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    Old 07-07-2005, 10:27 PM   #1
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    Hello,

    I have posted here before with IBS related symptoms. I'm back . Just for some background info, I have had stomach pains for around 3 years. I am now a 15 year old male.

    Within the past year my symptoms have gotten much worse. Specifically the last few months have been hell for me. I don't know what triggered it but my symptoms came back.

    Life sucks with IBS. Its as simple as that. Its extremely depressing thinking about the idea of not being able to enjoy my life as a teenager. I find myself not wanting to go out with my friends or passing up activities that I would have never passed up years ago. I'm fairly afraid of going out with people who wouldn't be too understanding of my problem and afraid of going to places where I may not be able to get to a bathroom. I dread school simply because some of my teachers may not want me going to the bathroom during lessons and because the bathrooms are for more than one person ( I hate using the bathroom when other people are in there, I'm a very private person ).

    I have been doing research for the past 2-3 months because of my rising symptoms. My symptoms starting flaring ( IBS Attacks ) the last few weeks of school because I knew during finals I'd have to sit in school for 3-4 hours without getting up or going to the bathroom. I know I know, there is the option of speaking to the teachers before the finals and explaining to them my situation but I find that to be terribly embaressing and I just.. Don't want any special treatment.

    I find that my symptoms get bad when I think they should get bad. When I think about the potential of having an "attack", I cramp up and feel horrible. When I'm relaxed and I'm not doign anything, I'm fine. The problem is, recently I can't stop thinking about my problem. Its absolutely an every day thing for me.

    I went to the Gastro doctor who I'm really happy with. This is the 2nd Gastro doc I have been to and the first one really upset me. The first one did absolutely nothing for me. Anyway, I told him I think I may have IBS and he basically agreed. At this point, we don't know. He had a bunch of blood tests done on me ( They took so much blood that I passed out ) and they all came back normal. He put me on.. Sorry.. I don't have the name of the drug with me but its an anti-depressant..He said there is encouraging research that states that IBS has something to do with seratonin levels.. And yeah so now I take a very small dosage of I believe trisexlic? I take it at night ( It makes me very tired ). To be honest, I don't really think its helping. I'm starting to think I don't even have IBS. During the week of finals I ate nothing but health food and IBS safe food. My IBS symptoms were still pretty bad at that point.

    Once summer started my symptoms got a bit better as my diet got worse. I'm a fairly healthy guy, I play sports ( Or atleast I used to.. I don't want to spend too much time away from a bathroom anymore ).. And I'm not overweight.. Infact, I have always been very skinny but never at the point of being underweight.. Untill now.. I lost some weight during my last few weeks of school and at one point I believe I was considered underweight...That doesn't really bother me..The only problem is, I don't want to be some tall skinny guy..

    Uhm.. Just a few things.. I have a BM every 1-3 days.. I guess thats fairly normal except on the 2nd-3rd day I start to feel bloated very easily..And the doctor said this is important, the pain does not wake me up at night. The pain is basicly cramping and an urgency to use the bathroom.. Most of the time I feel like I need to use the bathroom but when I try to I can't.. When I'm away from the bathroom I start to panic and I really need to go.. When I get there I'm calm and I can't go.. I'm constantly uncomfortable..etc :/

    Anyway, I'll get to the point because this thread is rediculously large.. I'm starting to think I don't have IBS. I did a lot of reading and IBS is affected by the persons diet, at this point I'm not eating great. I eat a lot of junk food, iced tea, etc. But the thing is.. My symptoms aren't bad.. Infact they are better than most times...As I said before, If I don't think about the problem I don't really have the problem.. I'm starting to think that its just a nervous problem.. My stomach reacts to me being nervous...My mom thinks I'm stressed.. I disagree, I feel that I'm very calm but when I get to a situation I may let my nerves get to me.. Atleast my stomach. I should also mention that my older brother is autistic and has caused me a lot of stress and anxiety when I was younger.. Now that he is away at a special school I feel that he isn't part of my problem. I have already been to a few sessions of therapy.. I'll never go again.. I absolutely refuse to go. I hate the idea of seeing a therapist..Never again. So anyway, what sort of treatments can I suggest to my doctor? Do you think if I have IBS? When I say treatments, I mean medicine.. I'd love to be able to take a pill a day and not have any problems.. I'm guessing that will never happen but I can always hope .. I feel like I would have been better off not doing any research and telling myself its only a stomach virus .. BLAH

    My mom has IBS related symptoms.. My aunt has IBS and an ulcer.

    To all who actually read this thread, thank you..I appreciate it..

    Sorry about the spelling, I did my best.

     
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    Old 07-07-2005, 10:44 PM   #2
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    Re: My stomach hurts.. Again.. And Again.. And Again...

    Hi, I am sure the anxiety about the situation does not make it any easier. My husband has many IBS related symptoms like you described and has all his life, though he has a little better control now. Recently, he was prescribed Zelnorm, which was orginally only for women but now it is for men too. It seemed to help him some for a while but he stopped taking it because it didn't seem consistently helping, plus at the time it was still only for women. Everyone's body reacts differently though so maybe this would work for you.

    He is constantly experimenting with different foods and trying to see what works best with his system, but there's no way to know for sure what is is that aggravated it within the combo of things he ate.

    It's great you have a good GI specialist. It might be good to get more extensive tests if possible, but it does seem like it is possible that the stress or anxiety is causing problems. It seems like now that you are not in school it is a little bit better, and my husband's stomach (and mine) always flare up in very stressful situations. It's worth exploring more, and asking about the Zelnorm.

    Meantime, don't deprive yourself of fun and going out. We always had to order special items when going out and people looked at us funny but after a while we got used to it, and once we explained to our friends they were fine too. He just tried to be very careful what he ate, it was worth the embrassment of ordering special food to not be embarrased later with his stomach acting up.

    We definitely can sympathize with the situation, and wish you luck!

     
    Old 07-08-2005, 05:52 AM   #3
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    Re: My stomach hurts.. Again.. And Again.. And Again...

    No teenager wants to feel different. And although you don't want special treatment at school you need some special understanding. Maybe your parents could inform your principle who will then inform your teachers. This would save you the embarrassment of telling them but give you the assurance of knowing that if you have to leave you will be allowed to. The anxiety alone about a possible accident must be horrible. I know I have sat in meetings in pain as I didn't want to call attention to myself by leaving. Know that your brain and gut are definetly connected and if you can relax it may help. I understand you are against therapy however a psychologist could help you relax with bio feedback. It is not a psychotherapy but learing how to relax your body at any given time. Good luck to you , I hope you are better soon.

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    Old 07-08-2005, 08:41 AM   #4
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    Has your doctor suggested having a colonscope done? It could be crohns or colitis. I would suggest having this done to rule out either of these dieseases. Do you have any weight lose?

     
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