All this has led to a malabsorption problem. Clearly the nerves and sensitivity of my entire gut have been heightened by all that's happened. Ongoing, my IBS symptoms occur about midday when I have one to two bouts four on bad days of urgent diarrhea and the rest of the day I'm okay except for nearly constant bloating.
Sometimes I can go for a week with no problem. If I eat poorly I will have a heavy bloat and gas at night. I prefer only one meal a day and little healthy snacks, otherwise in the evenings I feel like I have a lead balloon in my stomach. I am just trying to create some coping strategies to make this more manageable. My husband is oblivious so it's not hard to keep the details from him and he is not supportive of medical issues anyway. I have not told my friends either although I guess I could so I feel fortunate that there is a place to tell my story among people like you who truly understand.
I have had constipation issues since I was a child. I grew up eating southern cooking, and I did not like vegetables or fruits. I am sure that eating this way has contributed to the situation I find myself living with now. I also am sure that my abusive father could have caused me to have nervousness, which could have caused stomach disorder. I had issues for years; however, it started getting worse in my thirties.
I was having more and more episodes with severe cramping followed by diarrhea and severe pain, and the episodes would last a few days. The doctor said I needed to take some laxatives, because I was having weight gain as well as the pain and it was because I was full of stool.
I continued to have diarrhea and constipation episodes for years. I have had every type of test you could imagine, and the doctors never seem to think it was that big of a deal. I got the same advice over and over: eat more fiber, vegetables etc. I have tried everything, the doctors have suggested, but nothing ever works for long, if at all. I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in my later thirties.
I was happy to at least have a name for my nemesis. I started cutting out foods that I thought were causing problems, and at first it seemed the more I cut out the better I was doing, but I ended up just having never ending constipation. I am now forty eight years old and for the last ten years, I have had to give myself warm water enemas.
If I do not use them every day I have pain and bloating. I also have started having problems with fissures and hemorrhoids, which is horrible when I am still having to enema. I have never discussed this with anyone other than close family members, or with women I was seriously dating. When I came across this web page and read some of the articles, I literally cried out loud and could not stop for a few minutes. I was crying because I felt like I was not alone, and others did understand. I have wondered what would happen to me down the road as I grew older, or if I would live a long life, or if this constipation could cause cancer or other issues.
But I keep living, and most people who know me think I am completely normal. I never complain or talk about it, because no one understands, and if they did know they would think all I have to do is eat more fiber, or drink more water. I had a successful business in construction, until the economy took me out of the game.
I never had a college education, so it was not easy to find a job, so I decided after filing for bankruptcy, I would need to return to school, and get some type of degree. I have been completing prerequisites for the nursing program at the community college in my home town. I decided to become a nurse, because I want to be able to help others. I do have times when I feel like giving up, because each time I have to give myself another enema, it is a constant reminder of my dilemma. I keep pushing forward, and hope to be a successful nurse in the new future.
I will not give up, and I do hope that someone is able to find a way to help all of us who suffer have normal lives. I do appreciate all the people who have shared their personal stories, and know that maybe I am not as good at expressing myself as others, but I do hope that someone will benefit from reading my story, as I have benefited from reading your stories.
Since I was 13 I am now 20 I have had stomach issues. Beginning in the 6th grade I began to drop a lot of weight from not eating much because everything made me very nauseated. Everyone thought I had an eating disorder for the longest time, but the food really was making me so much worse! Finally, my mother took me to Children's Hospital Pittsburgh for an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy, to no surprise they were both clear! My issues continued but then seemed to stop. Now for the past 8 years they come and go.
I remember from age I felt wonderful and was able to eat anything I wanted! However, beginning in the early winter of my issues seemed to arise from a bout of anxiety. Anxiety was what I was told I had when there was no explanation for my stomach issues, which at the time made sense because I have an extreme fear of vomiting.
So anyways, since my stomach has been in and out of spells of nausea. Recently, I decided to make an appointment with Mayo Clinic. I had a hydrogen breath test milk makes me pretty ill for a few days which came back negative. A normal score is less then 20 and I only blew a 2! I then had an upper endoscopy with a biopsy testing for celiac disease which was clear. I have been to the ER 4 times since April 24th ! That is 4 times in one month due to the extreme bloating and nausea I have. Finally, the doctor diagnosed me with IBS.
