So I’m new and have no official diagnosis but have been having horrible symptoms and am seeing a doctor today. I thought I had caught with what was a normal stomach flu on tuesday. Diarrhea, nausea, feeling ill etc., Flashforward to today and all of my symptoms have passed except for the diarrhea and stomach cramps. It’s so bad, like hundreds of knives are attacking my tummy.
I went to the ER Thursday night because it was so bad. Told it was normal and sent home with some pain killers and fluids. My stomach flus have never lasted this long before. I’m worried that I’ve developed post infectious IBS. I get cramps every 20 minutes that can be so excruciating i can’t speak or move. I have to go to the toilet almost every hour. It’s a nightmare.
I’m seeing a doctor again today. But I’ve been miserable and hopeless at the thought that if I have IBS, ongoing pain and rushes to the bathroom may be the new reality. So I really wanted to reach out and see if people can share their stories of hope, and how they manage to get through life in general (work, family, friends, going out to eat, going to the beach) with IBS.
I start uni again next February to write my thesis, and part time work. My life will be challenging and stressful as it is. My biggest worries is that if I do have IBS, how will this impact me and my performance? I’ve read that some people have to quit their jobs and so on because of IBS, and can’t imagine it.
Please, stories surrounding how you cope, how you don’t let this and all of the pain interfere in your life and your strategies for managing this would be really appreciated!