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  • I have had IBS for 22 years. Sometimes it is mild with very few symptoms. Other times I have bouts for three months with lots of abdominal pain. I had my gallbladder removed on August 1st. My IBS has been quite painful since then Can surgery cause IBS to flair up? I will take any suggestions for pain management.

    I’ve had IBS for 7 years and feel like when I find a long term effective solution, something happens to what i used. At first I used kaolin tablets. they settled my stomach and let me leave me house and continue college, unfortunately these were stopped and I dropped out of college due to weeks on end of not being able to leave my house. I then found out kaolin and morphine mixture was back on the shelves and loved this. I was able to work normally. I loved being free again and able to go to work, see some old friends and in January I was stopped. I’ve not seen it around since and I’ve had the worst time ever. IBS in general is an awful illness, like seriously I wouldn’t wish it up on enemy! I now no longer work and even find it a struggle to leave the bathroom. I’ve removed all my trigger foods a long time ago and anything else that triggers me goes to that long list and never to be eaten again. I’ve reached my end. I have no idea where to go from here because living everyday in constant pain isn’t living at all.


    I'm sorry for this long post, but I would be very thankful if you could read this and if anyone else have gone through similar problems and it turned out to be IBS, let me know. I am male and I just turned 40. Almost two years ago I started having bowel movement trouble. I was often constipated for several days and then when I finally did go to the bathroom, the stools would be quite soft, the consistency was somewhere in between normal and diarrhea, and often very pale. I also occasionally woke up with a faint stomach ache which would go away later in the day. I saw my house doctor about this in early 2018 and he ordered a bunch of blood tests. He said the results came back proportionately normal. He also had me do a fecal test to check for possible blood in my stool, and it came back negative. He speculated that I may be suffering from some kind of food allergy or possible IBS. Nothing was further investigated though. I tried experimenting by eliminating various food out of my diet, and while the stools would improve for periods, and then go back to being worse, I didn't feel as if it had anything to do with what I ate. It just kept changing for no apparent reason. Earlier this year, I saw my doctor again regarding my constipation problems. The doctor took new blood tests in April, which according to him showed nothing abnormal. He took a blood test to check for gluten intolerance, which came back negative. He also prescribed a granule mixture medication. The granule is not dissolving but more of a gravel-type consistency and it is supposed to be swallowed whole together with a glass of water. This is to regulate bowel movement. The medication worked great at first, and I was going to the bathroom basically once a day once I started taking this medication. The stools consistency also seemed to improve (not as loose as before). However, approximately a month ago, I started having: -Stomach pains, not just in the morning but throughout the days. -An unexplainable feeling that resembles a hunger sensation, although I don't think it's real hunger because the stomach doesn't growl. Sometimes, this sensation would be reduced when I ate something, but it quickly returns. I tried to eat a lean diet, like boiled fish and rice, and I cut out acidic drinks like orange juice. Nothing improved. The doctor prescribed Omeprazole which he said may reduce the stomach pains in case it's caused by excessive stomach acids. I have been taking it, along with probiotics, but nothing is helping. As the days went on, the problems kept getting worse. I started feeling nausious, kind of like a motion sickness. The hunger sensation was now constant, and wouldn't go away anymore even when I ate. I would also get stomach pains whenever I DID eat something. I was also badly constipated and over the counter laxatives and Magnesium Citrate did not help. I finally decided to contact a clinic who specializes in digestive diseases and they performed an EGD and colonoscopy on me monday July 22. They did not find anything, no inflammations, Crohn's disease, ulcers, tumors, polyps, etc. Everything looked good. They took two biopsies to check for Celiacs disease and some type of infection, but the biopsies both came back negative. Right after the procedures my intestines / abdominal area hurt a lot, worse than before I had the procedures. But I figured that was because the instruments they used may have irritated my intestines and it would get better after a couple days. I do however still, nearly a week later, experience abdominal pain. The pain is beneath my belly button, not just on one side but all over. It's not a very strong pain, but it's uncomfortable, kind of like a cramping feeling. That hunger feeling is also persistent and when I do eat I feel full right away, like I'm bloated. So I feel the false hunger feeling and bloated at the same time. It's the best I can explain it. Does it sound as if I am suffering from IBS? From what I read online, IBS symptoms flare up and stay for a few days, but this is just not going away. I have tried cutting out fruit juices, dairy, fibers, fat, carbs, lactose, gluten etc. Nothing is helping. I am on the verge of being underweight so a very lean diet doesn't work for me anyway. While I was eating boiled food (which also didn't help) I dropped down to 132 lbs (I'm nearly 6 feet tall). I have since then been forcing myself to eat fatter food and managed to gain a few pounds back. The lean diet was not improving my IBS-symptoms anyway. Right now my stools are very hard too, and I go approximately every other day. Is it likely I would develop IBS when I was nearly 40 years old, and would the symptoms stay for a whole month? How do you diagnose IBS? Is it even possible? I get the impression the doctors are just guessing it's IBS and they don't really know. What else could it be that I am suffering from and any suggestions on how I get it to go away? What can I try? Did anyone else here develop these problems so late in life, and did the symptoms ever stayed for over a month for you? Please, any suggestions are welcome.

