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  • 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.

    Fasting since 10:30pm the night before. Esophagus: Food Esophogitis Hiatal hernia Stomach: Food (residue)/ bezoar Duodenum: Erythematous (hypersonic) They took biopsies. Should I be worried? I don't know if I should call my doctor now or just wait for biopsies to come in. Any input/experiences?

    Does anyone else panic if they do not have a bowel movement every morning? I find I have become obsessed with this and my day is good when I poop in the morning but ruined when I don’t poop in the morning. Anyone else the same?

    Goodmorning everyone, I am a healthy man (I hope) , 38 years old. I have a big health anxiety problem in general. I self-diagnose many horrible diseases, especially cancer. Needless to show you all the diseases that I thought I had this year, I assure you they were many. Now my problem is the fear of having colon cancer. My main symptom is having loose stools especially in the morning, everything I eat different from my usual diet causes me to have softer stools than normal. It's not exactly diarrhea, it's creamy stools. I have trouble having formed feces. I had no changes in the bowel movement, in the sense that I always go twice a day without difficulty and regularly. Never seen traces of blood in the stool, for now. I had problems with meteorism which I practically solved by eliminating above all pasta and bread, but I know that my intestinal sensitivity has increased a lot. I paid a visit to the gastroenterologist, who carried out an ultrasound of the colon, telling me that the colon does not seem to be suffering and that the walls are perfect, he felt my abdomen without finding masses or pain. He also performed an abdominal ultrasound, where the liver, spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, bladder and prostate were normal. He left me with an examination for celiac disease and gave me probiotics, but they are not improving the consistency of my feces. Unfortunately, my anxiety is still there after the visit, even though the visit was negative. I read a lot of people who suffer from unformed stools, without having serious health problems, but I know it's not a good thing. I remember having unformed feces at other times in my life, but now I look at it every day and it's becoming impossible. I know that the only test to be sure is colonoscopy, but the doctor didn't consider it necessary to do it. Can I trust your visit? I have read conflicting rumors on the net, apparently the ultrasound of the bowel is however an undervalued test that can see tumors and serious problems, to then do more detailed examinations. I'm confused. I add that in December I made a proctological examination due to a small thrombosed hemorrhoid, the doctor gave me an anoscopy and told me that there was nothing abnormal and the hemorrhoids were only slightly inflamed. Any advice or word of comfort would help me, thanks.

    I’ve been struggling with IBS-c with nausea and a lot of gas. Severe cramping and pain to the point I’m trembling. I took gas x and a few tums which took a slight edge off the gas. I put a heating pad on and now I’m having hot flashes. I usually use Papaya Enzymes to help but unfortunately don’t have any at home, and am in too much pain to drive. Any suggestions? Im begging for some help here lol

    I suffer from IBS-C and am always looking for new ways to ease my constipation. Has anyone tried the herbal tea Smooth Moves and if so how did it work for you? The testimonies I read were mostly positive but people do not mention if they suffer from IBS. I believe that makes a difference. Thanks.

    Im new to the whole IBS thing and I’m curious how many other people deal with the kind of things I have been dealing with lately. Here’s my story; I’m 36/male. I don’t have the best diet but I’ve been trying my hardest to eat healthier. I take meds that back me up. And even though I do that for the most part I can have a bowel movement almost daily. But there are times I will go 2-3-4 days with nothing and I get intense pains until I can have a movement. This morning I was asleep, I wake up at 7 to get kids off to school, but I was jolted awake out of a dead sleep to some of the most painful cramps I’ve ever experienced. These were low and deep in my mid abdomin. It felt like I was being stabbed with a burning knife and it was being twisted through my insides. If I moved a certain way it would get worse or if I went to fetal position it would help a little. My anxiety automatically kicked in and I was hyperventilating and felt like I was going to pass out. I rushed to the bathroom to sit and try....pray...for something to happen. I was roasting up and freezing cold. I was super shaky and lightheaded. I was sweating and clammy. I was freaking out big time. This isn’t the first time this has happened but this was the worst. And of course my anxiety told me this was it this was the time I have been fearing the past few years and my wife was going to find me keeled over on the toilet Elvis style. I had to open the window to let the sub zero wind blow in to wake me up and get me thinking in the moment. I put my headphones in and found a mindfulness meditation and got myself to calm down enough to not think I was dying. It took everything I had to sit on the toilet and finally I had a small movement. It wasn’t much but it was enough to relive some of the pain. Enough to where I could stand up and walk to the other side of the house. But it came right back and I ended up in the fetal position in the middle of the floor. I spent the next 2 hours in and out of the bathroom hoping and praying something would happen because I knew if I could get something out this pain would stop. Sorry this was detailed and long. I’ve never sat and wrote it all out like this before. Just saying it to no one makes me feel better about it. But does anyone else deal with crippling debilitating can’t move think your going to pass out and die pains in the lower mid part of your stomach???

