Friday, April 9, 2010

IBS, Anxiety, and SSRI anti-depressants

If you have followed this blog you know that I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is a very common condition in today's stressful society. It is so commonly diagnosed, and misdiagnosed, because there is nothing really physically wrong that the doctor can point out and say "this is what's causing your ailment". IBS is a group name for a bunch of different conditions related to the gastro-intestinal tract.

Anyway, I've gone through every physical exam available and have also tried a bunch of medicines and treatments. Nothing has been working very good. I'm on lomotil now, which is a pretty decent cheap drug. However, it only works half of the time.

Last year my gastroenterologist suggested I try an SSRI, which is an anti-depressant. I'm not a supporter of heavy drugs and try to avoid medicines as much as possible so at that time I said no. Then after more research and some time to think about it I gave it a try.

I started with Paxil, which is quite common but after only a couple of days it made me very naseous and sick to the stomach. It also made my mind numb. I stopped that and then got prescribed Zoloft, which is the most prescribed anti-anxiety/anti-depressant in the world. It seems to be better as I had no nasea. However, my mind felt somewhat numb though.

Well, I'm both happy and sad to say that these SSRI meds are doing nothing to help my IBS so I can check off those as well. I'm sad because I was hoping this would be the end of my IBS symptoms. However, I'm also happy because I didn't want to get stuck taking these heavy meds.

So, I'm still on the quest to become free from IBS.

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