A breakthrough after years
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:46 PM
I had high hopes for the Bolen book but I did not really find that it told me anything new, unfortunately. I have plenty of emotional stress in my life but I rarely stress out significantly over my IBS symptoms so I did not see much I could do with CBT in that area. (I already apply CBT techniques for my more general anxiety and depression.)
I just realized today how I was wrong! In my head, on some level, I'm always thinking about my symptoms, worrying about what will trigger them, anticipating how I'll react to any food, tensing my body up the whole time. I've started trying to practise self-talk, basically telling myself that there's nothing to worry about, that there's really no logical reason for me to have IBS, and am trying to stay relaxed.
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:48 PM
Hi, CBT makes sense to me. It takes years for us to develop a way of thinking. I have experienced that meals and having to eat has become a stress factor. i become anxious at the idea of having to eat out. I have wondered if IBS is not also somehow related to repressed emotions. I wonder if we dont avoid certain issues and emotions and at a point our bodies just respond in order to inform us there is something wrong. I would like to hear your opinions about this.
Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:58 AM
I don't think just repressing an emotion and nothing else will cause IBS. I'm a big believer in the GI viruses or other physical issues get the IBS going. Your thoughts or emotions are not going to damage the nervous system of the gut all by themselves.
That being said. We do develop over time for various reasons particular thought patterns and coping mechanisms to avoid emotions we don't want to deal with. Those patterns may interact with the IBS and make it worse than it has to be.
Altering these patterns may help relieve symptoms if you can get to a new pattern that tends to help the body calm the symptoms down rather than one that tends to ramp the symptoms up or maintain them once they start.
Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:34 PM
The antidepressant used in the study does not effect mood at the doses used. They are too low. But with the gut nerves you don't have to get the drug across the blood-brain barrier so it seems easier to get effects on the gut than on the brain.
Kathleen, Can you tell me what antidepressant and what dose you are referring to? I am really scared of taking antidepressants and the affect they will have on my brain but I really need help.
Years ago I was put on amitriptyline for migraines by my GP and when he jumped the dose to 75 too fast I had my first suicidal thoughts out of the blue. It scared the *ell out of me. I quit taking it and never regretted it. I don't want to ever feel that way again. I swear my brain has never been the same since.
My IBS Story http://www.ibsgroup....-ibs-sufferers/
Posted 06 January 2014 - 09:19 PM
Desipramine. Usually the doses for mood are 100 mgs and up. IBS usually is in the 10-50 mg range. The tricyclics were originally developed as an antihistamine, so they can make people drowsy like Benedryl can.
Desipramine is in a different group of tricyclics from amitryptaline and generally has fewer side effects, but I would talk it over with the doc carefully before trying it out.
Posted 04 September 2014 - 12:42 PM
Happy to read that you recovered. This gives all us some hope. Looking forward to read more recovery stories. I decided to start meditation. I wonder if it can achieve results similar to CBT.