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.

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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. I had to figure out what triggered this episode and to NEVER put...

I've had IBS with diarrhea for years..no 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. My doctor just prescribed 2 new meds but they are so expensive I...

I have had IBS symptoms since a child, or young teenager. I first noticed symptoms (immediate diarrhea) on the first day of a new school, or moving from elementary to middle and from middle to highschool, taking my driving test etc. These were high stress situations for me. During my high school years, anytime I would sneak out or lie to my parents diarrhea would come on immediately. I thought it was my conscience telling me to behave. Then in my mid twenties, I began to have mild GERD symptoms, which increased quickly to intense reflux before 30. The early 30's brought on routine...

I have been suffering from what the doctors diagnosed as IBS for as long as I can remember. I can go for an extended period of time with just simple minor discomforts and live a "normal" life. But when I have what I call a flare, it's like my life stops. I go through periods where it hurts to even think about eating and the nausea feels like it eats me alive. During this time I have been known to lose up to 50lbs which at 4'11 is a dramatic weight change. While I have been told that I will never have a quote "normal life" I know that I am strong enough to have a good life. I hope all of...

Hi, I am a fifteen year-old female suffering severe IBS. I've had this problem for over 10 months. First of all, I want to start out with my menstrual problems... Ever since I was 12 years old, I have always had heavy menstrual periods that would last almost ALL month long. It was complete hell. I would have terrible cramps that would stop me from sleeping at night, I constantly had to leave school because it would go through my pants, I was mad all of the time because of my horrific mood swings and also because I had no control over my period. What made it worse is that I am a dancer and...

I believe I have IBS. I have weird sounding gas followed by a bowel movement. I do this whether I eat or not. It's worse if I eat. I will go about 10 times without food. I'll have to go about 15 times if I eat. I generally go about 20 to 25 times a day. I can't even sit down without having to go. I know I have bad stomach problems. No one should have to move their bowels this much. It seems like I go every few seconds. If anyone else has stomach problems this bad how can I control them better. I'm tired of living on the toilet. Have been this way since I was 13 I am now 24.

I'm a 29 almost 30 yr old female. I've been suffering from IBS-C since my mid teens, and it has become progressively worse since then. My symptoms aren't consistant. I go through phases where my pain and other symptoms it's unbearable, to times where it's tolerable.

The worst symptom of all is the terrible abdominal bloating/cramping. (I look like 6mos+ pregnant) I can't wear any clothing that restricts my abdomen even slightly or I will be in agony. I haven't been able to wear jeans comfortably in almost 5yrs. I finally had to start wearing maternity jeans because I'm so sick...

I am 29 years old and have been suffering IBS-D (sometimes C) since I was possibly 15 years old. I was officially diagnosed by my GI about 3 and a half years ago. Its good to know what it is, but sadly so devastating there is not alot that can be done. I useto have specific symptoms that would indicate a flare up, but as time goes on I find symptoms changing yearly. Right now I suffer from sharp painful cramping across the top, bottom and down left side of my stomach. Which in turn leads to explosive watery D as much as 5-7 times with 2 hours. It can happen so randomly like it comes...

In my early 40s I had episodes of stunning "gas pains" in my lower left gut which I later realized were episodes of diverticulitis. I also began to develop a tendency toward constipation, but never due to hard, dry stools. I also had a very serious lactose intolerance since childhood. The smallest amount of milk or yogurt in some sauce or other would leave me doubled over in pain.

Throughout my life I was athletic and careful to maintain a good diet, heavy on fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains and got most of my proteins from beans and complex carbs. Never processed food. But often...

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