Wednesday, January 20, 2010

IBS, Acne and Stress

When I was 18 I started getting issues with my intestines, later diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). That was over 15 years ago and since then I've gone through every gastrointestinal medical test known to man. There has and is nothing physically wrong with my gastrointestinal tract. There hasn't been any successful medications either. In the earlier days of my condition, I didn't care to investigate much...I just wanted it to go away. In the more recent years, I've become more analytical and really want to find the cause of this stupid condition.

Why am I talking about this here? Well, I have no personal blog and IBS is indeed related to toilets....considering how often one with IBS have to use one.

Stress. That is probably the biggest cause of IBS. People with IBS will tell you that it's not true, that they are not stressed, and that there must be an underlying physical reason to their condition. I will tell you that stress is the most common cause of medical conditions and diseases of the modern world. I'm not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be one, but I'm sure the majority of the people in the medical profession will agree. Stress is bad and is very hard to treat. Since everything else has failed I am now going after stress to cure my IBS. My friends will say that I'm not stressed. I appear very calm and stable on the outside but inside there is something else....my nerves is causing my IBS. If you only knew how big part of the nervous system is located in your intestinal area.

Acne. What would you think when I say that my stress is not only causing my IBS but also my acne and oily skin? Is it a far out theory? Before I used to think so. Now I think I'm on to something. Most teenagers acne start while going through puberty. I had NO acne during puberty. My acne started when I was 18, exactly around the time when my first IBS symptoms appeared. When my IBS symptoms gets worse, my acne gets worse. When I'm more stressed, my skin gets more oily. Coincidence? I don't think so. My dermatologist wants to think that there is a physical reason to my acne....so she can "cure" it with creams and strong pills. Not so fast! I'm not buying into that. Finally, my dermatologist did acknowledge that my acne can be caused by stress.

I am now on a mission to reduce my stress. I'm human....I can't eliminate it.....but I sure can reduce it. Will it work? I sure hope so. When I reduce my stress I am positively definitely sure that my acne and IBS symptoms will be less problematic.

When I'm done, I can confidently claim that stress causes IBS and acne.

Thank you!

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