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Old 01-21-12, 11:47 PM   #1
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i have irritable bowel sydrome. i find it very frustrating.
whenever i eat, and it doesn't matter what, i have to shit.
that means i can't eat out. and when i eat at home, i can't do anything for two hours at least.
after a meal, i run back and forth to the toilet for hours.
and then it's time to eat again. and then i'm back to the toilet.
i feel like i am a slave to Master Toilet
and it plays into my incest history.
during the week, i try to schedule time away from the toilet,
but that means i can't eat for most of the day.
i have had anorexia and bulimia in the past. i also suffered from compulsive overeating.
interfering with my natural rhythm of eating is something i don't like doing becaues it opens up the door to eating disorders for me.
IBS forces me to eat a lot on the days when i am home, and then eat nothing when i have things to do. i don't have the time to sit on the toilet all day when i have to pay bills or go to work or go to the store.
the bathroom issue can't be ignored; what am i supposed to do? shit my pants?
some days i hate my life because i have IBS.
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Old 01-22-12, 07:19 PM   #2
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Hootspa, I have IBS too. Had it since I was 19 years old. I'm now 43 years old. When I was about 35 years old, I got so desperate I decided to do a Colon Cleanse. Had to go on a clear liquid diet for 5 days. Took me about 8 visits but finally got a good cleanse. It was life saving for me. I find it abit intrusive and don't like to do it regularly which my Therapist wants me to do. But if things get bad again. I just might do it. Best I felt in years. I didn't lose any weight but I did lose a pant size. Like a size 9 to a size 7.

I had no more gas, pain, bloating, sometimes I looked 5 months pregnant and alot of times people asked me if I was pregnant. God, it was horrible. Plus I learn more about bathroom habits. So, it was good experience overall.

Otherwise I know what you're going through. Hope this helps.

Since that cleanse at 35 years old. I've never been that bad again. I think I've gone about 3 times since.

Take Care.
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Old 01-23-12, 10:19 AM   #3
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Cortisol and Stress: How Cortisol Affects Your Body, and How To Stay Healthy in the Face of Stress This link may help you understand just how one chemical can affect our health. One other point that should be covered yeast and milk products. Google these topics and educate yourself on the effects they have. Did you know milk is designed to be injested by itself just for babies. Milk when entering your stomach immidiatly shuts off the acid flow from the enzymes it contains. If you have a steak in there it will make its way to your colon undigested where it sits and spoils. If I was to put a piece of meat under my arm pit for three days It would cause severe irritation and posible infection...how do you think your colon likes it?
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Old 01-23-12, 01:16 PM   #4
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Hootspa,

I just read a post that you posted back in November. I am at a loss of words to comfort you. I too have many health issues and wonder if and when I will be "fine" in my body. I need to share my experiance.

I am 52 years old. At 30 I was taking an oral medication for border-line dieabetes. I did not change my lifestyle. At 35 I need to inject my self with insulin, still not taking it seriously as I could just give myself more insulin when I needed it. At 45 I got Bell's palsy in my left side of my face. If you were to look at me, I look like I had a stroke.
Around 48 yrs old, I started to feel sick but not like the flu or a bug. But my body felt something was wrong. I told the doctor and he said it was depression and wanted me to see someone who deals with depression. I put it off for 3 years.

In December 2010, I noticed that when turning my head, I would almost pass out. So I had an ultrasound done to my neck. I had just made an appt to see about my depression for January 2011, I told my counselor that I had a medical issue and not mental. All of this happend so fast in January 2011. I had a lump or a growth pushing my artery, causing the blood to be cut from my brain. I was told that it could be cancer and the only way to know was to remove it. I thought a little scar was all I was going to need.

In March 2011, I had this growth removed, however it was "Cancer". Imagine a incission starting from the Adams Apple, up to the right ear and in the middle of that incission is another incission 6" down to the right arm...9 months later it still burns.

So now I am dealing with Irratable Bowel Diese, Arthritis in both feet. I just finished a treatment for "H Pylori".

My whole body feels like I drank Bengay-it burns. I am so alone. its dark where I am. I put God on hold for a number of years and now I am seeking him for a healing. I voiced some questions about life and "Why, Where" and the very next night God spoke to me though men that I never met or may see again.

