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

February 09, 2016
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Gastroparesis

I am 40 years old and have had stomach issues for many years. I was diagnosed finally with Gastroporesis after having an emptying study a few years ago. I have lost about 35 lbs in the last yr. I am already a small frame and tall. I recently saw my medical record and she had me also listed as being anorexic!!! Im not anorexic, just have Gastroporesis. She was my gastro dr too. I was going to the va where I live and they are the ones who diagnosed the disease and started me on Reglan. I told them I was not working so they increased it to 10 mg 3 times a day.

Sherry's Personal Story

February 01, 2016
Dumping Syndrome, Upper GI Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastroparesis

I was recently told about this site to share my story. I currently suffer from 7 diseases and other health conditions; Gastroparesis, Thyroid, Dumping Syndrome, GERD, IBS, Primary Adrenal Insufficiency, Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency, Empty Sella Syndrome, Raynaud's Disease, Spastic Colon and Pyloric, ANA Positive, vitamin deficiency and insomnia. I currently take 15 different medications. One medication I have to take without fail otherwise I could go into a coma or die. Believe it or not I still work full time, even though my doctors have told me to stop working. Financially I can't.


Name withheld's Personal Story

February 01, 2016
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I was told I had IBS when I was in my early 30's after entering recovery for an addiction. I have heard social stress and financial stress might be the onset for IBS. I suffer from diarrhea and severe bloating everyday especially diarrhea in the morning. Sometimes 6 times to the bathroom just in a few hours. I rarely drink coffee and have tried to eliminate caffeine and fat from my diet. I exercise to reduce stress. I also rest as much as possible. Twenty years later, I am on anti-anxiety medication for the diarrhea but it does not really help.

BonnieAnonymous's Personal Story

January 17, 2016

My name is Bonnie,I been suffering with this stomach problem now for 2yrs.I live on tpn feeding.Chronic vomiting and nausea 24 7 .I had a stimulator put in oct.So far still the same.This gastroparesis really yanks your life apart.I pray everyday to feel some what of a humane again.I feel weak all the time .They say theres no cure.We who have this need to still keep are heads up high and make sure you have a doctor that understands how you feel.Someday I hope just to be off tpn.I dont see that happening for awhile.I missed 1 day it and wow did I feel like I was going down.If the stimulator do

Anonymous' Personal Story

January 16, 2016
All Functional GI & Motility Disorders

I'm a female in my 40's and I first developed gastrointestinal problems in 2008 after about 3 viral gastro bugs at end of 2007. I first noticed IBS-D when I used to be out exercising daily and I'd have to run back home because I needed the toilet. I'd always be in a panic as the pain was so bad and I'd be worried about the possibility of an accident occurring in public. IBS tends to play up for me in the mornings and usually when I'm trying to get going out the door too which causes a bit of stress for me at times.

shedacares's Personal Story

January 16, 2016
Lower GI Disorders

i am 33 years old and i am taking care of my mom who has stage 4 thyroid carcinoma..she has hypothyroidism which always caused her to be constipated.. we have a lifelong family remedy of consuming papaya for constipation, it works... however it is not enough... i was looking for products or herbs which could cater not only colon cleansing,but also wound healing and good formation of stool, soft enough to allow easy defecation..i am on my search and i am wiling to share any important detail that i might discover..i would also like to hear from your experience.. thanks

Valerie's Personal Story

January 09, 2016
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am losing any positive approach i had for dealing with IBS D.
During the first forty plus years of my life i had no bowel issues and was quite regular.
In 1985 I had radiation to pelvic area for Cancer of Cervix stage 2, at age 42.
Towards the end of the five weeks of radiation i had constant diarrhea even tho not eating much.
Long story short, things improved and i went back to work.

Phyllis's Personal Story

January 06, 2016

I was told the end of October, beginning of November that I have gastroparesis. The doctors do not have any idea how I got this. I do not have diabetes, IBS or anything else that could cause this. I also have never vomited since I was diagnosed. I have been nauseous and have weight loss. I also have stomach pain daily. The pain can be so bad sometimes that it wakes me up from sleep. The stomach pain I have is cramping in the lower part of my stomach, does anyone else experience this? I'm on 3 different medications for this condition.

Thanks for listening.


anil1986's Personal Story

December 25, 2015
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am 29, Male, facing IBS, GERD from childhood.
From past 2 years, i am 100% focused to surmount this problem.
Few things that i am following and helped me reduce the suffering by 90%:
1-maintain dairy and eleminate all the trigger points food, exercises.
2-eat 5 times a day
3-have vitamin supplements like B complex and Vitamin D, since my controlled diet is not balanced.

Anonymous' Personal Story

December 11, 2015
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

I am 26 and was diagnosed with irritable bowel at the age of 8, it was braught on by severe stress and chronic constipation when my brother was still born. I get constant cramps, day and night and can cry because the pain is so intense, I can go weeks without emptying my bowels and then become the opposite for days/ after. When I do go it can be very painful and take up to an hour. I have three young children and an epileptic husband and my ibs complicates our already stressful life.

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