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Since the beginning of the school-year, I've been experiencing IBS symptoms while on campus. My major complaint is frequent, odorous gas followed by incomplete (constipated, mucusy) bowel movements. While I do not experience any pain, the gas is uncomfortable and holds me back socially. Oddly, when I'm home over weekends my gas disappears. When I return to campus, I usually get a free pass until Wednesday. For the rest of the week, I'll have frequent bouts of gas.

I have tried to self-manage my IBS. I've gone about eliminating potential problematic foods (wheat, lactose, spicy foods, heavy insoluble fiber sources), dodging my school's water and cafeteria food, taking Beano, and ratcheting up my water intake. I also give myself time for morning movements (type 2-4 on the Bristol Stool Chart), jog regularly, and do not consume alcohol or drugs (prescription or recreational). However, these measures have not helped my bowel.

All I can link it to is my mental state. I experience anxiety and depression, which are compounded by the stresses of college. This stress plus the differences in environment sometimes interfere with my sleep patterns.

Beyond that, I'm at a loss. Physiologically, why might this be happening? Outside of heavy-duty laxatives or medication, what can I do to manage my symptoms?
 

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Do you ever find yourself holding your breath while at school doing work? Never hold your breath while under pressure. Yawn, stretch, breathe, laugh, fart, breathe again to relieve tension. Your breath is all you've got.

Make a point to to care for your body. massage it. Do a self massage clockwise, focus on a pull up the right side in the morning. If you have a girlfriend at this moment, have a cuddle session with her.

You must be vigilant about KIDNEY HEALTH too as it's related to lower bowel health. For the kidney, drink swig of grape wine, grape wine vinegar, or eat a handful of whole cranberries near 6:00 pm (kidney time).

Bowel health is also related to letting go. Is there a guy/girl in life that your fixated over? You must take responsibility. If you do and never attempt to play the victim role, you will be just fine on this issue.

Remember, also, that everyone who is born is a winner by default and with continue to be a winner, unless that person chooses not to breathe.
 
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