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Old 09-06-2001, 12:00 PM   #1
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IBS and other things..

Not sure where to start so will just try not to ramble too long. I have been dexed with IBS, just seen the GI today who is sending me back to my primary care doctor for treatment. I think the part that bothers me the most is how *other* people view this IBS stuff. You know, it is all in your head and it is *just* stress and you brought it on yourself by not eating right or something (I am diligent about what I eat and have always preferred high fiber foods and am stunned no one believes I have always ate *right*) anyway, is this condsidered a disease? Not from what I understand. I also have lupus and wondered if anyone else out there has lupus and IBS and if they know how much they go hand in hand??? Just frustrated today, my finance was with me at the GI who told us this is a chronic thing and a pill will not make it go away. But then he turned around and said all my tests were fine (all the internal invasive tests he did) so it makes me look like it is all in my head. So, of course, my boyfriend wrote it all off as *just* stress. He zeroed in on that word (stress) and that word alone and so now everytime I have to run to the bathroom I am sure it will be chocked up as *stress* and nothing more. I could give examples of having diarreha 20-30 times a day and of course after today my boyfriend said it was all stress...

So, you know how MOST people view stress, just take a break and don't worry and your IBS will be cured and gone forever.

I am angry...

Cathy

 
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Old 09-06-2001, 01:07 PM   #2
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Re: IBS and other things..

Cathy,
I hear you!!!!!!!!
It drives me crazy too when people say "stress"!!!!!
I've had IBS "D" for many years- my family is just now starting to realize it is not stress! Took them long enough!!!!! After all these years, I wish I had answers for you. As for me, I KNOW it is not stress and diet!!!!! I am now going to a Dr. who specializes in integrated medicine. He is looking at things that regular drs. don't look at. For example, bacterial overgrowth, enzyme defiencies, hormonal imbalances, etc. Make sure you have your thyroid tested!
I guess the best thing to do is to try not to be concerned what other people think- just take care of yourself. People who truly love you will stay by your side. I know on the internet, there is a good brochure written by someone who suffers with IBS-and it is written for people who don't have it so they can better understand. If I find it again, I will post it here.
I talks about what we DON't want to hear and what we DO want to hear!
Good luck to you and stay in touch! We understand!
pczz57

 
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