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I don't know what to do. I am practically failing out of college because of IBS. I am going to counseling at school, hopefullt thru that my teachers will understand. This is just so stressful right now. Its not that I'm dumb and can't do well, its my IBS that is making me do bad. I don't want this to rule my life anymore!!!
 

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At the very least you should get some kind of acknowledgement that you are dealing with a significant illness. Stress is strongly suspected of making this problem worse. Maybe you can get a letter from an MD and take fewer credits. An IBS specialist at UCLA, Dr. Chang, told me that the longer you have IBS the harder it is to treat. So it seems important to me that you deal with getting IBS under control as a priority. I've had it for 12 years, and I wish I had known how serious it could get when it started. I had chronic fatigue in college, but bad IBS is worse. Ask for help, and make sure people understand that you have a MEDICAL problem, that it isn't all in your head.
 
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Hey Katz hang in there. I have had IBS for 5 yrs and it has effected my jobs as far as attendance goes many times. I was able to get a letter from my physician regarding the problem and it really did help with my employer. It can be really frustrating and extremely degrading at times but it is how you deal with it that matters. I use to wear my daughter diapers on the way to work to avoid an accident in my clothes and I would drive for an hour and a half to work every day to and from work in rush hour traffic. It seemed worse in the morning. Are you taking any meds right now? You may want to discuss this with a Dr if you have not already seen one and there are meds out there to help.hang in there you will be find.
 

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I had IBS through college & grad school, and it's a rough time, absolutely. This being May, I'm assuming you're close to being done for the year. I would suggest not taking any classes over the summer and concentrating on your health. You have to make it a priority. Getting better is a commitment.Maybe take less hours next semester, if it would not affect any potential aid you may be receiving.Try to schedule your classes later in the day, if your IBS is bad in the mornings.It sounds like your professors will know about your condition - I think that's critical. I don't know if you go to a big college or small, but I went to small schools and knew my profs. They were very understanding and amenable to helping me succeed without dropping out.I'm off my soapbox now.Karen
 
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I work at home three days a week and it has helped me. I dose up real good when I go into work cause I don't want to be in the bathroom constantly so I usually don't eat all day those two days. I noticed that my D is very active in the morning. I hardly set foot in the bathroom in the evening I also with all the bathroom trips I make at home I should weigh only 90 pounds since things go right through me. Saw my fibro doc today not very interested in what I had to say about my IBS. He gets mad because I don't or should I say I take meds and they don't agree with me so I haven't taken anything at all so he gave me some mild stuff to take Skelaxin...I shall see.
 

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As Karen said, at least you must almost be through with classes for the summer. I bet over the summer you will notice an improvement, because you won't have to face the day to day stress of attending classes in between making mad dashes to the bathroom. I am assuming you have the D type. Have you tried Caltrate or Lotronex? If not they might be worth a try.------------------"Remember To Stop and Smell the Roses"Rose (C-type)
 
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