Posted 02 April 2018 - 11:22 AM
I was first diagnosed with IBS-D when I was about 18/19 (10 years ago). Shortly after, at 20, I became pregnant. Your GI system slows down naturally with pregnancy, and so my symptoms mostly went away. Thankfully, since then, I still suffer, but it's never been as bad as it was for the first couple years before being diagnosed.
Unfortunately, after catching some stomach bug in December, my symptoms have been much worse and it's been incredibly frustrating. I finally saw a new gastroenterologist and last week I had a colonoscopy and an EGD, to make sure nothing else was going on. Everything looked perfectly normal, biopsies were fine, and all the bloodwork I had done in the last couple months was also normal. So, again, am being told it's IBS. This diagnosis really frustrates me because there is physically nothing wrong with my body, so why am I suffering?
I have always been a very private person about my bathroom habits, so when I'm having a bad bout of IBS, it's embarrassing, overwhelming, stressful, and it makes me incredibly anxious and depressed. I am going to try really hard to overcome these feelings and to take back control of my life. I will either be starting Bentyl or Elavil soon (I want Elavil, but not sure what doc will say) and will be seeing a dietician in May. Also hope to start yoga classes up and take more walks.
What do you guys do to cope? How do you combat the depression and anxiety that comes along with IBS?
Posted 12 April 2018 - 12:50 AM