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8/24/11 3:28 P

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Hi I know exactly how you feel. I suffer from GERD, IBS, Gastroparesis and Small intestinal Bacterial overgrowth, Thats just my stomach trouble. I also have diabetes, Fibromyalgia and OA. Life for me is just trying to eat so my sugar levels stay okay. The pain in my stomach and the rest of my body slows me down too. The medication I take caused me to gain weight lots of weight. Now I use to let the illness run my life but when I found Spark I decided to take back the reigns and the control. Some days is easier then others and then there are days I just want to crawl in bed and hide. You can't let it control you, set your mind to try harder with you eating and exercises. Last but most important get together with your doctor and discuss an exercise plan just for you. I would also suggest seeing a therapist to talk this out with and help you control your eating better. When were having a lot of problems with pain it can cause depression. Talk to your doctor about it, if you have a good doctor he/she should help you out. I don't mean to preach at you I just know all this from experience. Hang in there you can do this by taking it one day at a time, when you hurt take it hour by hour. Good Luck....Sandra

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8/23/11 4:49 P

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I hope this isn't offensive or anything to anyone here. this is just something I'm realizing about myself.

Like everyone else here, I use SparkPeople to reach a healthy weight in a healthy way. of course I want to do this the healthy way, with the right balance of food & nutrition and exercise. but to be honest, I've had an eating disorder for a few years now. my weight has been way up and it's been way down. like IBS, I've had better months with this, and worse months.

with IBS-D, I cut out trigger foods. my list of acceptable foods and dietary choices whittles down. when I eat a normal amount? everything seems to go straight through me. I'm in the bathroom 10-20 times a day. when I eat much less? I have far less diarrhea. it's one of those terrible, terrible motivators.

they then try to treat both my IBS and EDs with antidepressants. TCAs and SSRIs caused rapid weight gain, ballooning up way past "normal" for me. do they give me an insatiable appetite? yup. do they change how I feel about my body? nope. in fact gaining that much makes me feel even worse about how I look. much MUCH worse.

with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, exercise can be difficult. pain and fatigue-hard to exercise when these are bad. it makes me feel worse and guilty about not exercising, even when I know there's a medical reason why I struggle with it. I can't help but compensate with less food.

I've found that digestive troubles like IBS, pain disorders like Fibromyalgia, and the exhaustion from Chronic Fatigue makes it so hard to have a healthy relationship with food and with my body. that's just the truth of it. and while whenever the ED gets bad, I work with my doctors just like I do when the IBS and others get worse. but it's so hard to really get rid of it for good. IBS has it's worse times and it's manageable times, and so, apparently, does my eating disorder. I hate that they are related, at least in me. some might think that ED would be easier to combat than IBS, FMS, CFS, IC...but sometimes it's the hardest of them all.

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