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Ibs from fibromyalgia and anxiety

I am really suffering from Ibs from fibromyalgia and anxiety, do not know what to eat

As everything seems to trigger it off. Have been having a very bad time lately my husband has had a stroke, and going backwards and forwards to the hospital has trebled my fibro ibs and anxiety, anyone got any answers?

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I was in your situation a few years ago, obviously I don't know your circumstances. If your husband is in a stable condition are there any other family members who can visit each day. You really need to look after yourself at this time, of course you want to be with your husband however he is being cared for in hospital, so please try to take some time for your own needs. Wishing you well and a good recovery for your Husband. Lou xx

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Hi lou60

I was already suffering from anxiety fibro and ibs before my husbands stroke,

He is in rehabilitation hospital at moment, and there only myself snd my Son who lives 1and half mikes away so can only visit once a week, so am feeling quite overwhelmed.

My fibro and ibs are really going through the mill my anxiety is really playing my ibs up everything I eat, and constantly worrying about the next meal, quite food obsessed in fact.

I m seeing Psychiatrist said I am suffering from emotional distress, also seeing Psychologist, but I know it is up to me as well.

My husband is 82 and I am 78 so age does not help.

Thank you for your concerns

Regards

Pat

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Hi Fluffymare,

Sorry you are having a tough time. My doctor recommended I try the FODMAP diet for my IBS, the scientific trials have had an excellent result. Something like 80% saw an improvement.

I have struggled to do it as I am away from home a lot and it is quite fiddly. But maybe you have more time to dedicate to it? Interestingly, the worst culprits are garlic and onion. Do you have a lot of those in your diet? You can read about it here: kcl.ac.uk/lsm/research/divi...

I hope you feel better soon x

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Hi Magentta,

I am suffering a great deal according to my Psychiatrist from Emotional Distress

And my husbands stroke has almost trebled this, making my fibro, ibs ans anxiety so bad.

I try to eat healthily but everything is kicking it off at the moment, I don't eat garlic and try to avoid onions. I am seeing a pPsychologist at the moment but am just worrying about what to eat all the time, have one meal then constantly thinking about the next one, thinking I might have developed a eating disorder.,

Hoping it won't upset my ibs.

Thank you for your comments anyway.

Regards

Pat

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Hi Pat

Bless you, it isn't surprising you are feeling anxious given what you have been through. My mother had a serious stroke and it was a really traumatic for both her and the family. Perhaps you need to take some time to look after yourself? You are obviously getting medical help which is really important but maybe you need to focus on other things too? Perhaps a new hobby? Don't be too hard on yourself :) x

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Hi Pat

Bless you, it isn't surprising you are feeling anxious given what you have been through. My mother had a serious stroke and it was a really traumatic for both her and the family. Perhaps you need to take some time to look after yourself? You are obviously getting medical help which is really important but maybe you need to focus on other things too? Perhaps a new hobby? Don't be too hard on yourself :) x

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Hello Fluffymare,

Sorry to hear you are feeling the way you do at the moment, I am sending best wishes that you'll both feel better soon.

I have just posted this on another thread and thought it might be helpful for you too;

Some people find Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a good coping mechanism for stress, anxiety & others on the community say it helps their Fibro pain too.

Here's some info about it;

anxietybc.com/sites/default...

Hope you feel some benefit - keep strong

Emma :)

FibroAction Administrator

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Thank you for your kind thoughts and information

Regards

Pat

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Hello again,

No problems at all, I just thought you might like to go to IBS Network website, if not seen it already here's the link;

theibsnetwork.org/

All the best

Emma

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Hi fluffymare,

I am so sorry to read about your situation. I have IBS and when it plays up as it would when under stress I take Mebeverin tablets 3 tomes a day before meals. I don't have to worry about what I am eating and they do help settle things down. Would you be able yo see your Gp to see if that would be suitable for you. If it was and they worked it would be 1 less thing to worry about.

I hope all goes well for both you and your husband and you both make a speedy and full recovery.

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Hi Fluffymare

I am so sorry to read of this and I genuinely hope that you can find some resolution and relief to your situation. This is clearly such a difficult time for you and your family.

I sincerely hope that you can find the answers that you so desperately desire and deserve.

All my hopes and dreams for you

Ken x

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Thank you for your good wishes, I have received many responses from members giving me good advice, and I must say this the most friendly forum I have ever been on, thank again

Pat

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So very sorry that you are struggling so much! The IBS is such an inconvenience at such times too.

I suggest a few things:

1) Wear panty liners...a little further back in the panty than normal. They can be very helpful if you have any delay finding a restroom, since you are doing so much driving about right now

2) Carry a makeup bag with a pair of clean panties, panty liners, and some wipes in your purse until this stressful time lets up.

3) Start your daily routine with a bran cereal & include one Benefiber water additive daily. Try to eat a high fiber diet consistently

Good luck & God Bless!

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Hi mikipaulo

Thanks for the information, I always wear a panty liner, i my problem seems to be having diarrhea in the morning, but feeling constipated during the day, always had ibs constipation which I eat a high fibre diet. So don't know what is going on.but feel pretty awful.

Just been to morrisons forgot most of the things I needed to buy, drove there and my balance and fog is bad, but have to go to the hospital this afternoon and neighbour very kindly takes me and brings me back, then back home to cook a meal, then get the hot pads out and collapse into bed with my sleeping tab.

Life can be very hard.

Thanks again for your kind concern

Pat

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