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  • 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.

    Does anyone notice Daily or weekly patterns with their issues? I know Anxiety has patterns that we need to be aware of. But I'm noticing that my Bowel can be very sluggish on Mondays, but come Tuesdays my Bowel is out of control (now slightly over active) despite my constant incomplete evacuation! Just a pattern I've noticed. I've sometimes worked from home Tuesdays and even called in before. I'm thinking some of it is changes in sleeping/meals etc on the weekend. I try to keep the same patterns on the weekends, but let's face it, sometimes you eat a meal a little later or feel like staying up a bit later. But Anxiety and Depression play a HUGE role in my IBS and I know I get super anxious on Sundays thinking about the week starting... One of my big goals for 2019 is to be more cognizant of my IBS symptoms, but even more of my thought patterns. You can trace / track food and IBS symptoms, but I feel like my mental health takes such a big toll on me that I need to focus on the following: First catch the "thinking errors" and then, second having ways to "disarm" them and get back to a better/neutral place mentally. I just bought a pack of ACT cards, so I can practice some new thought habits on a daily basis. ACT stands for acceptance and commitment therapy. I'm also trying Tony Robbin's Priming "Technique" in the Mornings for the new year. This is sometimes hard when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, ha. What are your Patterns? What are your 2019 Health Goals?

    I have done an endoscopy, colonoscopy, an ultrasound of my abdomen, and a hida scan gallbladder test and have seen a GI multiple times. It all comes down to IBS. I have bad indigestion an hourish after eating, mainly triggered worse by fatty foods, but still comes up no matter what I eat. I also get a little nauseous, and have constipation and inability to pass gas, which causes pain in my lower abdomen. I cut out the fatty foods yet still get discomfort. I have been dealing with this for months now with it only slightly getting better. Any advice? Thank you!

    Hi there, 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!

    My husband and I are going to Eastern Europe this year on vacation and would appreciate any tips on preparation so to minimize any IBS-D flare-ups.

    I have bowel issues, where I have feelings of incomplete bowel movements, often, sometimes alternating from constipation, and diarrhea, mostly constipation. I am straining when I have a bowel movement, I do get a "full" feeling, and dull pain, on the left side of my abdomen. It gets better when I have a bowel movement, but it starts back up once I eat something. I have not lost weight, in fact, im gaining weight, and there is no blood in my stool. I do have clear mucus in my stool often. My main complaints are the feeling of incomplete bowel movements, and the "full" feeling in the left side of my abdomen under the rib cage. Some days are worse than others. I am male, 25, and there is no family history of colon cancer. What is this im concerned thank you.

    Hello to all, This is my first post, but I have learned much by reading member's posts. I am 70 and in pretty good health....but, four months ago i developed diarrhea and bloating in my lower abdomen. My doctor diagnosed me with IBS. I had a colonoscopy a year ago and it was negative. She said this is the gold standard for ruling out anything else. SO, I began feeling better by eating low FODMAP and taking Hyoskyamine. I went off that and began eating sweets (I love them!) I am back to ground zero. However, my stools are almost normal, but the belly discomfort occurs every time I eat. This results in anxiety which I am sure makes me worse. Has anyone had success with the Fodmap diet? I have lost 20 pounds in a short time, but I know why - I have cut my calories by over half for the past several months. I just don't have an appetite. I read that IBS and weight loss are not connected! Can anyone relate? Thanks! Gammy6

    Hi, new to this forum. I was in college a few years ago and failed out. Not because I didn’t care, but because I was fighting anxiety and IBS. I would get the chills constantly in class, I always had the urge to go to the bathroom and I would find relief on the toilet. I was embarrassed and didn’t seek help until I got kicked out. I was put on Celexa for anxiety which has helped my IBS a little. As I am typing this I have the worst stomach pain on the right side of my stomach… went to the doc and she said it could be the beginning stage of appendicitis but could also be ibs flaring up. Anyone else have this pain? I had to quit googling symptoms because I would believe anything the internet said. Once I had a 2 day headache and thought I was dying. I look back and laugh now, but it’s so real. im looking to reach out to all of you for guidance and tips or tricks that help you guys and gals.

