Unfortunately, IBS Rules My Life

Unfortunately, IBS Rules My Life
Christine Tender Points One of the least-discussed but more life-limiting symptoms of fibromyalgia, at least for me, is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For those who are lucky enough to be unfamiliar with this condition, here are a few of the particulars. IBS has three categories: The first is IBS-D, which produces diarrhea; the second is IBS-C, which produces constipation; and the third produces symptoms that vary from one to the other. Additionally, a host of difficulties accompany IBS, including gas, bloating, abdominal pain, mucus in the stool, nausea, and fatigue. Some people experience these symptoms infrequently. For others, like me, it’s so common that it's pretty much a way of life. During a recent three-year period, my IBS-D became so severe that it caused me to lose 40 lbs. Of course, I sought treatment during that time, as I had so many other times in the past. Sadly, treatment is ineffective unless the cause is known. To this day, the cause of my particular symptoms remains a mystery. Conventional healthcare providers commonly look first to infection as the cause. Initial treatment often consists of a course or two of antibiotics. Sadly for me, most antibiotics produce diarrhea for my sensitive system e
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  1. Krystina Fargnoli says:

    Boy, did I find myself in parts of what you wrote and if people could only understand. It can be FRUSTRATING already dealing with it and upsetting but even more so when you don’t have people who understand. Thank you for writing this piece. It made me feel not so alone.

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