I have a peace about me and God, but my body hurts.
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Old 01-23-12, 10:30 PM   #5
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faxman, i had to say something to you. i am feel alone so often, stuck with this body that causes me so much pain and stress.
the IBS,
the fibromyalgia,
the lupus,
the sarcoidosis,
the Reynaud's,
the issue with blood clotting and circulation problems,
the lymphatic fluid problems in that same leg,
dealing with sores in that leg, buying compression stockings that inflame the pain of fibromyalgia,
mulitple personality and lack of focus, the DID (dissociatve identity disorder) makes me feel so alienated from people because i do nothing normally, i don't think like anybody i know and it's hard to translate everything i say into a way that fits the way everyone else thinks, and i have to do all this without falling prey to the exclusivity that depression enforces--I am different but I am not. I am still a person and I can still cry and be hurt. with all these health problems, it is hard for me to remember that i am allowed to cry and feel bad for myself. i put on a hard face because i have to. i put on the armor and then i can't take it off. but in therapy i have to or else i will take the hard exterior to a place i don't want to go. to shut off my emotions, for how long? and how much? how much do i have to tone it down? this is hard. this is hard. because of so many problems, without cutting off emotion i would be overwhelmed and suicidal. so i have to shut down. but when shut down i run the risk of being mean and beyond mean, as my childhood abuse made over-the-top-mean normal. i'm not a monster. i am just a person in huge pain. i feel like a monster sometimes.

you talked about being in a dark place. i get like that. where my own body is killing me. my own body. where my own body becomes the enemy. becomes a murder. it is an odd feeling to feel so separated from my body, to see it as my murder. i feel that few people can understand this. maybe you do.
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Hootspa,

I wish you knew how your burden is known to me. I understand you wanting to do something and just cant be done. You are a person and your spirit is in a body that hurts. I am not trying to be condescending-You have every right to. I grieve for things that I lost, I grieve for everything that is wrong in this world. I don't know you but I am deeply hurt for you, If you believe in God, he said there is a place where there will be no more hurting. I pray that you God will touch you, give you guidance and peace.

These words may not seem like a lot of help, but I hear your pain.

In Christ's love...
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faxman, thank you.

-Hootspa
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Hi Hootspa

With all that you are going through, I wonder how you do it? I was talking to a cousin today and I told him how much my eyes have been open in the past few weeks. He has a stepson who has Huningtons Disease. In the past, I would have just kept on going. Now, my heart aches for all.

I had an appointment today with a GI to find my results from a colonscopy I had last thursday. Still no answers. I am going to have a endoscope again, I just had one a month ago. I am also going to have a CT-Scan on my ab. This burning and bloating is very painful. my thoughts are with you.
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Old 01-25-12, 09:31 PM   #9
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you know faxman, i don't know how i do it. i slow things way down and take them one moment at a time because anything else would leave me swinging like a monkey from the roof. i have DID (multiple personalities) and it makes it easier, i think, because it appears that a few personalites don't have as much body pain. unfortunately, i am like a superhero or a mutant from those comic books, in that i can unleash my "powers" only when very stressed. and then they take over with a life of their own. but at least i get to be distracted.

i will keep you in my prayers. i've had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy before, and i had them at the same time, in the same global procedure. the preparation is awful. and i hated that some stranger was going to insert some object into my sacred openings. as an incest survivor, i remember being terrified. and i had no one to hold my hand. an acquaintance dropped me off and i went through the procedures alone. god! my story breaks my heart. it wouldn't be so heartbreaking if i didn't keep fighting the urge to explode the rage i feel onto others. i can't in good conscience fling my frustrations on innocent people, yet i know i am only human and can only take but so much. and when that day of "point of no return" happens, god help anyone who's standing near. i have been holding it in, holding it in, using my super powers of DID to distribute the rage into more tolerable levels by spreading it between the various alters. but now even they are filling up. i am doing the best i can, but i fear an inevitable explosion; i'm only human afterall.
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March 2011, I had surgery on my throat to remove cancer. You mention that you suppress your feelings.
Before my surgery I knew something was wrong, but the doctors just dissmissed my complaints as depression.

There was a few times that I lashed out..I had no controll, the things I said to loved ones still eats at me today. I am so sorry, I can't descripe what happened. In my mind, I still see her sitting on the couch take my verbal abuse and during these assults she never shed a tear. She is strong.

I guess, I am reaching out to you, Your troubles in life felt by me and I pray peace and understanding to all who read your testimony.
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