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As a long standing sufferer of IBS I am nearly at my wits end. Continual pain with alternating constipation and diahorrea. This is combined with panic, nerves, anxiety, depression etc. I tend to hide away and avoid my friends (and some of my family who I'm sure don't believe me and think it's all in the mind). I take tryptanol at night (helps me sleep) and xanax from time to time. It also affects my urine (frequency increases and discomfort). When I do poo I have to wipe and wipe. Are these the normal symptoms of IBS? Life is not worth living much of the time.
 

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Oh, you poor thing!! It's terrible that you have been sick for so long. Maybe it would be worth spending a bit more time with people that do understand your illness? It's still embarrassing sometimes, but at least you'd be out a bit more. I hate to hear you say that life isn't worth living. Feeling like this cannot help the situation at all. Is there anything that makes you happy? It's horrible being sick all the time, but you need to find something that you enjoy. It's difficult when your family (or some of your family) is unsupportive though. Do you think that a course of antidepressants may help? This may be an option worth exploring. I have also read on this board (somewhere!) that antidepressants can reduce the symptoms of IBS.I know I haven't made any real suggestions, but I just couldn't read this post then not respond. There are people out there that care about you and understand your illness. I really hope that you feel better.
 

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Oh, you poor thing!! It's terrible that you have been sick for so long. Maybe it would be worth spending a bit more time with people that do understand your illness? It's still embarrassing sometimes, but at least you'd be out a bit more. I hate to hear you say that life isn't worth living. Feeling like this cannot help the situation at all. Is there anything that makes you happy? It's horrible being sick all the time, but you need to find something that you enjoy. It's difficult when your family (or some of your family) is unsupportive though. Do you think that a course of antidepressants may help? This may be an option worth exploring. I have also read on this board (somewhere!) that antidepressants can reduce the symptoms of IBS.I know I haven't made any real suggestions, but I just couldn't read this post then not respond. There are people out there that care about you and understand your illness. I really hope that you feel better.
 

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The pain combined with alternating bowel habits are typical of IBS.The panic and depression may be triggered by the being sick all the time, or may be a separate issue that you would have to deal with even without the IBS,,,it is hard to know.It may be that people prone to IBS are also prone to something called overactive bladder (similar drugs can be used to treat both). but other bladder problems should be ruled out.Have you been to a good GI doctor? There may be some treatments that will help both the mental and physical aspects of what is going on with you. Both the GI tract and the brain use serotonin so many people get relief from both things using antidepressants.Also mind-body therapies that help with the anxiety and depression can also be used to control the IBS. The nerves in the gut and the brain talk to each other and so you can use the brain to calm the nerves in the gut if you know how. I did Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for my IBS and it did me a world of good. Many people here have done hypnotherapy from some at home tapes (which may be cheaper in the long run as one or two sessions with a therapist if you don't have insurance will run you the same amount of $$). You may want to check out the Hypnotherapy, Anxiety, and CBT forum (use the Hop to bar below).Also you may want to check out a book called Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired. It may be pretty useful (if you click on the books in the blue menu bar above you will go to a site that describes this and other books that you may want to check out).K.
 

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The pain combined with alternating bowel habits are typical of IBS.The panic and depression may be triggered by the being sick all the time, or may be a separate issue that you would have to deal with even without the IBS,,,it is hard to know.It may be that people prone to IBS are also prone to something called overactive bladder (similar drugs can be used to treat both). but other bladder problems should be ruled out.Have you been to a good GI doctor? There may be some treatments that will help both the mental and physical aspects of what is going on with you. Both the GI tract and the brain use serotonin so many people get relief from both things using antidepressants.Also mind-body therapies that help with the anxiety and depression can also be used to control the IBS. The nerves in the gut and the brain talk to each other and so you can use the brain to calm the nerves in the gut if you know how. I did Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for my IBS and it did me a world of good. Many people here have done hypnotherapy from some at home tapes (which may be cheaper in the long run as one or two sessions with a therapist if you don't have insurance will run you the same amount of $$). You may want to check out the Hypnotherapy, Anxiety, and CBT forum (use the Hop to bar below).Also you may want to check out a book called Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired. It may be pretty useful (if you click on the books in the blue menu bar above you will go to a site that describes this and other books that you may want to check out).K.
 

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I've long suffering from IBS too. I was prescribed buspar and prozac for the panic attacks and depression that are associated with this disease. I haven't been on medication for about 4 years, but I was definitely better on medication. Recent bad attacks have made me search out help and found this web site, which is a big help. Just the information and the fact that others are experiencing the same things helps. The effects of this disease are not the kind of things you openly discuss with family and friends, at least I haven't. This disease has cost me friendships over the years because of being a home body. I can only suggest finding things to do around the house that you enjoy, I know it has helped me. I hope it can help you!
 

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I've long suffering from IBS too. I was prescribed buspar and prozac for the panic attacks and depression that are associated with this disease. I haven't been on medication for about 4 years, but I was definitely better on medication. Recent bad attacks have made me search out help and found this web site, which is a big help. Just the information and the fact that others are experiencing the same things helps. The effects of this disease are not the kind of things you openly discuss with family and friends, at least I haven't. This disease has cost me friendships over the years because of being a home body. I can only suggest finding things to do around the house that you enjoy, I know it has helped me. I hope it can help you!
 

