A Man's IBS Tale
I am 33, 5'11", 174 lbs. and have been suffering from IBS since my mid-20s.
It is always worse in the morning, and always worse after a night of having consumed anything that is not perfectly healthy or perfectly portioned. Alcohol, regardless of the quantity, has always made it worse. Caffeine, particularly coffee, is a bad trigger.
It has never awakened me, and calms as the evening draws near, normally, and not ironically, when I leave the office and head home to more calm environs.
On the contrary, within seconds of waking up, and getting ready to face the day, it kicks in. The cramping starts, usually right side under my rib cage, and I am lucky to make it to the shower before I have explosive diarrhea. Usually loose stool, somewhere between normal and totally watery.
If I do make it to work before this happens, and somehow stave it off at home, it is likely to strike again as I fire up the computer, as I am getting ready to check both my voicemail and e-mail.
Again, not ironically, if I make it to the afternoon without an attack, I normally don't have an attack. I think this because I have made it through most of my day, and know what the day holds.
The rare times when I make it 1-2 days in a row without the attacks, I have had wonderful, "normal" bowel movements. Perfectly formed, not foul-smelling, the works.
I know that this is IBS. It starts in my mind, when I think about stressful things, and then within seconds manifests itself with symptoms.
I admittedly don't drink enough water, don't eat enough fiber, and at times eat like a child.
I also wonder if being on prescription and OTC medications for bad seasonal allergies are also triggers.
I want this to end. I'll try anything to break this cycle. It's as if the more I think about it, the more it is likely to happen. It is as predictable as the sun rising and setting.
I also want others to realize that this is not a female problem.
I am a successfull person, financially, professionally and personally, with a beautiful wife and family. But I am also in a very high stress and demanding job, with very real issues and risks on a daily basis.
I appreciate any insight-thanks for your time.
Last edited by smyrnaboy; 02-13-2007 at 08:52 AM.
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