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Old 07-08-2003, 08:29 AM   #1
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Hi all - I have a question for all of you that have been long time sufferers of IBS or UC. My son has been preliminarily diagnosed with UC (waiting for the g.e. appt). I understand how stressful it is - poor kid (13 years old) is constantly in the bathroom (20 times a day, at least). But it also seems that it has run over into all other areas of his life. He cannot make any decisions. Also, if he is around more than 2 or 3 people at a time, his stomach starts up and he is running to the bathroom. Is this a normal reaction/symptom?

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Old 07-08-2003, 06:12 PM   #2
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The poor little guy.

Does he get extremely nervous in any social situation (i.e. with people around?). That doesnt seem uncommon if he is a quiet introverted type. And stress does effect IBS symptoms.

If its that bad though (20 times a day), are you looking at what diet changes can be made? Sounds like something his body is not liking.

Let us know how he goes.

Old 07-08-2003, 06:42 PM   #3
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Hi phxgem,

I guess IBS is kinda wierd that way: It doesn't really mimic symptoms from one person to the next, except for some main ones. People have many sources of triggers for IBS problems and yet it is not necessarily always consistent. I have in fact heard of posts from people who have been awfully worried about making speeches/presentations/marriages etc. So it may not be unusual to feel uneasy to the stomach in the presence of other people.

Cheers, Raju.

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