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Lynn,The best therapeutic outcomes (highest degree of symptom remission) are achieved by an integrated disease managment program whih contains at least (3) distinct modalities, each one of which must be implemented in a coordinated fashion by a practitioner or team which has established a strong empathetic relationship with the patient.Single-modal therapeutic protocols will produce less relief than multimodal protocols since the body systems involved are inextricably linked. So while one can attenuate, for xample, the symptoms precipitated by activation of the bowel immune system and/or endocrine system via behavioral therapies to a greater or lesser degree, if the provoking agents continue to be ingested only partial relief is possible. You are fighting an uphill battle as proinglammatory mediators are being released while you are attmepting to attenuate their effects after the fact and as they continue to be reintroduced. Its like trying to pump the bilge while tyhe hole in the hull is still open. Often, then, more pharmacotherapy must be applied with its potential side effects.Likewise a person with significant psychosocial behavioral dysfuntion linked to the consequences of and adaptation to suffering from severe symptoms for a protracted period of time will show remission to a certain degree by isolating and removing agents which provoke an immunocyte response (thus eliminatig a gut-locus of inflammtory response and direct symptomologic consequences of that), certain symptoms can and do persist as a result of learned behaviors that need to be unlearned to achieve maximum remission.In addition to what has been suggested I also recommend to add this book to your study list, and read it:FOOD ALLERGIES AND FOOD INTOLERANCE: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THEIR IDENTIFICTION AND TREATMENT", Professor Jonathan Brostoff (M.D.. Allergy, Immunology and Environmental Medicine, Kings' College, London) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089...6487508-3420903 ...and seek out someone who is ascribes to the integrative therapy approach, and understands the priciples outolined in that book, as well as the benefits of pharmacotherapy and behavioral therapies. This will give you your best chance at achieving maximum remission by having a disease management protocol developed which fits your needs, and includes1. specific dietary modification based upon careful assessment of your relationships between diet and symptom set beyond that rudimentary dietary therapy associated with "food allergy" assessment methods2. specific behavioral therapy, where indicated, to help attenuate the CSN contribution to symptoms and behavioral consequences of livign with the symptoms.3. specific pharmacotherapy administered as an ADJUNCT and supportive therapy, with the intent of achieving maximum remission with the first (2) strategies so as to minimze your dependence on pharmacotherapy long term.Tis approach will produce the best net outcomes in any populatio suffering IBS symptoms, if applied with skill and patientce compared to any single mode therapeutic regimen.MNL
 

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Lynn,The best therapeutic outcomes (highest degree of symptom remission) are achieved by an integrated disease managment program whih contains at least (3) distinct modalities, each one of which must be implemented in a coordinated fashion by a practitioner or team which has established a strong empathetic relationship with the patient.Single-modal therapeutic protocols will produce less relief than multimodal protocols since the body systems involved are inextricably linked. So while one can attenuate, for xample, the symptoms precipitated by activation of the bowel immune system and/or endocrine system via behavioral therapies to a greater or lesser degree, if the provoking agents continue to be ingested only partial relief is possible. You are fighting an uphill battle as proinglammatory mediators are being released while you are attmepting to attenuate their effects after the fact and as they continue to be reintroduced. Its like trying to pump the bilge while tyhe hole in the hull is still open. Often, then, more pharmacotherapy must be applied with its potential side effects.Likewise a person with significant psychosocial behavioral dysfuntion linked to the consequences of and adaptation to suffering from severe symptoms for a protracted period of time will show remission to a certain degree by isolating and removing agents which provoke an immunocyte response (thus eliminatig a gut-locus of inflammtory response and direct symptomologic consequences of that), certain symptoms can and do persist as a result of learned behaviors that need to be unlearned to achieve maximum remission.In addition to what has been suggested I also recommend to add this book to your study list, and read it:FOOD ALLERGIES AND FOOD INTOLERANCE: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THEIR IDENTIFICTION AND TREATMENT", Professor Jonathan Brostoff (M.D.. Allergy, Immunology and Environmental Medicine, Kings' College, London) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089...6487508-3420903 ...and seek out someone who is ascribes to the integrative therapy approach, and understands the priciples outolined in that book, as well as the benefits of pharmacotherapy and behavioral therapies. This will give you your best chance at achieving maximum remission by having a disease management protocol developed which fits your needs, and includes1. specific dietary modification based upon careful assessment of your relationships between diet and symptom set beyond that rudimentary dietary therapy associated with "food allergy" assessment methods2. specific behavioral therapy, where indicated, to help attenuate the CSN contribution to symptoms and behavioral consequences of livign with the symptoms.3. specific pharmacotherapy administered as an ADJUNCT and supportive therapy, with the intent of achieving maximum remission with the first (2) strategies so as to minimze your dependence on pharmacotherapy long term.Tis approach will produce the best net outcomes in any populatio suffering IBS symptoms, if applied with skill and patientce compared to any single mode therapeutic regimen.MNL
 
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