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Posted by Elizabeth on October 01, 2000 at 10:02:37:

I was diagnosed with either IBS or Crohns (haven't had "the test" -- waiting for insurance). I have had symptoms for ten years. When I was 14 they put me on an ulcer diet. When I was 18 they put me on a gas-free diet. When I was 19 they said I had epilepsy because I would cramp and pass out. Now they say it's probably IBS compounded by endometriosis (what it probably always was). I have no triggers -- meaning, I get sick even when I'm eating Jello and chicken broth. When I'm stressed I wake up a lot during the night with nausea and pain and then get violently ill in the morning. I vomit when the stress gets really bad.

Here's my dilema. I dropped out of the working world to go back to school and try to go to medical school. I had my first exam last week and my second in a few days. I never had this in undergraduate school, but I can't sleep because of the pain and I can't eat until after 1 PM (because of the nausea). This is not good. I have to get up at 5 AM in a few days to take an exam and I just know that I'm going to be a wreck -- vomiting, diarrhea all morning, etc. Anybody know how to fight off an attack like that? I'm trying to get a lot of sleep, excercise, eat bland foods, have some fun, but I still am sick every morning and it's not even the day of the exam yet? I don't "feel" stressed, but obviously my body has a different opinion.

Sorry so long-winded -- I really need some advice. I do have medicine (hyoscyamine) but it makes me groggy so I only take it for emergencies.

Thanks! :)

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