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Hello to all that read my post. I'm a 52 year old (happily married) woman living in Southern CA. I titled my topic "Autoimmune Queen" because, at times, that's what I feel like. I believe I've suffered with IBS since I was in my late teens. I also believe that my Mom probably was also an IBS sufferer since I recall her living on Librax for as far back as I can recall.Again, referring to my autoimmune notoriety, I have a long history of chronic, autoimmune diseases such as endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, CFIDS, EBV and a few others. I've had over 10 surgeries for endometriosis, The second surgery being a total hysterectomy and bilateral oopherectomy which was "almost" guaranteed to end my endo pain. Since there were 8 subsequent surgeries, you've probably picked up on the fact that that was not the case! My sixth surgery landed me on an air ambulance. Long story, but I almost didn't make it. However, I will say that surgery did get my endometriosis under control - small price, huh?!About three years after this eventful surgery (around 1999) I developed vulvar vestibulitis (yep - another autoimmune disease) and that's when things really started spiraling down hill. I began to have a lot of problem with my pelvic floor and would develop spasms that were quite painful. A few years ago, one of my docs figured out that I probably also had interstitial cystitis.My husband and my father convinced me that it would be best to sell my business because it caused me a fair amount of stress. We accomplished making the sale in 2004. My health did begin to improve after that as I really started to focus on myself. Yoga was of great help to me and I even managed to get off the narcotic pain killers that I'd relied in just to make it through the day. This lasted for about 18 months.My dear sister-in-law was diagnosed with uterine cancer and we lost her rather quickly in October 2007. Within 30 days of her death there was the wild fires in San Diego that "almost" took our home. In addition, I had a horrific exposure to one of my worst allergy triggers - mold. Those three events, spaced so closely together, caused a bit of a relapse for me. However, I did begin to come out of it and pull things back together.Then in late 2008 the person that bought my business quit making payments to me/us. Bottom line, a long legal battle ensued and we're still in the process of going after him. It will probably be a couple of more years before it is finally settled and we have no guarantees that we'll even get much out of it. Again, it's a long, unpleasant story.The financial situation we're in has put an incredible amount of stress on us, in addition to a couple of other investments we had that are no utterly worthless. Thank goodness we have my Dad to help us out or we really would be up the proverbial creek.One week ago we learned that a very dear friend of ours had collapsed and was in ICU. His health had been gradually declining but it plummeted with a heart attack. The one good thing about his hospitalization is that they may have figured out his illness. It's either ALS (no cure) or another disease - to which there is a treatment. Withint the next couple of days we should be able to find out which it is.There's not only the stress of his illness but his wife is quite frail. We always figured she would predecease him since her health was much more fragile. We are there only friends and the only real means they have for errands, the 2-hour round trip hospital visits, etc. I'm not complaining about helping them but it is an additional burden......period.These resent developments have flared by EBV and IBS out the wazoo! I had been managing my IBS fairly well with Align and diet. I had begun to do a little, light yoga before I had this flare. Now with my EBV (chronic fatigue) going, it's hard to even get out of bed at times.Most people that knows us have no clue how I really am when I am at home. I make a big effort to be "normal" when I'm out in public. I'm blessed to have three health care providers that I trust and rely on. One is my vulvodynia specialist who has gotten me through all the court trials since I started having panic attacks. We tried a few different drugs. Xanaz didn't do squat for me, we finally ended up with Lorazepam. She knows my and converses with my PCP on a regular basis.My PCP is an osteopath and I love her. I haven't been with her that long but my husband and I both felt an immediate connection with her. She's smart and has a great sense of humor. I phoned her yesterday - and actually got to speak with her - when I was in the middle of this IBS flare. I told her I was desperate enough to try precription meds for it. (She knows I always prefer alternative modailities whenever possible.) Anyway, I done a bit of homework and asked her about my Mom's old favorite - Librax. She looked it up and decided we'd give it a try.My third HCP in a chiropractor who is so much more than a chiro. He specialized in NET (Neural Emotional Technique). He's also skilled in ART (Active Release Therapy). Both of these modalities have helped me a lot over the last 8 years.So, now where I am is still in the middle of this IBS flare. I've been taking enteric coated capsules, comprised of peppermint, fennel and ginger oils. We added the Librax yesterday. But, I'm still failry miserable. I have IBS-C, compounded by the narcotics, which add to the constipation. I use ground psyllium husks every morning. My main discomfort is characterized by bloating, cramping, belching and flatulence.I'm open to any suggestions any readers may have. I've tried a number of things in the past but perhaps I just needed to be reminded of something that I tried once that might work this time.I will add that my husband is my best friend. We've been together for sixteen years. Married for thirteen of those years. He does an awesome job of caring for me and my 96 year old father, with whom we live. (Another possible source of my stress - that is, my Dad!) Note: Husband is nodding his head vigorously at this point.
I apologize for the length of this introductory post but I thought it was necessary to give a better picture of my situation.Oh - and for my screen name, when I was younger I did have cometitive dressage horse that I adored. I lost him in the early 2000s. Now I have three retired Thoroughbreds (NOT riding horses!) and 4 cats. I lost my Rottweiler in 12/09 and haven't found a repalcement yet.If you're still with me, thanks for having the nerve to read thus far.Signing off in beautiful North San Diego County
 

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Since 1998 I have been using a flavonoid supplement, Provex CV, to control my cholesterol. Due to it's anti-inflammatory properties, it has stopped my daily D and chronic indigestion and the beginnings of reflux since that same time. If you are open to trying something else, let me know.Mark
 
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