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

July 23, 2014
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I was 50 when I had my first colonoscopy and they found I had Ulcerative Colitis. At 55 I had another and they found I had diverticulitis and IBS. At first it wasn't too bad but after 6 months it has slowly been getting worse. This past week has been my worst, by far. The pain is unbearable and I'm constantly running to the restroom. Three days of this and it seemed to get a little better but I still have the abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea. I'm on medications and have beefed them up but it hasn't helped a lot.

Kaylin's Personal Story

July 21, 2014
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

I started having symptoms of GERD when I was 15 years old. I am 16 now. Last summer, all I would eat was frozen pizza and processed foods, my weight was average for a teenager so I never really worried about gaining weight from eating poorly. Suddenly, every morning was terrible for me. As soon as I'd wake up, I'd cough and gag almost to the point where I was throwing up and I had heart burn after/during eating. It has also gotten to the point where I don't like eating. I haven't had pizza in a year because I know my consequences..

Anonymous' Personal Story

July 17, 2014
Lower GI Disorders

 

 

I've came across this website by doing research on the symptoms and issues I've been having.

 

Anonymous' Personal Story

July 08, 2014
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Hello all. I just want to say how relieving it is to have read some of your stories. Knowing there are people close to my age that suffer from the same disorder and daily things I have to deal with really is comforting. It shows I am not alone in this. I am a 23 year old female dealing with IBS.

Anonymous' Personal Story

June 19, 2014
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Hi i am sophia I am 13 years old and i was diagnosed with GERD when i was 6. Hearing all these stories of the effects of GERD have had me thinking of how not so bad my life actually is. When i was very little i used to brag about having it. Now GERD is just a daily part of life. I take a pill twice a day, and I have a lot of stomach aches. sometimes it worries me when I hear about the heartburn because I always feel it in my stomach. (I am seeing a specialist about that next week) but my parents just say its because I am young, but I don't think that is why.

Ali's Personal Story

May 29, 2014
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I was diagnosed at the age of 12 with IBS when I almost fell over in the mall with stomach cramps. I am a 22 year old with IBS-C and it is terrible. I get embarrassed in public because I have the worst gas, I work in a cubicle so my neighbors hear it all and smell it too. I've been dealing with it for a long time so I come out and tell them it's my IBS.
I have learned that it's better to eat small and eat a lot of bland fiber or I tend to get diarrhea on top of it. I love spicy foods too so sometimes I risk the cramps for some food.

Dee's Personal Story

May 05, 2014
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
I have been ill for exactly 1 year this month.
My problems started out of the blue, i fell ill one night and never got better. I had diarrhoea, stomach and back pains so bad I couldn't stand, nausea and couldn't eat anything for 6 days straight. After a week these eased a little, but have never stopped. It took a few trips to the docs to convince her it was more than just a stomach bug but after losing 2 stone to drop to 7 stone, she finally listened and I went through all the usual tests, blood, stool, the cameras etc but nothing was found.

Anonymous' Personal Story

April 27, 2014

I hav suffered from ibs for d paSt 11yrs.but my worries is dat d symptoms only occur immediately after my ovulation and wil be in pains up until a day or 2 to my menses,I have being suffering dis every month for over 11yrs and hav being ttc for over 10yrs. I feel d severe pain after d ov affects my egg & gestation of d fetus.pls help me from dis nightmare. Thank u as u reply!God bless

Anonymous' Personal Story

March 30, 2014
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

When I was 18, I had bouts of extreme abdominal pain. The doctor said I had a nervous Stomach,That was 43 years ago. Over the years, it gradually became a cycle of constipation and bloating to diarrhea. Several years ago, I had emergency gall bladder surgery. During the time leading up to that, I had bouts of diarrhea with stomach cramps then I started vomiting every time I had the diarrhea and cramps. I thought this was all a part of the gall bladder problem. But now, I have the constipation/diarrhea/stomach cramps with vomiting every time I have the diarrhea cycle and the stomach cramps.

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Anonymous' Personal Story

March 23, 2014
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I bumped into this website researching Spastic Colon/IBS

I have suffered with constipation since age 38. I am now age 61. I have also battled chronic GERD from ages 49-57.

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