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well, THAT was a mistake

I went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner. It was really good, though the steak was a touch well-done for my taste. Then I went to WalMart and got my needfuls there... but I barely made it through the checkout before I had a digestive rebellion. The grill rub did me in again.

That hasn't happened for a long while. When I saw the doctor last week, he asked about the IBS, and I said I didn't want to talk to anyone about it, because I didn't think they could do anything about it. But now that I've had a reaction to a food other than dairy, I think I do need to see someone about it. I can't predict when I will have these issues, because I don't know what causes them. Goodness knows if it'll be triggered by MREs, or whatever they'll feed us in the field. But it only took an hour to turn my bowels to water this time, and I shudder to think what would have happened if there hadn't been a bathroom right there. It's disquieting.

I'm going to pack my bag and get my notes squared away for tomorrow and hope that all this is out of my system... literally.

i feel: sick sick

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goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: November 22nd, 2004 05:35 am (UTC) (base camp)
FWIW, I've had similar issues my whole life. It started as just dairy when I was a kid and gradually got worse and worse. Right now, the antidepressants I'm on help keep it under control. Mostly. But my other little secret is taking a digestive enzyme. I like Schiff Super Enzymall. If I'm going thru a stressful bit... or I've got bad pms... or I'm going to eat something that I think might bother, I just take one with the meal... and well... I barely even think of IBS as an issue anymore.
redsquirrel From: redsquirrel Date: November 22nd, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Right now, the antidepressants I'm on help keep it under control. Mostly

I've had a similar experience. I had nasty IBS since a teenager and it indeed mostly went away when I started taking anti-depressants.

I researched the subject and there is some thought that IBS may, at least in some cases, be due to problems with serotonin receptors in the enteric nervous system (nerves in the gut, not connected to the central nervous system). These cases are helped by quite small doses (much less than needed for depression) of a SSRI type antidepressant (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.).

YMMV - IBS, being a syndrome diagnosed from symptoms only, is probably an umbrella diagnosis for a group of different disorders with the same/similar symptoms. This would explain why some people respond well to certain treatments and others find them to be of no help at all.

FYI, there's a good self-help community with lots of info at this site.
ladydiana From: ladydiana Date: December 1st, 2004 01:42 am (UTC) (base camp)
I just kind of wandered over, so feel free to ignore anything I mention that is repetitive, but I think the grill rub has butter in it. You mention having a dairy problem; could that be it?

Are you sure it's IBS and not something more serious (god forbid) like Crohn's disease? I know that my aunt was saying that can be an early symptom, and I know if I have a lot of dairy I have to be close to a toilet.

Can you perhaps get a prescription for Zelnorm?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 1st, 2004 01:55 am (UTC) (base camp)
Huh. Hadn't thought of Crohn's; I rarely have pain that isn't resolved by drinking a bunch of water. I'll have to mention that to the doc when I finally get to talk to one.

I think the Outback issue is actually either onion powder or garlic powder; that seemed to be the only thing on the ingredient list that I don't eat fairly regularly.

Zelnorm is for IBS with constipation; the last thing I need is a laxative. ;-)
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