Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I have suffered with fecal urgency and incontinence since the birth of my daughter in May 2012. I'm 33 years old. I feel like I am carrying a huge weight around with me, everyday is so mentally exhausting. Everything has to be controlled and revolve around me possibly needing to use the bathroom. Some days I have 2-3 minutes to get there other days it's seconds. I suffer from anxiety and take medication for this. My life was so carefree before. I didn't worry or panic about going to places, I just got ready and off I went. Some days I feel ok, like I can go food shopping, or to the park...

I am now 61 and have suffered with chronic constipation for over 20 years. I've managed over the years but as of 10 years ago, I've used psyillium, miralax, and milk of magnesia as a laxative. Over the past year I've noticed that my bowel habits have changed. I complained to my Gastro doc, but he always blamed it on the wrong foods I ate since I had previous trouble with GERD. When I came into office in March 2014, doubled over in pain in my lower pelvis, he wanted to blame it on gyn issues, but after he ordered a cat scan he then diagnosed me with IBS.

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I'm 24 years old and I've been suffering with IBS since I was 12. This illness has ruined my life. I had to drop out of high school because of this. I had plans to be an on-campus student and that didn't happen either. This is my first year in college due to my IBS symptoms and I will be attending it online. Alone and away from any and all social interactions.
I don't even know what I want or can go for anymore. My original plan was to be a nurse. I don't see that happening right now.

What sort of job will ever hire someone who needs to run to the bathroom five times an hour...

hello all.....

i am 27 years old married gal.. rite from my childhood i was a healthy child in concern of digestion.. cud eat anything and was free from any digestive disorder.. but 7 months before.. things started changing.. exact before my marriage.. i had started developing stomach troubling causes such as loose stool and frequent wash room visits.. i was afraid that if i am  suffering from ibs .. and when i visited my doc first time .. i shared my fear ness to him.. but he didn't take it seriously.. thanxx to god that it was never as severe as other ibs...

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.
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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...

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