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Hi guys. Im a 17 year old girl and I suspect (more like im 150% sure) that i have IBS. i have all the symptoms and ive been reading the bulleting and find myself relating to everything i read. i was wondering, is it worth going to the doctor and finding out if i really do have and trying to fix it or not. the problems i see with going to the doctor are 1. all the disgusting tests and 2. will it really help me? because it seems that all you guys have been diagnosed but noone had been treated. its gotten to the point where IBS really interferes with my social life, i cant sleep over at freinds' places because going to the toilet every couple of hours and staying in there for 30mins every time is quite embarrasing. can you 'more experienced' guys help me out please. could you give me some advice on what i should do?
 

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Hey, My name is melissa and i am 17 years old and i have IBS. Trust me going to the doctor is the right thing to do, there are not horrible tests, nothing worse what you are going through right now. Email me if you want to talk some time. MMB3299###aol.com
 

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Hey, My name is melissa and i am 17 years old and i have IBS. Trust me going to the doctor is the right thing to do, there are not horrible tests, nothing worse what you are going through right now. Email me if you want to talk some time. MMB3299###aol.com
 
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Hi welcome to the board......I am 24 yrs. old and I have had IBS since I was about 11years old.....so I understand how it can interfere with your social life......I've missed out on many sleepovers. In my opinion it would be worth it go to the doctor and let them prescribe some medication for you. You never know it may really help with your symptoms. Its worth a try.Good Luck
 
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Hi welcome to the board......I am 24 yrs. old and I have had IBS since I was about 11years old.....so I understand how it can interfere with your social life......I've missed out on many sleepovers. In my opinion it would be worth it go to the doctor and let them prescribe some medication for you. You never know it may really help with your symptoms. Its worth a try.Good Luck
 

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Kat, Welcome!
I can't stress enough how important it is to go to a good Dr & get a diagnosis. It is important for them to rule out other nasties. It is never a good idea to self-diagnose. You are quite young I assume and I read somewhere on here that the Docs don't do a whole lot of testing with someone young. That is more common in people slightly older. Even if you have to have some tests, I've found that the anticipation of the tests is always worse than the actual test. Don't worry about them, think about them only when or if your doc orders one> If you do have to have any done just come on back here & ask us all what our experiences with that test are & I'm sure there will be plenty of help for ya here. But, truly, get a diagnosis. BQ
 

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Kat, Welcome!
I can't stress enough how important it is to go to a good Dr & get a diagnosis. It is important for them to rule out other nasties. It is never a good idea to self-diagnose. You are quite young I assume and I read somewhere on here that the Docs don't do a whole lot of testing with someone young. That is more common in people slightly older. Even if you have to have some tests, I've found that the anticipation of the tests is always worse than the actual test. Don't worry about them, think about them only when or if your doc orders one> If you do have to have any done just come on back here & ask us all what our experiences with that test are & I'm sure there will be plenty of help for ya here. But, truly, get a diagnosis. BQ
 

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I went through all the "yucky" tests when I was 16 years old. Not much fun, but at least today there are some things the GI's can do to help you a little. All they could do back then (30+ years, but who's counting) was give me Librium and Valium. It is important to rule out other physical conditions. There is a simple stool test that's out now which can tell the difference between IBS and IBD (Chron's and colitis)(see News, Research and Abstracts section of this BB -- topic: New Test Confirms or Rules Out IBD). You are in control of your body and can decide which tests to take or not. Your doctor can urge you to take a test and explain the reasons, but in the end you can decide whether to do it or not, or even to wait and see. There are some tests I just won't go through anymore, as I've been through them so many times without any result. However, at least visit your gastroenterologist (a specialist in stomach/colon problems) and find out what's going on. Ask us about the tests he/she recommends. We'll tell you our experiences and then you can decide with your doctor whether or not to take the test. But don't avoid going to the doctor.
 

