Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Many of the great notables of our day would defend the widely used verb-age we all know is true "knowledge is power", even scripture teaches us this. I have had to force myself to make drastic changes in lifestyle and diet, including staying informed and realizing "I am my best advocate". Even Hippocrates stated "all diseases begin in the gut"...I armed myself with this knowledge and went head long into my Dr's office ready to share what I've been researching...Her words were not only shocking but self-deflating as well. She replied as if speaking to a 5yo child "stop reading things on the...

my story of my life started with ibs,then very painful spasms of pain and diarrhoea up to twenty times a day , after two children . i then had multiple surgery non bowel related ,gall bladder,hysterectomy etc the intense pain eased ...then my energy levels sank, food no longer seemed to be doing anything .. then pain everywhere crept in even sitting on a chair hurt.
i was then diagnosed as vit d and b12 deficient ,
over the next two yr s my energy levels have drop t even some days to go upstairs is exhausting, i fill up with pain and sleep loads. (overwhelming comatose feeling...

After 50 years of dealing with IBS may I suggest the following:
What to do when IBS attacks in rush hour traffic.
Prepare an emergency toilet kit and place it in your car. Some people include clean underware and pants.
Emergency toilet kit
Metal bed pan with absorbent bed pan liners (Walmart)
2 bed pads (doggie pee pads work well)
TP and a small package of baby wipes or adult wipes
Small hand sanitizer
Small air freshener
1 small trash can liner
Procedure:
1. Pull off the road to a safe and private spot. Turn off the car and...

I've had symptoms of IBS for over the last two years or so... just before I graduated. I didn't think much of it at first and thought the symptoms would pass. As a student my diet wasn't great but it wasn't that bad either. Soon afterwards the stomach pains became a part of my everyday routine, followed by constipation - I would drink litres of juice or lemon water, eat bags of prunes and apricots after taking medicated pills desperately waiting for relief. Two years down the line I can now add flatulence to that list. IBS is really upsetting and for me it is also stress related. These...

I'm a46 year old female sitting in a hotel room with painful symptoms of ibs. I've been working with a g.i. Doctor who suggested I look into a low Fodmap diet. I did, and symptoms greatly improved! It's been tough eliminating foods and introducing them- results will vary and it gets confusing. I recommend using a nutritionist- next on my docket!! However, I've lapsed on being conscious of what I eat and am now paying the price with bloating, extreme bms and cramping. Diligence is the key-along with exercise and a healthy way to alleviate stress. I LOVE food and it's so hard when one is...

I am a 70 year old woman who was diagnosed with IBS-D about 25 years ago, though I think I had mild symptoms for 15 years before that.  Since then, I have gone through many different treatments and approaches, and have visited numerous doctors and practitioners.  Some things worked for a while, but then stop working and I am back looking for the "miracle" cure... and everytime something stops working, the symptoms, especially the diarrhea gets worse. 
I have taken Imodium, Bentyl, Levsin, Lomotil, Xanax, Donatal, Desipremine, Questran, psyllium, Citrucel,...

I majored in nursing and graduated on top of my class (kind of a straight A student back then) but then I quit and didn't practice. I tried psychology, excelled and got a free ride to pursue a  master degree to become a clinician. After school, almost all the places I applied to called me for interview. Phone interviews went well but when I went for face to face interviews, they all turned me down. The only reason for my awful career failures is that I have IBS and I literally stink like feces all the time. Some family members and friends go out of their way to avoid me and...

I was diagnosed with IBS recently. I am young, and for that I know that I have years ahead of me to go. But I feel that I should't worry. Pain will pass, as it is only temporary. Just take it a day at a time, sometimes even minute by minute. It will pass. Don't worry and enjoy what you have. You have been blessed. Don't let anything stop you from doing what you want.
Thank you for letting me write. It helps me too.

I am a 51 year old woman. As a child (think 3 grade or so), I had constant constipation. Eventually, after a few years, it called itself down and I had a normal high school and college life (except what they thought was an ulcer, have since found out it was hiatal hernia). But then I graduated from college and the real world took it's toll. At 27 I was diagnosed with IBS. Every thing I ate went right through me in about 25 minutes or so. The doctors tried several anti-spasmodics which would work for a period, then not at all. I began keeping a log of everything I ate at the...

I've had IBS-D for over 20years now and have learned that anything high in fiber, fast food, prepackaged foods, alcohol and even milks will keep me running to the bathroom 4-5 times a day. sometimes it just doesn't matter what I eat, I'll get bloated, pains and then the diarrhea will start the next day. Of course, 30 minutes after I eat I'll have to use the restroom. So timing is everything. However, I don't let this condition stop me from living my life. I think the first part of having IBS is not being ashamed and hide your condition. Be open to yourself and others around you that you...

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