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please help me- I'm a high-schooler with really bad gas, killer cramps and diarrhea every school day and it's awful- I'm always sick during class and I'm always so embarrased- I always feel urgent and I'm in so much pain and I can't sit in the front of the class and I sometimes have to miss class and my grades are suffering- oh, what should I do!
 

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I know where you are coming from.I am in college now, but my IBS started right before highschool.The first thing you need to do is see a Doctor and make sure you have IBS.You could have another problem, and you really need to get checked out.The second thing is keep reading this Bulletein Board. You will find support, comfort and people that understand what your going through.If you are having bouts of D you might want to pick up some imodium AD. This has saved me many times during school.Any other questions feel free to ask.Mark
 

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I know where you are coming from.I am in college now, but my IBS started right before highschool.The first thing you need to do is see a Doctor and make sure you have IBS.You could have another problem, and you really need to get checked out.The second thing is keep reading this Bulletein Board. You will find support, comfort and people that understand what your going through.If you are having bouts of D you might want to pick up some imodium AD. This has saved me many times during school.Any other questions feel free to ask.Mark
 
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I know exactly how you feel. I pretty much have been going through the same thing at work. Have you seen a doctor yet? I would definately make that your first step in diagnosing the problem and helping it!
 
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I know exactly how you feel. I pretty much have been going through the same thing at work. Have you seen a doctor yet? I would definately make that your first step in diagnosing the problem and helping it!
 

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Please see a gastroenterologist and have tests done. Also, maybe start reading about ibs. A number of sources are listed on this BB by many people. I like the "Self-Help Way to Treat Colitis and other I.B.S. Conditions." D. Gibbons (not really "self-help" more how to help your doctor pinpoint problem). But there are many others.Take care
 

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Please see a gastroenterologist and have tests done. Also, maybe start reading about ibs. A number of sources are listed on this BB by many people. I like the "Self-Help Way to Treat Colitis and other I.B.S. Conditions." D. Gibbons (not really "self-help" more how to help your doctor pinpoint problem). But there are many others.Take care
 
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I know where your coming from. My IBS started my senior year of HS. I was on the girls Varsity soccer team my freshman, sophomore and junior year. My senior year I didn't play because I couldn't imagine sitting on a bus traveling to games if I had to go! I also didn't eat anything all day at school until I got home.Seven years later I have gotten control of it. I have been taking Calcium Complete from GNC and I don't have any problems anymore. I take 2 capsules before bed everynight. It has really helped me. I wish I knew about it in high school. Give it a try!
 
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I know where your coming from. My IBS started my senior year of HS. I was on the girls Varsity soccer team my freshman, sophomore and junior year. My senior year I didn't play because I couldn't imagine sitting on a bus traveling to games if I had to go! I also didn't eat anything all day at school until I got home.Seven years later I have gotten control of it. I have been taking Calcium Complete from GNC and I don't have any problems anymore. I take 2 capsules before bed everynight. It has really helped me. I wish I knew about it in high school. Give it a try!
 
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In response to the post above, I couldn't imagine having it in high school. I developed IBS in college, and I still think back to high school and what it would have been like. The thought of riding a team bus to a baseball game would have been out of the question. The thought of even taking the bus home everyday would not have been possible. At the same token I look back at my pre-ibs days and I want them back. Hang in there it will get better. They are really starting to understand this disease.
 
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In response to the post above, I couldn't imagine having it in high school. I developed IBS in college, and I still think back to high school and what it would have been like. The thought of riding a team bus to a baseball game would have been out of the question. The thought of even taking the bus home everyday would not have been possible. At the same token I look back at my pre-ibs days and I want them back. Hang in there it will get better. They are really starting to understand this disease.
 

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Hey buddy, what's happening?I went through all of high school with IBS myself. It wasn't a happy time for me, and I can relate to your emotions. Like Mark, I'm in college now, and a lot happier. So take my word for it, from somebody who has been there, IT GETS BETTER. Just find a way to stay positive. The best way is to find something you like to do and spend time on. This will take your mind away from your stomach. Basketball and cycling is something I like to do to stay optimistic. Remember, you are not the first and not the last who is in that situation. You are not alone. your fellow sufferer,dmitry
 

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Hey buddy, what's happening?I went through all of high school with IBS myself. It wasn't a happy time for me, and I can relate to your emotions. Like Mark, I'm in college now, and a lot happier. So take my word for it, from somebody who has been there, IT GETS BETTER. Just find a way to stay positive. The best way is to find something you like to do and spend time on. This will take your mind away from your stomach. Basketball and cycling is something I like to do to stay optimistic. Remember, you are not the first and not the last who is in that situation. You are not alone. your fellow sufferer,dmitry
 