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I went through all the "yucky" tests when I was 16 years old. Not much fun, but at least today there are some things the GI's can do to help you a little. All they could do back then (30+ years, but who's counting) was give me Librium and Valium. It is important to rule out other physical conditions. There is a simple stool test that's out now which can tell the difference between IBS and IBD (Chron's and colitis)(see News, Research and Abstracts section of this BB -- topic: New Test Confirms or Rules Out IBD). You are in control of your body and can decide which tests to take or not. Your doctor can urge you to take a test and explain the reasons, but in the end you can decide whether to do it or not, or even to wait and see. There are some tests I just won't go through anymore, as I've been through them so many times without any result. However, at least visit your gastroenterologist (a specialist in stomach/colon problems) and find out what's going on. Ask us about the tests he/she recommends. We'll tell you our experiences and then you can decide with your doctor whether or not to take the test. But don't avoid going to the doctor.
 

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Hi. Welcome to the board. I've had IBS-D for about 5 years and never had to go through any "ICKY" tests. I don't believe that there is an actual test that can tell you whether or not you have IBS. My doctor told me that you are diagnosed mainly by the symptoms you are having. Don't know if it's true, but hope this helps.
 

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Hi. Welcome to the board. I've had IBS-D for about 5 years and never had to go through any "ICKY" tests. I don't believe that there is an actual test that can tell you whether or not you have IBS. My doctor told me that you are diagnosed mainly by the symptoms you are having. Don't know if it's true, but hope this helps.
 

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quote: 1. all the disgusting tests and
Depending on your symptoms and your doctor's philosophy you may or may not need alot of the tests. AND if it is something else there it may need to be treated.
quote:2. will it really help me? because it seems that all you guys have been diagnosed but noone had been treated.
Lots of people get treatments. However you have to first find a doctor who has done any studying/reading on IBS beyond the medical school training they got 5, 10, 20 years ago when they had the 15 minute IBS lecture that said tell them to eat more fiber and reassure them they aren't dying.Antispasmodics, in the US they are all prescription only.--Levsin, Bentyl, Librax.Antidepressants (block pain from the body to the brain).Some prescription antidiarrheals and anticonstipation drugs are available. (Lomotil and some people take prescription Imodium. Questran has recently been used off label for chronic diarrhea and if your doctor hasn't heard of it tell them to read the New England Journal of Medicine from June and July 2001 a review on IBS is in one of the issues and talks about it. Miralax is a prescription anticonstipation drug that is relatively new on the market)AND there are treatments being developed by the drug companies and once they are available they will also be prescription.There are also mind-body therapies available for IBS and some doctors are aware enough of this to help you find someone qualified to do this (although there are some home-based tapes as well, so if they aren't that hip to current thinking in IBS that is something you could do on your own, but get a diagnosis first).K.------------------I have worked for the government and at universities doing scientific research primarily in the area of the environment and the impact of environmental factors on human health, I have never done any independant clinical testing for the pharmaceutical industry, nor have I ever worked for a drug company. I have no financial, academic, or any other stake in any commercial, natural, or any other product mentioned by me.My story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html
 

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quote: 1. all the disgusting tests and
Depending on your symptoms and your doctor's philosophy you may or may not need alot of the tests. AND if it is something else there it may need to be treated.
quote:2. will it really help me? because it seems that all you guys have been diagnosed but noone had been treated.
Lots of people get treatments. However you have to first find a doctor who has done any studying/reading on IBS beyond the medical school training they got 5, 10, 20 years ago when they had the 15 minute IBS lecture that said tell them to eat more fiber and reassure them they aren't dying.Antispasmodics, in the US they are all prescription only.--Levsin, Bentyl, Librax.Antidepressants (block pain from the body to the brain).Some prescription antidiarrheals and anticonstipation drugs are available. (Lomotil and some people take prescription Imodium. Questran has recently been used off label for chronic diarrhea and if your doctor hasn't heard of it tell them to read the New England Journal of Medicine from June and July 2001 a review on IBS is in one of the issues and talks about it. Miralax is a prescription anticonstipation drug that is relatively new on the market)AND there are treatments being developed by the drug companies and once they are available they will also be prescription.There are also mind-body therapies available for IBS and some doctors are aware enough of this to help you find someone qualified to do this (although there are some home-based tapes as well, so if they aren't that hip to current thinking in IBS that is something you could do on your own, but get a diagnosis first).K.------------------I have worked for the government and at universities doing scientific research primarily in the area of the environment and the impact of environmental factors on human health, I have never done any independant clinical testing for the pharmaceutical industry, nor have I ever worked for a drug company. I have no financial, academic, or any other stake in any commercial, natural, or any other product mentioned by me.My story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html
 
