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Old 02-25-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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IBS Troubles & Relating to Others

I am 18 years of age and have been dealing with IBS since I was in second grade. I was only recently diagnosed with IBS, Fructose Malabsorbtion, and Bacteria Overgrowth. I went through a lot to get this diagnosed because doctors thought I had Chron's Disease for the longest time. The past 2-3 years of my life have been more than difficult in trying to deal with this. I had to transfer to online school because I had missed so much school that my grades were starting to plummet. My anxiety with this illness has become very out of control, and it's all a lot to handle, sometimes too much. Especially on top of the daily stressors of being a young adult. I have typically found that people in my life, who have never experienced a condition like this, have no way of relating. When sometimes all I need is someone to relate too. So tell me your story! Does anybody else have the same troubles as me?


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I am 18 years of age and have been dealing with IBS since I was in second grade. I was only recently diagnosed with IBS, Fructose Malabsorbtion, and Bacteria Overgrowth. I went through a lot to get this diagnosed because doctors thought I had Chron's Disease for the longest time. The past 2-3 years of my life have been more than difficult in trying to deal with this. I had to transfer to online school because I had missed so much school that my grades were starting to plummet. My anxiety with this illness has become very out of control, and it's all a lot to handle, sometimes too much. Especially on top of the daily stressors of being a young adult. I have typically found that people in my life, who have never experienced a condition like this, have no way of relating. When sometimes all I need is someone to relate too. So tell me your story! Does anybody else have the same troubles as me?


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I'm sorry you're having to deal with IBS at such a young age ! IBS can be very debilating especially if you have the diarrhea form of IBS. Unfortunately,most people have a hard time being empathetic about IBS if they have never experienced it and the medical community doesn't help when they feel it's all in our heads.
I have IBS the kind that alternates between constipation and diarrhea. Most of the time my diarrhea is caused by what I have just eaten within the past 30 minutes to an hour but it can also happen if I am very upset and emotional about something that is going on in my life. Before I was diagnosed with IBS in 1996, I always had to deal with chronic constipation problems since I was very young preschooler. Last March I started changing my diet and drinking more water and making time to sit on the toilet every day to move my bowels to keep from getting constipated. Many of my IBS symptoms went away except for when I am really stressed out.

 
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I'm sorry you're having to deal with IBS at such a young age ! IBS can be very debilating especially if you have the diarrhea form of IBS. Unfortunately,most people have a hard time being empathetic about IBS if they have never experienced it and the medical community doesn't help when they feel it's all in our heads.
I have IBS the kind that alternates between constipation and diarrhea. Most of the time my diarrhea is caused by what I have just eaten within the past 30 minutes to an hour but it can also happen if I am very upset and emotional about something that is going on in my life. Before I was diagnosed with IBS in 1996, I always had to deal with chronic constipation problems since I was very young preschooler. Last March I started changing my diet and drinking more water and making time to sit on the toilet every day to move my bowels to keep from getting constipated. Many of my IBS symptoms went away except for when I am really stressed out.

That is fantastic! I'm very happy for you!

I have the alternating kind of IBS too. I don't know if you have ever heard of fructose malabsorbtion, but to treat that my GI Specialist has put me on a very strict diet. For the most part, I follow the diet very well. So I get very discouraged when symptoms pop up.

I'm in the constipation "phase" of my IBS right now. It's one of the most frustrating things. My body always feels like it has to go to the bathroom, and when I try I get nothing What do you do about that?

 
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Hi,
I have both IBS and Diverticulitis so I have double-trouble.
My symptoms are alternating Diarrhea/Constipation and lots of Gas/Bloating. Constipation is my enemy at the moment and as soon as it appears I take Prunes and Figs (dried or fresh) twice a day also increase fluid intake. This is what works for me and is worth a try.
IBS Diet plays an important role along with exercise.
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That is fantastic! I'm very happy for you!

I have the alternating kind of IBS too. I don't know if you have ever heard of fructose malabsorbtion, but to treat that my GI Specialist has put me on a very strict diet. For the most part, I follow the diet very well. So I get very discouraged when symptoms pop up.

I'm in the constipation "phase" of my IBS right now. It's one of the most frustrating things. My body always feels like it has to go to the bathroom, and when I try I get nothing What do you do about that?














I know that feeling like you have to go all the time and nothing comes out but yet it feels like it's right there and you feel like you're sitting on sharp edged rock. I used to push down hard on my stomach and force it out but that just made it hurt more and sometimes all it accomplished was to get it stuck halfway in and halfway out and I had to push all that much harder to completely force the stool out. So this is what I do now instead:
One of the things I do to help me have a bowel movement when I am constipated is to use a glycerin suppository to help soften the stool and make it easier to go. I listen to relaxing music and do slow deep breathing exercises continuously until I have had a bowel movement as it relaxes the rectal anal muscles allowing the stool pass through the anus without pain. I now use a glycerin suppository if haven't had a bowel movement within 36 hours of the last one because if I allow myself to go 48 hours or longer than I have a real problem going without it hurting like crazy to go. I hope these suggestions will help you to go a lot more comfortably.