    I've started suffering from IBS 5 years ago. My episode then went on for about 8 months or so . That means having diarrhea everyday, not being able to leave the house for about 3 or 4 hours after I've woken up, skipping school, feeling always tires.. I think you know what I am talking about. For the next 4 years things went smoothly, as in I would have diarrhea like one day out of five, but I could handle that with a bit of loperamide. But 4 months ago, I started to have diarrhea everyday again, and it's totally ruined my social life. I have no idea how to explain it to people, and I just can't. I always have to skip things, I try to wake up at 5 if I have to leave at 8 but sometimes I just snooze the alarm and I have to skip my education. It's always the worst in the morning. Is it like that for you too? I find myself unable to make new friends because I am embarassed to explain it to them. People always seem to think that it's your fault when you're sick. I am starting to believe that it's my fault too... I just feel like I can't do social life anymore. I am afraid of travelling as it's hard finding a toilet. I am so tired of living with IBS myself and I just can't cope with seeing the people close to me getting tired of me living with it too. Also, I can't stand being told to do things anymore. Stop eating meat! Start drinking more water! It's your fault, you have to stop doing that! How can people who have 0 knowledge of IBS compared to the 1000 doctors I saw really believe that they know more about it? Has anyone experienced similar things?

    Hi all- I am currently developing an app that is meant to help guide users through the low-FODMAP diet. Brief Description of the app: Our app will have a meal planning feature that will offer the user a wide range of delicious low-FODMAP recipes to choose from and then generate a shopping list for them. The recipes are all inspired by the motto "food as medicine" to ensure that the patient is both healthy and adhering to the diet. Additionally, the app with have a symptom tracker and guided support during the Rechallenging phase of the diet. Some things I am curious about: 1) Given that the low FODMAP diet is very restrictive I am curious if anyone has tried the low-FODMAP diet and thinks it is realistic for patients to stick to a completely low-FODMAP diet for months? 2) What are your general thoughts about this app proposal and do you think it would be something you would use? 3) Finally, if you have tried the low-FODMAP diet: How did it go? What do you think would have made this an easier experience for you? Appreciate any and all feedback, after all this app is being created to help improve the lives of those with IBS!

