Post # 1
My gastroparesis got me good today. I had to make myself throw up 3 times at work (sorry tmi) just to make the pain temporarily ease up. When I got home I vomited something fierce (was not self induced that time) and now I finally feel better but I’m afraid to eat. I know there are other Bees out there who have various GI ailments. It’s something that follows you around and really cuts into simple social activities like going out to eat. How do you ladies cope?
Post # 3
I have IBS – my sister has full blown ulcerative colitis that resulted in having her colon removed.
Mine flares up at the worst moments – when I’m on phone call with a difficult client at work, for instance. A lot of mine is stress related so I just try to breathe through it and wait for the burning to end. I’m always worried a coworker or boss is going to see my face all scrunched up when I’m having an attack and wonder WTF is going on with me.
I use this lady’s guided imagery tapes to feel better. I think it does help with symptoms a little but mostly it helps manage the emotional upset from this stuff 🙁
Post # 4
PS I call my problems tummy trouble too when I’m with DH! So I just had to click on this thread 🙂
When I’m having a bad day I’ll call him and say “oh I am having TERRIBLE tummy trouble!!!” and he knows to have the house nice and soothing when I come home.
Post # 5
Oh, no! I hope you feel better!
I had pretty severe tummy problems for a few years (they thought my gallbladder might be failing). I was lucky enough to have foods that triggered it, though, so I only had to cut out oily and high-fat foods!
Post # 6
I have Crohn’s and it’s an aggressive, nasty case. I take my daily meds and do my shots every four weeks. I just try to take it one day at a time…almost like the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) teachings. I’m OK today and that’s all I worry about. Just for today I’m feeling good. I’ve been dealing with Crohn’s for almost 8 years now, so I’m really in tune with my body and if I feel a flare coming on, I immediately start my BRAT diet and reduce fiber like crazy. I also highly recommend acupuncture, yoga, and meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy to learn to manage stressors. I probably sound totally granola, nutty crunchy (which I’m not really, except for this).
I’ve also learned to accept that some days my best isn’t going to be what I’m 100% capable of doing. That was really hard given my Type A, overachiever personality type but it really has made all the difference. Nothing is worth more to me than maintaining my health. (I also am a complete health related mess of other auto-immune disorders and I’ve been sick with some chronic illness or another for the better part of 10 years). It took me a long time to get to where I am now but it most certainly can be done.
I’ve also developed a twisted sense of humor about all of my illnesses which people who don’t know me well don’t understand and probably find utterly bizarre. I just have to laugh at some of this stuff because the alternative is going completely bat shit crazy. It does suck that sometimes I can’t do things with friends or have to back out at the last minute and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t lose friends over it but I have found that the friends who’ve stuck around are the fiercest supportive group of people I know.
Sending you lots of virtual hugs. Chronic illness sucks! And GI stuff is even worse since despite society being very open about sex, sexuality, and other “taboo” topics, things like puke, poop, and other totally normal bodily functions are still too “embarassing” to talk about.
Post # 7
@Aquaria: Oh no! From the title I thought you meant needing physical support such as Spanx.
Post # 8
@Magdalena: Hahaha! I have IBS too and also use the “tummy trouble” phrase…it’s so much nicer than giving him details of what’s really going on!