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Over the last year, I have been on and off this website, had more medical tests and been to more "specialists" than I care to remember at this point. I have tried every medicine, antibiotics,probioitcs,xifaxin,colestid,lotronex,antidepressants,anti-axiety,yoga,chiropractic,CBT just to name a few from a very long list.It dawned on me this morning that on this website no one is ever better...nothing ever really works so we all just keep logging in hoping to find an answer that is not here.It is depressing.In my heart I believe that it is what it is and will stay what it is until it just isn't anymore...so learning to cope with the day to day is the best we can do.There are days I just want to die and it all be over because I do not have the strength to keep fighting is.....physically I am now exhausted, having body cramps and severe headaches along with the stomach cramps, nausea and well to be honest....I am just plain tired of trying.I hope one day I can log on here and say guess what ....it is over....but I do not see that in my future just like the other hundreds that log in looking for answers.
 

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I've been in remission for years. There are other people doing well. Just because I post doesn't mean I have never had anything work and I'm in terrible pain, etc.However some people do have a hard time finding anything that works. Hopefully something will help you soon. If you are feeling really depressed over this you may need to get that treated. Even if it is triggered by an event or illness depression tends to make every disease worse than when people are not depressed. That you know why you are depressed doesn't mean it can't be treated even if you can't make the bad thing go away.
 

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I have been being treated for depression and anxiety since Sept...funny thing is that if I did not have IBS I would not be depressed and have anxiety.....so seems to me the best way is to cure the IBS...we all know that is not gonna happen so of course there is depression. In fact some days it is harder than just IBS which I have had for 27 years but never like I have had it for the last year after a bout with gastroenteritis. It is insane and debilatating my life a little more month and month.I find it offensive when anyone questions my extensive expense and effort to treat every aspect of this disease.
 

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But a lot of times as long as you are depressed over the IBS the depression and anxiety will make the IBS much harder to get rid of.In the CBT clinical trial I was in the treatment really didn't help the people in the study who were depressed. So even if you know which came first, you may need to get the depression under good control before the IBS can improve. Learning how to deal with depression and anxiety when sick can be an important life skill because sooner or later everyone has a major illness and depression makes everything harder than it has to be.Usually IBS does not go into remission in the first year after a GI illness (you have to have it for 6 months before they should even diagnose IBS). Typically for the majority of people with PI-IBS that go into remission you are looking in the 2-5 year range. So there really is some reason to hope. I was NOT trying to question your commitment or expense I was trying to convince you not to give up. I won't make that mistake again.
 

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I am sorry that was not intended to be targeted at you. Lately I have been under fire at home at work and by friends and family that somehow....I am not eating right or doing something that is making this stay "longer" than it should.....I am just frustrated...really frustrated/
 

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I have been "overitnow" since the end of 1999. After having dealt with D for over 3500 days in a row before the recovery began, I think it is fair to say that everyone develops anxiety over this. Setting that aside as a secondary cause, do you have any idea of what might have brought this on in the beginning? If it is anything that might be associated with inflammation--Google the possible cause together with "inflammation" and see what comes up--the flavonoids I use might work as well for you.Cheers,Mark
 
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