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Back in 1997, I was on antibiotics for over two weeks on an empty stomach for impacted and infected wisdom teeth. Before that, I led a normal life. After that, I had diarrhea often. For a while it was like every other day. The doctor said I might have ibs. I don't know. Anways, after starting to eat more fiber, it helped, but I am not great about eating the right foods all the time. I have diarrhea about once every couple weeks now. My real problem is not the diarrhea, it's the anxiety that one day I might be someplace where there aren't any bathrooms and have an attack of diarrhea. I have never had an accident, but the fear of having one is enough to make me not want to go anywhere with anyone without taking immodium ad. One time, after being out with friends and my fiance at the time (now my husband) I made him drive through a security checkpoint in college without stopping because if he didn't I definitely would not have made it and we had friends in the car! Another time we were on our way home from a vacation a couple hours from home and I had an attack and just made it in the nick of time to the bathroom. So now when my friends want to go to the mall at lunch or do anything spontaneous, I usually say no because I am scared. How sad is that. My husband is really supportive, but he gets kind of frustrated that I have to take immodium every time we drive further than a half hour or to an unknown place where I don't know every bathroom along the way. Does anyone else feel this way? How do you deal with it? I can deal with eating lots of fiber and taking immodium once a week or something, but I would rather stop being psycho and just suck it up and get brave. What's the worst that can happen? I poop my pants or have to pop a squat outside? To the normal person, the prospect of that wouldn't scare them to death and make them not want to go places. To me for some reason, it terrifies me to death! Plus the more nervous I get the more I have to go to the bathroom! It makes me mad that I live my life around bathrooms. The worst part is, I can't tell you how many times I didn't go someplace for fear that I would get diarrhea and then I never got it! It's half in my head, I swear. But I just can't seem to get over it. Help!
Stacy
You may have Coeliac (Celiac) Disease.
This is associated with diarrhoea and IBS.
CD is an auto-immune condition where you cannot eat gluten because it causes damage to the small intestine. The body seems to view gluten as an enemy & can try to get rid of the gluten in foods by rushing it through the body - resulting in diarrhoea.
CD is often triggered by an illness, operation or some form of stress.
I suggest you have a blood test/gastroscopy/biopsy to find out if you have CD.
You must be eating an ordinary diet to be tested for CD.
There is no cure but if you have CD you will be advised to undertake a strict gluten free diet which should ensure you return to good health.






[QUOTE=stacydl]Back in 1997, I was on antibiotics for over two weeks on an empty stomach for impacted and infected wisdom teeth. Before that, I led a normal life. After that, I had diarrhea often. For a while it was like every other day. The doctor said I might have ibs. I don't know. Anways, after starting to eat more fiber, it helped, but I am not great about eating the right foods all the time. I have diarrhea about once every couple weeks now. My real problem is not the diarrhea, it's the anxiety that one day I might be someplace where there aren't any bathrooms and have an attack of diarrhea. I have never had an accident, but the fear of having one is enough to make me not want to go anywhere with anyone without taking immodium ad. One time, after being out with friends and my fiance at the time (now my husband) I made him drive through a security checkpoint in college without stopping because if he didn't I definitely would not have made it and we had friends in the car! Another time we were on our way home from a vacation a couple hours from home and I had an attack and just made it in the nick of time to the bathroom. So now when my friends want to go to the mall at lunch or do anything spontaneous, I usually say no because I am scared. How sad is that. My husband is really supportive, but he gets kind of frustrated that I have to take immodium every time we drive further than a half hour or to an unknown place where I don't know every bathroom along the way. Does anyone else feel this way? How do you deal with it? I can deal with eating lots of fiber and taking immodium once a week or something, but I would rather stop being psycho and just suck it up and get brave. What's the worst that can happen? I poop my pants or have to pop a squat outside? To the normal person, the prospect of that wouldn't scare them to death and make them not want to go places. To me for some reason, it terrifies me to death! Plus the more nervous I get the more I have to go to the bathroom! It makes me mad that I live my life around bathrooms. The worst part is, I can't tell you how many times I didn't go someplace for fear that I would get diarrhea and then I never got it! It's half in my head, I swear. But I just can't seem to get over it. Help!
Stacy[/QUOTE]





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