    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 (This in concrete) https://amzn.to/2BF7Tne 2. Diatomaceous earth https://amzn.to/2Smwch5 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!

    Hello- I recently started IBGard at the recommendation of my GI. I does seem to help with my severe stomach cramping, but I have a weird reaction in that when I take it, my whole entire body feels extremely cold. And it’s worse if I drink water right after. I called their help line thinking i cannot be the only one who has experienced this, but they informed me that no one had previously reported it. I should note that my body temperature does not actually drop, it stays normal. But I feel freezing cold throughout mist of my body and especially my feet. Just wondering if anyone else may have had this experience. I am hoping it’s not a dangerous thing because even one day of this product really helped me so I want to keep taking it.

    I was diagnosed with IBS-C in 2001. The intermitting years have been very painful: mostly severe abdominal spasms, often accompanied by nausea/sometimes dry heaves. Along the way I discovered the IBS diet as described by Heather von Vorous on her website. I am grateful to this diet for the help it provided along the way. However, recently I decided to try accompanying my husband on his Ketogenic diet, even though it is practically the opposite of the IBS diet I had been trying to stick to. My IBS diet: low-fat; high soluble carbs. My new Ketogenic (Keto) diet: high-fat; low carbs (cut out sugar and white flour). To my surprise and delight the keto diet, as long as I stick to it, has put my IBS in remission! Feel free to contact me with any questions.

    i have had bowel trouble for 5 months my doctor has told me all my blood tests are ok all my tests came back ok so whatever it is they cannot tell me yet i still suffer from it has anyone else had this trouble for so long ? regards lynn

    Hi, I'm not sure if I have ibs or not, but I wanted to see if anyone else has similar symptoms. I've been to 2 specialists and things just aren't getting better. 3 years ago after having my first child, I developed hemorrhoids. It was on and off for a few months and then I noticed digestion issues. There was never a rhyme or reason (eating or drinking certain things) but would just randomly feel the need to go to the bathroom. And it had to be right then. It seemed to be mostly gas. About a year and a half later I got pregnant with my second. The problem still continued on and off until about a month before my daughter was born. Things completely cleared up and I no longer had any issues. But after having her, the hemorrhoids and eventually digestion issues came back. Now over a year later I'm still suffering.. There are days when I don't have many problems at all, but there are others that are really bad. I'm always fearful of going anywhere or doing anything because I never know when it'll hit. It's neither diarrhea or constipation... Just gas, then cramping and I'm able to go with a normal consistency. But once I go I'm totally fine with no more pain. Night time can be the worst. It seems like I can only lay on my back.. If I turn any other way, the urge to go to the bathroom hits and I'm constantly having to get up. I very rarely have a whole night of uninterrupted sleep. Both specialists just recommended increasing my fiber intake, but this didn't help. I'm hoping things eventually get better like they did last time, but I wanted to see if anyone else had similar issues. Thanks

    I've suffered with ibs for over 5 years. I've discovered in that time I'm lactose intolerant, react badly to gluten and caffine , I also cannot have chocolate , sweeteners , and a few other various items. I wake up most mornings with the urge to go the loo - most of the time It's diarrhoea or not very well formed stools.This happens a few times over the course of an hour of two everyday .The pain lasts usually for hours even after I've passed a few stools. I often feel a lot of pressure or a slight ache from my abdominal area. I often have problems with my bladder as well. I often wake up with a serve pressure / aching pain radiating from my bladder . This often gets slightly better once I've urinated but the pain can sometimes linger for hours. I'm recently trying to cut down on my sucrose sugar as I believe it's causing me problems. Anyone had any similar symptoms or any advice? After 5 years of suffering and no help from the doctors I'm crying out for anyone's advice? Or even just someone who can relate! Thanks :)
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