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Hi again. Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply to my message. You guys have really helped me make up my mind about what to do. I have decided that I will go and see the doctor and risk having the 'icky' tests if it will help me. Thanks again, Kate.
 
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Hi again. Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply to my message. You guys have really helped me make up my mind about what to do. I have decided that I will go and see the doctor and risk having the 'icky' tests if it will help me. Thanks again, Kate.
 

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Hi Kate, welcome to the board. I'm 23 and started with IBS at age 15. I didn't have to have any tests for a diagnosis of IBS to be made. I'm glad you've decided to see the doctor. Let us know how you get on (if you want to!)take care,------------------susanIBS D/C type & M.E/CFS
 

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Hi Kate, welcome to the board. I'm 23 and started with IBS at age 15. I didn't have to have any tests for a diagnosis of IBS to be made. I'm glad you've decided to see the doctor. Let us know how you get on (if you want to!)take care,------------------susanIBS D/C type & M.E/CFS
 

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Welcome to the bulletin boards, Kat
I'm sorry to hear you're feeling so bad
I have definitely been there!! I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 10 years old (I'm 28 now), so I had to have all those tests when I was very young. They are embarrassing, I won't lie to you, but they are worth it to find out what's going on with you. And for most of the tests I've had, I've been sedated, so I'm never even awake enough to be embarrassed, LOL
And the way I try to look at it is, those doctors run tests like that everyday, so I'm sure it's no big deal for them. I can understand you being nervous about it though. Just wanted to let you know that I had these tests really young, and they weren't all that bad really. I'm sure if you went to the doctor, they would be able to prescribe something to help you feel better. 30 minutes in the bathroom is NO FUN, I have been THERE too!! I missed a lot of sleepovers when I was little. And I can't count how many times I actually tried to GO to them, and had to call my Mom to come pick me up before morning
So I can understand how you feel... I'm sure a doctor would be able to help you though
Hope you feel better
 

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Welcome to the bulletin boards, Kat
I'm sorry to hear you're feeling so bad
I have definitely been there!! I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 10 years old (I'm 28 now), so I had to have all those tests when I was very young. They are embarrassing, I won't lie to you, but they are worth it to find out what's going on with you. And for most of the tests I've had, I've been sedated, so I'm never even awake enough to be embarrassed, LOL
And the way I try to look at it is, those doctors run tests like that everyday, so I'm sure it's no big deal for them. I can understand you being nervous about it though. Just wanted to let you know that I had these tests really young, and they weren't all that bad really. I'm sure if you went to the doctor, they would be able to prescribe something to help you feel better. 30 minutes in the bathroom is NO FUN, I have been THERE too!! I missed a lot of sleepovers when I was little. And I can't count how many times I actually tried to GO to them, and had to call my Mom to come pick me up before morning
So I can understand how you feel... I'm sure a doctor would be able to help you though
Hope you feel better
 
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Kat,Hi my name is Jamie(20 yrs old) and I also was terrified of going to the doctor. I just went for the first time about a week ago, and it was fine. I didn't get probed with anything, all I got was a prescription for Levbid. I am new to this whole IBS thing too. I have had it for about 3 years, and I was too scared to go to the doctor. But finally I went, and I am so glad! My pills help out alot. Since I have been on Levbid, I have only had D once. It used to be about 2 times a day. I am glad to hear that you are going to the doc. I know how embarassing it is to be in school, and with your friends when you have IBS. I would really like to talk to you, because I know what it is like. If you would like to talk just let me know. ISB is somewhat embarassing, so it will help me (and you)to talk to someone that I don't know.I hope that things get better for you!
 
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