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My daughter is 17 and in her final year of school (grade 12 in Australia) I can truly sympathise with you since we have endured this nightmare for 2 years together. I read the board and suggest ideas, to her or to the doctors.The first thing to do is to get to the specialists with your parentsThe whole family must accept that you have an illness, and begin to try some treatments.I know with my daughter it took a long time to accept that she has an illness called irritable bowel syndrome, to embarrassing to mention to her friends so she suffers in silence a lot of the time.The good news is that it can be brought under control. When my daughter first had "attacks" as she calls them it was usually at parties where she had eaten pizza.,so cutting out junk food is probably one place to start.The people on this board will suggest many things to try.Don't despair there are many things that may help you.Best wishes , gilly
 

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My daughter is 17 and in her final year of school (grade 12 in Australia) I can truly sympathise with you since we have endured this nightmare for 2 years together. I read the board and suggest ideas, to her or to the doctors.The first thing to do is to get to the specialists with your parentsThe whole family must accept that you have an illness, and begin to try some treatments.I know with my daughter it took a long time to accept that she has an illness called irritable bowel syndrome, to embarrassing to mention to her friends so she suffers in silence a lot of the time.The good news is that it can be brought under control. When my daughter first had "attacks" as she calls them it was usually at parties where she had eaten pizza.,so cutting out junk food is probably one place to start.The people on this board will suggest many things to try.Don't despair there are many things that may help you.Best wishes , gilly
 

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Dear troubled teen, This is my advise to you. I would skip high school and attend a Community College with your parents permission. I would only take on line courses. Presently, in the state of california we have comptuer type classes. It is called Distance Learning. You can complete your first two years through on-line classes. I don't know what state or country you live in. Please check with your local community college. You can also get high school credit through using college credit courses. I know what I am talking about because I am a academic college counselor. There is a comunity college in Orange county that has the full program. I think it is called Coastline Community College or Orange Coast Community College. I am not at work right now. But if you want the precise info. e-mail me at lucia91371###yahoo.com Students in the state of calif. can do dual enrollment taking high school and College courses at the same semester. Good luck.
 

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Dear troubled teen, This is my advise to you. I would skip high school and attend a Community College with your parents permission. I would only take on line courses. Presently, in the state of california we have comptuer type classes. It is called Distance Learning. You can complete your first two years through on-line classes. I don't know what state or country you live in. Please check with your local community college. You can also get high school credit through using college credit courses. I know what I am talking about because I am a academic college counselor. There is a comunity college in Orange county that has the full program. I think it is called Coastline Community College or Orange Coast Community College. I am not at work right now. But if you want the precise info. e-mail me at lucia91371###yahoo.com Students in the state of calif. can do dual enrollment taking high school and College courses at the same semester. Good luck.
 

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Troubled Teen, you got some good advise. If you haven't had the tests done, have that done its important not to self diagnoses IBS.There are some twenty million people who have IBS so don't think yoour alone with it or that nobody will understand.Also it helps to start learning some real relaxation techniques.There is a list of ten of them here you can use and they will help. But make sure your tested. Its under ten relaxed behaviors. It may also help to read the living with IBS forum on the bb here to read others stories. http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/relax.htm ------------------Moderator of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anxiety and Hypnotherapy forumI work with Mike and the IBS Audio Program. www.ibshealth.com www.ibsaudioprogram.com
 

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Troubled Teen, you got some good advise. If you haven't had the tests done, have that done its important not to self diagnoses IBS.There are some twenty million people who have IBS so don't think yoour alone with it or that nobody will understand.Also it helps to start learning some real relaxation techniques.There is a list of ten of them here you can use and they will help. But make sure your tested. Its under ten relaxed behaviors. It may also help to read the living with IBS forum on the bb here to read others stories. http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/relax.htm ------------------Moderator of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anxiety and Hypnotherapy forumI work with Mike and the IBS Audio Program. www.ibshealth.com www.ibsaudioprogram.com
 
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Troubled teen, I know exactly how you feel. I've had this problem for about 5 or 6 years and it all began in 9th grade. Every morning I would have to get up 1 full hour before I had to leave for school, just so I could have enough time to have a real good BM. And on about 90% of the days, I wouldn't get anything out that morning. Seriously, it seemed like they would hit me about 5 minutes after I sat down in my first class. They hurt very badly, and it was the worst pain I had ever experienced in my life. But here's the worst part: The bathrooms were AWFUL. No door to the entrance to the bathroom, no doors on the stalls, **** was all over the seats, writing on the walls, **** in the toilets, and there were windows in there too. So the school bathrooms were crossed off for me. The only way I was going to use those was if it was about to come out in my pants (which luckily never happened). And guess what....the year after I graduated, they remodelled the bathrooms...put new doors on, new seats, new everything.
I can't say to "try and hang in there", because that's what people told me, and it didn't help one bit. What I tried to do after that terrible 9th grade year was to try and not eat after about 8:00 the night before school, that way, I could have a BM that night....so, I got an extra hour of sleep AND I hardly ever had any problems at school. I know this doesn't really help, but I'm trying to make you feel a little better by letting you know that you aren't alone.
 
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