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I posted on the Meeting Place about an incident that happened yesterday involving a snake, my dog, and my husband. Long story made short, after the encounter, five minutes later I was doubled over in spasms after being spasm free for months after going on Effexor XR to control the pain of IBS. I didn't think I would make it home in time for the explosive D to hit. Once I emptied, I was better, but still jumpy from the ordeal. This proves to me better than anything that stress can bring out the worse for an IBS person.
 

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I totally agree. My IBS is much worse when I am stressed. I had a terrible time last week with my knee , handing in my notice and that was all stress.
 

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I totally agree with you that stress does not help. But what if that's just part of your job? I am a musician (most of that stuff is at night - I am a pianist and an orchestral conductor) and an elementary school music teacher. I am feeling so much stress from my teaching job. I haven't eaten breakfast in about two months because I am so afraid it is going to set off my stomach (even though eating or not doesn't seem to really effect me) when I have 20 third graders in my room. There are no other adults back near the music room and I am constantly worrying "what if I have to go to the bathroom?" I feel like I am wining here, and I appologize for that! Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to make my teaching situation better? Any coping strageties?Thank you SO much!Leah
 

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LeahRebecca,I certainly can feel for you. Maybe you need to just be open to the idea of sharing your "problem" of IBS with the people you work for/with. I am so blessed to work for a business where I am free to go to the bathroom anytime I need to. Most of the time I have my office space to myself. We have 10 women working here... all about the same age. They are wonderful and very very understanding. In fact, once I started sharing, people seem to open up more and share some issues they're having. I don't know how "proper" your work environment is and if this would work for you. My thoughts are with you. BTW, I read your post about nausea and I get very nauseaus at times.
I started drinking Ginger Tea and it seems to help.
Blessings,
 

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LeahRebecca,I'm a music teacher too! Except I teach privately now in the public schools which is a bit less stressful, except when I'm in a school where the restroom is clear down the hall. But I am also the choir director at our church and every single Sunday morning prior to the processional, I have to run to the bathroom. Sometimes I read through the bulletin and determine when I could bolt out of there if I needed to. I've actually never done that, but it makes me feel better to have a plan. I also never eat on a morning when I have to be teaching. What you might try though is Calcium. I take Ibsacol - wonderful stuff and caltrate D. It makes me feel much less urgent, like I could wait a bit if I needed to. I sometimes still need to go, but I don't feel the panic that I used to. Good luck. And remember you are not alone, although it certainly feels like it at times!
 

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Leah Rebecca,If you are having a hard time with stress virtually every day maybe you need to try some medication to deal with that. It certainly worked for me, after 6 months of chronic daily D anti-anxiety meds stopped it in 48 hours. Many months later I still have the stres but not the D! Take care.
 
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