Whether it is more constipation or diarrhea, I couldn't say. It definitely began with more D then C but now it seemed to be switching to C! I have cut soda-pop out of my diet completely and try very hard to stay away from large amounts of fried foods. I also steer clear of milk but I find I can tolerate cheese and sometimes ice cream in smaller amounts.
Thank goodness because alfredo is my favorite!! I began eating probiotic yogurt today in hopes of making myself a little more regular. My mother has also had "stomach issues" for as long as I can remember. Nice to know that I am not alone in this. Hope everyone finds something that at the least relieves their symptoms to some degree.
Lets all pray for a treatment to end the suffering and keep our heads high! I have a very hard time keeping it under control. My symptoms are diarrhea, constipation, terrible pain, bloating, stomach pain, hot flashes. They are very bad. I find my breath smells too and when I am having an attack I hate to talk to anyone. It definitely makes your life a living hell, sometimes I wish I did have a disease they could help me with.
I go to doctors, and do as they ask, come home with prescriptions and pain medication. I find my pain meds help calm everything down so I ask for them. I hate being in pain. Thanks for reading my story. I am 50 yrs old and have suffered with IBS since I was a teen.
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I tried out for band and made it, only to have to give it up because I couldn't ride the bus to games because of the diarrhea that would hit without notice. I have been able to live with it, but I don't enjoy life to the fullest because of stress of not having a bathroom close. I almost cancelled my wedding and eloped because of the fear I would get to the alter and have to go to the bathroom. Thank goodness Imodium has worked miracles for me. I have a wonderful husband and two children, and up to this summer neither had IBS.
But my 15 year old daughter started to have severe stomach pain which the doctors thought was just school anxiety from exams. The pain from the gallbladder is gone but now she has a new pain after she eats and in the mornings. She had a colonoscopy this week and found no problem so they say it has to be IBS-C. This might have been brought on by the pain medication, which caused the constipation, which is so painful that she lays in the floor with pain and cramps. She has missed so much school that today we had to enroll her in a school online. She was unable to sit in class because of the pain, and the anxiety only caused the pain to get worse.
I don't want her to suffer the same way I have for years. Surely they can find a cure of IBS. She does eventing with her horse and has missed a whole year of showing because of this pain. Right now they have her on a probiotic and an anticholinergic and a laxative once a day. The only thing I know to do is to treat the anxiety now, which really scares me with all the medications they might put her on. Prayer is the only thing that has got us through these past 6 months. I know that we aren't alone but it seems there is no answer either.
I am 55 years old. I have been suffering with IBS for over 30 years. I wasn't diagnosed until after going to specialists for over 10 years. The medications that I have tried have not worked. Nothing that I have read about has helped. I have constant pain and discomfort. I have some kind of reaction from most foods that I eat. So, I have eliminated all but a few things from my diet. Some times even just the act of eating brings on an episode. This has impacted my life so totally that I don't want to do anything any more.
I only do what I have to do - that's it. My husband has been so understanding. But he is the only one and even at times his patience wears thin. You can't have friends when you have this disorder. I have had to lie and make excuses so often when I have to back out of plans that I just don't make plans any more.
It is so hard when you can't eat. It is so hard to feel sick every day. It is so hard when there is no hope of anything getting any better. I sympathize with all of you who have IBS. I also have acid reflux. When I get an IBS attack it moves right up and causes reflux. I have been seeing a gastro doctor who is trying to help me. Sometimes medicine works but other times it doesn't.
I am a nervous person and also have TMJ. Some days the IBS is worse than others. I haven't been going out to eat because I'm afraid if I eat the wrong thing I will get diarrhea and the bathrooms will be full. I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night with gas and sometimes bloating. I wish there was a cure for this disease. I'm 22 years old and am in the process of being diagnosed with IBS, I have a hospital appointment in a few weeks to out rule anything more serious but the doctor is sure I have IBS.
I cant believe how IBS has affected my life! It started back in July and after one extremely embarrassing incident it never went away. It was my sisters christening in Yorkshire and my uncle drove my auntie, brother, boyfriend and myself there and back in one day. Around the same time I left my job of three years and moved house and started my long summer break from university.
