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Last year, just before my exams I got IBS. I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy and nothing was found so I was told I had IBS. The doctors found my symptoms wierd but said that every one is efected differently.I suffer such intense nausea that I was bed ridden for six months and even called an ambulance in desperation. Throughout all this I have found out there is no real cure.I have taken antidepressants for a few years now but came of them when I thought I was emotionally well enough. After being bed ridden for 6 mnths I was put back on anti-depressants. After 1 night I found a 50% improvement and after about a month I was at a coping level. My symptoms of IBS had changed to diarrhea which I could control well with Immodium and avoiding acidy foods, dairy, junk food, fruits and fruit drinks, pickled food, things high in sugar and sometimes bread products.I have been living a relativaly normal life until I stopped my antidepressants a month ago. I was getting terrribly fat even though I was eating strictly controlled food. Now I am terribly ill again. My nausea has me bed ridden once again and I will probably loose my job. But the worst , most horrible thing for me is that I can get better if I go on anti depressants but then I cant have a baby. I am 33 and my life will not be complete without a baby. I have to have a baby but how can I? How come this has happened to me? How come every time I go off anti depressants I get sick again. My stresses in life are no different to the average persons.I have heard of Iberogast, could it help me? What do I do so I can have a baby? I cant not have a baby? But I am intensly ill when Im not on anti-depressants.Please somebody have some advice for me. I feel my liffef iss not worth anything withoutt out a baby.
 

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Hi Nikki,I feel your pain litterally. But I have severe "D" so, i think that there are drugs out there that you can take while pregnant, but you know what? My IBS went away during pregnancy! It may help you too get pregnant. I have 2 children and every time after i give birth the IBS kicks in right away with in days. so try it.Right now, im just in alot of pain and in the bathroom alot, i feel like it's ruining my life right now. Feel better.Holly
 

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Thanks HollyThat makes me feel a little bit more hopefull.I haven't had any children yet because my life changed when my ex-husband had an affair. finally I have a partner and he wants to have a baby and this happens. I had heard that pregnancy might help IBS but your the first factual person I have heard about.I guess we all feel the same. We are sick of being sick and sick of getting a raw deal in life.
 

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Hey....There are lots of medicines that you can take during pregnancy.I would just ask your doctor about it.Definitely don't let that stop you from getting pregnant.Who knows, maybe having to run around changing diapers might make the IBS seem like nothing!Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
 

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Thanks for the reply. It waas my doctor who told me that anti-depressants cant be taken while your pregnant. He has organised for me to see a psychiatrist which I dont quite understand. Shouldn't I be seeing an obstertrician?And also, I have been reading about everyones symptoms and I see that IBS-D along with intense pain is what the majority talk about. I get these symptoms when I am on Anti-depressants but I can control it to a certain degree with immodium.My absolutely debilitating symptom is nausea and vomiting. Absolutely intense. So intense that I could scale it as equal to chronic pain even though it isnt chronic pain. This intense nausea and vomiting had me bed ridden for 6 months. The IBS-D during the anti-depressants was almost a relief in comparison.But I dont see any one else talking of this symtom. Am I alone in this?And maybe you mean other medications other than anti-depressants during pregnancy?
 

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Hi! Welcome to the boards
I have to confess I kinda skimmed your post (computer problems took me all day to fix
) but I've had 2 pregnancies and yes, both times my IBS improved. The pain didn't completely go away but the D did. Just a little warning though, and it's different for everyone, for me mine got a whole lot worse in the first 3 months of the pregnancy then a couple of days post birth it was at it's worst again when even immodium didn't help me
All that being said though the baby at the end of it all is certainly worth it and I'd hate to see anyone deny themselves a family because of IBS. I hope you start feeling a bit better soon
I'll read the post properly in the morning (promise
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I hope you feel better soon. I know how you feel about wanting to have a baby and worrying about your meds. Do see an OB (sort of for pre-pregnancy issues)and they can tell you what is safe to take while pregnant or trying to get that way. I was almost 34 when I had my son and many women have kids even older than that these days.
 

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When I first was pregnant my ibs - d was the about the same, midway thru it greatly improved. After I had my son though it came back and maybe even a little worse. On the medication papers from my DR it said you can take immodium during pregnancy and I am sure you can use the extra calcium and the relief it gives. Good Luck to you!!
 

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I hope you find some answers Nikki. Maybe being pregnant will change things in your body for the better. Sometimes I think our bodies get in a rut and just can't find the right path again. Something major like a pregnancy just might turn the right switch in your body. My doctor just suggested that I take a low dose of Prozac to help with gas and bloating I experience so constantly that I haven't been able to eat. Could you possibly tell me what antidepressant you have been on and was it a low dose?Thanks for your help, NikkiNamaste
 

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Hello and Welcome Nikki,I hear alot of people with Gerd talking about Nausea and vomiting. Sometimes Pancreas or Gallbladder problems. My wife has Pancreatitis and sometimes when it flares up she gets what you are describing.Brett
 

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Thanks for all the replies.Anti-Depressants: I have been on many, origanally for depression. Avanza, Zoloft,Arapax, lexapro and now movox.I have chosen to take the AD's till I am better and not try to get pregnant at this moment. My GP is sending me to a psychiatrist because he says medications and pregnancy are beyond a GP's expertise.BRETT - you mentioned 'Gerd'. I dont know what that is. Could you or would someone who knows write back and explain it to me. I would really appreciate it. Thanks.And Joolie thanks again for your kindness.
 

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I HAVE HAD SEVERE IBS FOR 9 LONG YEARS NOW.I HAVE ALSO BEEN PREGNANT TWICE DURING THAT TIME.THEY WERE THE BEST NINE MONTHS OF MY LIFE.ALL, AND I MEAN ALL SYMPTOMS WERE GONE DURING PREGNANCY.NO MEDICATION,NOTHING.I WAS EVEN ABLE TO ENJOY CHOCOLATE(MAJOR TRIGGER)THE DOCTOR SAID IT IS COMMON FOR WOMEN TO HAVE NO SYMPTOMS DURING PREGNANCY.I WAS HOPING THAT THE IBS WOULD STAY GONE AFTER PREGNANCY BUT IT DIDN'T.I EVEN TOLD MY HUSBAND THAT IF NURSING COULD KEEP THE IBS GONE THAT I WOULD HAPPILY PUMP EVERY DAY UNTIL I WAS SIXTY IF IT WOULD HELP.NO SUCH LUCK.IBS IS BACK BUT I DO HAVE THREE AMAZING KIDS.
 
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