Posted 21 April 2012 - 01:16 PM
Just came across this, and I don't even have enough time to respond. For the past 12 years, I have had IBS-D, or whatever you want to call it. It has taken over my life, and I have tried everything, even a botched gall bladder surgery that wasn't the issue. My problems started after I had a hysterectomy at the age of 48. I used to get extremely anxious if someone at work stopped me to talk, or if I was in a store, especially doing something like looking at greeting cards. I couldn't stay any place too long. It was huge for me to get through a haircut without having to run to the bathroom. Or the dentist, or anywhere I had to sit still. I would start ruminating, and then sure enough, my stomach would follow. I literally panicked (had to take anxiety meds) if I went on a plane. On a couple of occasions, I actually had accidents. Which was the most humiliating thing of my life. I couldn't even make it 13 miles to work without having to stop at Target or somewhere. I have tried the hypnosis CD's, I actually paid $400 for the Anxiety & Stress program, I've been to numerous docs and shrinks, and no one seems to be able to help. I have tried meditation, but have to admit I fall off the wagon too often. I have been a bundle of nerves all these years, and end up staying home more often than I would like. It doesn't seem to matter what I eat, although I have tried eliminating everything, supplements, everything imaginable. Whenever I think I'm getting a handle on it, it seems to come back. I find the best thing for me to do is just take Imodium every day. It's a chicken/egg situation, because you can't tell which starts first, the stomach or the nervousness (in your head). I am just really sick and tired of having to pay this much attention to this. I thought having the gall bladder out might fix it, but it didn't. I've spent so much money and effort trying to resolve this, but nothing works.