24 and feeling like I'm confined to the toilet for the rest of my life
Last updated: December 2021
I started having IBS 9 years ago in high school after years of eating terribly and experiencing a lot of emotional trauma and abuse. Sometimes I can remember the days pre-IBS and I cry because I miss them so much. I had no idea how lucky I was to just poop normally.
Confined to the toilet
To not have to spend 4 or more hours a day defecating was such a treat that I had no idea I was taking for granted. I've lost friends and relationships because I can barely leave my house, and people seem to think IBS is an imaginary illness that I'm making up or exaggerating. Trust me I wish I was. I wish I could go out for more than 2 hours at a time without fearing crapping my pants.
Doctors don't understand
In the 9 years I've struggled with this, 5 different doctors have belittled my problems, denied my access to treatment, and overall destroyed my faith in medical practice. Because I'm a healthy weight and appear normal, all of my problems must be in my head. I don't have anything profound to say, I just wanted to get my story out there in a group of people that understand my pain. Thanks for reading.
Which of the following symptoms of IBS do you experience most frequently?