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Hi!

I found out about this group only this week but I've found it to be very helpfull. I'd like to share my IBS-D experiences and possibly get some needed help or support.

My brief history before IBS: When I was about 6 years old, I suddenly got lactose intolerant, but for some weird reason it went away about in a year.

I've always had a "Nervous stomach", but before IBS it meant that I just needed to go to the toilet before like leaving somewhere new etc..

I got my IBS symptoms in summer 2010, my stomach started to hurt very badly when ever I had like air moving in my bowel (or that's how it felt), but my BM was still normal. During this time I was in a course that needed me to find two trainee jobs (not at the same time), and I was having a really hard time finding even one, because no one wants to take new short time workers in the middle of a summer! I was also having relationship issues that later ended up in a break up. I wonder if this kind of stomach pain is common when IBS syptoms are first appearing?

Later that summer my stool started to get more looser and softer, and I needed to visit the toilet more than once a day and then later in the fall it had gotten much worse. Around this time I started eating more carefully, I also had just moved to my own apartment so I was able to more carefully choose what I put in my mouth. I hadn't gone to the doctor yet, because I wanted to find out if some food was causing this, so I dropper glutein and milk completely from my diet. It didn't give me any results for months. I also started taking more probiotics. I also tried Vi-Siblin (clearly it didn't suit me).

Early 2011 I got a job, only a non-permanent job contract, but I was happy to find something. I still hadn't gone to the doctor and I wasn't eating any glutein or milk products and I was able to live with my bowell, even though I needed more visits to the toilet. My most problematic part about the job was actually the mornings, when I had to take two busses to get there. I was always fearing that something might happen during the buss ride, but I was actually more worried about peeing my pants (???).

As my diet was not giving me any results, I also tried a low-carb diet and introduced milk products back to my system.

But then the worst thing happened. One friday we had a take-out food and I ate a chicken salad. Later in the afternoon, when everyone else had already left work, there was only me and one another person who knew about my problems, I was just about to leave home when the salad decided to COME NOW! and I didn't manage to get to the toilet on time. It was so humiliating!! Luckily the other person was very understanding and helped me and took me home. She also didn't mention what had happened to the other workers next week.

Before this insident I had actually reserved a time for a doctors appointment (a specialist), because I was finally understanding that what ever I eat, my bowell isn't getting any better.

The doctor knew right away that I had already diagnosed myself for IBS, and he was sure that I was having it and nothing more severe, since I hadn't lost weight or gotten any weaker, because at that time I had already been suffering from this for about 9 months. He gave me a prescription to Imodium and Agiocur "pellets".

I got the habit of taking one imodium in the morning and the Agiocur every night. Sometimes I skipped taking Imodium during the weekend, and took a half a dose of Agiocur instead. The meds were helping me a lot but I was still feeling anxious about the buss rides. But I always woke up so early in the morning that I had time to sit on the toilet and get everything out, and at one point I was finally able to have a BM only in the morning.

When the year changed to 2012 I was yet again unemployed because I had no change to continue at the job. For the first 6 months I was feeling good, I was still taking Imodium almost every morning, but I was able to go on several days with just taking Agiocur. And I was eatinf almost anything I wanted, but I still avoided some foods that made me gassy, and I was preparing all my meals myself so I knew that they didn't have anything extra in them, I was also avoiding hot spices, but I've never liked them anyways.

Suddenly in the summer 2012 I yet again started to feel this abdominal pains, like I had when my first IBS symptoms started and I knew this would only get worse from there. This time I didn't have months of pain, but more like couple of days, and then my BM got worse! During this time I was living with my parents for couple of months, since my apartment was under a renovation, so I wasn't living my regular daily schedule and I was eating kind of what ever. So I ended up having some really bad toilet trips for like a week, but then it slowly calmed down again, I was moving back to my newly-renovated apartment anyways and getting back to my normal rhythm.

My bowell still didn't get back to what it was before this happened, my stool was still being soft every day and I was more dependant on imodium yet again.

Now, at the beginning of this month (Dec), I had a really random stomach, I was actually experiesing some days when I felt more like constipated. I had couple "constipation days" in a row, so I didn't take imodium every day. Then, on one day, I was feeling quite fine and I hadn't taken any imodium, I suddenly felt like this big gruble in my stomach and I could feel that I need to get to the toilet ASAP, but I didn't quite make it again :/ I was actually somwhere with my mom, and not home, but luckily yet again there was only the two of us. But yet again: extremely humiliating!!

