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Well the relief to find this site!Ive been suffering from terrible adominal pains, bloating and irregular bowel movements for nearly two years now! Im fed up with the relentless tests with no answers! Ive attended specialists that found a scar on the bowel which he reckons was due to a virus that lay in my body for months, but apparently i should have been better in a month or so, but needless to say nearly a year later and im still as sick as ever. I have not yet been diagnosed with IBS but i suffer from alot of the symptons. It can come and go all day, i used to suffer from the bloating, bm and pains in the morning but in recent months it has moved to the evening time, i can be fine all day and then an hour before im due to go to work im back in the bathroom in pain. I suffer from cramping with excessive bloating, my stomach gurgles (thats the only way to describe it) alot and its very embarrassing especially went i suffer from alot of wind. Im not a stressful person and its a nightmare during my exams at college but i try to relax as much as i can. Im not happy with way things are going, i know i have to learn to dea with it but its the embarassment of irregular bm (especially being a girl) and the major change in lifestyle that is annoying. When do they finally stop the tests and start the treatment?????Annoyed and Fed up
 

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Why don't you just stop the tests?
There are a lot of recommendations on this site for alternative (non-medicinal) approaches to IBS. I myself never went through the tests, as my mother was diagnosed with colitis and 10 years ago there was hardly anything to do about colitis or IBS. So I watch what I eat, and find that talking (or singing to myself) releave a good deal of stress.It sounds like stress is your trigger. Analyze when you get these symptoms (it looks like you do) and then identify what is about to occur after that that may be giving you hidden stress. Then go about either elliminating that activity, or mentally make a point to not let it get to you.There are other recommendations on this site such as hypnotherapy. The hypnotherapy teaches you relaxation techniques. Yoga can also help center you if it is a regular practice **and** something you enjoy doing. Any activity you truly enjoy whether it is watching movies or singing in the bathtub, can help relax you!Good luck!!Alexis P.
 

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Thanks for the advice.I know ive tried to eliminate certain food groups such as dairy or sugar or yeast etc. but it just takes so much out of me. I was thinking of joining a yoga class to decrease or handle any stress. The problem is that ive been watching what i eat and sometime i can suffer an attack when i haven't eaten for a few hours or I'm just relaxing watching a dvd with my boyfriend! - Thats the part I don't understand, i see why i get the pains and D when im doing my exams or Im pressured with college but around the relaxing time I don't understand.Thanks for the advice and help anyway
 

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Maybe it's the release of stress that is hitting you when you relax. a "Happy" stress form.
Of course, the important thing is to focus on elliminating this like 85 to 95 percent of the time.
If we could elliminate IBS 100% of the time it would not be an incurable syndrome!
Hugs!LexiP
 
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