Before now I have been super active and had really full days without really having a break between school, work and socializing. This summer has been the worst! I've had quite a few job interviews and have had to cancel a couple due to an IBS attack, I had to walk out of a hair appointment last week because the thought of being stuck in the salon mid cut caused me to panic and need the loo!
I've had IBS since I was 4 years old. I'm 38 now. Two yrs ago I had an accident where a tree hit me.
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It broke my left hip and tailbone and shattered my right hip and pelvis. I'm on so many medications with no relief except for the diarrhea, which is also the problem. Do I have to live the rest of my life like this? There has to be a solution. I have been recently diagnosed with IBS. It is predominantly diarrhea.
It happened after a stomach infection. I am taking an anti-diarrheal when I have a flare up and hyoscyamine for the pain. I am new to this and trying to read as much as possible. I am late to work every morning because of the discomfort. I am sad to know that my life is going to be like this. I am single and live alone so it's more difficult to forget about it.
Just wish I could be the same as I was before my infection two months ago. I would like to meet people who have this and get some support. Hopefully I can do it through this website. Thank you. If one isn't flaring up the other one is. Like others who have shared their story, I have a constant need for bathrooms. My 89 mile drive to work makes this difficult as do my somewhat irregular hours. Every day I have to plan my route around the placement of bathrooms along the way.
I can go as many as 5 times in the course of an hour. I have been taking probiotics which seem somewhat effective, and an anti-diarrheal. I suffer from really bad flatulence which is especially bad after a day of sitting behind the computer. I have recently started body building again. There was a time that I was unable to do anything due to the pain and the lack of energy from medication I was on. The medication was supposed to help control the pain from the interstitial cystitis.
I was so over medicated at one point that I was close to lbs and on blood pressure medication. I decided to take control of that situation at the beginning of last year. I slowly weaned myself off the medications, lost 38 lbs and lowered my blood pressure. I know there's no cure for this horrible disease and I'm sure that people have no idea how embarrassing and uncomfortable, if not downright painful it can be. I have to miss quite a bit of work due to this. So far I haven't found a magic bullet.
Stress remains constant at work and I have very little control over that. I'm seriously considering disability but I know that's a long hard road. I have a combination of very painful diseases all in the lower part of my body. So far the only thing that gives any relief from the cramping and bloating is valium in small doses. I'm constantly searching for something that will help get this under control, but haven't found anything yet.
I was diagnosed with IBS about a month ago. I am 46 years old so I am pre-menopausal and I find that when I get near or have my menses the symptoms are worst. I have constipation mostly and occasional diarrhea. I have lost about 5 to 7 lbs because I am nauseas some days and can't eat. I have a constant pain in my left side and around my back. I sometimes just feel spaced out and tired. People tend to think you are crazy. I have a medication that the doctor gave me but I really haven't seen any difference so I don't take it like I should.
Is this my life for the rest of my days? I have had IBS for about 7 years. I have an increased urgency that generally lasts from when I wake for a few hours. Some mornings I go times in a few hour period. The main problem is that I can go from feeling fine to having a large movement in a matter of 5 to 25 minutes. Needless to say this makes my mornings very restrictive. I feel that my symptoms are brought on in part by stress, and acutely by the stress of having to be near a bathroom throughout the morning.
Diet has not had a very noticeable impact. It is frustrating and I believe I need to reduce my stress in order to see some relief - easier said than done. Managing the challenges of a bowel disorder in the workplace can be a most difficult situation; it forces a mixing of our most personal and our most public lives. People try many different strategies for managing at work but still report a tremendous amount of stress over the situation.
If you have a special strategy for managing your bowel disorder at work, please share your story with us. I have been diagnosed with IBS. I only have the diarrhea, but it is like a water faucet being turned on when it happens. I have had more than one "attack" at work and have had to go home. And since stress it what triggers my IBS that only makes it that much worse. I was in college when I was diagnosed with IBS. I had been having almost constant diarrhea. Finally when I was at the campus clinic for a cold, I asked about the bowel problems. What a load of help that was I spent the last five years finding my own triggers and crying and wallowing in pain and informing people who are around me.
This is part of who I am and I think people should accept it. I am fortunate to have a family that suffers from bowel problems so everyone understood and my boyfriend turned into husband has been incredibly supportive. I have had my share of embarrassing moments. I remember taking a test in my psych class and having to ask to be excused to go to the bathroom. I had a great teacher who let me go and come back to finish the test. I had to run the entire length of the building to get the women's bathroom and barely made it in time. It was extremely embarrassing explaining it to the teacher afterward, but she was very understanding.
