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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