    Hello, I am 32 and was recently told by my Gastro that he thinks I have IBS. I am at a total loss because I told him my symptoms and it’s not really like anything I have read and that is immediately what he thought. I had a CT scan, blood work and all came back normal. However I did take an occult stool test while my really bad symptoms were going on (extremely constipated and bloated) and it came back positive for blood but I can’t see it. I am scheduled for a colonostomy in a little over a month. My question is I have had a sharp pain in my lower left abdomen that I can also feel in my rectum when I’m trying to have a bowel movement or right after one. It can be so sharp and intense that I get nauseous, dizzy and clammy. After about 30 minutes it goes away. This has happened only twice. I also have what it feels like to be a soreness on my lower left side that comes and goes as well as my lower left back. Has anyone else had these symptoms? I’ve mainly just seen symptoms as cramping in the abdomen.

    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?

    Hello everyone. I’m hoping that someone can tell me what I may be experiencing and how to help. None of my doctor’s take me seriously. Let me preface by saying I’m a 22 year old female. Two months ago I started experiencing dizziness, chest pain, and bloating. I went to the hospital twice in one week as the bloating continued to get worse and I didn’t get any answers. I got to the point where all I wanted to do was sleep because I was so uncomfortable. I couldn’t eat because it made me feel more full and uncomfortable, and it felt as though I had liquid filling my abdomen. The second ER doctor did a CT scan and said I had a “huge backup of stool” and gave me Miralax and told me to follow up with a GI. I took The Miralax but I was only passing water. The GI nurse told me to do a colonoscopy prep with the Miralax, but still nothing happened. Finally, the GI nurse looked at my CT scan and said that she saw no backup of stool...????? So they requested I get a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. My GI said I had a tiny bit of inflammation in my intestines and a bit of gastritis in my stomach. She diagnosed me with IBS and prescribed Bentyl (which I don’t like taking because of the side effects) and omeprazole. Eventually the symptoms subsided after about 2 weeks but now they are back. The bloating and distended feeling is unbearable, and now my stomach area feels hard and is making gurgling sounds. I also have some slight pain. Has anyone else experienced something like this?

    Hello all, I'm very new to this sort of thing so I'm sorry in advance for rambling or being inarticulate! I'm struggling at the moment and don't know where to turn. I'm in my early twenties and have been suffering from IBS badly since my late teens. All testing has shown no issues with my gut. It started off as a nuisance and an embarrassment, but now I am terrified of it. I cannot leave the house until the afternoon due to the severity of symptoms on a morning, and I cannot bring myself to socialise anymore as I have had countless bad experiences with symptoms when in uncomfortable situations. Beyond this, I have developed severe anxiety and depression as a direct result of my IBS. This has also limited my confidence in doing even the most simple of tasks. My anxiety also has a direct impact on my symptoms. I have had CBT and psychology in the past for this with mixed results. I am well educated, I have a fantastic family, a very understanding partner. However, despite being so so grateful of this, my life feels in complete turmoil. Everything seems to be going wrong right now. My physical symptoms are only getting worse. My mental health is spiralling downhill rapidly the longer it goes on. I am trying my best to make improvements... now I have finished my studies I am trying to find a job that is suitable for my health, but it's so hard to find something that is advertised as in the afternoons. I am being promised things by prospective employers which are never met, and I am being turned away from mediocre jobs for being over-qualified. I am trying to help myself in other ways such as by learning to drive to aid with travelling and commutes, however I have failed my test a few times with very few minor errors. This has utterly shattered my confidence, and events like this are making me dangerously pessimistic. Again, even when writing this, some of my issues seem utterly trivial compared to what so many other people are experiencing. I am grateful everyday of everything that is positive in my life, however I can't help but be upset by my own situation, especially when I see the lives of those directly around me going so positively. I guess what I am asking for help with is this; how do I get out of this rough period that I am in, and how do I stay positive despite persistent failures, rejections and ill health despite trying so hard to make things better? In the long term, how do I manage my IBS and become less terrified of symptoms that have persistently blighted me in the past? It has got to the point now where the terror and worry I feel everyday when I wake up is the cause of some symptoms, but I don't know how to stop it. Best wishes to everyone out there, and thank you so so much for reading. Anonymous-IBS-Sufferer

