hi again kdee,
wow, i know how the "farm life" can stress you out. we just bought a $500,xxx farm...yeah, that's stressful enough! we show cattle and are busy all of the time too. there are a lot of worries. i'm a teacher also so there is always a lot to do, plus between my husband and i, we have lost 3 grandparents in 5 weeks. hasn't been the best of times and the funny thing is, my daily diarrhea started out of nowhere on march 15th (can't forget that day)...at the time, i really didn't feel a lot of stress when this diarrhea started, but i sure have felt it since it started in march! i'm a type "A" personality anyway...i'm a nervous person and always have been...i'm scared of doctors, hospitals and tests. (again, always have been...it's just how i am.) did i mention that i got married this past december?? my GI doctor things that the stress with getting married and everything else "triggered" this diarrhea that i have everyday. i was perfectly normal before march 15th and it just started out of nowhere...that's why i was so worried. i weighed 117 in Jan. before the diarrhea started and I weigh about 110 now so i've lost around 7-8 lbs. (not a symptom of IBS, but it IS a symptom of chronic stress.) my hair is falling out too because of the "shock" to the system. my Dr. says that this should slow down over time and my hair will grow back. it just isn't any fun and it makes you be in a cranky mood.
you know, i just ordered a book called "IBS: the First Year" and got it last night. maybe it would help you?? i just got it in the mail last night so i hope to look it over tonight. i heard it is a good book for IBSers.
keep me updated with your progress and never hesitate to post me! i KNOW how you feel and you will need support, just as I have needed it and you will find that a lot of people just don't understand how you feel about this IBS stuff. it's nice to know you have somebody to talk to.
try not to stress and worry. that's what I'm trying to do..oh, one more thing...don't try to self diagnose yourself from the internet...that will make you worry more. take my advice...trust in your doctor.
do you have diarrhea everyday too like i do?? thought i'd ask because i couldn't remember what you posted.
take care kdee...