Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I thought you might be interested in my recent experience.

In March, 2015 I became ill with symptoms that were flu-like and resulted in aches and pains, and a fever. After a couple of days my bowel movements stopped and gas pressure and bloating became acute. I went to the ER and they did a cat scan, which showed an intestinal blockage. The Dr. said was that the blockage was caused by adhesions that had formed near the Ileum from my appendicitis operation 45 years ago.

What I thought was IBS (and I recall now that the symptoms started shortly after my appendix was removed...

I am 24 years old and I had been having stomach issues for about a year. Finally went to the doctor who scheduled a EGD and a colonoscopy. There I got diagnosed with Gastritis and IBS-C. I was put on Linzess, IBgard, Prilosec and I take probiotics everyday. I'm still learning to manage my symptoms and learning how to eat right.

I am dependant on enemas. Will be 63 soon ,have used them for about 35 yrs. I had developed hemroids, had been ill ,not eating ,when I started eating, I had hard stool and forced some bowel movements. A visiting doctor gave me a bottle of powder ( can't remember the name, but it increases bulk) and I took it. Of course my constipation got worse and my hemroids became horrible , I couldn't leave the house because I couldn't sit properly.I refused to go back to that Dr.or any other, until I could see my reg guy . Decided to use an enema to get some relief , it worked and there was very...

Many of the great notables of our day would defend the widely used verb-age we all know is true "knowledge is power", even scripture teaches us this. I have had to force myself to make drastic changes in lifestyle and diet, including staying informed and realizing "I am my best advocate". Even Hippocrates stated "all diseases begin in the gut"...I armed myself with this knowledge and went head long into my Dr's office ready to share what I've been researching...Her words were not only shocking but self-deflating as well. She replied as if speaking to a 5yo child "stop reading things on the...

my story of my life started with ibs,then very painful spasms of pain and diarrhoea up to twenty times a day , after two children . i then had multiple surgery non bowel related ,gall bladder,hysterectomy etc the intense pain eased ...then my energy levels sank, food no longer seemed to be doing anything .. then pain everywhere crept in even sitting on a chair hurt.
i was then diagnosed as vit d and b12 deficient ,
over the next two yr s my energy levels have drop t even some days to go upstairs is exhausting, i fill up with pain and sleep loads. (overwhelming comatose feeling...

After 50 years of dealing with IBS may I suggest the following:
What to do when IBS attacks in rush hour traffic.
Prepare an emergency toilet kit and place it in your car. Some people include clean underware and pants.
Emergency toilet kit
Metal bed pan with absorbent bed pan liners (Walmart)
2 bed pads (doggie pee pads work well)
TP and a small package of baby wipes or adult wipes
Small hand sanitizer
Small air freshener
1 small trash can liner
Procedure:
1. Pull off the road to a safe and private spot. Turn off the car and...

I've had symptoms of IBS for over the last two years or so... just before I graduated. I didn't think much of it at first and thought the symptoms would pass. As a student my diet wasn't great but it wasn't that bad either. Soon afterwards the stomach pains became a part of my everyday routine, followed by constipation - I would drink litres of juice or lemon water, eat bags of prunes and apricots after taking medicated pills desperately waiting for relief. Two years down the line I can now add flatulence to that list. IBS is really upsetting and for me it is also stress related. These...

I'm a46 year old female sitting in a hotel room with painful symptoms of ibs. I've been working with a g.i. Doctor who suggested I look into a low Fodmap diet. I did, and symptoms greatly improved! It's been tough eliminating foods and introducing them- results will vary and it gets confusing. I recommend using a nutritionist- next on my docket!! However, I've lapsed on being conscious of what I eat and am now paying the price with bloating, extreme bms and cramping. Diligence is the key-along with exercise and a healthy way to alleviate stress. I LOVE food and it's so hard when one is...

I am a 70 year old woman who was diagnosed with IBS-D about 25 years ago, though I think I had mild symptoms for 15 years before that.  Since then, I have gone through many different treatments and approaches, and have visited numerous doctors and practitioners.  Some things worked for a while, but then stop working and I am back looking for the "miracle" cure... and everytime something stops working, the symptoms, especially the diarrhea gets worse. 
I have taken Imodium, Bentyl, Levsin, Lomotil, Xanax, Donatal, Desipremine, Questran, psyllium, Citrucel,...

I majored in nursing and graduated on top of my class (kind of a straight A student back then) but then I quit and didn't practice. I tried psychology, excelled and got a free ride to pursue a  master degree to become a clinician. After school, almost all the places I applied to called me for interview. Phone interviews went well but when I went for face to face interviews, they all turned me down. The only reason for my awful career failures is that I have IBS and I literally stink like feces all the time. Some family members and friends go out of their way to avoid me and...

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