~ IBS ~
Hi …. I don’t think there’s a group for this, so I thought I’d try you all. I have been prone to IBS with constipation since my divorce 12 years ago – we were married for 40 years and I felt as though I’d been thrown away. My gastro-intestinal doctor suggested Metamucil, which seemed to work. Between then and now I’ve had 3 moves, one about 4 hours from where I’d lived for 30 years, a TKR and also a revision, am on several psychotropic medications for cyclothymia, and just feel awful. Well, I’m 73 and have had my teeth removed in order to get dentures …. there’s been quite a harang with this and it’s been over a year since I’ve been eating soft and pureed foods …. cream of wheat, soups (pureed), pureed spaghetti, if I do eat a piece of fruit it has to be pureed, but I try not to. It’s been a long haul. Well, now I’m packing to move to a low-income apartment closer to my girls, and the IBS has become the diahrrhea form ….. OMG, it’s awful. I’m afraid to go out. I don’t know what to do anymore. I’m new down here and only have an Internist, but with moving that will have to change. I need the name of a good gastro-enterologist at the hospital I will be using. In the meantime, does anyone have any suggestions for me? I’m forced to use pads right now “just in case” ….. I know this is anxiety and tension, but it’s got to stop.