New Member in the IBS Sufferers' Club
I'm Olivier, I'm 35 years old, I'm french, I live in france.
And you know what? It's during a trip to the USA that I've discovered what is IBS.
Indeed, I was watching TV early in the morning, thanks to the jet lag, when I discovered this ad for medication (Viberzi) on TV.
The situation described in this advertising, reminded me what I usually feeling at work just before going to a meeting, or after lunch feeling bloating and needing to find the restrooms quickly...
I just realised, that I've felt these symptoms since my teenage years... But I never really knew what it was, I didn't think that it could be illness, and that's the way it is.
I've always had diarrhea, bloating, gas and all those awkward symptoms that we usually don't talk about. Even when I was a teenager, I had embarrassing noises in my belly (gas) during classes, I felt so embarrassed... And today, I still have those noises in stressful situations (like meetings, and obviously when there isn't any other noise in the room ! ) I feel so ashamed at those moments.
I also have some food allergies (uncooked carrots, uncooked celery, uncooked soy and many more) And it's often when I'm eating vegetables (like mushrooms, tomatoes) that I have a bellyache.
I noticed that stress increased the symptoms.
I've always been looking for the restrooms when traveling, or at the restaurant, in the malls, at the train station and everywhere else.
I thought I was going crazy with this... I was avoiding going out with friends/colleagues to the restaurant.
More recently, I was in the subway in Paris, I felt the early signs of a diarrhea, I thought I would never find the restrooms before it's too late, I was traumatized... Hopefully, I found the toilets, but I've never felt serene since then, and it's so awkward to talk about this...
So, I finally decided to go to the doctor. He prescribed me a colonoscopy, I was anxious, but I was so tired of those symptoms that I agreed.
I had this colonoscopy two weeks ago, and irritation had been found in my bowel, but nothing more too serious (hopefully), He concluded that it is a colopathy.
I like reading stories about IBS on the web, and also watching videos on youtube about IBS like these : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTn5TSKjTq9S7aFi7ZFzBgA
I wanted to share my little story with you.
I feel less alone now lol
Excuse me for grammar errors...
Do you have a good understanding of what triggers your flares?