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Hey, my name is Steph. 20 years old and I have suffered from FBO off and on since I was 13. Sometimes I feel like its my imagination since I'll notice less reactions and people I've asked (which amounts to many, I'm incredibly upfront about this issue. The way I see it if people can''t deal with my asking or knowing I have this issue or belief in it, they can leave!) always say they never notice anything. Even when people continuously sniff or react around me, my friends will say its not a reaction to me when I point-blank ask. So, a lot of the time I"m stressed out and confused about this problem. I had a neighbor talk on her phone, loudly enough to harass me, to someone about how I smell like ###### constantly for 20 minutes. I've also been noticing a Lot of reactions when I go out in public now. People are usually very friendly to me. I have an entertaining personality it seems, mostly because I don't hide any of my issues or thoughts from anyone. But lately its been sniffs, rude looks. The cashiers at places seem to make mistakes in checking me out because of their hurry to get rid of me. So I think its existent no matter what close ones say to me. I have had constipation issues and stomach pains since I was 4. Had lots of tests of treatments from constipation in my life but nothing made a difference. Now I have, as horribly as it may be, urinary leakage constantly day and night. Not a lot, I can wear one pad and theres only a small section that shows signs but it does exist. After seeing two doctors who told me it wasn't happening I went to a Urologist who confirmed that it was happening. Another reason not to trust doctors right? If something as obvious as that was brushed off how can I trust them to do their jobs in terms of my odor situation.But I believe the urinary incontinence was brought on by a life of constipation and straining which has probably caused internal hemmorhoids as well. My muscles are very weak and I'm sure this is the cause, since i suffer from anal leakage at times too.Life is hard and it seems like once I cope with one life altering issue, another one comes to play. I'm just thankful that you people are here. Thank you for reading this, I hope to make friendships here with people who won't judge me as much as I'm used to. Steph
 

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Hello StephWelcome to the forum and i'm sure you will see there are many of us suffering to, so you are not alone.I have severe IBS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.Like yourself i have and do still strain all the time on the toilet and this in turn has given me a weak bladder and my muscles are weak in my rectum also, along with internal and external hemmorhoids.I do know what you are going through concerning they symptoms.My BM's are always soft but they do not pass easily and i need to strain to pass all the time,i have made myself so ill by doing this.Have you been told to do pelvic floor exercises to see if that helps the weak muscles?Are you taking any medicines at the moment?How is the constipation?Diana
 

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Hello Diana, I have gone to a specialist who had me do pelvic exercises. I have not noticed a huge change or improvement of continence but when she put detectors on my body it was made obvious that my muscles are incredibly weak. They did improve after a few months but still nowhere near where they should be. She also said acidic foods and any caffeine products can certainly have bad effects.I'm not taking any medication now. I was on Xanax which may have caused to much muscle relaxation as well I believe but have discontinued use. I do take Miralax every day which does give me some BM's without straining but their quite small and I seem to have more gas.Constipation is pretty constant. Even if I have BM's, like you describe they are soft but have to be pushed and very small. I always have the feeling of incomplete evacuation. One every few months my system will clean itself out a bit it seems, which I am thankful for!
 

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I know the feeling of incomplete evacuation only to well,not nice!I have been doing pelvic floor exercises also but they have not made any difference,i'm hoping they do at some point.Do you still have a lot of pain?have you tried taking anything for that?i'm sure you probably have.When you say your bowel cleans itself out every few months,is it something you have ate that it is reacting to?
 

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Heya memnoch. I get the impression that you have accepted your ailment. I hope you are still fighting it. I had the same problems you discribe and more. Thanks to a lot of help from forums such as these, and books, and internet sites, and doctors, i got better. I dont have enough time right now to go into detail but I feel the need to give you advice in the hopes that i can help you.. here is my thought process when it comes to intestinal problems:Food obviously takes energy to digest, some foods take more energy to digest than others and some food even takes more energy to digest than what it gives back. If you eat foods that require a lot of effort to digest but dont give enough nutrition to make up for it (processed foods, certain grains) Then you can get into a vicous cycle of constipation.Constipation = poor eliminationI shouldnt have to tell you what happens when your body is unable to eliminate unwanted substances from your body.I researched strategies and double/triple/quadrouple checked the information i gathered. This is what i came up with,my strategy:-I ate less foods so my body wasnt working so hard.-I made sure that everything I ate was easy to digest and offered a lot of nutrition.-I went on fasts to speed up detoxication-I went on liquid diets ( this is the best option for getting great nutrition without putting stress on your system. I gained weight from my liquid diet
)-I cut added sugars/fat and gluten from my diet.-excercise-Acupuncture.As for supplements. I do not believe they are necesarry but they helped me.I took digestive enzyms. If you get enzyms make sure they are coated so they can survive your stomache acid. And eat them before meals or they wont work.I also took L-glutamine and meal replacement smoothie mixtures.Dont take my word for it do your own research.Anyways i hope you are researching and putting into effect strategies to get better. I know that when a chronic ailment hits someone when they are young they tend to accept it as who they are, they identify themselves with it. Once you become identified with an illness it can be hard to even concieve to start the process of getting better. =(I hope this post broadened your perspective.Love Al
 
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