    I had a colonoscopy today as part of my journey to finding out what is causing my frequent loose stools and vague abdominal discomfort. The colonoscopy was the last in a long line of tests I have had done so far. The colonoscopy showed absolutely nothing wrong with my colon. Excellent news, of course, but I am still having diarrhea 7 hours after the procedure, and it seems as if the lunch I ate when I got home from the hospital passed through my entire system in about 5 hours. I am not sure if this is a lingering result of the Pico Salax I had to take last night and this morning as part of my colonoscopy prep. Has anyone else found that a colonoscopy worsened IBS symptoms? I am assuming I have IBS as all the tests I have had show nothing else wrong.

    I've been having constipation issues most of my life but after having fistula surgery it became so much worse. Stomach bloating, gas pains, cramping. All the classic IBS symptoms. My body works normally for a few weeks and then shuts down so I can't get a handle on what is happening. Too much fiber or not enough. The pain is worse at night or early morning. I drink alot of water, exercise, and just started the Fodmap diet.Has anyone had these types of problems after fistula surgery? Or with constipation? Thank you for any help or advice.

    This is the recipe that I use every time I make banana bread. Symptom free for me. 😊 Bowl 1: 1 3/4 cup flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt Bowl 2: 1cup sugar ( I use 1/2 cup) 2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 tsp vanilla ( can omit ) Blend all ingredients in bowl 2 with electric blender or whisk. Mash 1 1/2 cups of bananas (3 large bananas) and fold into bowl 2. Sift in all ingredients in bowl 1 and combine into bowl 2. Mix well. Bake at 325 degrees for 60-70 minutes. I also add a tsp of cinnamon for flavour into bowl 1. Enjoy!

    Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'm not sure sure if I truly have IBS but I'm in a dark place in my life because of my GI so I thought maybe I'd find some sympathy here. I was very stressed out when I left my home but, since I started grad school my life has been hell. I don't know if a combo of stress and not eating on time caused it but one day out of nowhere, my stomach and bowels had started gurgling and making weird, embarrassing gassy sounds in lecture and since then it had never stopped 24/7. It used to do this all day and all night and the apartment dorm building I live in has paper thin walls, all my neighbors have been hearing it day in and day out. They've taken to harassing and bullying me when they can non-stop since then. Especially the girls who live next door (our bedrooms are separated by a thin wall). I understand they're frustrated but I can't control it. I stay mostly in my room now and barely come out, trying to ignore all the harsh things people say, and the guys who live across the inner courtyard will watch my room through the balcony and spy/gossip/film me although I haven't been able to prove it to authorities yet. Then later on, next door will complain about me (now they hate on everything I do without reason) until late at night. I have a hard time going to sleep, fearing my stomach will make these embarrassing sounds and hearing them humiliate me. If they hear something they make fun of me amongst themselves then go to my other neighbors across the hall and tell them and they'll ridicule me together.They know I know what they're doing, so they're sneaky about it since they watch and listen for my every move. It's a whole gang surveillance kind of thing where I'm the target. I had a similar situation at home, and now I'm dealing with it again - but this time on my own with no one round me for support. Some of them are in my class and they've been mocking and ridiculing me and spreading rumors all over the small city campus I'm in so random strangers will point me out and laugh at me too. Perhaps cyberbullying, I'm not sure because I don't have social media and I'm not sure how all these people know me. Everywhere I go, I can't find peace. My suite-mates hate me and do the same behind my back while ignoring me to my face. I've talked with higher-ups and they've been unprofessional- ridiculing me behind my back with everyone else (maintenance, etc.) I've also had acid problems. People think I'm hungry or that I'm overreacting. Right now I'm taking PPis and they've helped some but when I sleep I still make these awful noises. And eventually I'll have to come off of them. Last night, I woke at 3 in the morning trying to contain my stomach noises but failed for a good 2 hours and I overheard my suitemates and roommates talking and laughing about it it since this morning. The building is so quiet you can hear a pin drop unless people are talking - then you can hear every word. All this bullying is making me stress more than I am already. Because of it, I've been skipping classes and avoiding my cohort who legitimately look down on me and will drag me for sport behind my back. They all attack and criticize me behind my back. It's too late to transfer back as I had originally rejected my state school to go out of state, but it'll look bad to beg them to take me back. Deadline shave passed. And the lease I signed is unbreakable - I can only go to 2 other apt. buildings with the same setup in this area if and only if they have space (which they don't) so really, I'm stuck here for the whole year until August. I'm scared and trying to keep it together but no matter what I do, I'm still not sure if it'll change anything. Nothing has showed up on my test results so far so I'm unsure if there is any solution when I don't know how to deal with everything.

