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I've tried everything to cure it , nothing worked and I've accepted that I will have to live with IBS my whole life. The IBS started when I was 26 ,I'm 33 now. I had a panic attack about it last month and had to be put on medication which I'm not sure is going to help me this time around. The panic has now turned into a deep depression.

I have been counseled so many times by so many people that IBS is not fatal , there are worse conditions , people are suffering so much more but nothing seems to work for me , I'm unable to accept and move on with my life .I'm unable to have a positive perspective .Everything people are saying makes sense , I know I should be grateful for what I have and try to be happy .But I'm not able to because I lived with hope that someday I'll cure it. Now there is no hope and I just feel dead inside.

How do you guys stay happy and move on in your lives ?
 

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IBS causes me depression too.
One reason: because it goes away sometimes and I think it's gone and I'm better...then it comes back. I lose hope.
Another reason because "gut feelings" literally affect the way I feel about the simplest things in life : eating, sleeping, and any simple enjoyment. I can't even focus on a book or movie when my gut is all over the place.
"Gut feelings" in real time -hey?
It's really difficult to look forward to anything with IBS....even a nice sleep and waking up in the morning, putting coffee on, eating breakfast. The simplest things. Yes it can be depressing for sure. Sometimes it makes me just cry.

My only way of coping has been learning by constant exposure not to be as scared of it as I was. I guess....some level of acceptance?
And with me there's a little ray of hope, in that I don't get it every single day. But I still can't wake up feeling relaxed and pleasant. I'm always expecting some bathroom drama. I love falling asleep. I am still a little scared of waking up because I don't know what to expect.

Another way of coping is that mine seems to respond to some extent to very low fibre foods as I have IBS-D predominant. So if it gets really bad I do the white rice, lettuce and hard boiled egg thing which at least gives me some level of control and can often re-balance me and calm my gut for a while.

I listen to uplifting music and spend time outdoors in nature. That definitely helps me. But I always was an outdoors person, and am lucky to live in a rural area.
 
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The most common mental ailment people with IBS have is generalized anxiety disorder because we always worry about our condition. You can zap tension by simply doing something fun, like talk to a friend, read, or listen to music. You can also do physical activities that can reduce stress and depression, or do meditation/ yoga to relax your body.
 

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The most common mental ailment people with IBS have is generalized anxiety disorder because we always worry about our condition. You can zap tension by simply doing something fun, like talk to a friend, read, or listen to music. You can also do physical activities that can reduce stress and depression, or do meditation/ yoga to relax your body.
Yes i was diagnosed with GAD and depression this time around . Thanks for your response
 

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Hey Kenny

We all understand how you feel.

First of all, do NOT get disappointed. IBS is something that stays for life, but you can manage it.
It is a long procedure for most people.

Work on your diet. See what works for you and what doesn't and fix your everyday food.
Avoid artificial/processed food (with coloring, taste supplements/preservatives). Prefer fresh products. Try bio/organic.
Minimize/Eliminate processed white sugar and everything that contains it.
Check your dairy tolerance

Try different methods for curing it, but give each some time to work.

And most importantly, discuss it in the forum.
People here are always helpful and have found ways to live with IBS

I'm currently using this: LactoLevure IBS - Uni-Pharma S.A. Pharmaceutical Laboratories
I saw some pretty good improvement in my morning BMs and through the day
 

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Hey Kenny

We all understand how you feel.

First of all, do NOT get disappointed. IBS is something that stays for life, but you can manage it.
It is a long procedure for most people.

Work on your diet. See what works for you and what doesn't and fix your everyday food.
Avoid artificial/processed food (with coloring, taste supplements/preservatives). Prefer fresh products. Try bio/organic.
Minimize/Eliminate processed white sugar and everything that contains it.
Check your dairy tolerance

Try different methods for curing it, but give each some time to work.

And most importantly, discuss it in the forum.
People here are always helpful and have found ways to live with IBS

I'm currently using this: LactoLevure IBS - Uni-Pharma S.A. Pharmaceutical Laboratories
I saw some pretty good improvement in my morning BMs and through the day
Thank you for your response , appreciate it
 

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I am not happy...sorry...can't help you...! Have you been checked for blastocystis?
I have done stool tests but nothing was found. I don't think they test for blastocystis specifically ,m not even sure they have a test for it ,Ill have to check it out. Thanks for your response
 

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I've tried everything to cure it , nothing worked and I've accepted that I will have to live with IBS my whole life. The IBS started when I was 26 ,I'm 33 now. I had a panic attack about it last month and had to be put on medication which I'm not sure is going to help me this time around. The panic has now turned into a deep depression.