    Hi guys, I'll tell you my story. I am 38 years old, I lived in South America from 2012 to 2017, and then returned to Italy, my land. I have always been a delicate person of gut, a little emotional, but the problems started a few months ago, while I was back in South America (sometimes I go back there for familiar reasons): adodminal discomfort, which disappeared after defecation, both at right than left. When I returned to Italy I was no better, my stools always changed (creamy, sometimes chopped up, etc.), but abdominal discomfort decreased after I eliminated bread and pasta. I was visited by a gastroenterologist with abdominal palpation and intestinal ultrasound. The doctor found nothing to worry about and gave me a prebiotic treatment. For a month and a half I was much better, now I'm not good again. After 4-5 days I always have an attack of diarrhea after breakfast, even if I have already gone to the bathroom when I wake up. Faeces always change, sometimes to pieces, sometimes creamy, sometimes normal, always different. I called the gastroenterologist again, which I hope to see this week. He says I have to feel comfortable, that I have nothing pathological, yet I would like to go back to being as good as before. For now he says that a colonoscopy is not necessary because when he visited me he found nothing abnormal, and that I only suffer from an irritable colon. What should I do guys? Should I accept my situation as a person suffering from irritable bowel disease and keep these annoying symptoms (morning sickness, bloating, loose stools)? Help me

    Anybody got better using this antibiotics? i read it can be taken in two ways : -one week, 800mg per day - two weeks, 1200mg per day the second possibility is used to cure dysbiosis, that is one of the main causes of IBS. any experience?

    In the wake of contracting diverticulitis, I was diagnosed with IBS. The frequent pain from the IBS has me in a constant state of fear that its not IBS but a reoccurance of diverticulitis. Does anyone here suffer from both IBS and diverticular disease? Do you have any coping strategies? I've been near suicidal with anxiety for months now.

    Hello! My symptoms have evolved over the past 12 months or so. I am 36. Last year I started getting panic attacks (anxiety, dizzy, fainty) maybe a couple times a week that scared me. After a couple months I realized I could usually BM when I starting feeling weird even if I didn't get the feeling I needed to BM. I can go from mildly constipated to needing to soft BM 3 times in an hour. As of about 6 months ago I started feeling a discomfort in my right abdomen, maybe 2.5 inches from my belly button. It didn't hurt, just felt swollen or like something was there. I never really got worse so I just thought maybe a pulled ab. Then a couple months ago my dogs both died of abdomen cancer and I mentally started to panic with my own symptoms. Over the past year it's also not uncommon for me to BM like 6+ times a day (5 times just this morning!). Sometimes multiple times within an hour. Sometimes fairly firm followed by a couple very soft. Two weeks ago I finally saw my primary. He did a stool blood test which was neg. A metabolic blood test was done and I did have a bit high bilirubin count (testing again in a week after drinking more water). I also got an ultrasound of the soft tissue area I was feeling discomfort and they said no abnormalities found. I was referred to a gastro specialist after my primary suspected IBS, but that appt isn't for another month. Last week I adopted two new rescue dogs and hosting some family from out of town and really noticed some intensified symptoms. My abdomen feels bloated and tight. Also sore, like I've been doing ab workouts, but I haven't been. The same discomfort I had on my right side is now also on my left side now too. Sometimes there is little pins and needle pain around an area where I think I have some mesh as I had a hernia operation a few years ago. Also I have very mild constant nausea which increases if I poke around my abdomen. Plenty of anxiety pooping this week too. In general I feel pretty okay in terms of energy, mental clarity, and just overall rest of body, but my abdomen/stomach is feeling really out of sorts, like it's angry. My appetite and weight has stayed pretty steady. In terms of food, I've found I've become sensitive to eggs, beans and peanut products. They all give me BM issues. I have a family history of lactose issues, but still eat it. Maybe I need to try cutting it out too. I've been taking a bit of ibuprohen and gasx which help a little. Also trying to relax and see if reducing my stress helps. Sometimes difficult because I am still paranoid I have a serious issue like cancer. Thanks for listening! Does anyone have thoughts, advice, questions? Does this sound like IBS or something else? Thanks!!

    I have IBS-D but not ALL the time. My dr. gave me Viberzi samples but I'm afraid to try it bc I don't have diarrhea every day. Is it still ok to take it even if you don't D everyday? Has anyone tried it?

    one year before i started paleo diet for weight loss . that time even i dont know it will help IBS. after 3 months my 8 year old IBS is almost cured . normally in morning times i will get 3 to 4 time diarrhea but after paleo diet its just one time . this is big releif for me .

