagnosed yesterday with IBS on top of all my other health problems.
This is really depressing not to mention painful. I know this is really awful to say but when they told me I started thinking great why didn't God just let me die from a heart attack in 2005. I'm not suicidal or any thing like that it just gets to a point where you think how much does God think one person can handle. I'm almost afraid to go to the doc anymore for fear they will find another illness. I told my hubby I might as well just make up a list of all the stuff that runs in the family and hand it to the doc when I go in for something and say here take your pick since I have over half the stuff that runs in the family so far. In fact I had thought this was diverticulitis. I don't know what's worse that or IBS. I already suffer from ulcertive colitis and severe acid reflux disease. They are currently working on a solution for the acid reflux and had thought my colitis was out of remission because of the problems I was having but when they went in and looked yesterday that wasn't what they found. I was on pain pills for 6 weeks just so I could sleep at night without the horrible pain that would start in the middle of the night and last for like 3 hours before having a bunch of diarrhea. I had to stop the pain pills because they thought it was causing some of the acid reflux. It doesn't seem to have made a difference. Any tips on how to live with this awful disease? I haven't a clue other than not eating which isn't an option. I have lost 15 pounds from not eating much. Does IBS cause lack of appetite? I'm not sure if it is from that or the heartburn. Oh well I need to lose weight anyway but this isn't too fun a way to do it. Barb