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Just Starting On My IBS Discovery

Hi guys, I’m 18 years old and I have been suffering with abdominal pain and digestive issues for almost 5 years. It started when I began high school, and continues to torment me as I enter my second year of college.

I’ve read many other stories on here, but none that really relate to me. I have had a colonoscopy, endoscopy, ultrasound, blood tests, allergy scratchings… and I went to an allergist today who believes I have IBS. I personally don’t believe that is all that’s going on, but it’s the only lead I have had.

The pain I get is in my lower abdomen, where my colon is and usually after eating, I experience horrible sharp pain, as if I’m digesting knives, diarrhea, cramping, you name it. Being so young, it has really put a damper on my life. I’ve always been too afraid to go anywhere or leave the house in case my stomach gives me issues. I couldn’t go to prom because I was too afraid I might not feel well.

But at other times, I can feel totally fine. And then I can get a random flare up of symptoms. Stress is also a huge factor, of which I don’t really understand…

I just found this website and it’s nice to see people can relate to me in some way, although I’m sorry you all have to suffer with this. But you’re not alone.

I am going to start the fodmap diet and see if that helps me.

If anyone has any advice for me, or anything, I would appreciate that. I’m still lost in this whole thing but I’ll fight through it and I encourage you all to do the same 🙂

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  • obarsher
    10 months ago

    Hi, I am the mom of a 20 year old son who was just diagnosed with IBS with constipation. He also has Acid Reflux and nausea. He has been sick for 15 months. He lost around 25 lbs when this first started. We believe his first attack came after a bout of food poisoning.

    As unrelated as this may be my mother had a hysterectomy last year and they found Diverticulitis! She had IBS-D for years.

    Is it possible that since you have IBS-D that you may have Diverticulitis? Would that have been ruled out when they ran the tests they ran on you?

    Yes being anxious has an effect. My son has anxiety. He is going to see a counselor. Maybe give that a shot too.

    I’m going to go with my son to a dietitian. I’m sure the FODMAP diet will come up!

    Hope this helps. Be well soon!

  • StrongerThanIBS author
    12 months ago

    thank you! I really appreciate it!

  • Chris Hall moderator
    12 months ago

    Hi StrongerThanIBS – Thanks so much for sharing your story with us! Great username! It definitely seems like a good fit given your story. So many people here can relate to things you’ve been going through. Since you mention you’re starting the low FODMAP diet, I thought you’d find this article interesting. I hope this helps! Please keep us updated! – Chris, Team Member

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