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Hi everyone. I have had IBS(D) since I was about 10 (almost 10 years) But have failed to recognize the symptoms until about 2 years ago. I came accross this site by chance, and I am SO SO SO relieved to know I am not alone. I honestly feel so much better just knowing I am not suffering by myself. I have really bad D and it seems that no matter what I eat, I will be sick for at least the day and sometimes into the night too. Lately I have just not ate anything, so I can go out and try to live some sort of fullfilling life, but my empty stomache can only handle so much and then it's back to being sick again. I was reading a lot of the posts on here that said calcium carbonate was a good choice for controlling D, so I went and bought some and hopefully it works. I would be the hapiest person alive if I felt SOME control over my life.Anyways I'm rambling, I just wanted to say HI and that I am really glad to have found this place.(((hugs)))
 

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Wish I ahd more time to chat but here are several books which may help and some links to related disxcussions already held in detail in the past which are pertinent to the d-type sufferers in particularMNLFormer Severe D'er (30+ years pre-remission) IBS: A DOCTORS PLAN FOR CHRONIC DIGESTIVE TROUBLESBy Gerard Guillory, M.D.; Vanessa Ameen, M.D.; Paul Donovan, M.D.; Jack Martin, Ph.D. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/088...3369143-6824157 �FOOD ALLERGIES AND FOOD INTOLERANCE: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THEIR IDENTIFICTION AND TREATMENT�, Professor Jonathan Brostoff , M.D.. Allergy, Immunology and Environmental Medicine, Kings� College, London http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089...6487508-3420903 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=1;t=033220 Post explaining Oral Tolerance on Food Triggers thread 6.27.03 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000616 MNL
 

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one of the things I found useful most recently is to eat whole grain foods( cereals, pasta, breads and rice). The reasson for that is that they contain inositol, a natural product that calms down anxiety. You should also try anti anxiety medication.
 

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Yes, it feels so much better when you know you are not alone and that people have gotten help through different ways.First, though, did you go see a doctor? Even if your symptoms are the exact same as on this board, a doctor needs to run tests to make sure it isn't something else. A lot of gastrointestinal disorders can cause the symptoms of IBS, and thus maybe another type of treatment would help you more. Also, the doctor may perscribe you medicine which will help.Its not good that you are not eating much. I agree that you should try bland food -- rice, pasta, white bread (not wheat!). Go on a very bland diet for one or two days and see if you start to feel better. Then, if you do feel better, you can introduce other foods one at a time to see if they agree with you or not. I always do fine on rice, plain chicken, maybe potatos. But it depends on the person.The calcium is a great idea -- but don't be too disappointed if it doesn't work. It didn't work for me. If you have a good GI doctor, he or she will be able to work through different solutions for you. You might want to keep a diary of everything you eat and how it makes you feel so it can help your doctor and you figure out what's wrong.Wishing you all the best! I know its really tough over the holidays with the increased stress and eating that the holidays bring.
 
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