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Hey, so yeah, I have IBS. Big shocker there.Um...I just wanted to introduce myself and why I'm here...So...I'm 16. Prime of life, about to turn 17, and everything in my life should be great. I take AP classes, I have a job, loving friends, I'm in Theatre (got the lead part in this season's play, actually), I'm a digital artist, I love fashion, I love food, I play tennis, and I love having fun!Problem is, my body hates me. :/ I can't do anything anymore without this constant, stupid nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach. It's so embarassing. It's so...painful...and it's so not fair. I can't do a thing about it. My doctor was wrong the first time; he said that I was just 'full of stool' and needed Miralax. Yeah, it's a little itty bitty more debilitating than that. Thanks, doc.But last week, I got up the courage to look up my symptoms online, the same symptoms I've been having for months and months and months. And then I went to the doctor again, 6 months after my first visit, and he agreed with what I had to say about IBS.GREAT bedside manner, I should add. I mean, sure, I should just stop being a big baby and suck it up, but gee, doc, show a little sympathy?Whatever, I don't need pity.I need my life back.I want to have FUN. I want to be a teenager! I can't keep living like this, being afraid of what others would say if they knew. My parents don't understand what the heck I'm going through, psychologically AND physically. Socially, I'm a hermit. I won't leave the house unless it's to go to work. Which, by the way, has gotten SO much more difficult. (I'm a cashier at a local grocery store, so any time I have a BM, I'm stuck waiting in extreme pain and discomfort for my line to clear up.)I'm only 16! 16! A 16 year old girl. All I want is to live life. And I want to meet someone, be friends, give someone a kiss, a hug, or maybe even cuddle. But I'm afraid. I'm afraid of my body and what it might do. And don't even get me started on my diet. I've tried everything and I've tried nothing. Nothing helps. I can't eat breakfast any more. I can't eat lunch, I can barely get by supper. I want to kill myself once a month when I get my period because everything gets so bad. I cry. I cry a lot. And I'm afraid, alone, and in pain, and no one besides my closest teacher understands what I'm even going through, and even then she has no real sympathy...because she doesn't have this problem...but I do. I'm a lucky one. Yep. I'm special. And I thank God I'm alive, but I also cry and ask myself, "why me?" :/
 

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This is my first time actually talking about my IBS and it sucks! I'm 18 and was diagnosed at 17 but my first symptoms started when i was just 16 and it took the docs 1yr and half to diagnose me !I have the same problem as you as i want my life back ! my last year at school i couldn't even do 1 full week and now i've started college and im never there ! every morning my stomach is in agony
! am not on any tablets as i've basically just been told to deal with it from my doc which i dont understand ? went through a stage last year of basically crying everyy single day and would not leave my house its terrible i hateee IBS !!!!i don't know how to controll it at all , its mostly in the mornings and don't know which tablets or that would help???
 

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Im 15 and i got it through stress.the doctor told me that once you have it, you pretty much have it for the rest of your life.and the sad thing is you have to watch the foods you eat and i usually find that when it comes to that time of the month its more likely to be irritated. its annoying and i hate it as-well i cant eat spicy food and when i have it i run to the bathroom constantly, but i take a ethical nutrients- IBS and it seems to keep it at bay
 

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Im 15 and i got it through stress.the doctor told me that once you have it, you pretty much have it for the rest of your life.and the sad thing is you have to watch the foods you eat and i usually find that when it comes to that time of the month its more likely to be irritated. its annoying and i hate it as-well i cant eat spicy food and when i have it i run to the bathroom constantly, but i take a ethical nutrients- IBS and it seems to keep it at bay
Hello everyone,I'm seventeen as well, diagnosed a few months ago... It took my doctors about a year as well, and when they finally figured it out, they basically gave me a pamphlet and said good luck. Through this, I've lost almost all of my friends because I simply don't have the energy or I am feeling too badly to go out. Luckily I still have some good friends and my boyfriend who will sit with me on the couch and watch movies or tv. Schools a nightmare, and its really hard to make myself go. Luckily I only have it for a few hours a day... but I am just miserable while I'm there. Also, I used to be a great runner, and I was supposed to break some records and whatnot, but these days I can barely jog. its frustrating, annoying and incredibly unfair- it is. but i find it really helps to focus on something else. for example this summer, i was bedridden because of ibs, and i taught myself to crochet and crocheted some blankets for orphans in africa. it helps to get your mind off of it, and to stop feeling bad for yourself. i wish everyone the best of luck
 

