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Long term effects of medication

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I've been having a really bad episode of D that has lasted a couple of months. I have already started with calcium and peppermint tea in the morning and this has helped a little bit and I take paracetamol or ibuprofen for the pain. I went to my doctors and she thinks it's ibs we're waiting for the results of the tests I did but she seemed quite sure. She said that if it was she would start me on an antispasmodic medication and perhaps also loperamide because my D has been so bad it's really interfering with my life.But I'm just worried because I am only 19. I have so far stayed away from things like immodium because I'm scared to become dependent. If I start taking these medications and if they are effective won't my body build up resistance to them and they'll stop working?? I don't want to end up 10 years down the line realising I've built up an immunity to the meds and my ibs is even worse!
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I think my IBS is in part anxiety/stress related. I do have anxiety and panic attack issues but I think I have gotten over them. And I'm a terrible hyperchondriac (even I can admit it now) in the past 6 months I've 'had', a brain tumor, MS, gallbladder disease, menigitis and a heart attack which I ended up in ER with wasting everyones time. I know I'm stupid and irrational and looking time I laugh at how stupid I was but at the time it feels really real and I get very scared and panicked. Anyways, the stomach problems have been the only constant I guess (probably since I was 12-13 I started getting cramps and D). The doctor diagnosed me with IBS when I was younger but I never took the meds. I have been really paranoid about taking any sort of medication for a long time actually. My doctor would have liked to put me on anti-depressants at one point but I really don't like putting things into my body. I take paracetamol now but for a long time I wouldn't touch even that. But I really think I've put that behind me now and my symptoms are so bad now I'm willing to try anything to make them stop. It's weird because I only had episodes maybe once or twice a month for a day or so before but this time it's been really bad and the weird thing is that it's come at a time when I was really happy with my life and in a good place. But then this had to happen and ruin what was a good thing. I can get counselling but I don't really know what I'd say and I'm not sure it would help. I've tried it a few times before but it didn't really help me. I don't want to take antidepressants either because people really do seem to become dependant on them.
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