Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am a 16 year old girl, in year 11 in the UK. That means I get to do GCSE Exams this year (very important!) and I am stressed. Going to school actually terrifies me and that's because I haven't had a good day at school since having IBS.

This is because the peers in my year are less then kind when I accidentally "break wind" and it is so very embarrassing when you can hear them making snarky comments about you from the other side of the room.

Tomorrow is the first of school back from Easter and I really want to run away. Sometimes I have music lessons and sometimes I don't...

This all started after I had surgery for gallstones. The doctor who did this made a small 2-inch horizontal cut. This was in 1978. Long before laparoscopic surgery was common. I was 33 at the time; so, I have had this for 37 years. I have eliminated many food items to include: fruit juices, milk, chocolate, sodas, alcohol, caffeinated drinks including regular coffee and hot chocolate. But I do eat many and varied foods. My I be seems to occur in the mornings but can sometimes last for hours with back and/or stomach pain. I vary breakfasts with toast and butter and preserves or butter...

I am a 20 year old female, and I have been dealing with IBS for about four months. I am in school and recently moved out to live on my own. I wouldnt't say my stress level is high, I recently got engaged so I am at good place. Except for my IBS. It started with feeling extremely full after any meal I would have. I could just snack on an apple and feel like I was six months pregnant. At night I started getting really bad abdominal pain. At first I thought it was really bad gas, considering how bloated I felt. When it started I had very watery diarrhea that was painful to pass, and after I...

I am 20 years old boy.i had been experiencing IBS over past 5 years first started when I was studying 12th I was terribly affected even under go colonoscopy nothing doctors find out my weight dropped from 55 to 37kgs..my parents and all my neighbours said I will be dead but unfortunately I escaped and there after I did my diploma completed and then I took college outside my home my problem started in hostel the condition becomes worse nobody helped me.doctor said college exam fear all in his mind (great specialist said like this) my parents believe him and scolded me..i left the college.....

I am 40 years old and have had stomach issues for many years. I was diagnosed finally with Gastroporesis after having an emptying study a few years ago. I have lost about 35 lbs in the last yr. I am already a small frame and tall. I recently saw my medical record and she had me also listed as being anorexic!!! Im not anorexic, just have Gastroporesis. She was my gastro dr too. I was going to the va where I live and they are the ones who diagnosed the disease and started me on Reglan. I told them I was not working so they increased it to 10 mg 3 times a day. I went back after losing wt and...

I was recently told about this site to share my story. I currently suffer from 7 diseases and other health conditions; Gastroparesis, Thyroid, Dumping Syndrome, GERD, IBS, Primary Adrenal Insufficiency, Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency, Empty Sella Syndrome, Raynaud's Disease, Spastic Colon and Pyloric, ANA Positive, vitamin deficiency and insomnia. I currently take 15 different medications. One medication I have to take without fail otherwise I could go into a coma or die. Believe it or not I still work full time, even though my doctors have told me to stop working. Financially I can't...

I was told I had IBS when I was in my early 30's after entering recovery for an addiction. I have heard social stress and financial stress might be the onset for IBS. I suffer from diarrhea and severe bloating everyday especially diarrhea in the morning. Sometimes 6 times to the bathroom just in a few hours. I rarely drink coffee and have tried to eliminate caffeine and fat from my diet. I exercise to reduce stress. I also rest as much as possible. Twenty years later, I am on anti-anxiety medication for the diarrhea but it does not really help.

I wish there was a cure but maybe the...

I am losing any positive approach i had for dealing with IBS D.
During the first forty plus years of my life i had no bowel issues and was quite regular.
In 1985 I had radiation to pelvic area for Cancer of Cervix stage 2, at age 42.
Towards the end of the five weeks of radiation i had constant diarrhea even tho not eating much.
Long story short, things improved and i went back to work.
About ten years later I had a stomach ulcer, and frequent abdominal pain. The dr who did a colonoscopy said worst case of radiation damage, inflammation he had seen for a...

I am 29, Male, facing IBS, GERD from childhood.
From past 2 years, i am 100% focused to surmount this problem.
Few things that i am following and helped me reduce the suffering by 90%:
1-maintain dairy and eleminate all the trigger points food, exercises.
2-eat 5 times a day
3-have vitamin supplements like B complex and Vitamin D, since my controlled diet is not balanced.
4-finish dinner by 8pm, sleep by 10pm and wakeup early by 4:30am, drink warm plain water 1 liter try attempt to clean the bowel. do cycling or walking for 1 hr, then drink 1 lt warm...

I am 26 and was diagnosed with irritable bowel at the age of 8, it was braught on by severe stress and chronic constipation when my brother was still born. I get constant cramps, day and night and can cry because the pain is so intense, I can go weeks without emptying my bowels and then become the opposite for days/ after. When I do go it can be very painful and take up to an hour. I have three young children and an epileptic husband and my ibs complicates our already stressful life. At school I was severely bullied due to absences and frequent bathroom breaks and anxiety from this put me...

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