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This is my first time actually talking about my IBS and it sucks! I'm 18 and was diagnosed at 17 but my first symptoms started when i was just 16 and it took the docs 1yr and half to diagnose me !I have the same problem as you as i want my life back ! my last year at school i couldn't even do 1 full week and now i've started college and im never there ! every morning my stomach is in agony
! am not on any tablets as i've basically just been told to deal with it from my doc which i dont understand ? went through a stage last year of basically crying everyy single day and would not leave my house its terrible i hateee IBS !!!!i don't know how to controll it at all , its mostly in the mornings and don't know which tablets or that would help???
Ughhh. I know exactly what you mean. My doctor basically told me nothing about it. Nobody understands how horrible this is to live with. It's just...agony. Plain and simple. :/ But I'm slowly trying to figure out what foods I can and can't eat, but my family isn't exactly rich, and it gets hard when they have to cater to my dietary needs.
I'm on pills, though, but half of the time, it's as if they're hurting more than helping.
 

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Im 15 and i got it through stress.the doctor told me that once you have it, you pretty much have it for the rest of your life.and the sad thing is you have to watch the foods you eat and i usually find that when it comes to that time of the month its more likely to be irritated. its annoying and i hate it as-well i cant eat spicy food and when i have it i run to the bathroom constantly, but i take a ethical nutrients- IBS and it seems to keep it at bay
I believe I got it through stress, too. :/ It just gradually got worse all last year when I was forced into a particular AP program last year that I completely resented. I'm still dealing with flares and everything that comes with IBS these days, and I really just cannot take it. I have to do something. So I feel for ya. Especially with the spicy foods thing. I don't like spicy foods in the first place, but when I do eat them, I feel soooo bad. Also, I'm taking some herbal supplements? I haven't really done, like, an isolation test to see what they do or if they even help at all, because when I wake up in the mornings, my basic routine is: take a shower, get dressed, go to the kitchen, grab a glass, orange juice, and then I start taking my pharmacy, as my dad calls it. Haha, 11 pills is the average, 13 when I'm on my period. Lol It's obscene. And my friends don't believe me, either, but then again, I never say more than 'I feel sick' or something 'makes me sick.' Usually, I just laugh it off when they ask and say that my body hates me, and they don't care enough to find out more. XD
 

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Hello everyone,I'm seventeen as well, diagnosed a few months ago... It took my doctors about a year as well, and when they finally figured it out, they basically gave me a pamphlet and said good luck. Through this, I've lost almost all of my friends because I simply don't have the energy or I am feeling too badly to go out. Luckily I still have some good friends and my boyfriend who will sit with me on the couch and watch movies or tv. Schools a nightmare, and its really hard to make myself go. Luckily I only have it for a few hours a day... but I am just miserable while I'm there. Also, I used to be a great runner, and I was supposed to break some records and whatnot, but these days I can barely jog. its frustrating, annoying and incredibly unfair- it is. but i find it really helps to focus on something else. for example this summer, i was bedridden because of ibs, and i taught myself to crochet and crocheted some blankets for orphans in africa. it helps to get your mind off of it, and to stop feeling bad for yourself. i wish everyone the best of luck
Ohhhh....that sucks.
Really, I'm dead serious. That is really rough. :/ I play tennis, and I'm taking PE this year, so my system tends to get irritated after, say, running the track, etc. I feel absolutely horrible, and at school, there's just no privacy! I can't 'go' in peace without being stressed out about the embarrassment. -hugs- But hey, now I have this site, you have this site, and we can talk about it. Yey... Haha
 

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Ughhh. I know exactly what you mean. My doctor basically told me nothing about it. Nobody understands how horrible this is to live with. It's just...agony. Plain and simple. :/ But I'm slowly trying to figure out what foods I can and can't eat, but my family isn't exactly rich, and it gets hard when they have to cater to my dietary needs.
I'm on pills, though, but half of the time, it's as if they're hurting more than helping.
Well since joining up to this site ave had some good advice which i am going to try. I've notices that when i eat crisps and chocolate my stomcha gets worse , but on days when i just can not be a***d i just eat as much as i like but often pay for it the next day and the day after
which is not good ! I've also noticed that eating my food alot slower can help and taking small sips of water throughout eating ( Takes me about 20 mins to eat a cereal LOL ).xx
 

