This is a really interesting discussion. I think I've always dealt with IBS a bit. But after I had my gallbladder is when it started getting worse. And what really sets it off are emotional issues. Especially stress and anxiety...but can be depression, or even intense happy emotions too....though that is more rare. I really do think it is all connected! And I also find that hormones mess with mine as well. During TTOTM I seem to have a lot more gastro issues too.
It seems kind of like the Chicken and the egg debate. For me, the depression has hit after the IBS flares up but sometimes it hits before a flare up. I have a lot of abdominal pain and we are still seeking an answer for that so chronic pain adds to the depression for me as well.
I appreciate the feedback. Stress does really cause flare ups for me. Apparently so much of the body's functions can relate to the gastrointestinal track and if you bacteria is off it can cause problems. And if 95% of the body's serotonin levels are found here, I guess it can really mess up the body in more ways than just IBS or just depression. Its interesting to do some more reading and research on.
I started having problems with IBS after having brain surgery years ago. I had no idea that the majority of serotonin is located in the gut. I take an anti-depressant and do not know if that helps with the IBS or not but the IBS really flares up during stressful times for sure!!!
Edited by: ADAJLIM at: 6/9/2011 (21:29)
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Very interesting point! I had significant issues with IBS for a number of years. About 10 years ago I started on Prozac and since then have had a SIGNIFICANT improvement in my symptoms! It takes a major situation for me to have a flare up and even these are very mild compared to what I used to have. My adult son is on anti-depressant also and I think his IBS has settled down but he still complains of it more than I.
I was answering the Daily Trivia questions, and I already knew most of the body's serotonin is located in the gut. But I never really stopped to think about it. But today I began to wonder. My IBS has been doing much better this last week, and much better than it has in weeks actually. Those weeks where I was taking probiotics and extra fiber... The difference in this last week. I started on two anti-depressants. One for sleep, and one for depression. If off-balanced serotonin can cause depression, AND lead to IBS, I wonder if my depression is more related to my gut than my brain... weird huh. I didn't suffer from depression when I started having symptoms of IBS. My IBS is actually due to a gall bladder surgery and my body produces too much bile and then after years of having to RUN to the potty, just the thought of not being able to go if I have to puts me in a frenzy. And over the last few years my depression has gotten worse. I won't say I never suffered from depression BEFORE the surgery but I was doing pretty good for several years. This last week I have been pretty calm. And so has my potty issues.
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