I’m Lisa, new here, and have been diagnosed with IBS. While my diagnosis was only several years ago, it is evident I’ve had it most of my life, certainly all my adult life, and I’m 54 now. I live in middle Tennessee and am a disabled housewife.
I also suffer from diverticulosis (was in the hospital a few years ago with diverticulitis), bipolar, schizo (to a point), and PTSD. I’ve had a very rough childhood and young adult life. I also have arthritis – both kinds, and asthma. Yeah, it’s a mess. Fortunately, I have a very supportive spouse (boringly healthy) and teenager (asperger’s).
I’ve been reading the articles here and so much falls into place, especially about diet. Though, I find, for me, having a glass of red wine or cider calms the pain when it flares up, but no more than that or it makes me very sick. I agree with the article about not eating large meals – has worked for me for years and was something I learned when weight lifting. Oddly enough, I find something salty helps sometimes, but that may be because I generally don’t take in a lot of salt.
Anyway, I just wanted to intro myself and I hope to find some like souls out there to chat with :> I tend to be rather recluse IRL. Of myself, I love to read, play modded minecraft, do crafts, and when possible, work out.