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Hello everyone one, I have just registered as a new member as I stumble across this forum with the aid of good ole Google.com.Anyway my story.My name is Stuart; I am 26 years old and live in Southampton UK. I have suffered from IBS for a little over 10 years.It all started with a blink of the eye "So to speak" I remember one day being at work dealing with the normal everyday stress, then within a few hours I went from feeling "Normal" to feeling like I was going to be sick, and stomach pains, and it went on like that for weeks. So I went to see my doctor and explained, he just brushed me off saying that I either had a bug or a Virus. So not knowing any better I agreed and went home, but it still didn't go away, things were getting worse to the point I stopped eating as it made me feel 100000% worse. So I went back to my doctor many times more even seeing a different doctor trying to get them to do more, all they said was it could be IBS and sorry nothing we can do. Not happy with that I moan and moaned at them for weeks to get to see a bowel specialist, when they agreed. So I had the camera up my backside looking to see what was up, and all they found was some scare tissue on my bowel lining. and a sorry IBS nothing we can do, which I understand there is no "Cure" for it. But left feeling alone from it..So here I am today, feeling crappy with IBS D, with a touch of IBS C, and for the last few months, every meal I have gives me incredible pain, with lots of D. So again I stopped eating. I know that�s the worse thing I can do but I just want to pain and D to go away. The pain gets so bad I feel like I am going to pass out from it, I mean I don�t even drink fizzy drinks just plain bottled water. I don�t drink alcohol, ok I do smoke.So I have had enough from it all, my partner is feeling the strain from it all, many times he has wanted to go out for meal and do the "Normal" things couples do and I am scared to death of going and don�t go, he has gotten to the point where he thinks our relationship is not worth the hassle anymore, and after 7 years of being with him, that�s the last thing I need. I really cant see the point in going on, and I don�t mean killing my self, but just getting ride of everyone and everything and lead a recluse life. I just don�t know what to do anymore.So I can come on here, asking what can I do to improve my situation? Any help would be most grateful..Stuart
 

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heya stuart
well, i definitely can relate to your experiences with doctors...they just brush me off too and give no helpful advice on how to deal with ibs...just leave me stranded...the only advice i EVER got from a doctor (from a specialist!) was to eat more fiber like all-bran for breakfast...well, i followed his advice and i got worse!just a question: what kind of foods are you eating?this ibs thing really does suck, but i must say i'm better than i was a couple of years ago...i've really been working hard on my stress levels (i'm an extremely tense, anxious person). i don't think stress caused my ibs per say, but i do notice that whenever my ibs is acting up, stress makes it worse...well, do post again and until then take care
 

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Hello Minimum, thank you for your reply.I am also and stressed kind of person, due to many traumatic things that happened to me as a child, to which I have and had gained various types of therapy for. Which seems to be helping, at the moment I am not eating anything other than plain toast and bottled water. Which seems to be the only thing that my bowel seems to take no notice from.But I have tried various diets and eating more of some and less of others, I even have seen diet specialist, she was as useful as a chocolate teapot and an ashtray on a motorbike.It been the last few months that have been majorly up and down, I have always been bad with IBS but it did get it under some kind of control, to where it was at a balance. But now all hell has let loose. (for give the pun)
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hmmm...well, for me personally, i find that not only eating too much sets my ibs off, but eating too little (or not often enough)...so i've taken to eating something at least every 3 hours...hard to do sometimes when i'm at work though.have you tried any medications for ibs? i've tried a number, but none have worked for me, but than again, i'm primarily ibs-c...
 

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hi sturt im suffering as much as you ive been suffering for the last 10 years also but for the last month i have been in constant pain everytime i eat open my bowels sex you name it doctors just keep giving me different tablets to try but none seem to work i cant work i take my son to school come home take some strong pain killers and go back to bed im at my wits end i just want the pain to go away im depressed have you had a scan for gall stones i have and waiting for results get that checked out the pain is same as ibs so you never know im fed up of people saying its in my head they dont know what its like unless they have it too
 

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Howdy Stuart, I have been diagnosed with ibs for three year, but it started getting worse Jan. I have found thru my own experiences that stress can be a big factor in ibs. I have I ibs-a. It is a big pain in the hinnie, not knowing when you wake up what your bowels are goin to do to you that day.
It is very hard put myself on a diet program because when you have d you eat different foods than when you have c. Right now it is c and I have been drinking Citricel three times a day trying to have a movement. When my system turns back to d again I'll just take lorcet for pain, soma,for relaxing the muscles(they are to keep your bowels from contracting. Now you know what a woman goes thru during labor!)and zanx, for stress and anxiety. As for as having understanding partners.
I have been married to the same person for 26 yrs, sometime he is understanding and compassionate and some times he can be an ass,
especial when he's "in the mood and I'm not". Who wants sex when your gut hurts
or you feel like your going to have to run to the "john" every ten min.
You made the statement thats "it's all in yor head" accordind to my Dr., in a way it is. Certain foods can send mixed messages to you gut that releases certain chemicals that can cause your gut to seize up or cause diaherra. It's more tech. then that, I just put it in laymans terms.
But as you read som of the postings on this BB you will find out that some people a led to believe that our bodies are being attacked by micro parasites,etc. you will read some pretty interesting theories and "sure fire remedies" Welcome to the Forum.
 
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