Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


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Comment from: Deby, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have constant flatulence because of irritable bowel syndrome. It's embarrassing. But worse than that, every time I eat, no matter how little, I have to run to the toilet. Sometimes I go 6 times a day.

Comment from: Maryse, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I have had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for 18 years since I was 6 years old. I have most symptoms of it, which include abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, constipation, irregular bowel movements, and lumpy stools. It has also caused me to have urinary incontinence for the same amount of time which means the bowel presses against the bladder making me have no control of leakage. It's just a real shame there is no cure for any of these conditions.

Comment from: zamo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I have experiencing constant pain on my right flank, constipation and flatulence. I am on medication now for irritable bowel syndrome but there is not much improvement.

Comment from: joe, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I acquired irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 3 years after treatment for lung cancer. I have a swollen stomach and all the normal horrible symptoms associated with IBS, including when I have a bowel movement I have to visit the toilet 2 or 3 times to clean myself up again.

Comment from: Pam, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I suffered from irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) for 25 years. I have discovered that lettuce is not my friend. It actually took 6 weeks to process lettuce through my system at one point. So, I had another colonoscopy and chose not to ever eat lettuce again! So far, 4 years later I do not have explosive diarrhea daily. When I do have any small issue, I can trace it to stress. Lettuce is a big trigger.

Comment from: Carol, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 11

If I don't eat all day then have a big meal I'm in the bathroom several times. I am wondering if this is a sign if irritable bowel syndrome.

Comment from: jen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

My stomach gets bloated and hard because of irritable bowel syndrome.

Comment from: nyasha, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I have been experiencing the same symptoms over a long period and only to be informed about IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) today and knowing different experiences in different age ranges is of importance to me.

Comment from: 1shasta, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I have always had abdominal issues most my life. However, recently I have had alternating diarrhea with pain and constipation. The pain initially was terrible. I would be doubled over and then after unable to walk around. The cause could be stress since my sister and I had to put our parents in a home because my dad has dementia. My sister has high blood pressure recently and I got this horrible abdominal problem. The pain has gotten somewhat better but the diarrhea persists.

Comment from: Ocean girl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I used to be able to eat pasta all the time, but since I developed IBS, I can eat large amounts of ferrara cappellini (pasta) as thin spaghetti with no problem. If I eat even small amounts of regular pasta macaroni now, I get horrible intestinal cramps and bad diarrhea.

Comment from: lee, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 06

When I was 58 I started having 5-6 bouts of diarrhea a day. No Pain, just diarrhea. I am now 74 and it is still the same. So far, all a doctor says is, "Oh you have IBS". I guess they just don't care. One did say it is probably caused by an infection in the bowels, but didn't do anything about it. Anything I eat or drink sets it off.

Comment from: WillingToKickIBS, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I was diagnosed with gastroenteritis when I was 19. Thereafter I had a 4 year long stressful/anxious period during which the symptoms of IBS stared to show. I wasn't even aware that I had IBS. But irregular bowel habits had begun and I thought that they would just go away someday. After 6 years of these symptoms I finally visited a doctor and he diagnosed me with IBS. Allopathic medicines like Lomotil do help. I take them before traveling or when I am having an 'attack', but I am not a believer in long term allopathic treamtment since there are lot of side effects. I have found that walking regularly helps. Currently I am taking homeopathic treatment and it is helpful to a large extent. IBS puts a lot of fear of traveling. Whenever I go to any unknown location the first thing I want make sure is that there is access to a toilet. That really sucks. But my condition has improved in the last couple of years. I am into year 8 of this condition now but I am hoping that things will get better.


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Comment from: Rene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I have had IBS for several years but the last two to three it has changed to vomiting. My gastro doctor has diagnosed this as IBS.

Comment from: Carolyn46, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I am 46 and have had IBS since my early 20s. It has gotten worse and much more severe. I have cramping, diarrhea, sweating, and pain. It is worse than childbirth. I am usually doubled over on the bathroom floor four to five hours at a time. I know better than to consume caffeine or eat fried foods, and these are my main triggers. Stress is also a huge factor. Sometimes the least little thing can trigger an episode. It has gotten more severe with age. I wish I could find some relief.

Comment from: judie m., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I have suffered with IBS from the age of 19 soon after my gallbladder was removed. I am now 53 years old. I have chronic diarrhea severe intestinal cramping and nausea and vomiting at least four to five days a week. This has definitely interfered with my quality of life. I have had several colonoscopies because of the severity of my symptoms and have been told that it’s "only" IBS.

Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I am 68 years old and I suffered with IBS for 19 years, having as many as six bouts per week and tried every medicine, diet, and even been in IBS study. I finally found a doctor to work with me and let me try Premarin. It was the miracle I was praying for. It has been two months and so far I am perfectly normal.

Comment from: Mrs.Mercer, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

My symptoms started in 2011. They were just flu like symptoms with severe pain in my stomach and vomiting. I’ve been watching what I eat and when I go to the bathroom nothing seems too abnormal. I've seen a GI specialist and had lots of test run including a colonoscopy, but they keep saying nothing wrong. I'm not sure what's wrong, but I know it's not normal to be in this much pain. I'm only 22 years old and have two small children. I have an attack at least once a month and it gets so bad I can't get off my bathroom floor because I'm in so much pain.

Comment from: Madison, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I have been diagnosed with IBS after many tests. My primary symptom is severe bloating.

Comment from: Gubbie11, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I have severe cramping in my lower abdomen. This pain doubles me over. After a few hours, I will finally pass some stool and this will relieve the pain. I'll have frequent periods of severe diarrhea about one hour after eating my three daily meals. I am a slow eater and do not overeat but even an English muffin with butter can cause a bad morning. The pain is intense and causes me to break out in a sweat. I've tried everything but seem to be unable to help myself.

Comment from: Gray Lady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I have been dealing with IBS for 60 yrs. I mostly have diarrhea. Nothing has worked for me. This has ruined any traveling I might like to do in my retirement. Most people are clueless as to how it affects every day life. It has really limited recreation. I never want to be too far from a restroom. I hate this!

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

I have been diagnosed IBS eight months back, it started with abdominal pain and watery diarrhea that lasted for few days, but symptoms persisted for about two months. I was diagnosed as post infectious IBS. I went through all routine tests and images nothing was found. It’s really terrible sometimes.

Comment from: momoftwins, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 18

I have severe bouts of uncontrollable. This is accompanied by pain, bloating, and a very full uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. It gets so bad that I do not leave my house for fear of having an attack. I have not noticed any foods that trigger these attacks, although stress is a factor. Stress gets worse when I'm having the attacks and I’m getting scared to be in public.

Comment from: Lena, 55-64 Female Published: February 17

With irritable bowel syndrome, I have been experiencing abdominal discomfort and excessive wind to the point of being absolutely disgusting.


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