Now I'm a kindergarten teacher. I can only go to the bathroom at certain times of the day. Still there are times I have to fight intense bowel pain to stand up and teach my students or sit and read a story. Another teacher across the hall has been my savior, because when I can't hold it in any longer I can pop in and say watch my kids please!
Then I run down the hall to the adult bathroom. Equally embarrassing is the gas that comes with it. Fortunately, five year olds have great potty humor and it is good reminder that everyone has gas. Public bathrooms are nightmares when you have diarrhea. Is there anything more embarrassing than the nasty wet loud poop followed by the inane giggling or sniffing by the other bathroom occupants? I know I sometimes wish I could flush myself down the toilet instead of having to walk out of the stall. Remember you are not alone out there! Often you will find that people can be very caring even when they don't fully understand.
Also, you never know when the person next to you in class or at work has the same problem and is just as afraid or ashamed to discuss it. I still struggle with IBS, but I have been slowly changing my diet and habits to meet my needs. People can't understand until you inform them! Then if they don't understand maybe you need to find some new people. Recently it has become a very big problem with all the typical symptoms as described by other contributors. I am so concerned at work as I need to use the bathroom frequently, which in itself is not a problem, but the noisy evacuation has been worrisome as I am sure it can be heard in the workplace and in neighboring offices.
I guess everyone is being polite, but I do not know whether to explain things to my work colleagues or not. Any suggestions? Teens and young adults who suffer from functional GI disorders are especially vulnerable. The high school and college years are filled with stressors, social activities, and life changes.
Feeling constrained by the need for bathroom access can lead to severe social isolation. A young adult living on their own for the first time may not feel they can rely as much on their parents to help manage their personal health, but may not know how to take charge of scheduling doctor visits and finding effective treatment. Support is needed from families and physicians to help these young sufferers transition from a pediatric to an adult model of medical management.
I am an 18 year old guy and a senior in high school with a diagnosis of IBS. It is hell dealing with this. I always have to go but I only go about 3 times a day. I am on some medicine but it only helps when I am not going to school like on the weekends. When I have to go at school I have to hold it until I get to a certain class because some of my teachers wouldn't let me go to the restroom. Reading these stories really makes me feel better because it lets me know that I am not the only one out there with this.
It makes me wonder how many people in my school have the same problem.
I am 18 and about two years ago I met my boyfriend and we started dating. Almost immediately after I started getting these IBS symptoms and constantly running to the bathroom. Six months after dating he enlisted in the military, which I believe made my IBS worse. I read some of these stories of the people who have IBS with constipation, I would trade for that any day. In the beginning I thought I had colon cancer or something and after a year of having gassy diarrhea at least 10 times a day I went to the doctor. I cried in front of my doctor because finding out absolutely nothing was wrong made me feel even worse.
I was leaving for a vacation in a week to the Caribbean and I wasn't even excited. I went through another year of dealing with IBS and finally went to a gastroenterologist. He checked my blood and stool again and found a parasite. I was so happy thinking he solved my problems. He gave me medicine and while on it I felt how I did 2 years before for the 3 days I was on it. Then the symptoms came back. He diagnosed me with IBS and nothing is working. I've changed my diet and everything. I've lost all hope and I completely gave up on myself. I don't want to work, finish college.
All I want to do is stay home near the bathroom. This constant worrying completely changed me. I miss the old me who was excited to go out with my friends and party, and go on vacations, or even a bike ride. I want to go to yoga or the gym to take my mind off it but then I go and have to use the bathroom. IBS is a complex condition. When IBS is severe it takes time and possibly an expert team approach to bring symptoms under control.
I am 18 years old, and have been dealing with the every day stresses of IBS since I was in fifth grade. I am socially withdrawn because I can't engage in normal teenage activities. My friends get disappointed when they invite me places and I don't go. They don't understand the anxiety it causes me to just go to a movie.
I have lied about being busy to get out of going somewhere out of fear of getting sick. Going out is not worth the risk of embarrassing myself and ruining everyone else's good time. So, I sit at home, dealing with the extremely painful gas and cramps on my own, while other people my age go out and have fun. Worrying about getting sick stresses me out further, which ironically makes me even sicker.
