One of the things that jumped out at me when reading the SAM model book was the digestive problems (like IBS among other things) associated with some 80% of survivors. My mouth dropped open. I never knew this was a symptom and while I thought it was weird my husband poops 4 to 5 times a day,e very day, it is what it is right? Now that he knows that it is most like associated with his 9 years of abuse, we want to know if anyone has seen it go away once therapy is in full swing? He finds it very (VERY) disruptive.
Now that I'm asking about that, I'm also wondering about the sleep disturbance (also represented by a high percentage of male survivors--saw recently, female survivors too).
GoodHope: [responding to original post directly]
IBS-like issues became dominant due to physical/mechanical issues. I find the use of "IBS" labeling to be variable and not rely used when I was a kis. I had severe colon (as in large-intestine) pain that was suspected as appendicitis when I was 11 yo. Upon the small-town surgeon's investigation, he and the accompanying nurse began to discover 'outer' issues. They went silent and abandoned a rectal exam while I was hospitalized. An eventual TWO barium enima x-rays revealed "colon damage" and no apendicitis. They kept me in the hospital for another 5-days with the hospital psych, clip-board-carrying WOMAN visiting me twice a day trying to get me to "rap" about "stuff" (1972).
As a kid I also had "encopresis-like" symptoms. No doctors ever discussed it and seemed like they did not want to deal.
Fast Forward to 2003. The IBS-like stuff still intense but live-with. Cocaine and alcohol in my 20s greatly blamed. Got deathly sick with appendicitis that ruptured. Nearly died of sepsis. Surgeon was masterful and blunt. "we saw a LOT of scaring in there from old "issues."
These days, stress from PTSD and flashbacks et. al. cause double-over pain either all day or numerous times a day, every bleeping day. But I've carried this pain/condition with me actively since I was 8, so it just seems like normal "life."
No doctor has been able to effectively address it at all. When the MDs are clearly taking shots in the dark, I walk (run) away from any further attempts. But I will say, I've been without alcohol for quite some time and IBS-like stuff is fully alive and painful in concert with stress.
PTSD-related sleep disturbance has caused only about 30 years of sleep-bites. As in, I sleep in 3-hour bites, have "night issues" and then try to get the next 3-hours if possible.
The worst sleep "problem" manifestation is bed-wetting during a nightmare-flashback.
Wow...what a total babe magnet huh?