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I am 22 years old and have been suffering with IBS-C for 3 years now. It started off with abdominal bloat the minute after I ate breakfast. I looked like the starving children in Africa with their stomachs distended. I would cry on my way back from class and just lay on my heating pad. I was first put on zelnorm, didn't work, I was switched over to amitizia and I was having trouble breathing. I was then put on reglan and everything seemed to be going well for a while. Fast forward to March 2009 and I was out of Reglan and was away at school not being able to see a doctor. I stopped the medicine and was doing great until I graduated and returned home for the summer. I saw a new doctor and they put me back on Amitizia and it seemed to be working. They also put me on Lactulose powder at night to help with the constipation. There are days when I am great and I don't look all bloated, then their are days when I am doubled over in pain. This past summer I was sent for a colonoscopy. The prep did not work. It was 7 hours later and I felt nothing happening. I had to drink 2 bottles of citric of magnesia before I finally went to the bathroom about 1130 at night when I started at noon. My doctor finally sent me to a motility specialist, whom I am in the process of seeing right now. My stomach is still terrible. I can not lose weight, even though I am dieting and I go to the gym 5 days a week, usually in the morning (when my stomach feels best). With the amount I work out you would think I would look like some sick anorexic model, this is not the case, it looks as though I do nothing. My stomach can look fine when I wake up and then by the time I get home from work it looks as though I am pregnant. I am also having trouble with gas pains that will not go away. I am 22 years old and just want to have my life back. The IBS-C has kept me from going out with my friends because my stomach hurts so bad and I feel like I am the size of a blimp. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Or is there anything that you have found that works. PLEASE HELP!
 

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Hi,I wanted to let you know that you are not alone! I am 23 and was getting sick after eating all the time and just graduated from college. I slowly became sick in college and picked up all the symptoms my sister had. Originally, I went to the bathroom only on Friday mornings and that was not by choice. I would have to run there and barely make it. I worked in a preschool and was thankful that after lunch we had nap time so the kids could not smell the gas. I had gas so bad that it would hurt and smell like someone died or I would be so constipated I could not move. I first tried GasX which worked, but I would throw up a little in my mouth because I was so backed up and had no idea what to do. At one point I thought it was normal. I would drink at night like a fish to make the pain go away. My senior year of college was a nightmare. I spent more time in the bathroom that a plumber. I would be so constipated and look pregnant and then look sickly thin. For Fourth of July I went to a BBQ and people asked me if I was ok because I kept going to the bathroom. My pants would not fit, I would pass gas loudly at school where I was interning in a fourth grade class, and I just wanted the pain to stop.My older sister saved my life. She developed the same symptoms in her twenties and is six years older than me. I called her crying from school and she told me I could not eat gluten, high fructose corn syrup, potatoes, chocolate, (certain coffee has gluten), and certain fruits. I hated it! I kept thinking she had to be wrong. I kept saying I just want to be normal and eat anything I want until graduation. But as soon as I had bread I would have gas and no control over my bowel movements. It takes five days to get something I shouldn't have out of my system. That’s five days of pain. And all I eat is rice and bland things.When I graduated I went to doctors and wasted money on tests only to come up blank. I was told it may be cancer but some uncaring doctor. I think the hardest part for me is to accept that doctors cannot give us a pill to fix it and if we eat something we can’t have, it takes at least 5 days of gas, pain, and embarrassment before it’s over. Every morning I wake up I have to have Prune Juice or I have constipation and am in pain. I can’t eat at fast food. I can only have organic coffee and tea. I make homemade bagel every week.Currently, I am healthy but that can all change if I choose to eat something I know I cannot have. Some of my friends were and are unsupportive. I think that hurts the most. I hate going out to eat sometimes and will also vote for sushi, because people can’t tell that I can’t eat certain things. OMG and dating when sick sucks!Does this help? I think you should go on the all rice diet with butter or gluten free soy sauce and then slowly add things into your diet. As they make you sick you will see what doesn't work.hugs,J
 

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I'm 20 and similar to you. I don't know how food is causing mine, I eat only brown rice, tofu, soup and vegetables now. Like you I can't lose weight and am bloated. Living in a shared house at uni is a nightmare! I think I'm going crazy sometimes. I haven't had any answers yet, but I hope I will soon
I'm glad to know I'm not alone in this.
 

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It must be hard to be so young and dealing with all these problems. I feel so bad for you. I'm 62 and it's put a real halt to my normal life. I find it hard to deal with at my age so I can only imagine how it would be to not live my life to the fullest in my 20s.
 

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I know how you feel. As I just posted in the other topic, I'm 26 now and have had IBS since I was 8 years old. I definitely feel like IBS has taken away from my life in the respect that I'm not comfortable going out and doing things, out of fear I'll have an IBS attack and be humiliated over it. I'm an IBS introvert
I have gotten more confidence over the years though and try and make myself get out more. I would like to say though - don't give up. My IBS was VERY severe as a child but it's gradually gotten better. I've been able to identify certain triggers, and things that make my IBS better - stress free life style, exercise, probiotics, peppermints.
 
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