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I don't know if what I have is IBS but I have had this condition since 3rd grade (that I am aware of) and am now a Grandmother. I have been to doctors and specialists who just never seemed to know what to say to me, like they thought I was crazy. I've had colonoscopies, endoscopies, upper and lower GI's, stool tests, with no answer given. I have only known of a few males that I noticed smelled bad, but never any female but me. It is very emotionally wearing but due to the grace of God, I have had a good life. I never post on boards, but read somewhere on this board of a young mother who is ready to give up. I have felt that way at times but am so glad that I didn't. I have a wonderful family and life for them would not be the same if I was not here. As bad as it can be, it's not so bad that checking out of life is the better deal. From what I read here, everyone is trying so hard to do everything just right and trying to help other people, too. That says a lot about courage in adversity.Definitely, eating well and watching for what doesn't agree with me is key. I personally have problems with too much dairy, chocolate, nuts, beans, fried foods, and fatty foods. However, if I'm nervous or otherwise emotional, that's a trigger. If I don't get a good night's sleep that's a trigger. And sometimes there's no apparent trigger. I take five 8.6 mg. sennocides (senna) pills (over the counter) every night. I have to be really careful not to wait at all if I feel the urge, because it comes on fast. But in the six plus years I've been taking it, I have had much fewer incidents that I am aware of that I have offended people. Any doctor I have told how much senna I take says it is safe at that dosage and can be taken long-term. I would not be able to go without the senna, period. If I miss a day it takes several days to get back on track. I had tried Lactulose years ago and was not impressed with it.I also take pains to be especially clean, using wipes every time. I have used suppositories if I felt uncomfortable and just couldn't go, but I use them sparingly as sometimes they cause leaking. I have tried the Flat-D, but if they get worn out at all, they don't work. I have noticed in getting older (late fifties) that I have less control over gas coming out. I would swear at times in my life that I hadn't passed gas but others around me (again, like I read here, I seldom smelled anything) would be sniffing. I have seen a lot of good information on these boards and plan to see a specialist (try again!) Thanks for all the posts with great ideas and insights. Take courage!
 
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