IBS- does it get better?

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I am on anxiety medication I'm getting off Mirtazapine also known as Remron and switching and my anxiety has gone down immensely and when I am anxious my stomach hurts 1,000 times more. I feel calm know and I am just started taking a probiotic. I do not eat sweets, fastfood, drink caffeine, smoke, or do drugs. I have really limited my diet and I am also taking an antispasmatic pill but only one a day instead of four as instructed because my gastro doctor is super unhealthy and just gives me a weeks worth at a time. I thought when I changed my medication my poop would become normal but I every morning I wake up and use the restroom and my stool is loose and does not look healthy. I only poop once or twice a day in the morning. I even eat foods to constipate me so I do not have such loose stools but the problem is still there. This is making me extremely depressed. I do not want anyone to suffer from IBS every again! I want to be healed! Anyone have words of encouragement? Or success stories? or know if any of the medications I mentioned make your stomach worse? Please help!

Thanks so much

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    My Gastro doctor is super unhelpful not unhealthy..my bad and the new medication  I am on is Prozac!
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      Time to get a new gasto it sounds like, if you don't trust the judgement. Mind if I ask which medication as an anti-spasmadic you are only taking once a day instead of four times? That could be why you continue to have problems. Anti-spasmadics don't last long in the system. 
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      Hi taytime it could be the prozac making your tummy worse,cant take nurofen unless ive a lot of food in my stomach otherwise i be doubled over with pain
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    Do you have IBS with constipation or IBS with diarrhea. You mentioned loose stools, so not sure if you meant full on diarrhea, or semi soft regular stools. If IBS with constipation, Prozac can be helpful. If IBS with diarrhea, Prozac is going to make the situation worse. Be careful with the probiotics, some types will make IBS worse and only a few will make it better. I hope you find the relief that you need. There is no cure for IBS, but the symptoms can be controlled.
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      It is never like diarrhea it just is like poop that is mushy and I have to go immediately when I wake up and I know you said Prozac makes it worse but it it keeping my anxiety down and I think this whole thing started because of my anxiety disorder... =(
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      IBS is different from stress related bowel movements. Have you had a colonoscopy or endoscopy? Prozac only makes IBS with diarrhea worse, it can HELP with IBS with constipation. Generally with IBS you either can't go or are going all of the time. It's sounds like you have stress related diarrhea/bowel movements, but not necessarily IBS. 
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      I haven't had a colonoscopy or endoscopy because even with insurance it is an expensive test and the reason why I think it is IBS is because every time I put it in my symptoms IBS comes up and I am not anxious when I first wake up so it cannot be stress all the time and also...I do go a lot in the morning and it freaks me out so I take and anti-diarrhea pill so I do not have to keep pooping. 
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      The side effects of stress are not always instant, and are often delayed. You don't have to be stressed "right this minute" to experience stress related side effects. The reason I asked about the tests, is because IBS has an underlying cause, whereas the underlying cause of stress is the cause in cases of stress related bowel movements. Does your family have a history of IBS? Not proven to be genetic, but it gives you an idea if someone else in your family has suffered like you have. 

      You mention not having diarrhea or constipation. IBS is one or the other generally speaking. Do you have large amounts of gas, bloating, swelling of the stomach, cramping after eating? Do you ever have gooey bowel movements or foam in your stool? Do the symptoms subside even momentarily after you use the restroom/have a bowel movement? These are the types of things associated with IBS. 

      Do you get nauseous frequently? Do you get a full feeling? Do you feel like your cramps increase after eating? Do you ever start vomiting? Does deep breathing in a dark room ease your cramping? Does walking short distances make the pain worse or better? Does it stop when you are sleeping, or do you get up in the night? These types of things are more related to stress related bowel movements than IBS. 

      Unfortunately, I've dealt with both! They thought it was stress related bowel movements in the beginning, then it turned into IBS and there was no stress, and they determined that stress can make IBS worse, but that it doesn't, in itself cause IBS. Now, I have IBS and no stress. Either way, it's not fun when you have to go and go. 

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      My stomach is very acidic and I get nauseous a lot mostly in the morning by mid afternoon and night my stomach is at it's best ..I think I have a mild form but I do not want it to get worse especially since Prozac is really helping my anxiety... =( Before I was on the anti-spasmatic when I had a mushy bowel movement I felt like I was going to barf or pass out and then also I was in so much pain and I also cut out dairy..I am gassy a lot!! Especially after eating
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      Acidic stomach, have you tried acid reducers...Cimetidine, Prilosec OTC, Nexium, etc to see if you can get the acid under control, that can actually cause the nausea as well. For the gassiness, I recommend Charcoal Caps, they are so helpful for that!
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    Hi Taytime, I'm Jay, I will be praying for your healing today. Have you tried a Naturalist Doctor or Herbalist?  
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      Thanks that means a lot!!! I saw one awhile ago for anxiety but since my stomach issues started September of last year I have not yet  seen an herbalist..I think I will though!
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    Yes, because I myself was poisoned from a medication that was given to me by my doctor and if I had not have had Activated Charcoal in my bathroom, I think I may have had to go to the Emergency Room to be pumped out.  That was the 2nd time I did that.  I took too many without eating 1st. I felt as tho I was going to die. So when they say on the bottle do not take more than your doctor prescribes, do not do it. I am awaiting an appt with a gastro doctor, but they are so over crowded that my appt is not until April.  So I pray and trust God.  Jay 
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      Jay, you are so right. I've been saved with Activated Charcoal many times. Everything from food poisoning, to allergic reactions, to iron poisoning. It's always best to have a personal medicine cabinet stocked with things that can save your life when the doctor's/emergency rooms/etc are clueless.
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