My IBS is back. So far it is not quite as bad as before I went down on the Effexor, but it it pretty bad. It started a little on Friday, but was mild enough that I hoped it didn't mean anything. Then this weekend it has gotten bad- which interestingly corresponds with me going down on the Zyprexa. Zyprexa is a serotonin antagonist. But I really don't know what is going on. Only that I am not going walking by the river today.
I think I will call my psychiatrist tomorrow about getting a lithium level. My level is low enough that is could double and I wouldn't be toxic, but just to be sure. And if that is fine, I will just invest in some stockpiles of Imodium. I hate the idea of taking yet another drug to regulate yet another part of me that my body apparently can't manage. But I don't know what else to do.
Maybe my PCP can refer me to a dietician. Maybe my insurance company will pay for that. Maybe I can figure out what to eat on a FODMAPS diet. Maybe that will help me. But it is such a limited diet. Maybe that is what my body is trying to tell me: don't eat.