 
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I used to push on my stomach too.

Where would I find a glycerin suppository?

 
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You can find glycerin suppositories in the drug store in the same aisle as the laxatives,enemas,etc. Fleet puts them out but you can usually get the generic store brand at cheaper price and you get more of them in a package than you do with the name brands like Fleet. Make sure you read the directions carefully and don't exceed the number of suppositories a day that it recommends.
I do recommend you put a good coating of vaseline on the inside of your rectum and the outside and on the suppository because it helps the large hard dry stool come out a lot easier and it protects the skin around the outside of your rectum from becoming irritated. Lying on your left side with your left knee as close to your chest as you can and your right left on top of the left bent up to your chest as well. when you insert the suppository make sure you push it up high enough where it won't come out or until you meet with resistance by hard stool. It can take as little as 15 minutes to work or as long as an hour. Try to stay on your left side for as long as possible until you get a real strong urge that have to go. If you haven't had a bowel movement for more than 3-4 days in a row it will take longer for the suppository to work. I can tell you from experience the longer it has been since you had a bowel movement the longer it takes to work and the more it hurts to pass the stool. What I have found to work the best for me to do is to do slow deep breathing exercises continuously while listening to relaxing music until I have passed the hard stool. It does take longer then excessively and forcing yourself to push the stool out but it's much easier and a lot less painful to do it this way,at least for me.

 
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I haven't actually been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm pretty positive I have it. I'm 22 years old, in school, living with my parents, and they're paying most of my bills right now. When I mention to my mom how miserable I am and that my stomach hurts all the time and I have irregular bowel movements, she literally rolls her eyes. She thinks I'm a hypochondriac, and it's really frustrating in this situation. I obviously can't make up alternation between diarrhea and constipation, constant gas and bloating, and horrible stomach pain. I think my classmates know me as the girl with bowel issues. They already know I go poop about 3 times a day, at least when I'm not constipated. And I actually prefer that, because I'm much more miserable when I skip a day of having a BM. So yea, feels great having my class know my bowel habits. Also feels great knowing I get just as excited for bowel movements as the elderly does.

So yea, basically, I'm stuck until I graduate in about 6 months. Then I'll be making my own money and I won't feel bad going to the doctor for the supposed made up stomach issues I have. But anyway, I think I have the alternating IBS. Right now, I'm actually having normal BMs.. I'm taking fiber supplements and a few dietary enzymes to help with my digestion. But I'm still pooping 2 or 3 times a days.. It's like it doesn't all want to come out the first time. So frustrating. I have lots of problems with gas.. When I tell you I get in my car every afternoon when I get out of school and just let them rip, I'm not exaggerating. Every. After. Noon. Actually, every time I get in my car, because I'm usually alone. I honestly can't imagine what my car smells like to an objective nose at this point. And then the pain.. God. I have stomach pain a lot first thing in the morning. Sometimes, it's so bad that I have to stop what I'm doing and just squat and hold pressure on my stomach. If I can get to a bathroom, having a BM usually relieves the pain, if I can have one. Passing gas usually helps relieve the pain, too. I don't have much nausea, but sometimes I get nauseated because the stomach pain is so bad. And lately, the pain has been radiating into the flank region.. Left flank, to be exact. I'm actually having some pain and gas right now which is really annoying since I'm at work.

Anyway, done talking. I'm just sooo frustrated, it's nice to talk to people who understand about bowel problems.. It's not really a topic of everyday conversation.

 
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Also, google "colon massage".. There are some awesome things you can do along the lines of pushing on your stomach, mainly to get all the stool in one spot on your intestines. You basically massage in a circular motion, starting beginning of your large colon on your right hip bone, up to just under your rib cage, across your stomach, and down to your left hop bone, at the end of your colon. It does pretty well for me.

 
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Also, google "colon massage".. There are some awesome things you can do along the lines of pushing on your stomach, mainly to get all the stool in one spot on your intestines. You basically massage in a circular motion, starting beginning of your large colon on your right hip bone, up to just under your rib cage, across your stomach, and down to your left hop bone, at the end of your colon. It does pretty well for me.

Hi,
Having IBS myself I often do the stomach massage and find it helpful for releasing trapped wind/gas.
I always do a clockwise massage, not sure if it makes any difference.
Right now just full of Gas and frequent Bowel movements.
Good Luck to fellow sufferers.

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