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Hey there...I realized I had IBS about 3 years ago. Since then I have become extremely "in-touch" with my gut. I am now able to tell when my colon has "shut down" and I know to take a little blue dicylcomine tablet. I also take pepsid before eating anything remotely spicey. I have found that the two worst partsof IBS for me are th combonation of gas & Acid. I can now often prevent some of the symptoms of IBS. That's the good part!The bad part is...I have learned that the gut is just like a brain. it is made out of the same stuff as the brain. it uses the same chemicles as the brain. It does not however, seem to be talking to much with the brain. except for those times when the brain sends a bad message like... "oh yuck" and the gut takes off on an acid stomach nightmare. My biggest problem is that I am so aware of my colon that I am often unable to stop thinking about it. and those brain messages cause thegut to act badly. then the brain says "yuck" and the whole thing escalates... and I will feel bad for a couple of days. The worst part is that I can't be around sick people without feeling terrible... especially those who are having a stomach flu.My current thought is that some form of yoga might allow me to seperate my brain from my colon so that my thoughts don't cause my gut to go nuts. also I have heard that some mild anti-depressants might helpDoes this make sense???
 
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You might find reading Dr. Salt's book published by the fine folks who give us this BB to be interesting reading.I just purchased the book and started reading it last weekend. It talks about the brain/gut relationship and explains how you can try to eliminate the bad connection. There are 8 steps to the process and I am only at step 3, but hopefully by the end I will have more control over this IBS thing.Good luck to you.
Smile, It makes people wonder what you have been up to!!
 
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Hypnotherapy might be an idea. There are practitioners who deal with the gut area especially. One of my friends has had a lot of help.The IBS network may help if youre in England.
 
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This is not meant to be a criticism, but I have found when I get immersed in the IBS nightmare, that I need to remind myself not to be self-indulgent. That doesn't mean foods, drinks, or lifestyle. It means adopting a "well, here it is, I'll run the course, and sooner or later I'll get back on track". To me, the less importance I attach to the pain, inconvenience, and the big "D", the less power it has over me. Do you know what I mean? It's like being saddled with a physical disability and rising above it, putting it in a perspective, and going on with determination.
 
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