Chronic diarrhea is an embarrassing and socially limiting gastrointestinal symptom which is extremely common in people who are susceptible to psychologically induced pain syndromes. While there can be many anatomical causes for diarrhea, most of these reasons can be accurately diagnosed and treated using traditional medical care. Even serious bacterial and viral sources of acute diarrhea do not usually last long once recognized and targeted.
Patients who can not find lasting relief or suffer from years worth of agony sometimes demonstrate a psychosomatic imperative driving their unbearable symptoms. This mindbody link is almost never the topic of conversation between doctors and patients. Far more common is the dependence on drugs to soothe the condition, regardless of the potentially dire effects of the patient’s health.
By popular reader request, we offer this guide to mindbody diarrhea and its most effectual therapy options.
Diarrhea is a condition which can take the joy out of life. It can strike at the least opportune times and can spell disaster in social settings or when a bathroom is unavailable. Add to this the common incidence of stomach cramping, sweating and gas pains and you have a real mess on your hands.
People who must endure a chronically sensitive digestive tract are often scared to eat anything unfamiliar or even to dine in public. These poor souls generally avoid extended periods of time spent away from the comfort and privacy of home, where a lavatory is always available. In essence, chronic stomach upset is far more limiting behaviorally than physically.
The fear factor associated with bouts of sudden diarrhea is horrible. Patients often cite their frustration, fright and limitations as being just as bad, if not worse, than the punishing condition itself.
There are many OTC and prescription drugs which are very effective at dealing with acute diarrhea. Unfortunately, as most of you already know, these medicines do not prevent the condition from occurring; they merely help to resolve it once it has taken its course.
Many patients become psychologically dependent upon these symptomatic drugs and carry them 24/7. Unfortunately, most of these suffering individuals do not find any treatment which prevents their painful symptoms or settles their digestive tracts permanently.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a typical diagnosis for many people with chronic bowel problems and we all know how ineffective medical science has been at actually curing this epidemic condition.
I was a person who experienced severe intestinal and stomach discomfort for as long as I remember. As a child, I could eat the same food every day and get sick half the time. There was no rhyme or reason why my stomach turned sour so often and I suffered terribly with uncontrollable gastrointestinal concerns for decades.
Once I learned about knowledge therapy, and used this wonderful approach to provide chronic back pain relief, I also applied the techniques to my other aches and pains, including my sensitive stomach. Well, not only did it work, but it was truly miraculous! I can now eat anything and everything and have discovered (thanks to my wife) that I really love to be adventurous in my culinary habits.
Life is so much better without the fear and social pressures of an ultra sensitized digestive system. I still get occasional stomach upset when I have something bothering me psychologically. For me, this is an indicator to look inward and discover the cause, which always quickly resolves the physical symptoms 100%.
As an aside, there is abundant wonderful research available concerning the effects of autonomic regulation of the gastrointestinal system and how it can be made to suffer by the whim of the subconscious mind. Dr. John E. Sarno touches on this topic often in his various books.