Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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...

I had just finished the electronics technician school for submarines in Groton,CT when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Not wanting to lose another submariner, especially a freshly trained one the doctor convinced me to stay in the Navy. I was in prime shape, running 10 miles a day and the doc told me if I keep working out, I had nothing to worry about and no further treatment was needed. Unfortunately, I have type one diabetes and require insulin which I did not receive in the Navy. This led to many complications. Food would rot in my gut and I threw up countless times daily. After 3 years...

I felt I needed to write something as for years I have had mild IBS, I learnt from the age of 16 (now 28) exactly what triggered it, did all the tai chi, yoga, aromatherapy courses incase stress was an issue and had always managed it very well and it never affected my quality of life. Until now, I have recently been diagnosed with severe IBS triggered by an unknown virus, I may also have endemetriosis (I am waiting for the referral to gynae at the moment) and also have had underlying overactive bladder syndrome (which was mistakingly diagnosed over the years as UTIS).

Unfortunately...

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