Posted 17 March 2009 - 04:11 PM
I am freaking out because for the first time in 35 years, I am functional. Really functional; not just “for the moment functional” . No bathroom mapping needed. No worrying about every flippin’ morsel I put in my mouth, or every drop I drink.I have been working to curb anxiety and have been trying all sorts of dietary modifications and IBS medicines for 34 years. I have been fighting and struggling with what I thought was IBS and panic syndrome since I was 15. I don’t have to list all the doctors, tests and medications, because if you are at this site, you have been there, too. Now, at age 48, I finally have the correct diagnosis and it isn’t IBS! I was classic. I bathroom mapped, planned outings very,very carefully, took changes of clothes, had extreme anxiety when travelling, and felt that my quality of life and my dignity were suffering badly from "catastrophic events" and my fear of attacks. I have enormous empathy for anyone else on the planet who suffers the anxiety of never knowing if you are in control or not. It is awful. I am also amazed by the courage sufferers exhibit. From my very first dose of cholestyramine, I felt a new sensation after eating. I felt… settled. I felt normal. I felt no need to do preemptive trips to the bathroom before starting a movie. I have been on the med for a month now, and have driven for 2 hours to pick my daughter up at the airport with NO pit-stops and little anxiety, watched movies from start to finish, taken a 4 day spring break car trip, eaten steak at a restaurant, shopped, walked after eating, soaked at a hots prings, and have begun taking off for the store on a moments notice. Life is changing.If you think you might have Habba Syndrome, Relief could be in the cards for you, too. Don't wait for years to figure it out, the way I did. I am so sad thinking about how much mental energy and physical suffering I have endured, but I am so happy to look ahead to a normal life. God Bless you all!