This may sound strange but I have been tracking my IBS symptoms for a while and I think the severity of the symptoms is tied to my general well being and mood. When I am enjoying life, the IBS doesn't seem to be affecting me much. If I get depressed or angry, then the IBS symptoms seem to get much worse. My bowels will not operate normally. Has anyone else observed this?
When I have awful IBS symptoms, I can get angry and depressed. When the symptoms go away, I feel good. I think it is hard to judge what is the cause and what is the effect. How are you telling which is the chicken or the egg?
IBS is definitely triggered by stress, so yes, mood comes into it. And if you're stressed, you're likely to be tense, which may cause physical problems related to IBS. Also, some foods may trigger attacks, so it may be worth keeping a food diary for a month. Write down everything you eat and drink, and how you feel the next day. Maybe eating cheese late at night triggers an attack the next day - a food diary would identify that sort of pattern.
I was journaling a lot to make the connection, but you are right, it is hard to determine the cause and effect. The only reason I reached this conclusion was the timing. Something would make me happy and my IBS symptoms would get better. The depression and anger are harder to see from the IBS symptoms I have had, but I really believe being happy makes my symptoms better.
It is quite possible with the neurotransmitter differences that have been found in the brains of those with IBS. You should suggest that to a medical university for a study because I think that is the only way it would be more conclusive. They would need to test the theory with a lot of people.
Oh absolutely. It is very, very directly related to stress and therefore moods, too. If you're feeling good overall, you're less likely to be having issues, but if you get down in the dumps, then you might see more flare-ups. If you're on any medications, it can be connected to that, too.
I had a nosey around Google for some kind of medical or scientific opinion and found nothing. I know someone who was recently diagnosed as depressed - which she quite obviously is. However, she was also diagnosed about three years ago with IBS after having issues with her bowel for years. I am wondering if the two are connected - I would certainly be interested in finding out more.
Wow, when I am bad with IBS, I am always moody. I also find I am not affected as much when I am enjoying life. When I am bad, I get really stressed and angry. I find it just gets annoying and ruins my day. I am lucky though because I have a great husband who understands and puts up with my moods.