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04-01-2017 07:40 PM  7 months agoPost 1
heliraptor10

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Recently got diagnosed with IBS. There was a while that was real rough. Too much pain and nausea to do much of anything except lie there in pain. As a result I haven't flown since October. I even got a new Heli (Oxy 3) that I haven't even set up yet.

I'm doing much better these days, pain and nausea wise. I got a treatment done that brought it all down to nearly tolerable levels. I was so bloated that I lost 2 pants sizes in a few days.

I've long had issues with severe anxiety and depression. But while anxiety made learning to fly intense, it also helped me learn to manage it better.

I'm not looking for pity,
Or even advice really.

I just thought it might be interesting and helpful for people to share stories about their difficulties and if and how they overcame them.

I see a lot of people leaving the hobby when they encounter issues like this.

I can't imagine my life without flight.

Goblin! where have you been all my life?
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04-02-2017 02:01 AM  7 months agoPost 2
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updated

I never heard of IBS, I have removed my reply because I thought he was making an April fools joke

sorry heliraptor10 !!

Jim
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04-02-2017 02:13 AM  7 months agoPost 3
heliraptor10

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Steak?

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04-02-2017 02:49 AM  7 months agoPost 4
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I will share this. I had IBS-D for 6 years and had accepted it as a handicap. Had to stay near a bathroom throughout the day just in case.
I can report that I've been cured for about 4 years now. What was the answer that my doctors didn't offer?

Probiotics and a bacteria culture found in yogurt (Activia) and a product called Shakeology. I was skeptical at first and it took about 6 months but it did the trick. My gut was simply lacking the necessary bacteria to do its job properly. No, I don't sell the stuff and can't profit from it.

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04-02-2017 03:04 AM  7 months agoPost 5
heliraptor10

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Life-nerd

Yeah that's one of the things I'm looking at. There's research linking depression to gut bacteria issues, and research that pills for depression alter your bacteria even further.

I've used Activia before this and it helped for just general discomfort.

But what I'm dealing with now just started out of nowhere. So I was looking for a cause.
I've given up on trying to nail that down (when it started there was a lot going on including that I was a construction worker on an EPA superfund site).

Now I'm just concentrating on treatment.

It's funny I was literally just telling my wife about researching probiotics.

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04-02-2017 04:19 AM  7 months agoPost 6
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Last summer I had a serious skin / muscular infection that came out of nowhere. Not related to the gut in any way! One of those things the docs can't explain only that my body had probably be harboring the infection for years (they called it a capsule) and it just chose that time to manifest itself and become a problem. I had to take some serious antibiotics and within a couple of weeks the infection was gone. Then, a few weeks later my gut started acting up in very unpleasant ways .... lets just say the bathroom became a constant companion and the gut pains were incredible. Not wanting to go to the doc again because of their over eagerness to just prescribe more drugs, I did some research and decided to start taking probiotics. Within days I felt much better and was able to resume a normal life. Later, during my annual physical I related my experience to the doc and he said I had done the right thing. The antibiotics had destroyed my normal gut bacteria. Today, I continue to take probiotics daily and feel better than I have in years.

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04-02-2017 05:00 AM  7 months agoPost 7
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not really the same thing, but here is the story,

my cousin went on a cruse to South America, they went to some island when down there and she was told not to eat anything on that island because that island has a different Stomach Bacteria than America has. sO what did my cousin do, well, while she thought she was helping out a local with the money she paid, she bought some fruit, and ate it, well she said she was sicker than she has ever been, and she said that the 2 pills the ship's doctor gave her, well they cost her $700

Jim
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04-02-2017 05:09 AM  7 months agoPost 8
heliraptor10

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Yeah one of the many things that happened in October was that I ingested a small amount of pure peppermint oil.

I was making bug spray (for the field's mosquitoes) and I got a bit of it on my hand. It's food grade, so my first thought was to lick it off. I knew it wouldn't be sweet but I did not know how serious that stuff is.

I tried to rinse out my mouth,
But that only made me swallow it.
Felt like I swallowed an ice spike that stabbed my stomach. A couple days later I started having the pain and nausea.

My "Dr" (nurse practitioner/though I have nothing against nurses) said it was unrelated... Whatever

I wonder if I didn't just wipe all the little buggers out.

I found out that my actual Dr whom I've never seen, is a specialist called an osteopath (their difference is that they try to view the body as a whole, not this part this problem, or even as a sum of its parts). So I've gotten in to see her and things are improving.

It was just incredibly hard to sort out.

Because also in October, my cat I've had for 15 years died. Then a week later the family dog at the grandparents house was diagnosed with cancer and I went with them to put her down. I couldn't let them handle it alone, and I wanted to make sure Shadow had a good last day.

So I don't blame the docs for telling me it was just "stress".

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04-02-2017 05:13 AM  7 months agoPost 9
heliraptor10

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she said that the 2 pills the ship's doctor gave her, well they cost her $700

Goblin! where have you been all my life?
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04-09-2017 02:24 AM  7 months agoPost 10
heliraptor10

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Been on probiotics a week,
And I've stopped most of the other stomach meds.

Doing great!

Finally got my Oxy 3 set up and did 2 test flights. I love this little bird!

Goblin! where have you been all my life?
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04-09-2017 03:38 AM  7 months agoPost 11
utahbob

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thought I was gonna have to quit flying..

Started having problems maintaining my mental link with the heli last year around May..got so bad I was scared to fly..turned out I have sleep apnea...been using Cpap machine for four months now..got my confidence and skills back and have been trying some new manuevers lately..I was very sceptical about sleep apnea..but it has really helped me alot!

I do a great decending funnel!

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04-09-2017 05:10 AM  7 months agoPost 12
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Bob, I have a Cpap, ever since I was a young kid it took me 1, 2 hours to fall asleep, and in the morning I never wanted to get out of bed, but the first time I tried a Cpap I feel a sleep in minutes, now when I wake up I can not stay in bad, I'm so awake I have to get out of bed

Jim
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04-13-2017 12:00 AM  7 months agoPost 13
heliraptor10

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I finally got some flying done!
2 on my gobby
And 3 on my little Oxy 3

Nothing like a tiny little guy to make your medium bird seem huge again.

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04-13-2017 12:57 AM  7 months agoPost 14
spaceman spiff

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I have BAAB Syndrome.

(blind as a bat)

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04-13-2017 02:58 AM  7 months agoPost 15
heliraptor10

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Yeah...
Flying that little Oxy 3 I decided the next upgrade I need is a trip to the eye Dr.

Goblin! where have you been all my life?
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04-13-2017 03:28 AM  7 months agoPost 16
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I have been thinking about getting lasered for years and years, but keep puting it off. It fixes astigmatism, but it can come at a price of night driving, headlights turn to star shaped flares.... ok, i am also a little chicken of having razors and lasers in my eyes.

When i was teaching plankers, i had to tell them ahead of time that they have to keep the plane in close. Works fine, just a bit limiting.

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