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#1 ChicagoRay

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 11:57 AM

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Hello all, I’m 61 years of age and I’ve been suffering from stomach issues for years and years, within the past 2 years my condition has gotten worse and worse.
Whenever I need to leave the house to go to work, I am literally in tears.
I only eat once a day during the work week, and it is barely nothing, a half a bagel or packet of ramen noodles or some crackers or a banana.
I’m afraid to eat anything.
I’ve thought about quitting my job.
I have no insurance, so I am doing my own research.
I just started using Pepto Bismol for Diarrhea, and I just ordered Probiotics Platinum.
I hope that these work, I am at my wits end.
Miserable in Chicago

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 03:51 PM

I'm sorry. We've all been there in terms of being at wits end. Go see a gastroenterologist. Make sure everything is ok.

If the standards of imodium, Pepto Bismal or Kaopectate does nothing. Then move to prescription drugs like Lomotil or Motofen. That usually provide some kind of relief.

But if your problem is deeper than just IBS issues there are various hard-core medications that can help with inflammation.

 

Good luck!



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Posted 23 April 2021 - 10:22 AM

I agree with AZGuy.   If you haven't seen a Gastroenterologist I would definitely start there.   If you have IBS Pepto Bismal is probably not strong enough. 


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Posted 23 April 2021 - 05:46 PM

Thank you, I’ve had both an upper GI endoscopy and a lower GI endoscopy about 5 years ago.
I am on my third day of IBS Pepto Bismal, and I just ordered, yet to be delivered Complete Probiotics Platinum from 1MD.
Let’s see if that works.
Thank again!


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Posted 26 April 2021 - 01:10 AM

Hang in there ChicagoRay! Keep reading around here and doing your best. It sounds like you have pretty good intuition eating a bland diet and taking some Pepto. I hope things start to feel better soon. 


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Posted 26 April 2021 - 01:38 AM

Hang in there ChicagoRay! Keep reading around here and doing your best. It sounds like you have pretty good intuition eating a bland diet and taking some Pepto. I hope things start to feel better soon. 

 

​Thank you for the support, much appreciated!
This ailment is devastating, it’s sucking the life out of me.
 
I am actually happy that this pandemic is around, I don’t feel guilty not going out on the weekends.
I now have an excuse to stay home.
 
I have friends that live two and a half hours away from me by train (I don’t own a car), and I can’t see them.
I can barley travel 15 minutes without having a panic attack.
 
I’m in purgatory!


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Posted 26 April 2021 - 09:53 AM

Chicago Ray - I have been the same for 4 or so years now - am 62. Still working and the anxiety of being in a meeting, or someone comes to my desk and I am backed in with no escape route to the bathroom - gave me huge panic while driving to work.

I had to fix the anxiety - as this often MAKES the bad thing happen.

Now I wear Depends when I go to work, drives with others, visit friends, take the bus etc.and pack a change of underclothes etc.

It gives me peace of mind, that IF something happens, at least I have time to sort it out - and likely no one will know.

The anxiety alone will trigger things to some degree - you have to find some measure of security, then a bit of peace will come.

 

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Posted 28 April 2021 - 12:13 PM

Thank you for your response, what do you do for anxiety?
Anything over the counter that I can use?

 

Chicago Ray - I have been the same for 4 or so years now - am 62. Still working and the anxiety of being in a meeting, or someone comes to my desk and I am backed in with no escape route to the bathroom - gave me huge panic while driving to work.

I had to fix the anxiety - as this often MAKES the bad thing happen.

Now I wear Depends when I go to work, drives with others, visit friends, take the bus etc.and pack a change of underclothes etc.

It gives me peace of mind, that IF something happens, at least I have time to sort it out - and likely no one will know.

The anxiety alone will trigger things to some degree - you have to find some measure of security, then a bit of peace will come.

 

S



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Posted 29 April 2021 - 03:15 PM

I hope the pep and probiotics works for you



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Posted 30 April 2021 - 12:25 PM

Thanks!



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Posted 08 May 2021 - 06:11 PM

If you are having panic attacks, you may want to go see and a therapist if you can. I get them, too. I am on medication for major depression and I have IBS-A. The last few months have been hell for me, because my IBS-D has turned into IBS-A and it has made me very depressed. The medication and talking really helps. There are places that provide low cost or free counseling for those who are in need of help. You can also try mediation exercises and techniques to help you relax. Peppermint pills help me with digesting food. I think that some health food stores like Trader Joe's would probably have them, if not, you can order them from amazon. I got the Swanson brand and they are helping me. I was also told if you are too stressed, tired, scared to eat or not hungry, that you should have breakfast for dinner: A bowl of oat, corn or rice cereal with non dairy milk is safe and easy for those who have IBS. Be sure to drink plenty of water as well. 

 

It sounds like that you are taking steps in trying to manage your ibs. I hope my suggestions can help you in the long run. Private message me, if you have questions. 



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Posted 08 May 2021 - 06:16 PM

There is Imodium for IBS-D out there. Some drug stores have them. There are also the generic brands (Walgreens has their store brand of this)  I used them for a while and they helped me. 



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Posted 09 May 2021 - 11:03 AM

Thank you everyone for your support, I am listening to everything that you are saying and will take it all into consideration.
It’s nice to know that I am not alone.
Thanks again

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 06:52 PM

Hi ChicagoRay,

 

I am 24. When I was 11, I went on antibiotics for a week and a side effect was diarrhea. As a middle schooler I was extremely embarrassed to be in the bathroom for an entire class and/ or causing me to be late to class. I immediately became fixated and scared of having to go to the bathroom. This fear has lived with me for 13 years. It is the first thing I think of when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I fall asleep. I tried a lot of medications and non of them helped. I have finally accepted that my IBS-D is caused by anxiety. When I am home relaxing everything is normal 99% of the time. When I go out on a long run or hike I have problems since I am worrying about it. I have panic attacks time because I am worried about not being near a bathroom. I am primarily worried what other people think of me. I have finally started to go to a therapist and accept that I am who I am and not to worry about what others think of me. I am just starting to re-train my brain to not think about worrying about a bathroom all the time. I am optimistic that I can live a anxiety/ panic attack free life. I figured I would just share my story to maybe help you but also help myself by sharing this information. I wish you the best of luck and we are all here for you. 


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Posted 08 June 2021 - 03:24 AM

Hi ChicagoRay,

 

I am 24. When I was 11, I went on antibiotics for a week and a side effect was diarrhea. As a middle schooler I was extremely embarrassed to be in the bathroom for an entire class and/ or causing me to be late to class. I immediately became fixated and scared of having to go to the bathroom. This fear has lived with me for 13 years. It is the first thing I think of when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I fall asleep. I tried a lot of medications and non of them helped. I have finally accepted that my IBS-D is caused by anxiety. When I am home relaxing everything is normal 99% of the time. When I go out on a long run or hike I have problems since I am worrying about it. I have panic attacks time because I am worried about not being near a bathroom. I am primarily worried what other people think of me. I have finally started to go to a therapist and accept that I am who I am and not to worry about what others think of me. I am just starting to re-train my brain to not think about worrying about a bathroom all the time. I am optimistic that I can live a anxiety/ panic attack free life. I figured I would just share my story to maybe help you but also help myself by sharing this information. I wish you the best of luck and we are all here for you. 

 

You've just described me, 25+ years ago happy.png

Keep on going, pal !!



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Posted 08 June 2021 - 09:44 AM

Thank you everyone for your help, much appreciated!







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