I am new to this group, but definitely not new to IBS. I am only a teenager, but have been suffering for years. I believe I suffer from IBS, but have never been diagnosed, though I plan to see a doctor real soon. Whenever I get stressed over something or get nervous, my stomach will cramp up, and I will have serious stomach problems. It basically sounds like water when I go to the bathroom. Sometimes this happens when I do not have anything on my mind. I nearly had to drop out of school because this is such a bad problem. Recently, I went off medication that I take for depression/anxiety, and I am now on nothing. I think I am a naturally nervous person, thus causing the stomach problems. I was wondering what could typically be done to help this as it obviously is crippling my life quite a bit. Thanks.. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Hi, there. You're on the right track by reviewing messages on these boards to see how others are suffering like you. Just remember - you are not alone. IBS can start anytime in your life, and your symptoms sound alot like IBS. However, it's important to see your doc to rule out more serious problems - IBS is diagnosed if all other tests are "normal." Anxiety can definitely bring on the cramping and urgency you experience - IBS has been classified as a "mind/gut" disorder. The more stressed you feel, the more IBS problems you may have. Some sufferers obtain relief by taking a combination of anti-anxiety medication and something to control the cramping/diarrhea. Everyone has different methods that work for them. Review the other messages to see what may work for you. Find a good doc that you can talk openly and honestly with, and who understands IBS. Without a good doc, you will never find the relief you need.
I wish you well and hope you find relief from your symptoms.