Well, the mystery has been solved:My IBS / gastritis / gallbladder / whatever problem, which lasted for about a year, and which was labeled IBS by doctors, was simply due to an office chair!!!The office chair, which has a hump in the seat which fits between the legs, and which is contoured along the side walls of the seat, apparently caused abominal muscles to become tense, and for the body's weight to put significant strain on key bodily organs in the abdominal region.But it was so subtle, that it was not acutely detectable -- you just sat in the chair and it felt okay, while it slowly caused chronic problems which are commonly associated with IBS and/or gastritis, dyspepsia, gallbladder problems, as well as cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety without fear, etc.If you work in an office and sit in a chair for more than 5 hours a day, I urge you to try different chairs and/or postures in order to rule them out as the cause of your digestive problems and/or abdominal pain. A physiologist I talked to, said he's heard of others having similar GI problems due to the chairs they sit in, but that it's rare.I ate out for the first time in months this week, without any dyspepsia or other digestive problems, this only 2 weeks after changing chairs (now that I think about it, my symptoms did begin with the new chair I got last year, and they started suddenly).I look forward to eating normally again, and of gaining some weight back. With the ability to eat normally again, I have more energy, which means more ability to exercise, which stimulates hormones, which improves digestion, ad infinitum. I am slowly rebuilding my body's tolerance to certain foods, which have been out of my diet for 9+ months.Believe in yourself, no matter what others say -- don't believe that you are crazy, or that it's in your head, that it's caused by "stress", or that your symptoms are necessarily "caused" by a thing called IBS. IBS is a description of GI symptoms and/or responses to GI stimulii, not a disease. Therefore telling someone with GI complaints that they have IBS, is like telling someone with an insect bite that they have itch. It's almost meaningless.
"The belief that doctors are their patients' agents--serving their patients' interests and needs above all others--seems to me to be of a piece with mankind's basic religious and familial myths."-- Thomas Szasz, The Theology of Medicine[This message has been edited by ldk (edited 06-18-2000).]