Hi, my name is Holly. I am 25 and suffer nasty IBS (D). I had my gall bladder out when I was 18, right after a pregnancy, and since then its been a downhill slope. My IBS had gotten so bad for a while I could not leave my own town because the highway between towns and lack of bathrooms got me all worked up. I think part of my problem is mental. If I have a meeting or event where I know I cannot go to the bathroom, it gets me flared. If somebody else is in the bathroom and I know I cannot go if needed, it causes a flare. My doctor told me to use Immodium for the runs. It got to the point where I was taking 4 before I even left for anything. It was awful. When I was on vacation with my son's paternal family I was taking so much because I was so embarrassed by my situation, I could not wait to get home and just curl up with my toilet. Of course then I end up with constipation and hurt for several days. Oh yeah, I have hemorrhoids too so constipation and me... ouch.
I've finally found a break in the cycle. Every night I have to drink a bottle of water and take 2 Fiber Choice chewable fiber pills and a probiotic Align. Really good probiotics are hard to find around here. I learned you really need one with at least 10 different bacterias to really be beneficial. Align is the only thing that is really helping. I tried the Digestive Advantage and it caused me to hurt. I couldn't pass gas.
I think my IBS is a contributing factor to my weight. I tend to stay home rather than go on walks or to the park because of fear of not being able to use the bathroom on the drop of a dime. I am terrified of trying to get a job (my son's father supports us with child support and my son is Autistic so me staying home was a good thing for so long) because if I get stressed, or a sudden splurge in customers and I cannot go to the bathroom. It honestly terrified me.
Last week I made a decision. I was going to make changes and try to conquer the control IBS has on me. Work on my weight. And my mental health. That it was time to work on ME. So here I am on Spark, just completed week one.
IBS does effect my ability to work out. I hope by managing it better I can get in more calorie burning experiences and get out of my house more often. Enjoy the upcoming Spring and Summer.
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