I have been counseled so many times by so many people that IBS is not fatal , there are worse conditions , people are suffering so much more but nothing seems to work for me , I'm unable to accept and move on with my life .I'm unable to have a positive perspective .Everything people are saying makes sense , I know I should be grateful for what I have and try to be happy .But I'm not able to because I lived with hope that someday I'll cure it. Now there is no hope and I just feel dead inside.

How do you guys stay happy and move on in your lives ?
it doesnt feel like nice advice to hear that is not fatal and there are worse things going on when it affects our lives so much. love and support, i'm going through the same thing and struggling to cope. just trying to remind myself i am a whole person past a syndrome
 

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I can relate. I have IBS-D and it can be very debilitating and depressing. Don't let anyone minimize what you are going through. The best luck I've had with quelling my IBS is by getting on an SSRI. This is a class of drugs that includes Prozac, Zoloft, etc. Those are the two I tried. They take at least 2 weeks to kick in but they reallllllllly take the edge off of my IBS more than anything else AND they treat depression and prozac Def helped with my anxiety. Otherwise my body and mind was caught in a viscious cycle. I also practice mindfulness techniques that help a lot. We need to get our nervous systems calm.
 

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Otherwise my body and mind was caught in a viscious cycle. I also practice mindfulness techniques that help a lot. We need to get our nervous systems calm.
Big big same my goodness! and I am really trying with the mindfull techniques and other nervous system calming techniques because my goodness my nervous system is screwed up. im currently also on lexapro and clonidine, and im wondering if lexapro is also a drug that not only treats depression and anxiety but IBS? im not positive if ive noticed a difference or not like ive definitely noticed some but its so hard to tell if the antidepressants helps with my ibs. i would take it if it didnt, but if there were a better antidepressant for IBS-D, I'd get on in a heartbeat. Otherwise, how have your calming techniques been going? I've found some, it's just really hard to find ones that work when I am experiencing symptoms. anyways, very glad to hear that you are making this positive change in your life
 

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Yes the calming techniques help me through the good and the bad times. I feel it's best to incorporate some basic techniques into every day use. For instance, I elevate my legs and push my feet up against the wall. This simple exercise is proven to calm the nervous system. When I'm uncomfortable and having an attack, learning to breathe all the way out has been crucial. This ensures I can then take a full and deep breath back in. I also find chanting mantras, and listening to ohm chanting, singing bowl, drumming, nature sounds, getting into nature all help me. I worry about bathrooms everywhere I go so I try to come prepared. Being prepared helps with piece of mind. I found that even 25 MG a day of Prozac eventually quells my IBS-D and I have less attacks. I just started some stomach meds, Dicyclomine (antispasmodic) and Omeprazole (antacid?) I'm not sure if they're helping. Oh and I love oatmilk and everything oat. It's helped a bunch.
 

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@angelsheva ,@Kat79 thanks so much for your responses.
So do you guys have any insight on the root cause of the problem ? Is it just stress/anxiety or is gut bacteria involved , what is your take ?
I cannot figure it out after 8 years of trying, please share your insights
 

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I believe it's based in trauma, personally. A taxed nervous system, stress. However I feel that since our gut gets upset so much, as our body releases stress hormones it might effect the flora of our guts eventually so I feel like it couldn't hurt to take a probiotic.
But seriously, as soon as I try and get off my antidepressants, my stomach acts up, even if I'm not seemingly stressed. The SSRI class of drugs makes Seratonin more available for the brain. Seratonin is a hormone! Cortisol is a hormone! So somehow it seems the endocrine is involved! It could have to do with how our livers process our excess hormones. But who knows! It seems docs really don't have great answers. I might try a naturopath or some kind of specialist. I would travel to a good doc so let me know if you hear of anyone good.
 

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I believe it's based in trauma, personally. A taxed nervous system, stress. However I feel that since our gut gets upset so much, as our body releases stress hormones it might effect the flora of our guts eventually so I feel like it couldn't hurt to take a probiotic.
But seriously, as soon as I try and get off my antidepressants, my stomach acts up, even if I'm not seemingly stressed. The SSRI class of drugs makes Seratonin more available for the brain. Seratonin is a hormone! Cortisol is a hormone! So somehow it seems the endocrine is involved! It could have to do with how our livers process our excess hormones. But who knows! It seems docs really don't have great answers. I might try a naturopath or some kind of specialist. I would travel to a good doc so let me know if you hear of anyone good.
Thanks so much for your response. I have sent you a personal msg
 
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