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Ever wondered why you got IBS-D in the first place? How were we so lucky?I've been thinking about that alot lately cause if I knew why, then maybe it could be cured, and that is my ultimate goal!I have a few ideas......At the time it happened to me, I was under alot of stress with other medical problems, that included taking alot of meds and many trips to the doctor and specialists. At one point, I took Cipro for an entire month, but it didn't affect the IBS one way or the other. I also had work stress, and a failing marriage that ended in divorce later that year. In other words, I was very stressed!I'm also wondering if IBS is hereditary. I seem to remember my father having similar problems, but he never spoke about it. Back in the 60's they sure didn't have the meds they have now. It must have been horrible back then. My mother also had some kind of IBS problem cause she always complained about her stomach and that she had to watch what she ate, and she rarely left the house. Was I destined to have this problem?Or maybe because I used to be IBS-C, the exlax and enemas I needed to control that problem might have irritated the colon.I also took my share of antibiotics since I was prone to bladder infections. That may have something to do with the IBS-D as well.Anyone got any other ideas???
 

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I swear mine started after I took mega doses of Vitamin B=6 for another problem I was having. Other people and doctors thought I was nuts saying that , but that's what I love about this board , people realize that EVERYONE IS NOT IN A BOX AND THE SAME THINGS DON'T APPLY TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I later went on to realize that b-6 is one of the vitamins that can be stored in your liver and has to do with stomach acid production and other enzyme production. I swear now I have hyper digestion all through my digestive tract from one end to the other, thus causing D all the time. Am I crazy? I don't think so.
 

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For me, since I was in High School -- I noticed I was a bit gassy -- & went to the Bathroom a little more than usual.My Grandmother has a C problem, as does my mother, and sister -- but neither of them have ever been diagnosed. The drink "Super Dieters Tea" -- and that makes them go.I think it was a mix of two things for me -- hereditary, and I was in a really abusive relationship for 4 years. My first IBS attack was 1 1/2 yrs into the relationship. Unfortunately, I never recouperated.
 

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Hi IBS survivor,For me, it was stress and anxiety that brought on the big D for six months. Now, with anti-axiety/anti-depressant drugs at fairly low dosages it has gone away. If you think those sorts of issues might play a role in your IBS, seeing a doctor that specializes in those kinds of problems might be helpful. Take care.
 

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I have no idea really what may have triggered my problem, but I can say this much. My father, and grandmother both have/had this problem. I remember that my grandmother kept a change of clothes in the car. My father does not seem to be as effected as either myself or my grandmother was.I had rare occurances of what I now experience way too much of in the last 6 years or so. The earliest memory that I have of an attack was when I was about 12. But the s*** really hit the fan for me as I approached my mid 20's. My sister who is younger and just approaching that same age range is starting to experience similar issues.Eating is enough to set me off, and seems to be the same for them as well. However, in my case the fear of what may happen when I leave the house is enough to cause an attack right then. The anxiety factor seems not to effect them as much, or at least they hide it better
Also, none of my family members aside from myself smoke, which I have noticed can be a trigger for me as well.
 

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Hey California:What kind of stress and anxiety meds do you take? I'm really thinking that stress has alot to do with my problem. Next month I'm seeing a specialist so I'm getting all my stuff together so we can make some intelligent decisions. Think I'll ask him for some anxiety meds at that time. Would be nice if that cured me!!!!Thanks for the input..........
 

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I come from a long line of people who have digestive problems. My aunt has Crohn's, my mom has acid reflux and my sister and some of my cousin's have IBS. So I would say at least in my situation it is hereditary. My IBS started when I was about 12. I think about what was going on in my life at the time and it maked sense. My parents marriage was falling apart. I wish I knew what caused IBS but I am pretty sure the reasons are as plentiful and varied as the people who have this condition.
 

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Hi survivor,I started by taking .25mg Xanax morning, midday and night. That stopped the D. Then, working with my psychiatrist (here in the US they are the ones best able to deal with these sorts of meds) I added Effexor ER. I now take that, 75mg at night and have reduced my Xanax to morning and night .25mg. For now, with two elderly parents with dememntia, I need those meds to keep my anxiety level in check. It has worked so well for me. Take care.
 

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I am new to the board, so I was looking at other people's suggestions on how to cope and experimenting. A week ago I stopped having my daily bowl of cereal with milk (after reading that dairy products affect some people). Even during a stressful period at work, it had a big impact and I have had only two minor bouts of D. This is after three months of constant D and cramping, three or four times a day.I'm not sure how long this blessing will last - I have had longish periods when I was ok before, then longer periods of suffering. Fingers crossed!I am wondering if there are complex triggers to episodes. I know certain foods definitely trigger bouts - fatty chicken is one for me, I see other people talking about onions. I don't eat coleslaw anymore, finding I wasn't digesting it at all sometimes. The GP I talked to about it, the one who diagnosed me and started effective treatment, (mebeverine) talked about hormonal influences on IBS. I could see, then, how stress hormones could be a trigger. I wonder if there is a combination here of genetics, in how my body copes with different foods, in my psychological make up - how I internalise stress, in specific foods or ingredients, and in my own hormonal balance somewhere.As I have good periods, I am really wondering why some times are good and some times are unbearable. I am keeping a diary of food and stress, looking for something I can manage. Does anyone else do that?
 

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I think my situation is largely hereditary. My dad has always had problems and my problems really started after having my gallbladder out last year. The surgeon told me D was to be expected, but my primary care physician said that the surgery shouldn't have any effect on this process of digestion. For me, salad, and raw veggies in general, are a problem. Prior to having these symptoms, I ate atleast 1 salad daily. I also used to walk for miles in my neighborhood, but now I'm worried that I'll be walking miles from home and not find a bathroom when I need it. These eating and exercise changes have contributed to a 25lb. weight gain since my surgery. Ughhhhh....
 

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You have to wonder about this, though.How can you just not have it one day and then have it (to extremes) the next?I can trace the start of my IBS back to one specific day, 12 years ago, while on vacation in Disneyworld.I didn't eat anything unusual that day, I didn't have a virus, and I had never had any IBS-like problems before that day.Since that day, every day has been an IBS day.Maybe it's like allergies -the kind that come and go throughout your lifetime - or a genetic time bomb that's always ticking and one day - boom!Weird.
 

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LaVida did you drink a large amount of fountain Pepsi that day. That was one of the first major occurance for me. At thirty years old I was involved in putting on a softball tournament. I was incharge of the consession. I had the CO2 charged fountain Pepsi for two and a half days. On the last day I got so sick, just blowing out to beat the band. Which was a begining, I never could a drink fountain drink from then on. But it progressed over the years to being almost anything could set me off. To now 16 years later having up and down periods of time. Lotronex gave me three months of hope the first time around. I just got it again and am five days in. It's working!
 

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Hi I'm new to the boards and I have to say, this is the best thing I've ever found! I'm really excited just to hear people talking about this. I've been dealing with IBS for about ten years, seriously for about five. I have several theories about how it started but I assoiciate it with the massive amounts of antibiotics I recieved as a kid for my ear infections (too numerous to count). Also, I was always a nervous kid and my teenage years were marked by moving aorund, divorce and general instabilty, which i think exacerbated the tendency toward IBS-D that was already present. Once again, so nice to talk about it to people who get it! thanks -CB
 
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