IBS D/C and Stress
Stress is my IBS trigger. About 5 years ago I started to have problems with indigestion. At first it was about once a week for 2 hours. As time went by the stress from moving overseas and economic challenges affected my health. At the beginning I didn't understand how IBS is very different in different people.
From once a week it went to twice a week and then every other day.
Looking for answers
I went to a great Doctor and he did all the tests in the world, including colonoscopy and endoscopy. Everything came out normal.
But my flare-ups continued. But I noticed that when I traveled out of town or country I never had flare-ups and could eat and drink normally.
But when I returned home after a few days healthy the flare-ups would start again.
In my case when I say flare-ups it usually happens after lunch and my stomach starts feeling weird, and if I am constipated and can't go, I start to feel nauseous. If I manage to go, it starts hard and then turns into watery diarrhea like 5 to 10 times until nothing is left [about 2 hours] that's when things go well. If I can't go at all, in about 30 minutes the nausea turns into vomiting, and after I vomit I always get the watery diarrhea.
Then I have to drink Pedialyte or I start to get muscle cramps. It generally lasts about 2 hours. The weird thing is that half an hour after my flare-ups finish, I get hungry and can eat or drink anything without problems.
Experimenting with different remedies
After years of this and no solution from Drs or friends, I began to experiment with different remedies.
Since the constipation was a major factor I bought a local natural stool softener and took it before bedtime. In the morning things came out well and that day I had no flare-ups.
After 5 days with no problems, I started getting that weird feeling in my stomach and if I could go to the bathroom again after lunch I felt better.
Since I didn't like the after lunch weird feeling I started also taking an activated charcoal pill after each meal and found that it really helped me. I went back to my stomach doctor and explained the whole case and my self-treatment.
He said that I should continue with my treatment and said that since it was obviously caused by stress, he explained that in the colon there is a connection direct to the brain and it can send messages that cause nausea. He proposed that I also take one 25mg amitriptyline before bedtime with the stool softener.
After about 10 days, I feel much better and have learned to not take as seriously the daily stressful events. I still get a flare-up from time to time but it is only like 4 times a month. And after 2 hours of laying down on the bed and pooping I feel normal. I hope this information helps others suffering from IBS.
One last point, a friend suggested taking 2 drops of THC cannabis oil under the tongue at night. I tried it at bedtime and it seems to help calm down the brain to sleep better and wake up fresh.
Good luck everyone. Give us hope.
Do you cancel plans often due to IBS?