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Hi everyone, I am new here. I have had IBS for a long time with an unofficial diagnose by a primary care doctor. My symptoms were not that bad and within a week I was back to normal. Now things are very different. I lost my home last year due to foreclosure. We bought a house we couldn't afford and the job my husband was going to get didn't happen. We fought for a year and I felt anxiety like you would feel if someone you know was in the hospital dying. It was that bad and it lasted about 8 months. During the end of that time my marriage starting having huge problems. A lot of underlying issues we have we brought to the service. We are in marriage counseling now and although we have made huge progress we are not out of danger yet. Now my IBS is out of control. I finally went to the doctor who ran some blood test to start. Those are fine and I finally see a nutritionist on Tuesday. My question is at 40 years of age and stress being the factor that started it, should I ask for a GI doc fist? My insurance is not an issue. They will partly cover most anything. Am I wasting time by dealing with food issues when this could be medical like an ulcer? Any and all thoughts will help.
 

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Entirely up to you whether or not you seek a consult with a GI specialist. But it sounds like you don't really feel comfprtable with your PCP's diagnosis given years ago. If insurance isn't an issue... why not try to get an appointment with a GI. It may indeed turn out that you are simply in an IBS flare. But it is always good to get things checked when symptoms change and for sure it is good to feel confident with a Dr's diagnosis. After the diagnosis though.. understand symptom management is largely up to us to try & err with different treatment options. Most folks seem to find that a few treatments working in concert is what helps manage symptoms best.All the best
 

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IBS is a very tricky disease it's not like other diseases that mostly all have the same cure.also it sounds to me since you have been poor in the past maybe you ate very low quality food? i remember when i was poor and eating spagetti i had diarrhea everyday it was terrible.also IBS-D means diarrhea and IBS-C means constipation.i have only ever suffered from IBS-D and if thats the type of IBS you have may i recommend this diet that i posted in this linkhttp://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/index.php?/topic/119213-cant-seem-to-be-able-to-enjoy-any-nice-food/scroll to the bottom i posted it at the bottom of that link.this diet has made a world of difference for me hope it helps others too :)also don't dismiss it right away because it has fatty meats and broccoli i too used to not beable to eat a single bite of fatty meats or broccoli. but it turns out it was because of the carby foods like bread that combined with fat and broccoli caused problems.
 

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IBS is a very tricky disease it's not like other diseases that mostly all have the same cure.also it sounds to me since you have been poor in the past maybe you ate very low quality food? i remember when i was poor and eating spagetti i had diarrhea everyday it was terrible.also IBS-D means diarrhea and IBS-C means constipation.i have only ever suffered from IBS-D and if thats the type of IBS you have may i recommend this diet that i posted in this linkhttp://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/index.php?/topic/119213-cant-seem-to-be-able-to-enjoy-any-nice-food/scroll to the bottom i posted it at the bottom of that link.this diet has made a world of difference for me hope it helps others too :)also don't dismiss it right away because it has fatty meats and broccoli i too used to not beable to eat a single bite of fatty meats or broccoli. but it turns out it was because of the carby foods like bread that combined with fat and broccoli caused problems.
 

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Thanks for all the advice here. When we lost the home we were and still are in the upper middle class. I could afford healthy food but don't really like it. I have no sense of smell so I enjoy food differently then most people. Also because I have always been a definite "eat to live person" package foods tasted good enough to me. According to every self diagnosis I have read IBS seems like the right diagnosis. My doctor said IBS is a combo of different diseases. What did people do when they first got their diagnose. I sell treated my self for about 2 months but I got tired of managing it myself. I am hoping between this site and my nutritionist I can get better.
IBS is a very tricky disease it's not like other diseases that mostly all have the same cure.also it sounds to me since you have been poor in the past maybe you ate very low quality food? i remember when i was poor and eating spagetti i had diarrhea everyday it was terrible.also IBS-D means diarrhea and IBS-C means constipation.i have only ever suffered from IBS-D and if thats the type of IBS you have may i recommend this diet that i posted in this linkhttp://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/index.php?/topic/119213-cant-seem-to-be-able-to-enjoy-any-nice-food/scroll to the bottom i posted it at the bottom of that link.this diet has made a world of difference for me hope it helps others too :)also don't dismiss it right away because it has fatty meats and broccoli i too used to not beable to eat a single bite of fatty meats or broccoli. but it turns out it was because of the carby foods like bread that combined with fat and broccoli caused problems.
 
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