    Hello guys, i am new here... i don't know what i have. I never had consultation in hospital about my problem... I think it is IBS or maybe this is something. At 12 years old i had convulsion, after 2 week treatment In hospital i got new problem. i need toilet sometimes 4-5 in a day. I have no Diarrhea or pain. i Have only frequent stomach, But this is also Ruining my life. Every new day start in toilet and i need one hour sometimes two. But it's not end i study in University, also I am working. Sometimes i need in toilet but i am not going and this also real pain, i can't normal eat, sleep. This is terrible factor in working. But i am still living and i think This is no end, Life is Painless and I am thankful because i have hands and legs and i have only this problem. I know, I never will have Family, But i am adapt this thing. Have IBS, Or something that means have no life. Someone is here who have that? or maybe this is ibs too?

    Hi there! I have been suffering with super sudden onsets of diarrhea for 20 years now (I'm 30). I basically need to go with no warning and I have to find a loo within minutes. Having seen many doctors over the years, not one of them told me it's IBS but they can rule out any other issues (i.e. Chron's disease). The sudden onsets of diarrhea are quite random. Sometimes I am good for several months, sometimes it's multiple times a day for a week. There is no correlation between the foods I eat and when it happens - sometimes I eat loads of dairy, wheat and fruit with no issues, sometimes a cup of tea with milk sets me off. I am not taking any medication or supplements at this stage. I work at weddings for a living so most weekends I need to know that I won't have a sudden onset of diarrhea in the middle of a wedding ceremony! I would love to hear from others, maybe someone can help me! Thanks so much in advance for any insights, shared experiences or advice!

    I have IBS-D, I've had it since 7th grade, so around age 13. I'm in my late 20s. My brother has it and from what my mom tells me dad used to have something like it. To get through junior high, high school, and college my brother and I wouldn't eat the night before we had to go to school, that's sometimes 4-5 nights, unless we could eat early enough that we could get it out of our system. Even now I only eat dinner, no breakfast or lunch because I know it will make me sick, and yet I'm still overweight. My stomach really acts up when I have to wake up early, that's a pattern I've noticed that really bothers me. Almost everything I eat makes me sick, literally every single day. It's humiliating. I can't go out anywhere cause I know I'll get sick, I can't go on trips with friends cause if I eat I'm screwed, so any advice would be great. Also, lately I've been getting very nauseous in the mornings if I don't eat which makes me sick when I do, so it's a lose-lose situation, and no I'm not sick. I couldn't even think about dating with this going on. I live near amish territory and I know buying food from them doesn't bother me as bad, I'm assuming because it's not pumped full of preservativesand things, but I'm not sure. I'm also lactose intolerant if that helps. My doctors tell me there is no real treatment and pills you see advertised basically suck, and no I can't change doctors cause I live in a very small town and he's pretty much the only one. Any advice on how to control it? Sorry if this is so long or sounds whiny.
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