Personal Stories

The following stories have been submitted by people who are going through some of the same struggles as you or a loved one. It can be therapeutic to share your story, and your words might provide comfort to others who are affected by a Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorder (FGIMD). Click here to share your own story now.

Anonymous' Personal Story

April 19, 2015

My story is a bit different. I started going through Menopause early 2013. In addition to the Menopause symptoms, I started having a unexpected leakages of gas. Over the past two years, this has become worse, where it is a constant daily occurrence. I cannot go to church, work, social gatherings, etc. without stinking out everyone around me. I have become so accustom to the odor, that I am not aware of how bad it is until others react. I have been to several doctors, having a colonoscopy, endoscopy, MRI, CT enterography, anorectal manometry, etc.

Amber's Personal Story

April 14, 2015
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Through her blog, Eats and Exercise by Amber, and by becoming the face of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Outcome Study (IBSOS), Awareness Ambassador Amber has worked to raise awareness of IBS and encourage hope and perseverance in all those suffering with the disorder. Check out her blog. And, watch her interview with local news channel WIVB4.

Anonymous' Personal Story

April 09, 2015
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

I used to be 100% healthy before i was 20. Then i started using lots of heavy drugs for a few years and abusing them got me a little confused but i managed to keep some balance..tho one day someone lied to me and i ended up taking 5 times more amphetamines (derivative) than i wanted to and the next day i woke up with acid relux symptoms (my guess is the nervous stress caused by this insane dose of stimulants triggered a hiatal hernia.. and thats what they found after an endoscopy.

LaKysha's Personal Story

April 08, 2015
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

April of 2009 changed my life forever. I'd just finished exercising and was hungry. I ate something with cheese on it, the next thing I knew, I was having the WORST stomach pangs. I'd had stomach problems all my life, but nothing like this. The next thing I knew I had diarrhea and projectile vomiting at the same time. My 9 yr old daughter called 911 because her mommy was screaming in so much pain. It was after this that I was diagnosed with GERD and IBS. From that day forth I stopped eating pork, beef, dairy, and fried foods.

Rebecca's Personal Story

April 03, 2015

Hi my name is Rebecca and I was diagnosed with Mild Gastroparesis in 2006. I have always suffered with constipation from childhood and was very familiar with laxatives growing up. I also had a lot of tummy aches. However when I became a young adult; I found a way to keep my constipation under control for first time in my life; and, that was simply by drinking a 6 oz. glass of Prune Juice followed by a glass of water each night before bed. This worked for me for about 17 - 20 years.


Anonymous' Personal Story

April 01, 2015
Lower GI Disorders

Hello - I had an umbilical hernia repaired at age 5. I remember having constipation issues my entire life, and remember screaming whenever I had a bowel movement. My mother's sister had a twisted intestine at age 22 and died during surgery while having it repaired. I am now 45 and still have major issues which include chronic constipation, bloating, gas, pain, fatigue, depression, and sometimes blood loss. Due to a previous lack of insurance and embarrassment, I have never been treated for these issues. Sometimes laxatives relieve the constipation, but not always.

Trisha's Personal Story

March 29, 2015

My Gastroparesis Story

My name is Trisha and I am sharing my personal story to give you an inside look at what it's like living with this awful and misunderstood disease. I have had GI-related issues and numerous sporadic episodes of being unable to eat due to pain and nausea/vomiting for many years, but none of the episodes has been anywhere close to being as severe or long-lasting as the issue I have now.


Lindsay's Personal Story

March 17, 2015

DHA advocate Lindsay has made great strides to raise awareness and funds for gastroparesis. The first annual Go With Your Gut 5K was held in Hilliard, Ohio, on August 23rd of 2014. Lindsay crushed her $3,000 fundraising goal, bringing in more than $9,000 to benefit research into idiopathic gastroparesis through the DHA and IFFGD. Her dedication to improving the lives of all people with gastroparesis is an inspiration. Thank you, Lindsay.

An Advocate's Story

Anonymous' Personal Story

March 11, 2015
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

HI, I have been wondering for some time why I had a chronic cough for 16 years! I have been to numerous doctors for it. They have given me Advair thinking it was some king of Asthma. Also allergy medicines for allergy because I also had post nasal drip with it. I too thought the post nasal drip caused my cough and curious enough I used the Advair for years thinking it was helping somewhat. I saw a chest specialist and went through 2 bronchoscopies, CT scans, Allergy testing, and a scope down my throat for acid reflux. Nothing was conclusive. I cough when I talk, get excited or laugh.

Sheila's Personal Story

March 05, 2015
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I've had IBS with diarrhea for constipation. My stomach pain occurs after a bowel movement and can last for hours.Some times the pain is unbearable. I take Dicyclamine for spasms and practically live on anti-diarrheals. Mine was made worse by colorectal surgery that failed. My life is governed by my colon. I have to carry extra clothes in the car and wipes & underwear in my purse. My condition determines everywhere I go and has forced me to cancel many appointments or social events. I have "accidents" regularly.

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