I’ll just say this now. If you don’t like talking about poop, or reading about poop, move along. I’m kidding, it won’t be that bad. But seriously, you should probably go.
I have been dealing with IBS on a daily basis for over 10 years. I know the true definition of IBS is alternating constipation/diarrhea, that might affect a person a few times a month. No. I have it every day all day, and it’s only one kind. Never constipation.
I am that person who takes a bite of a cracker, or plain white bread, and has to run to the bathroom. Water, breathing, everything makes me have to use the bathroom. I am serious.
I’ve been tested recently for inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease mainly), gluten intolerance, and other food allergies. When I explained my symptoms to my doctor, and stated I’d been dealing with them for over a decade, he thought there was NO way it was just plain old IBS. However, all the tests came back fine, and we still don’t know what my problem is.
While I realize that having to use the bathroom all day is not normal, and probably not how most people live, it is my normal. So here we are at day 4 of Lupron, and it’s like my digestive system shut off. It doesn’t work. I CANNOT go to the bathroom. Oh my god, I’m going crazy. It is probably more or less in my head, but I’m already so uncomfortable. I already took 2 stool softeners and am eagerly waiting for them to do something. I cannot imagine having to do this for 20 more days! AHHH! My best friend said she was totally constipated for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Maybe I’m just getting a head start. I hope.
Anyone else ever experience this symptom? Gross. Other than that though, I am feeling no different. Maybe a slight achy headache occasionally, but nothing that lasts longer than a few minutes.
A new exciting discovery today! At my IVF teach session, the nurse had told me if I wanted to, I could ice my stomach before doing the injections, to numb the area. Initially, I thought it was kinda stupid, I didn’t need to do that, etc. But I still wasn’t really getting the hang of the injections after a few times, because apparently, sticking a needle in your skin still fucking hurts, no matter how many times you do it. So today I did ice it for a minute, and the needle went in like nothing! I will absolutely be doing this from now on. Especially once I start stims, and/or running out of medicine and need to do multiple injections from multiple vials every day. It’s a lifesaver!
Sorry for the grossness today, y’all. These drugs aren’t the fun kind!