Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:18 PM
Hi I am new to the group and have not yet been diagnosed although I am 100% certain that I have IBS-A. I am 37 years old and one of my earliest memories is my Grandmother chasing me around with a bottle of milk of magnesia as I was never regular going to toilet and when I did I was normally constipated, my having to take milk of magnesia became the norm and even to this day I can still taste the disgusting stuff. For me my normal toilet habits were (until April of this year) every 4-5 days and 9 out of 10 times suffering from constipation and feeling like I cannot pass the movement the exception being when I had my period which I then had a BM every day sometimes twice a day and normally very very soft the other exception I have is if I need a wee and cannot go to the toilet eg stuck in traffic and have to hold myself then I get chronic stomachache and then have chronic diarrhea sometimes not making it to the toilet in time. Also I would have no warning that I would want to go I just developed stomachache and had to go there and then regardless of what my BM is like and I still get this now. However Jan of this year all this changed I was having problems with my sister and we had a big falling out and very stressed due to work and one night developed wind like I have never experienced before, I was going off on the sick with work related stress and depression anyway but could not have gone to work as for 48 hours I could not stop passing wind very loudly and very very smelly I even kept waking myself everytime I would start to drop off I would wake up either with the noise or smell and as a result had very little sleep. This began to settle although I was still passing wind more frequently than usual and then once again poss 6-8 weeks later it happened again for about a 24 hour period where I just could not stop. Again it settled although once again I was still not right and passing wind more frequently than usual and mainly in the evening/night but my bowel habits were the same as usual. April of this year we had booked to go on holiday to Turkey and since then my BM have been all over the place for instance today I am constipated with wind but yesterday I had Diarrhea 3 times also I had episodes during my holiday whilst having my period where I developed major stomach cramps and then had an urgent need to use the toilet ( I had a job to walk) and had hot sweats and felt sick followed by a major bout of diarrhea also I was having BM 3 times everyday and no I did not eat or drink anything which caused this ate pretty much the same diet as here, drank bottled water with no ice, I was passing wind for the best part of the fortnight so bad that my husband the one night refused to sleep in our room and slept in the living room with the children. I have been back nearly 5 weeks and still I am all out of sorts the longest I have been without going is 2 days but like I said it alternates between the constipation and diarrhea. I have always had bad toilet pains and there is no change there but I am still very windy more so in the evening and night.I knew I had something wrong with my bowels since Jan and suspected IBS but until looking up my symptoms today was not very clear as to what but have always been very naive about the symptoms treatment etc (always thought you would only have diarrhea not constipation), but upon looking into IBS it seems to me that what I always thought was my body's normal routine actually wasn't normal and was very likely IBS symptoms. I have been putting off the Doc since Jan and although I have been up there and seen him about my stress and depression I keep thinking that this really isn't very important and that i am going to be wasting his time. Yes it is embarrassing with the wind but I have told my close friends and family about my wind problem and they are really understanding about it and I try to go outside if I get warning that I am going to pass wind, my husband apart from that one night (and believe me if I could leave myself I would) has been brill and just makes light of it , the person who has the biggest problem with it is my 11 year old boy and he just moans and calls me stinky. As for the constipation and toilet pains I have always had these so don't know any different as far as I knew everyone experienced really bad cramps. Deep down I know I should go and see the doc but like I said I have always lived with it and I know people with far worse IBS symptoms than me, and it is not making me ill and is there really anything he is going to be able to do for me as I am always alternating between diarrhea and constipation. My biggest fear is that I am taking voluntary redundancy in August and how I will be able to manage the wind in my new job when I get one thank you for reading my rabbiting it has taken a load off my mind don't really want to talk about it with my family and friends at the moment so this has been really great suppose when I get up in the morning first job is for me to phone doc and make an appt but still does not stop me feeling silly for taking up his time.