    It has taken four months BUT I finally had my procedure today. The months of anxiety and anticipation and thinking the absolute worst since my regular MD found blood in my stool. The results - everything was perfect and normal. So, it really is IBS-C and the blood was probably from inflammation. I’ve been on Amitiza for about three months and it took a good 7 weeks to get acclimated to it but it has worked wonders! Now, it’s just figuring out when, where, how and what to eat to be able to come off the Amitiza. Anyone have any good recipe suggestions for IBS-C?

    Hi, I drank for 2 years a water with a very low level of mineral salt and fixed residue and then I started having problems like hard dyspepsia and diarrhea, especially after eating fruits, vegetables, sweat and glutin (even if I'm not celiac!). I tryed to follow FODMAP diet, but my diet is much more restrictive than that one! I wonder if the problem is in the water that I've been drinking... do you think that this kind of water (low minerals) could cause a sort of an "atrophy" of intestine if drunk for a long period? Is it an absurd idea? Thanks

    I have had Ibs c and d since my teens. I hate not being able to eat normal food. I went to a luncheon with some friends last week and someone brought cherries which I haven't had in years. I thought a few would not hurt me. Well let me tell you I paid for it the next morning, went to the bathroom 3 times before I left for church services. Then had to go 2 more times during the services, thought I would have to cancel afternoon plans but luckily I felt better by noon. Whenever I go somewhere and they serve salad I have to say no thanks. People do not understand why and I feel like such a freak. No one understands why I am so picky about what I eat. How do you handle this.

    I cured myself of this suffering with two things that no doctor knew and I had to look for my life to treat me. After a thousand doctors and a thousand towel rolls, I found these two solutions with which I have been without symptoms for two years: 1. Lyon’s Mane 2. Diatomaceous earth 3. kijimea IBS If you try, tell me your progress since I was desperate without any solution. May you have happy holidays and a new year full of health!

    I have recently (the last few months) started having a gurgling sensation in my lower right abdomen and it comes and goes but happens throughout the day. I have no pain but some bloating. is that common with IBS?

    This evening, I went to the kitchen, thinking what to eat. My sister was there and also monster mom. I told my sister that what she is eating might cause her pain stomach. Now you see, my monster mom will look for any opportunity to make fun of me and to offend me regarding my IBS issues, and do you think she lost this opportunity this time? No… she started to talk nasty things as if it wasn't directed toward me… "generally speaking" and of course I acted like nothing was going on… keeping my face frozen even when she sings about my bloating issues. In any case, this sister got to hear from me, that monster moms mentally abused me for several years (she also used to "play her part" and laughing about my Ibs issues….) this is just getting to sick but this is my reality, sad reality. Later on, when I went to sister's room, I told her "See, what she did"? Then sister didn't want to hear anything… she said, no "you're wrong, that wasn't directed at you" and I'm like OK, keep acting like you don't know that it was directed toward me… to offend me… I live in a crazy sick world. But I'm strong, I'm strong against any devil that comes my way.

    Long term IBS sufferer just wondering if anyone in New Zealand on this site? Otherwise happy to make any aquaintances for support.

    My stomach, intestines, well they hate me. I have had stomach troubles all my life. So recently my GI put me on a low fodmap diet. She says that it will change my life. I believe in the diet and i kneo in order to end this misery i will have ro conform to this dietary lifestyle. But I am having a really hard time commiting and applying myself to it. I try to eat correctly then i slip up. The stomach pain, spasms, nausea, bloating has nearly handicaped me. How can grasp this diet that i know i need? I stay so stressed out. Everyone around me just eats and eats and grans whatever, whenever they wants. For me, i feel like its a full time job trying to manage my diet. Too much thought and preparation goes into it and its so time consuming. I hate food. I hate dealing with it everyday but its essential to life. So anyone out there got any advise for me on dealing and coping? Its not easy for me. It seems so easy for others that have IBS. How can i live at peace with all the restictions my stomach puts on me. I just want to be normal.
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