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This is my first time here.. I am 23 and have suffered from IBS for my whole life! I got diagnosed when I was ten but the doctors were hesitant because it is very uncommon in kids. I miss a lot of work so far this month Ive gone to work maybe 7 days. I am starting to have panic attacks when I think about leaving my house especially the thought of going to work. I have no idea what triggers my stomach problems because it always changes! Sometimes I can eat something then another time it'll put me in the bathroom for a day. Can anyone help me?
 

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welcome. you will come across many people on this forum who are suffering the same as you. it makes it a little easier knowing that you are not alone.hopefully you can read a lot of the posts and start to identify with the people who sound similar to you. some of us have found a few things that really help. most things that you read about will either not help or only give minimal relief -- good luck sorting it all out. it can be exhausting.this illness is baffling.
 

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Hi sarabelle-What kel said is right on.This thing is different for everyone, and by reading the board, you can find out what has worked for different people and what you might try.I'm the same as you. I never know what might trigger a bad IBS day. There's no pattern of foods or events that I can trace. Stress as a trigger is pretty much a given. Even "good stress" like happy surprises or excitement before an event.But, it sounds like you may have fallen into a cycle in which the IBS causes you to have stress and anxiety which in turn, triggers the IBS.I'm not sure which remedies you have tried in the past, but new options always seem to be emerging. Maybe if you find a remedy that works for you, your stress will be reduced and you can break the cycle.I've been on Digestive Advantage IBS for two weeks now with good results. They offer free samples at www.ganedenbiotech.com. It's free and it can't hurt to try!
 

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HiYes - IBS is a tough this to deal with. There are a multiple ways to approach it - I am sure your doctor has discussed options with you and that they have made the diagnosis.If you are truly becoming afraid of leaving home - you need to deal with this soon. There are a host of options dealing with the psychological aspects -including relaxation techniques. I have been telling people about a new product Digestive Advantage IBS - that has has been helping a significant % of those that use it - if you go to www.rofay.com and put in this code - GBIS29919 - you can get a free professional sample ( 8 tablets ) for just $.99 to cover the shipping. There are a number of other product too like Ibsacol than seem to help. You can probably skip alot of the " all natural" products - there are a lot of people trying to make a quick buck on desperate people. Discuss dietary options with your doctor - a lot of people here on ibsgroup can give you their thoughts - look around here - but watch out for those that promise unreal results (nothing - nothing is 100%) and watch out for people that want to sell you stuff without a money back guarantee - If you have speific questions - you can e mail me.Good luck
 

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hey sarabelleI can understand completely what you're saying. I wouldn't say I have an anxiety disorder pre se, but because of previous IBS issues, there are some situatoins that scare me (particualrly those I don't control).Like the others say, there is no one way to fix IBS. There is no cure. But there are some treatments that can help, different things for different people mostly because IBS really is different for different people - what works for someone with primarily diarrhea might cause huge problems for someone who is primarily constipated and those of who alternate have to find yet something else.best advice is to read around the board and see what makes sense and then do mnore research and talk to your doctor. ask a lot of questions, be as specific as you can with your symptoms (remember, we've heard it all before!)one suggestion for you is to look into hypnosis. Like many people on the board (but certainly not all) i have found it tremendously helpful not only with my symptoms but also with breaking those thought patterns. It sounds a little out there I know but there is a lot of research done on it.
 
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