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Re: Long-term consequences of IBS on life
      11/08/06 08:50 AM
AstroChick

Reged: 12/30/03
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Loc: Chicago, IL, USA

What I see in your post is that it's anxiety that's crippling you, not IBS. Believe me, IBS plus anxiety is horrible, IBS without anxiety is just annoying. And I'm sure adding on the inevitable graduation anxiety doesn't help!

It's almost a sure bet that if you find a way to manage your anxiety, you'll be able to navigate this a lot better. Hypnotherapy (including the CDs available on this site) is a proven therapy for IBS. A regular exercise program and/or yoga and meditation can also help. A lot of people are helped by antidepressant and antianxiety drugs.

One first step is to come to the intellectual realization that the fear is worse than the actual bowel ickiness. That thought helped me a bit, but didn't really kick in until I did the hypno CDs and realized that on an emotional/subconscious level. Now, even if I have an stress-related attack, I don't get into that "fight or flight" mode where I make myself sicker and sicker. I just bring along reading material to the bathroom, and keep drinking my peppermint tea.

You can turn this big scary IBS monster into an annoying yappy dog. Really.

--AC


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vmars4eva
11/05/06 08:37 AM
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11/11/06 01:05 AM
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11/06/06 12:46 PM
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11/06/06 09:14 PM
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Mary_V
11/07/06 04:39 AM
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seggy
11/07/06 07:46 AM
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vmars4eva
11/07/06 12:28 PM
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AstroChick
11/08/06 08:50 AM
* I love this post, AC. -nt-
Sand
11/08/06 09:00 AM
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AstroChick
11/08/06 11:25 AM
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Sand
11/08/06 08:47 AM
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vmars4eva
11/08/06 02:38 PM
* lol how did I end up in England
seggy
11/08/06 01:43 AM
* how i have dealt
Miso
11/07/06 08:24 PM
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11/06/06 12:47 PM
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11/05/06 01:21 PM
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11/05/06 12:03 PM
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11/05/06 01:16 PM
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