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Hi, I've just been reading through everyone's coping strategies and they are all different. How am I supposed to know what will work for me? I've tried exclusion diets after food sensitivity testing and it had no effect. I have also tried peppermint oil tablets and fibre supplements. My symptoms come on when I have to leave the house, especially if it is something important, or if I have to travel a great distance. I was wondering if anyone else has symptoms like this, and if so have they found anything that helps. I am about to go and see my doctor about the possibility of medication for anxiety being of any help.If anyone has any ideas I'm all ears. If anyone has any ideas
 

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Hi Lizzy and welcomeI like you was scared to death to leave my house because as soon as I made plans the anxiety sit in and I was off to the races...You will see here that different things work for different people.For me when my symptoms started to get better the anxiety left...Today I am able to do many things that I never could have before...I dont get scared anymore when I go places but that fear still pops its head up every now and then..There are many ways to help you reduce your stress..but this illness causes stress...Hopefully you will find what works for you real soon :love:
 

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Hi Lizzy and welcomeI like you was scared to death to leave my house because as soon as I made plans the anxiety sit in and I was off to the races...You will see here that different things work for different people.For me when my symptoms started to get better the anxiety left...Today I am able to do many things that I never could have before...I dont get scared anymore when I go places but that fear still pops its head up every now and then..There are many ways to help you reduce your stress..but this illness causes stress...Hopefully you will find what works for you real soon :love:
 

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Hi Lizzie:You are doing the right think by talking to your doc first to get suggestions on dealing with anxiety, and IBS. There are good medications out there that can help.You might also ask him/her for suggestions on how to deal with it along with the meds: hypnotherapy is one excellant way, cognitive behavioral therapy is another. I have also heard of people having success with music, yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc. It's a matter of finding what resonates with you.Here are a few links to some good articles on IBS in general:From the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/digest/pub...el/irrbowel.htm and http://www.med.unc.edu/wrkunits/2depts/med...idc/welcome.htm JeanG
 

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Hi Lizzie:You are doing the right think by talking to your doc first to get suggestions on dealing with anxiety, and IBS. There are good medications out there that can help.You might also ask him/her for suggestions on how to deal with it along with the meds: hypnotherapy is one excellant way, cognitive behavioral therapy is another. I have also heard of people having success with music, yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc. It's a matter of finding what resonates with you.Here are a few links to some good articles on IBS in general:From the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/digest/pub...el/irrbowel.htm and http://www.med.unc.edu/wrkunits/2depts/med...idc/welcome.htm JeanG
 
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