I have been dealing with IBS-D for the last 10 years.My GI problems Started when i was a baby.I was lactose intolerant. During my teenage years I was diagnosed with GERD Then treated for that.It was in my late 20's when I started to pry for answers. I have found it very helpful to keep a food diary and try to avoid "triggers" daily Here is what has helped.
- I have explained this disease to everyone I know.
- I'm not ashamed to refuse foods during(family,friend,inlaw) dinners
- Pro Biotic shots have helped with the cramping and have acted as a binding agent
- Loperamide (eg, Imodium) is my best friend.It has allowed me to socialize and regain confidence that I will make it to the washroom on time.Above all it has reduced my anxiety.
- Marijuana is the only thing that kills the pain.(Some may have an issue with this but I swear it reduces the smooth muscle spasm without the twisting, gut wrenching pain of antispasmodics)*
- Do not give into the munchies associated with the pain relief of marijuana as it will only counteract
- Antispasmodics did nothing for me
- Mint tea helps reduce the bloating and gas
- Be aware that dark teas can also cause D But as Im sure you've noticed you cant cure one symptom without causing another
- Regular sleep schedules do wonders...Seriously GET YOUR REST :)
- Stress reduction also does wonders
- When I say wonders...I mean slight improvement.Im really trying to make the best out of it.
I refuse to let it control my life but I also try not to be so hard on myself because the fact is that I have a disease that consumes every damn day of my life.I do the best I can with what I know and I hope one day there will be a cure.Those who do not suffer with IBS do not understand the impact and stress that we deal with everyday. IBS-D has forced me to do some soul searching,to fight against my anxiety daily,to better manage my eating,sleeping etc and it has showed me who's real and who's not.
THERE IS HOPE
I wish for you all the strength and patience that this requires and to keep your head up.Try not to let it control you.You control it.Yes I know that's not always possible, I know that it's rarely the case but I promise that a change in thinking towards positive does help reduce anxiety and so does
Sleep and Loperamide xo