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Re: Stress and IBS

Re: Stress and IBS

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Posted by Angie E on September 23, 2000 at 10:39:26:

In Reply to: Stress and IBS posted by twa on September 23, 2000 at 09:18:46:

: I think that I finally have most of my symptoms mostly under control. When I have problems these days, it almost always can be tracked to stress. I'm even doing better dealing with that.
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: We recently took a vacation where we drove about 900 miles to see my family. I was terrified before we left of never getting there because we might have to stop at every bathroom along the way. I didn't want to have to take Imodium to get me through. Bottom line (no pun intended), I did just fine! No real problems to speak of! yea! I thought I had it licked!

: I live in Xenia, Ohio. Needless to say, I've been under quite a bit of stress since the tornado hit Wednesday night. We were very lucky. My home was not damaged at all. I have three friends who are now homeless but have no physical injuries. I have been helping to feed, clothe, shelter, clear debris...etc. I was amazed that I haven't had any real problem with my IBS through this. Then, last night, after dark when we had all gathered at a friends house (one of the few with power!) for rest and fellowship...and there it is again. Back with a vengence! I was able to hold myself together until I was able to relax some. Then I guess that it all caught up to me. I took a Levsin and it helped quite a bit. I know, I'm rambling again.
: My point, are there better ways to deal with this kind of stress than just the normal deep breathing, muscle tensing kinds of stress management excersises? What do ya'll do for stress management?

Notice when you were doing something constructive during a stressful situation, it seemed to help. When you were in a stressful situation that people were hurting and you had no control over and really couldn't help, it came back. Just an observation. I could be wrong.

I've noticed when I'm stressed and I do something constructive, such as walk, do a craft, work in the yard, it seems to help. When I'm worried, or feel a situation is out of my control and think about it all the time, my IBS acts up. I don't think it's all stress related. I think stress makes it worse. I think what is needed is "stress release". When we keep our fears and concerns bottled up, they have to come out somewhere...

Usually, when we are stressed, we don't take care of ourselves physically and usually are in a hurry and eat junk food or skip eating all together.

I'm in tornado country and had a tornado hit downtown Ft. Worth this last March. We watched it go by our house. I'm grateful we have a tornado shelter. It just completely destroys everything in it's path. I so glad you weren't hurt! When we were building our house and doing the tornado shelter, my husband asked me if I wanted it to be a closet or pantry. I said a 1/2 bath, because I guarantee you, if I'm in a tornado, I'm going to need a toilet worse than anything!

Angie E




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