And since then my IBS has gotten worse.. Last weekend I had pain every time I needed to go to the toilet, or maybe I was going to the toilet because I was feeling the pain? The pain luckily lasted only few days but I still have BM very often, I'm taking more Imodium, but still only like max 2 per day, because I'm not really going anywhere. And I now often have a bit of blood coming out when ever I'm on the toilet, not every time but still often, and I feel more tired, but that might be because I quit drinking tea for now, only peppermint tea for me for now..

I yet again took all the possibly affecting food items away from my diet and since I learnt about the calcium carbonate in here, I started to take that, but it's only like my 3rd day taking them so I'm not feeling any effects yet.

But currently this situation is causing me a lot of anxiety and possibly even depression. And because it's Christmas, I'm going to go home soon and eat all the christmas food, I have to skip some things ofcourse but I still want to enjoy at least some of the foods!

But, if this continues as bad after the holidays, I really need to go to my doctor to discuss about my situation.

My biggest problem for me right now is actually leaving out of the house. Like some quick grocery store trips I can manage, but like today, I needed to go to the pet store, where I usually don't go, and this particular store I hadn't ever been before, and when I was standing at the cash register waiting for my turn, I felt like minor panic attack hit me. I don't really know what a panic attack feels like because I've never had one.

And also, since I'm unemployed, I feel extremely hard finding a new job. It's hard anyways in this economical state, but I feel like it's impossible for me to work normally again. Like here people often in job interviews ask "How well can you handle stressfull situations?", previously I have been able to say that I can hanlde them quite well, but what can I say now? "Uh, I can't handle them because I have IBS and stress just makes it worse, sorry!"? Who would ever hire me? Some people, like my mom, are also pressuring me to go to some school again. But that I just can NOT handle!

Tomorrow I should actually go to my employment agency (lets just see how many hours it takes me to leave out of the house this time..) and I was thinking if I would be able to talk there about my situation. I'm really not like hiding my IBS, because I've talked to many people (close people who I know will understand me) but I have never mentioned this at the employment agency.

I have never tried like anti-depressants or anxiety medication, but I often think I should take them.. but I don't want them to screw up my brains.

Thank you for letting me get all this out, because I feel like no matter how much I talk about this to others, they will never understand what I'm going trough, but you all understand!

All help and advice would be highly appreciated!
 

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I'm sorry you are suffering. It sounds like a visit to a gastroenterologist is overdue. Here's my advice: call your doctor and get a referral to a good specialist and set up an appnt. In the meantime, the one thing you can control is your diet. Check out the low fodmaps diet on this site and decide if it is worth it to you to go on a very restricted elimination diet for at least a couple of weeks. I found the low fodmaps diet to be a very good start on the road to improvement. It can't hurt you, it is non-invasive, and is pretty healthy if you pay attention to getting low fodmaps fruits and veggies. And one more thing: yes, I know holiday parties can be challenging in a variety of ways, but do yourself a favor and resist eating foods that may contribute to gastric distress. Diet may not be a cure-all, but it does have the potential to reduce symptoms of IBS-D. If it doesn't help after a few weeks, no harm has been done.
 

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Thank you for your reply.

I have been planning on getting a time for my doctor (specialist in this kind of area) after the holidays.

I really need to check on those special diets too! Currently I'm pretty much only eating tuna (from a tin, not maybe the best choise) with cucumber and cottage cheese, replaced dark bread with white bread (toast, but not like wonderbread) with no margarin on top, just cheese and sometimes ham. I replaced my morning oatmeal with blueberry soup and toast and in the evenings I'm also eating toast and some quark. And I drink only water and peppermint tea and sometimes juice with added probiotics.

I have already told my family that during christmas I can't eat all the foods, I'm mostly avoiding the ones that make me gassy, like peas. And I'm not sure what potatoes will do to my system, since I don't eat them that often, only when I'm visiting my folks.

I remember two years ago I was also having some bad IBS problems but back then I wasn't on on any medication yet, but I remember that at least the food didn't make me feel any worse than it already was..
 

