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Re: Do I have IBS?

Re: Do I have IBS?

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Posted by Clare on November 15, 2000 at 15:30:33:

In Reply to: Do I have IBS? posted by Karen on October 02, 2000 at 22:02:10:

: I have been dealing with this problem for years, but never realized that it might have a name and that other people suffer from it too. Practically every time I'm in a social situation or a new place, I get what I refer to as an "upset stomach" (very loose bowels and a feeling of total panic if there's no bathroom or I don't know where the bathroom is). It especially happens on long car rides where I know a bathroom isn't available or if I'm out in the woods or something. I always tell myself that it won't happen this time, but it always does. Just this weekend my boyfriend & I were celebrating our 5th anniversary out of town and the night was ruined by me because I got an upset stomach and had to go back to the hotel when we were supposed to go out and have a good time. I told myself that there was no reason for it to happen, but it did anyway. What is wrong with me? Is this IBS? What can I do to prevent this from happening or is it totally out of my hands? I'd prefer not to have to go on any sort of medication, but it keeps getting worse and worse. Advice anyone?

This sounded rather familiar so I thought I'd write to say "me too". I think for the past few years I've been developing IBS and it took me a while to realise that other people don't have to put up with being held hostage by their own insides! Recently I've been tryng to manage the symptons myself and have noticed that strong Aloe Vera tablets can ususually control day-to-day symptons though in social situations I get in a real pickle! I'm 21 and just the fact that going out means going to clubs and bars where there are no seats and queues for the loos is enough to put my tummy on edge. A few years back getting nervous affected me the same as everyone else, but know, even a hint of nerves can catch me out and it goes straight to my stomach. Of course, this doesn't do my social life much good, and especially hinders meeting men, and makes me retreat from any situation where I might feel vulnerable as I get too nervous and panicky. How did your boyfriend react to your attacks?

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