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When something important comes up, the nerves set in and all I do is give myself cramps from the anxiety of maybe getting sick. I try not to get too upset when I am sick, but it's tough not to feel sorry for yourself when the pain sets in and you feel alone and miserable. I have even told myself it'd be better if I hadn't been born. But lately I've been doing all the research I can to help make myself better. I have simethicone pills for gas.
I use it for when I get my painful gas attacks. Antispasmodics didn't help me any. I recently bought a soluble fiber supplement to add to my diet. We'll see. I haven't been brave enough to add it to my diet yet because I know the first few days will make me gassy and uncomfortable. I think I will always have to deal with IBS. I think that's all any IBS sufferer can really do. I try to tell myself that these are the cards I've been dealt, so I have to make the most of them.
Somehow, I believe things will be okay. I just have to take one step at a time and take life as it comes. I am beginning to realize I can't control what happens to me, but I can control how I let it effect my spirit. I hope all IBS sufferers will someday find the answers we've been searching for. We just need to stick together and know we aren't alone.
My name is Liz and I am Three years ago, I was formally diagnosed with IBS after years of symptoms. Unfortunately, as a preteen, the constant pain and irregularity led me to desperate attempts to control my stomach, including an eating disorder. Since my formal diagnosis I have become healthier and more optimistic that I will one day be able to regulate my bowels.
I struggle every day in isolating trigger foods, mitigating stress, and living my life as a teenage girl. I have had many difficulties in overcoming the self-image issues that come with being a young woman with a quite un-glamorous syndrome. However, with the support of family, friends, and the help of humor, I am now fully comfortable with myself and no longer ashamed of admitting to my gastrointestinal issues.
My teachers and close friends are aware of my circumstances and their compassion and understanding have alleviated many symptoms caused by the stress and anxiety of my frequent bathroom trips. I look forward to a healthy future as I explore new paths of treatment. If any teens have questions regarding the struggles IBS youth specifically face i.
I am 19 years old and lately I have felt so desperate and so frustrated by my own body. When I was little I was a picky eater and did not eat enough fruits or vegetables and from what I can remember barely drank any water either. I was almost constantly constipated as a result.
I worry that I may have somehow damaged my body when I was young. I have also always been very sensitive to stress and used to be very shy. Within the last 2 to 3 years my confidence has grown considerably. Things that used to stress me to the point of nausea I now think nothing of. I have also cut out bad food from my diet and I now eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and grains and drink a lot of water. In that case I would have to break that mental association and hopefully be able to do things without worrying in the back of my mind.
Now, instead of constipation its diarrhea. This entire month I have been miserable, trying and trying to justify my body's dysfunction. I think it may be from stress as my mom has been pushing me to get a job and get into college as soon as I can. I don't even feel comfortable leaving the house let alone having to go to class or work everyday. I used to be so nervous going on a date that I get sick and I believe it interfered with my social life and my confidence.
I am very lucky now to have a boyfriend who is understanding and supportive. Lately though I have just been crying and feeling so overwhelmed that I am stressing him out. Every time I get my period I have horrible diarrhea that forces me to spend hours on the toilet.
I graduated early and got a job, but I quit that after a few months and now I am trying to convince myself that I can deal with this. I want to be a biologist and see the wilderness and the rest of the world without worrying about walking out my own front door. Thank you to everyone who shared their stories. Reading some of them has brought tears to my eyes knowing I am not alone and that others have it much worse. Hopefully more research will help us all in time.
My daughter will be 9 yrs. I live in a small, rural community in Alabama. Our pediatrician sent us to Birmingham to see a gastrointestinal specialist. We were living a nightmare watching our daughter suffer from this disorder that I still know little about. She would wake up early in the morning sick to her stomach, slumped over with abdominal pain and vomiting on average 2 to 3 days a week! As a mother, I felt very helpless and began to wonder what brought this on all of a sudden. After seeing the specialist in Birmingham, we learned what food she could tolerate and what she couldn't.
We have changed her eating habits That has seemed to help. I wish the school would be more understanding. Her symptoms have improved but are not completely better. The lunchroom manager at her school gets offended because I no longer let her eat school lunch.
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