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Hi my name is Kelly and I'm 19 I go to college full time, VP in my sorority, and work with serevelly handicap kids full time and I have had IBS for about 6 months now, and recently I have been having some really bad attacks latley. I was just wondering what should I eat and do when I have these attacks? Nothing seems to help me, my parents think I'm totally making all of this pain up, but for the last 3 days I have been crying in pain and my medicine is not helping. Should I go back to my doctors I don't know anymore its like IBS is ruling my life and I just don't understand, someone please help.Kelly
 
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Hi Kelly,I find if I eat salads (unfortunately, I love them)I hurt. Eat boiled foods and add potatos and rice. These help.Please let me know what else you find out...(Beachbrokr###aol.com) Thanks!roni
 

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Hi Kelly and welcome! I don't know if you're a D type, but if you are, a lot of people on this board have had luck with Caltrate (you can do a search for it, if you want). Also, peppermint tea might ease the pain a little. What kind of meds are you on? Librax helps with bad spasms, but it makes me sleepy. I'm sure you'll get plenty of good advice here. Good luck! Hope you feel better!
 

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Sorry you have IBS. I had it in college so I know how you feel.For getting people to understand, there is a brochure. Look for a recent string of messages by collegegirl (who is also in college) and you'll see the link to the brochure. It can really help getting people to understand you are not making this up.Also, try to get a handle on your IBS. If you have D type, you could try Caltrate Plus (see other postings about it) or even prescription drugs.As for food, everyone is different. I avoid dairy (except small amounts of cheese), fatty or fried foods, and restaurant food (except Subway). I eat oatmeal, potatoes, bananas, some rice, frozen green veggies (peas, green beans), and drink lots of water. I have found eating 5-6 small meals instead of 3 big ones makes a huge difference for me.Good luck!
 
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Hey! I am 18 and a freshman in college. I have also had mine for only about 7 months. It sucks! I am on Lotronex now, and it is helping, but I have only gone to the bathroom once in the past 6 days since I started it. It wasn't uncomfortable until this morning, and I am eating foods for the first time ever to try to make myself go to the bathroom! LOL. I just wanted to tell you that I am going through the EXACT same thing you are. Good luck! If you want keep me posted and maybe we can help each other through this.
 
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Thankyou all for allyou replys, there were very helpful. Iam D type, and im on Donnetal and a anti deppresent that i never take cause its really hard for me to wake up in th morning, cause i go to bed really late cause im always busy.Kelly
 
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Hi, i had to respond to this one. I was so angry with myself because ibs made me drop out of college with 4 classes to go! Hang in there and graduate! good luckocean
 
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I'm hearing alot more stories of people having difficulties in school because of IBS symptoms. I'm another individual who dropped because of the embarrassment and hunger pangs that did nothing to help me concentrate on the course, let alone relax and enjoy the experience. But when I was in college, I knew nothing about lactose intolerance, dairy and food allergies. I'm a lot wiser now. I can eat plenty. There's no need to skip meals all day long in order to get through school. Just determine what you can safely eat and what foods upset your stomach and for how long. Some foods will keep your stomach in a state of upset for a few days because they iritate your digestive tract and things don't necessarily return to normal right after you've evacuated the food.
 
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Hang in their girl! I survived graduate school with mine. I think it all started from all of the public speaking during school. I also started drinking while there - please avoid that. I've just started taking 2 fiber caps a day and just started a mild anti-depressant. I'm eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast, apple at about 10:00, bread something at noon, and another banana or yogurt or something about 2:00, then a regular dinner. I do home health and am out driving all day, so that keeps me able to go. I haven't had diarrhea in a week. Good luck! Hang in there. My parents are freaked out and don't understand.
 
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