Posted 20 June 2012 - 01:51 AM
I've been suffering from ibs-d for 5 years. It started when I was 17. I started to get terrible stomach pains immediately after I ate anything. After eating, I'd lie on the couch just waiting. I would become extremely bloated and get unbearable stabbing pains in the upper abdomen near my diaphragm. Then after about 2 hours of pain, I'd vomit 2 or 3 times and then id be fine. This lasted for 5 months, I became emaciated, then it just went away. I had been to 2 gastros, had 2 endoscopies, 1 colonoscopy, The doctors couldn't find anything wrong from the tests. I had my blood taken every single week to test for everything there could possibly be wrong, nothing. Not chrons fortunately or siliac. So they just told me ibs, yet the symptoms didn't seem like ibs. 6 months after feeling better, after starting 2 jobs and college, I get chronic D. Every single day, anything I ate, for 3 months like clockwork. I had to bring a bottle of pepto everywhere I went, yet it didn't work at all. I had to quit one of my jobs. My doc gave me bentyl, didn't work. I've tried Imodium, I hate taking this stud because it doesn't solve anything and in my opinion, if you're already having cramps and you know D is on its way, better out than in. What everyone needs is to stop D before it even starts. But I've found nothing so far. Anyway, the thing is, I have flare ups like 3 or 4 times a year that last for about 3 weeks, if I'm good. And it's utter he'll especially in the summer. A month ago I was having a flare up for about 3 weeks (likely due to anxiety from exams) and after I started to feel a little better, I'm dehydrated from all the fluid loss, so then I suffer from that for a week with fever, nausea, vomiting, and complete appetite loss. A never ending battle, I win a few but I can't seem to win the war. During my flare ups, dinner with friends is out of the question, meals become a private ritual if that makes sense. Anyway, thought I'd share my tale. Im really looking for other peoples stories so I can compare and understand this more, also anything that's worked to help others.