For starters, we have been asked to keep a diary of our symptoms. This includes rating each aspect of IBS during our days, from 0 (no symptoms) - 4 (incapacitating severity). Though we've just started, it's easy to see patterns once you start this, so if you want to see if there is any certain pattern or which days may always seem worse, I suggest you try this.
So far the information I have received is probably very common knowledge to anyone who has been diagnosed. Naturally, it has been discussed in great length that stress has not caused this illness, but that it does affect us after our diagnosis... IBS is basically caused by the breakdown of communication between the CNS (Central Nervous System - messages to and from our brain, essentially) to our ENS (Enteric Nervous System - the nerves that sends/receives messages from the CNS in our intestine).
I think the main goal of this group is to learn how to control our reactions and thoughts better, in hopes of having less flare-ups. It's not that we cause the attacks, but I think we can all agree that certain stressful situations can cause us to worry to the point of an attack.
For our homework this week, we were to make a contract-like agreement that outlines our hopes and goals, and how we will work to achieve them.
I don't know what others might want to know, so if you have something you'd specifically like to learn about, just ask - chances are I have the info here, but I don't want to bore anyone with info they've read a million times over. :)
Diagnosed with IBS in 2006
IBS symptoms since 1998
Chronic Back Injury since 2005
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