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I'm sorry if this is going to sound like one long self-pitying moan. But I am at the end of my tether and I just don't know how to cope with this anymore. I have been constipated for 90% of the last 3 years, and it has ruined my life.I have tried just about everything.It is particularly bad at the moment, but it never really gets any better anyway. I am in work, on the verge of tears, feeling ashamed because I am now so bloated I look 6 months pregnant, and my trousers are hurting me because they aren't fitting and are just digging into my trousers. I am permanently in pain/discomfort, and permanently trying this or that and all of them either not working at all,or working only for the first month.I am 20, and going to university in September, and struggling to cope with this at home let alone in the stress of my first uni year. All the doctors say that there is not a lot they can do to help.I am losing hope, and feeling like this is one long life sentence that is going to destroy my confidence and my life.Can anyone shed any light for me? Is there any doctors in the UK anyone has seen they recommend? How do I get someone to take my pain seriously?Will anything ever help?
 

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ive been trying to get someone to take me seriously for 5 years, ive basically had all the medication that is available but to no avail.I sympathise with you but theres not a lot that can be done, sorry i cant be of any help to you, perhaps someone who has had ibs longer than me can give you some good advice. good luck
 

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Hi ShadoHave you read the Living With IBS section of the message board. I just have and there's a lot to take in but some hope, too. A few people seem to think they've got rid of it for good. It seems like a dream but, hey, it might be true. Don't give up trying. A lifetime of this is a horrible thought but I am certainly not willing to let it ruin me - however hard it tries!I get moody and depressed and everthing else that goes with it but I never give up hope of overcoming this inner monster.Good luck Shado. Chas, Liverpool.
 

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Also try out all the methods in the following article:How to Manage Patients With BloatingThe majority of patients complaining of bloating are ultimately diagnosed as suffering from one of the functional gastrointestinal disorders. However, it is important to exclude organic explanations when indicated. When extreme, distension can cause concern that conditions such as ascites or subacute obstruction are being overlooked, but it is usually possible to distinguish these conditions from bloating clinically, especially if the characteristic diurnal pattern associated with functional distension is present. Approaches to the diagnosis of functional gastrointestinal disorders have been reviewed in detail elsewhere and will not be discussed at length here.[47] Whether tests for bacterial overgrowth or carbohydrate malabsorption should be routinely undertaken in patients with bloating is controversial, although these are unlikely to harm the patient and may sometimes be useful for symptomatic management. The possibility of celiac disease also needs to be considered, especially in high prevalence areas, and serologic testing, which is now widely available, has made screening for this condition much easier. Very rarely, specific tests for other forms of malabsorption, such as pancreatic insufficiency, may be necessary, although overinvestigation should be avoided.There is no completely satisfactory treatment for bloating in patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders, although in most cases, some improvement in this symptom can be achieved. Patients seen in hospital practice have often been advised to take a high-fiber diet that is frequently detrimental,[48] and consequently, we routinely recommend a trial of wheat-fiber withdrawal which seems to reduce bloating and distension in a good proportion of cases. Other dietary modifications may also help -- for example, limitation of fat intake, avoiding carbonated drinks, and excluding artificial sweeteners. A discussion of dietary treatments for IBS can be found elsewhere.[49] It is not known whether exercises to strengthen the anterior abdominal musculature would be helpful despite evidence that these muscles may be weak in patients with IBS.[12]A number of medications aimed at limiting intestinal gas volumes have been suggested for use in patients with bloating, although experience with these agents has largely been disappointing. Simethicone, an antisurfactant is frequently used by patients, but there appears to be little objective evidence of benefit over placebo.[50] Beano, which is an alpha-galactosidase preparation capable of digesting complex sugars, has been shown to reduce flatus volume and frequency, but not bloating.[51] Activated charcoal is frequently recommended for gas-related complaints, but evidence for any beneficial effect has largely been conflicting.[52,53] Rifaximin, which is a nonabsorbable antibiotic, has been shown to reduce gas production, flatus events, and abdominal distension, although, paradoxically, no improvement in bloating was reported in this study.[33] In another study from the Barcelona group which is of potential therapeutic importance, it was reported that intravenous neostigmine was capable of reversing both gas retention and symptoms following the gas challenge test.[54]Antispasmodics warrant a trial, although there is little evidence that they have particular utility in reducing bloating.[55] Treating constipation can be helpful, but it is important to note that some laxatives such as lactulose and fermentable fiber preparations may actually worsen bloating and gas-related symptoms. Approximately one third of patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders improve with antidepressants, yet again, no studies have specifically addressed the effect of this class of drug on bloating.[56] Various psychological therapies have also been found to be helpful in improving IBS symptomatology and there is evidence that hypnotherapy can improve bloating.[57,58] However, these treatments vary considerably in their local availability and by their very nature can only be offered to restricted numbers of patients with more severe symptoms.Finally, it is of considerable interest that tegaserod, a new 5-HT4 receptor partial agonist, has been shown to improve the symptom of bloating. Several large randomized, controlled trials have consistently demonstrated an improvement in bloating with this drug in patients with IBS,[59-61] and pooled data from a number of trials have confirmed this effect, suggesting that tegaserod may have specific utility for this indication.[62]http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/483079_5
 
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Shado - I think thats the worst of IBS - the dreading doing anything aspect - believe me, I know. I've had IBS for about 10 years and sometimes I really have to think "dare I do this", for example, I'm just about out to the cinema with my little 5 year old daughter and I keep thinking - "now do I try and do a poo now, or hope I don't need to go at the flix". All I would say to you is for gods sake DON'T lose your place at Uni, I'll bet you'll prob be better, being busy, socialising etc. Also, don't know where you are headed but I went to Edi Uni years ago (I'm 42) and they'll prob have an excellent student services with sympathetic doctors etc. There are plenty of young folk with IBS, you'll not be alone.In the meantime - plenty of water seems to help keep me as regular as poss (I alternate between IBS C and D!!) and try to stick to a blandish diet but at 20, go enjoy life PLEASE!!!Sue, Manchester
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Shado, just imagine if everyone on Earth had I.B.S, You would no longer be so stressed & anxious because we would all be in the same boat! Now you have found us do you at least feel you are not alone? I.B.s C is about diet, stress, incorrect medication & a bowel that no longer responds. First I would consider buying a unit that will provide you with pure unadulterated water, & I would ask you to drink at least 8 glasses of this water per day.Then I would recommend psyllium husks or Heathers organic acacia scattered on your cereal or toast every morning, but I would start with a raw pear, & at least 6 prunes. If you are completely clogged up try some 'Coloxyl with Senna' to get things moving then Heathers 'peppermint with fennel & ginger' tabs to reduce bowel spasms & normalise motility.I know how you feel, the more you eat, the more you have to get rid of, & so it goes on. Yes you feel bloated & useless, but dont give up, you see 'C' has never killed anyone.! O.K ?
 
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Wise words Snake!! Shado - went to the flix with little Soph and had a lovely time and forgot all about IBS for a coupla hours - go and see "Millions" its lovely and mellow!!Take careSue
 
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