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Read through the advice on the board. Be careful telling the employment agency too much--they hear so many telling stories and my unconsciously put you in the malingerer column or, worse, not alert you to possible jobs due to health. Get checked out to eliminate treatable conditions and then move on--take the immodium so you can work, watch your foods. Usually, baked is fine without added oils, Cooked is better than raw, bland is better than fancy.
 

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I read about the low fodmaps foods and I actually tried that diet for several months when my IBS had started, and I'm not sure if I'd want to try that diet again.

I tend to make pretty plain foods, because I kind of lack the creativity when it comes to cooking, so I have been eating pretty simple foods with not so much variation and it has been working pretty well so far, until now.

Couple of months ago I was annoyed because I had like a really "eggy" farts, meaning that they smelled like bad eggs even though I hadn't eaten any. Now I feel like I'd much rather take the farts back.

I just need to find the best way to bulk up my poop, since the pain and everything else is gone now, only the really runny poop (and the anxiety) is left.

I'm also worried about if and when I'm able to find a new job, how will I manage the possible stressfull situations and might I actually have to take some days off if I ever get this bad, or worse suddenly :(
 

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To firm up, try psyllium-based products, like metamucil. It is marketed as a laxative, but it works by absorbing fluid--in constipation, it brings fluid to soften hard stool, in diarrhea, it absorbs the excess fluid to firm up the stool. These are generally called 'bulking' agents. The great thing is that a soft, formed stool expands the bowel wall and allows it to work as it should, gently moving things along with wave action (peristalsis). With ibs, our bowel wall tends to go ballistic whenever something hits it, so a bulky stool gives it something to do. Also, when it goes spastic is what you feel as cramping and pain. Psyllium is a water-soluble fiber, dissolving into a gelatinous mass (let it sit in your glass and you see what I mean.) Other water soluble fiber-foods are lima beans, pinto beans, pectin (apples, leave off the peel), oatmeal, sticky rice. I season my food with boullion, salt, and herbs. You can actually eat quite well this way--everyon raves over my crock-pot chicken (nothing added but boullion). I'd avoid raw-salad, vegetables-until you stabilize, then add on a day when you can stay close to the house. I had a major blow-out during final exams my last year of college--no one there to help, had to walk into the room & get my things....Awful, but in the past.
 

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Thanks Trudyg! I actually normally use also a lot of bouillon (the kind that has the least artificial seasoning) and my normal meals (that I am not eating right now) usually consist: protein is usually chicken or minced meat (more pork than beef in it), or pork chops, then either rice (usualy basmati because I love the taste) or brown pasta and then I add usually only one kind of frozen vegetables, usually sweet corn or carrots.

I haven't been eating my usual oatmeal for two days now, and maybe it's causing my poo to be even more watery, maybe I should introduce that back to my diet tomorrow?

But, I will have a stressfull morning tomorrow, because I need to go to the employment agency, I can't eat anything before I go, and I think I need to take a double dose of Imodium.

I always walk to places if they are not far away. I think walking helps me calm my nerves. I don't have a driver's licence and buss rides feel too anxious for me nowadays :/

I just checked that the Agiocur pellets I'm taking are also meant to bulk up my stool, maybe I should carefully try to up the dosage a bit. It's advised to take two teaspoons in the evenings and if needed, one teaspoon in the morning.

I don't know if it's the correct english name for it, but the pellets are made from "ispagula" seeds.
 

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I got my kalpro test result today, and it was abnormal, so next week I will have a colonoscopy to find out what's happening in my bowel. But for now it seems like I have something else than just IBS.

In the mean time, I had a pretty lousy christmas, I felt weak and tired and I often just laid down and did much nothing because that made me feel a bit better.

I quit eating grains (but started eating oatmeal again two days ago and it doesn't make me feel any worse) and I have been taking calcium carbonate, and I think the mix of those two things have eased the cramps, because I'm really not cramping at all right now, but my stool is still very mushy and yellow. And I still have to go to the toilet many times a day, but I don't always get that "OMG I NEED TO GO NOW OR ELSE I SOIL MY PANTS!" -feeling.

I take imodium every morning and evening, but I still have to wake up every night (1-2 times usually) to go to the toilet.
 
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