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Well since joining up to this site ave had some good advice which i am going to try. I've notices that when i eat crisps and chocolate my stomcha gets worse , but on days when i just can not be a***d i just eat as much as i like but often pay for it the next day and the day after
which is not good ! I've also noticed that eating my food alot slower can help and taking small sips of water throughout eating ( Takes me about 20 mins to eat a cereal LOL ).xx
Hmmm...interesting. See, chips and chocolate (really saltly stuff and really sweet stuff) doesn't make me sick and irregular. But it's like everything inbetween does...I've heard, though, that since certain body types crave certain foods, they're more inclined to feel better when they've eaten said foods. And I'm a sweets and chips person, so when I need comfort food, I tend to make a beeline for those.
But on the flip-side, everything else makes me sick. Lol Even healthy food sometimes.And I agree, though. Sometimes I just binge and deal with it later. It makes me feel better. Lol
 

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This horrible disease will ruin anyone's life no matter the age, especially if it is diarrhea predominant. I've been fighting this thing for 15 years now, most likely the result of a 3 month course of Cipro. I've been to many doctors and basically told its in my head. And I've researched this thing myself for years. I've spent many thousands of dollars on every possible treatment I could find, natural and medical. And I've still got it. Fortunately, last year, I finally found a great G.I. specialist who has made IBS, IBD, and Crohn's his specialty but especially IBS. He is one of the lead researchers on many of the IBS investigational drugs that are in the pipeline. At present, there's really not much out there that works very well for this disease. Fortunately you will most likely not have to suffer with it for 15 years like I have as there are some very promising drugs that are expected to come out in the next 2 to 3 years .... there's just a lot of stuff being studied presently for this disease. In the meantime while I wait for something new for IBS to come out, for me, the three most important things that my G.I. doc turned me on to that have helped 99% of my problem are things that require no doctor's prescription:1. Avoid high fructose corn syrup like the plague - its in so much stuff and most people can absorb only small amounts of it, far less than is supplied in most foods that contain it, and the rest goes to feed the bacteria in your gut which really aggravates things. It didn't start showing up in things until the late 1970s or early 1980s, just about the time IBS started increasing rapidly in the West. Cutting out that junk solved more than 60% of my problem. Unfortunately, its also in many fruits, so you have to be very careful about that too. I tested positive for fructose malabsorption but my G.I. specialist says more than 50% of people do test positive for fructose malabsorption. For a list of foods to avoid Google "fructose malabsorption". 2. Take psyllium whole husks, about 1 tablespoonful per day, not that Metamucil junk that has all sorts of other stuff in it for flavoring and coloring. Here where I live in Texas I buy the stuff made by Yerba Prima, because its only 100% pure psyllium whole husks I can find here. The whole husks do a better job of helping to form stools than the ground husks.3. Take Saccharomyces boulardii. It is tremendously helpful. I've tried all the various probiotics that have Lactobacillus this or Bifidobacterium that but they actually make things much worse for me. Saccharomyces boulardii is the only probiotic that has stopped 100% of my gas and almost alone it does a fantastic job with nearly all my IBS symptoms. My doc also put me on a low dose tricyclic antidepressant (which he likes to use for his patients until something new comes out), for the pain and gut motility, which really helps eliminate those very few days of pain and diarrhea that used to break through the above three things once-in-a-while. However, I would not recommend using it for someone who is very young and active because even at low doses, it still leaves one feeling a bit "drugged".Hang in there.
 

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Okay, pull up your big-girl panties (after you finish pooping, of course) and do a little research. You can eat, just not whatever you want, whenever you want, in whatever quantities you want. I've had the squirts since kindergarten, so I know what I'm talking about. Get a grip, don't rely on doctors; they are not God. So, read Heather Von V's book and put it into practice, the sooner the better--if you let your system get too far out of whack it takes it longer to get back. Stay as healthy as you can, that means don't start any bad habits. Sorry, if you want to control the shits, you have to stay on message. Tough talk from granny, here. You thought the dr had no bedside manner, you're right, they don't know what they're talking about so they blow you off. I DO know, but I'm not going to cut you any slack, either--if you want a life, you have to make it for yourself. You can smile and take action or you can whine and people will avoid you. Choose. There are things you can do, different for each of us. But some things are identical: eat as nutritious foods as you are able, be aware of what sets off your system and avoid it if possible, take meds as needed (you'd take insulin if you were diabetic, wouldn't you?), and so on. This is a life-long process, maybe you can find us a cure, but until you do, we are all in the same boat. And, lastly, when you look around at others, empathize. You never know why that person is so quiet or sitting alone--they may feel as isolated as you, unable to join friends for a night out of fun.
 
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