Having amazing success with anti depressant

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   Posted 12/14/2006 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I started Effexor XR a month ago and feel better than I have felt in many many years.   I've had IBS pretty much all my life.   Not diagnosed until 1999 as IBS.    I've had two colonoscopies, an abdominal CT scan, been to gastro people, chiropractors, gynos blah blah for the last 40 years.  Nothing nothing nothing has done what Effexor XR has been able to do.  
Obviously all the stress in my life lives in my guts.   I even ate spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic toast last night with NO REACTION.   Besides the benefit to my digestive system I am sleeping like I used to.   That's good and bad because I want to sleep now for FUN.   I can actually wake up and go back to sleep without my guts going crazy.   Prior to this whenever I woke up my stomach would immediately cramp.   I've spent many wee hours of the morning sitting up in the dark not able to lay down to sleep.
I wish I had gone this direction a long time ago.   I just never knew that an antidepressant would do so much for a digestive system.  I read somewhere that sometimes an anti depressant will help heal the irritated nerves in the gut.   Whatever, I am HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY.

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   Posted 12/14/2006 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Congratualtions!!!!  :-)
How great is that to find something that actually works?  We are all trying, that's for sure.  Thanks to you, we can consider another option.... Thank you for sharing what worked for you.
Here's to happy and continued healthy days to come!

PS - You think your med will stand up to fried chicken?  I'm dying for some KFC.  tongue

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   Posted 12/14/2006 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
That's great. I'm glad you are getting some relief. I hope it continues.

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   Posted 12/14/2006 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Straw citizen, I am so sorry to hear that Effexor XR gave you a bad time.  The search for relief from IBS is like finding a needle in a haystack, I know.   Good luck to you in your search.
7Lil and bluemeanies, thank you for your support and congrats.   A congratulation from this group is a congratulation indeed!

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   Posted 12/14/2006 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My friend had the same experience with Paxil. It totally turned her IBS around. They say there is more Serotonin in your digestive system than in your brain so it makes sense when you are taking something like that.
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