New Member in the IBS Sufferers’ Club

Hi,

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.

My doctor confirmed that I have IBS – D (also called colopathy). Now, I know what I suffer. He prescribed me a treatment to avoid diarrheas, and confirmed that I have to be careful what I eat too.

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…

Olivier

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  • fleurus
    3 months ago

    Hi Olivier! I hope you read this, I’m currently living in the US, and I suffer from IBS-D too. Next week I’ll traveling to Paris and I’m kinda scare that I won’t find any place where I can eat. Or that i can’t find any food in the low fodmap diet . Do you have any recommendations? I really hope you can read this! I really appreciate any help, thank you.

  • ollivier71 author
    2 months ago

    Hi Fleurus,
    I’m so sorry, I’m reading your post just a month after you wrote it 🙁
    I hope you enjoyed Paris and that you found foods/restaurants that were good for you.
    I also hope that you didn’t have any problems to find restrooms when you needed, because I know that restrooms aren’t as easy to find in France as in the US (or maybe it’s because when we’re travelling we try to pay more attention to what we need).

    I’m so sorry that I haven’t read your reply before your trip… please, let me know how was your trip and if you enjoyed.

    Olivier

  • Chris Hall moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Olivier,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us! Many people in our community have had a similar experience where they didn’t necessarily know what they were suffering from, and continued on with their lives. Many folks also started experiencing these symptoms as early as their teenage years. You’re not alone! Additionally, managing your diet can be a challenge, but I wanted to share a resource with you regarding the low-FODMAP diet. A lot of IBS sufferers have found symptom relief while following this diet:

    https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/ibs-diet/

    You may find some of the foods that are suggested in this article may not work for you, but that’s OK! It may take some trial and error, but I encourage you to stick with it! Keep us updated with your progress and the treatment plan you worked out with your doctor! Thanks again for sharing with us!

    Take care,
    Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net

    P.S. If you liked the video you included in your story, here’s another one by the same person that you might enjoy!: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/video/strain-poem/. He, Hess, is actually a contributor here on IrritableBowelSyndrome.net. You can read more about his journey and see more videos here: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/author/HessP/

  • ollivier71 author
    2 years ago

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you for the links, I really appreciate that.
    I’m gonna try the FODMAP diet, I’ve read some articles about this, and it seems to work, and people seem to feel better… I’ve just found the french version of this book written by Cinzia Cuneo.

    https://www.amazon.com/Low-FODMAP-Solution-Symptoms-Abdominal-Pain/dp/0778805697

    It’s not easy to live with the IBS, and if I decided to see my doctor, it’s because I started to feel very tired and a little bit sad, I didn’t want to feel depressed.

    What is not easy, is talking about the symptoms with friends, colleagues or even family.
    People don’t really know about IBS, and don’t understand.
    In France, IBS isn’t well known. But some TV programs start to talk about the bowel, and digestive problems, it’s like a “new phenomenon” they talk about “the second brain”.
    I found more articles about IBS on American web sites and UK websites than on French ones.

    I follow Hess on his Youtube channel, I really admire this guy, because he dares talking about his digestive problems, with a lot of humour, I really enjoy !

    This web site is full of very good articles about IBS, and it’s very interesting to read the members’ stories.

    Thank you very much !

    Olivier

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