Irritable Bowel Syndrome

yesterday i turned 15, i am a male who has been struggling with ibs since 11 years old. I attend a fairly large high school and it is very difficult dealing with ibs, teachers are strict and won't let you use the bathroom or if you do they give you 5 minutes. I hate sitting in class and just feeling like i'm going to die. A couple times i have barely made it to the bathroom and sometimes there is no toilet paper and life just seems hopeless at that moment, I don't even try dating girls my symptoms scare me, i cant go over to there house because I'm constantly...

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. The doctor says I've probably has it all my life and its just waited...

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.

First I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance in my second year of college. I was experiencing heavy stomach issues such as gas and diarrhea. Loose stool that lasted for about a month. I was worried so I went to the doctor and she suggested I eliminate dairy from my diet for about a month...

Ali

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.
There's no telling where it "came from" I was...

Dee

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.
I have...

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...

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.

Now I am battling a spastic colon that my gastro doc says I may have. I went to his office last week due to the severe pain I was experiencing. Since I took 3 advil that early morning, he could not get a true examination picture of what was going on. I had pain in my lower lower abdomen, bloating, feeling gas throughout my abdomen. My doc has always recommended Miralax, in the past but I fought...

Well my story started about a year ago. I am a 22 year old female college student who before all this was pretty healthy. Also, let me add in i'm a hypochondriac. Anyways, I have always been pretty regular. I never thought about going to the bathroom cause I never had a problem with it; man I miss those days. The beginning was so weird for me, I started eating healthy and exercising. I cut out soda, processed food, fast food and then suddenly I could not have a bowel movement for the life of me. I was under a lot of stress having getting declined from my first pick nursing school and...

I started having stomach issues when I started my first job out of college in 2011. It was a very stressful job in which I worked long hours and had a hectic drive to and from. The stomach problems started gradually. It would be upset a few days every month. This quickly grew to be an everyday occurrence. I had extreme difficulty getting out of bed in the morning because the pain was so intense. My boss started getting on me about being late. Then I started calling in sick on days because I was curled up on the bathroom floor unable to move. I had been to the doctor and had every test done...

I began experiencing horrible IBS-D symptoms about five years ago. They came on so suddenly that within months, not only was I confused and embarrassed, but I developed a severe panic attack disorder. It took years to finally get a diagnoses after pleading with many doctors to take me seriously. Having this awful condition has completely crippled my life. I can not go anywhere where I can't get to a washroom with five or ten minutes which makes car rides, travelling, visiting friends, even getting to work or maintaining a relationship next to impossible. I've tried many antidepressants and...

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