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Hello to all here on this forum, I've been searching the internet a lot the past few months looking for information and I'm really glad I found this site. I'm encouraged now by reading some people's success stories as well as saddened by those who have not found a cure or way to ease their symptoms but hopefully one day by sharing all this information we'll all be success stories.Anyway, enough rambling. I'm a 27 year old male and I've had 'stomach' problems (I say stomach because thats what Ive always assumed) as far back as elementary school. I can remember having these sudden urges to use the bathroom usually with soft stools. Over the years random attacks seemed to go away but I would always have sudden urges before big events such as, a speech, presentation, or playing in a basketball game. Through college it gradually became worse and this summer was by far the very worst its been and really made me start researching some stuff online. It seems that every time I go to an event, whether it causes negative stress or excitement, my abdomin seems to tighten up and I have an uncontrollable urge to use the bathroom and have diaherria. If I tried to hold it my stomach growls so loud you can hear it in the next state. It got so bad I couldn't even go to walmart, hang out with friends, shopping or even go to church without my stomach acting up. Also I was very shy as a kid and sometimes at work dealing with clients or product reps over the phone can cause stress and then an attack. During the day however, if I'm at home lounging around, I feel completely fine and never have any attacks. Its seems only when I feel some stress or excitement coming that the attacks happen and I have to run for the bathroom. I started research and came across IBS and have tried some suggestions but not much luck so far. My general practitioner recommended I try Hyomax(generic for Levsin) but it failed to stop any attack and she then recommended a specialist. Now my mother has very very similar symptoms as I do and she has seen a specialist before and done all the tests which found nothing and they were really not much help beyond that for her. I don't think they even told about IBS and she has been treated for depression before also. So I wanted to save some money and try all the basic free stuff I can learn on my own first instead of paying big bucks for a doctor to tell me to try eliminating a certain food or whatever. Through reading and research I've tried dietary changes mainly eliminating drinking large amounts of milk (which I've done a lot my whole life) and completely cutting off sodas which I got to drinking really bad at college and this past summer at work. These didn't seem to do anything. I also tried the probiotic Align but it only seems to turn my diaherria into soft cable-like stools, so not much help there either. I don't have any abdominal pain like alot of people describe on this forum but I'm slowly running out of theories and ideas to try, which is starting to get me down.Any help or suggestions yall in the community could provide would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Urgency and tightness in the abdomen is a discomfort that counts as "pain and discomfort" for IBS. IBS is more of a colon trouble than a stomach issue, and stomach issues tend to be up by the chest for the pain/discomfort and be upper GI symptoms rather than diarrhea.Some people do have "stress diarrhea" where the nervous system as it ramps up from the stress can trigger the nerves and mast cells in the gut that can cause a diarrhea attack.The colon always makes noise when it is moving stuff around. So there isn't some specific thing that makes some noises more audible than others but when it gets really active that can be loud enough for you to hear. Sometimes even loud enough for others to hear. Often with something like an antispasmodic it takes 30-60 minutes before it is really in full effect so if you can predict the attack ahead of time and pre-treat sometimes that helps more than waiting until it is so bad you can't take it and only then taking something. Don't know how long your attacks are, but you may be mostly having the drug working only after the attack is over.
 

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hey thanks Kathleen, sorry was without power this weekend and couldn't reply quickly. Generally the attacks start about half an hour to an hour before I do something. I didn't have much success with the medicine my general practitioner gave me but you might be right in that I was taking it to near the time of the attack. I have some left and may try taking it throughout the day to see if that helps. Do you know if any diet changes or foods to avoid that might also help, or can certain exercises?
 

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I have heard that L-Glucosamine helps the lining in the colon. I currently use Daily Builder from Wellness Resources (online). It is expensive, but good. This formula has many good vitamins/amino acids/minerals for the colon. Magnesium has calm the body.BTW: to get a good night sleep try Wellness Resources Coral Calcium. Take prior to sleeping. The magnesium and calcium will calm the body and a person will sleep very good and have intense dreams. It is an awesome experience.
 
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