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My anxiety and IBS

I really just need a place to vent and get this out and I figured this would be perfect. I’ve had IBS-D since I was 22. It’s been about 11 years now. Some days are better than others. I actually hate those days more than anything. I end up with this false sense of security that everything will be ok and I can eat what I want only to pay for it later. I think that is what I am experiencing right now.

I had Mexican last night and that can be a toss up. Unfortunately the insomnia kicked in about an hour and a half ago along with the nausea. I’m kind of just laying here waiting for the inevitable going over my day ahead thinking what can I skip if I’m going to be chained to the bathroom and will I disappoint anyone if I need to cancel plans. Then of course my anxiety starts because I’m currently away at a conference and what if I’m still sick when I need to leave and how will I be able to drive and blah blah blah. So here I am at 5:07am letting my anxiety win while waiting for my stomach to join the party. Sorry if this is a rambling post but I just needed a place to get this out.

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Comments

  • kirribilli
    6 months ago

    I feel for you, I have the same frustrating and debiitating IBS doctors dont seem to know how to treat it, told me to take anti depressants so I did hasnt helped, I have diarrhea for days on end please any help????

  • Chris Hall moderator
    6 months ago

    I’m sorry to hear you’re going through this, @kirribilli! The lack of understanding from health care professionals is really disheartening. Have you thought about getting a second opinion from another doctor? In the meantime, many folks here have found some kind of symptom relief from altering their diet to eliminate certain foods that are shown to trigger IBS symptoms. The low-FODMAP diet aims to do this, and we have more information on that here: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/ibs-diet/. I hope this helps! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

  • cfamilyfix
    8 months ago

    Hang in there. My anxiety has been a real struggle for me these last few months, and it automatically triggers symptoms consistently. I been working real hard on just taking each day as it comes and not let how I feel to stop me from going to work or trying to be social. Some days it works out, some days not so much. And that’s ok

  • Chris Hall moderator
    8 months ago

    We always welcome a good vent session, @purple228! Thanks for sharing your story with us. The anxiety kicking in can certainly make matters worse. How did everything go this morning? I’m hoping you’re feeling better now! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

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