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Ok, first of all I am a college student, I probably have a very poor diet, and I drink and smoke cigarettes. For the past two months I have been having a mix between constipation and diharrea and just recently I've been having alot of pain in my stomach and abdomin. I have alot of gas and I just don't think it's getting out of my body. Like tonight I tried to go to sleep at 2am and right now its 7am. I layed down to go to sleep and could not go to sleep because my stomach hurt so bad. This is seriously affecting my social life and my grades at school. When i feel like this i dont even feel like going to class and so i dont. Sometimes i will sleep way more than i should because i know if i wake up im just going to feel like ####. someone pleeeeeeease help me i've been to the doctor twice already and they dont tell me much of anything. I've been taking medumucil and it doesnt seem to do much.. i've found out that when i drink it just worsens my situation so after last weekend i've decided to stop drinking for a while.. but this week has just been pure hell for me.. im out of ideas...josh
 

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HI I'm C also. I think I would die without my metamucil. I take magnesium every day also, 425 mg of it and it really helps with constipation. Metamucil will give you gas if your body is not used to the extra fibre, start slow and gradually increase the amount. I take one heaping tbsp a day. When I first started taking it it was pure hell, the gas,bloat, pain was unbelievable but now it's fine. Without the metamucil I would be in agony constantly. I don't know if you take any medication but I really have to avoid robaxacet, it will put me in bed for a least a week. Eggs,beans,gas producing veggies,milk is deadly for me. Pay attention to what you eat, I'm sure it has something to do with it. Good luck, I hope the pain get better soon.
 

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I can relate to what you are saying..I get constipated..like I don't go for days and when I do, I then get diarrhea for several days and then the whole cycle repeats itself.I have found that alcohol is one of the worst triggers for me. Also, bread or anything that has wheat in it. If I eat something like that the night before, I am just asking for trouble.One thing I have found with IBS...most of us seem to be very highly strung people. My only conclusion is that stress plays a HUGE part in our disease. Meditation or something like that will help you immensely. Hope this helps...
 
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Hey BiddlerHope things are better for you. Reading your post I can identify with how you are feeling. I have just finished my studies at Uni after four years, and have only recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis which is a form of IBD.Being young like you (21 yrs old) it is hard, I have given up smoking cigarrettes, as advised by my specialist because it can increase the chance of having a relapse. Giving up has been the hardest challenge, it is now my 9th smokefree day, and I am wearing nicotine patches. I am bouncing off the walls with my moods, and eating heaps thank god my family is understanding.Think about maybe giving up smoking in the future, but not at the moment. I wouldn't recommend it if you are stressed.I got really frustrated with my doctor too, because I went undiagnosed for 6 months, test after test, and nothing. I would advise that you remain persistent, or even seek a second opinion. It is your body and you know the pain you are experiencing. Doctors can be very frustrating I know.I would love to chat to you. Please feel free to email me at: barbara_ryan21###hotmail.comTake care we are here for yaCheersBarb
 
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I can help you but you will have to work at it. There are no easy answers. I have gone through every medical test imaginable and nothing working until I went to a Christian gastroenterolgoist. He told me what to do and I have been able to keep it under control for ten years. First, No and I mean no carbonated drinks(you can have an occassional one but not for the first month or two.) Second, 3 teaspons of Konsyl per day preferable after each meal. Third, 30 grams of fiber per day. The easiest way to get this fiber is app. 2 cups of green vegetables "every day". Fourth, one orange per day. Others fruits I havent found to work. Don't expect any progress for one month. And then miraculously you will wake up one day and be 100% better. But this is something you will have to live with so get ready. Very likely you will develope other illness. I have Connective Tissue Disease, Dermatomyositis, and fibromyalgia all started within 10 years of the stomach trouble. Some things to avoid, vitamin C, asperin, ground beef, onions. And whatever causes to to flare up. Good Luck I promise it will work!!!!!!
 
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I have a couple questions about Steve's post: How do you avoid vitamin C and eat oranges? And if you have a connective tissue disease, why are you avoiding vitamin C at all? The other diseases you mentioned are not necessarily sequelae of IBS. They may occur in conjunction with the IBD big-wigs (Crohn's and UC), but mostly in the long term due to problems with nutrient absorption and toxicities. Those two problems can in large part be managed. It's more the overt, uncomfortable symptoms that seem to be the hardest to eliminate. If I had terrible pain for awhile and woke up one day with it suddenly gone, the hospital would be my first visit. That's a classic sign of a perforation (releiving and obstruction or appendicitis). I'm not trying to be rude or anything to Steve, I just thought the post was....I don't know what. That's a very interesting "cure" and I'll have to look into it more before I give it a shot. Those terrible associated conditions bother me, though.
 
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