Hi everyone, new here! Wanted to come and join a community to discuss this awful thing with. Would be interested to learn people's stories and how their IBS started. In truth my Drs probably shouldn't have diagnosed me with IBS as easily as they did, but here we are. Because I've never lost weight, had blood in my stools or severe pain that a bowel movement wouldn't remove, they've always said IBS. They did give me a test a couple years ago to see whether I have inflammation, came back very normal. Also been tested for Coeliac disease, normal results. Currently awaiting test results for a second inflammation stool check and H pylori, mainly to ease my anxiety. Ah yes, I have an anxiety disorder as well!
My regular symptoms are -
- Daily loose stool, very smelly 😂(usually once or twice a day)
- Gas build up
- Random aches and sharp pains
- Sometimes I get a really intense sharp pain at the bottom of my abdomen.
which is relieved with a bowel movement.
- Mucus in my stool. Sometimes none, sometimes little, sometimes a lot.
My symptoms of IBS go back as long as 23 years ago, when I was 8. My first memory of dealing with any kind of loose bowel issue is when I was at school. Every morning I would be so scared to go in because I hated my teacher and a lot of the students, this would have me rushing to the bathroom for a very nervous poo. This was basically what I lived with for about 14 years. At 21/22 my symptoms for the first time started getting worse. Noticed I was getting loose stools everytime I went to the bathroom, but not much pain or anything. The symptoms I suffer with now started about 3 years ago, I've not got anymore since, but it is more regular. The only trigger I know of is caffeine.
So yeah, that's my IBS story/journey! Hi ☺️