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I thought I would like to see if anyone else has IBS because supposedly it is quite common in adults.
Mine only really became a problem about five years ago.
I told a workmate I must be intolerant to dairy, and I was going through a crisis and said that alcohol didn't agree with me because I had read an article in a celeb mag about a model with bi polar symptoms who had to avoid drinking.
It was an embarrassing realisation as I had started to suffer from bad wind. Sorry, I will try and not get too technical or close to bone. But it basically smelt real terrible. I had joined a gym class and I think they must have noticed, and I quit.
When in hospital, one of the nurses was a proper "bit$h" and when my parents brought me a curry pot noodle (which for the record does nothing to my digestive system thankfully) she went "oof that is not going to help" so it was now common knowledge I was suffering from spells of wind. Even though I can only think of a handful of incidents it may have occurred at work.
After being so constipated my bowels nearly burst, I started to pay attention to what might be triggering it. I had a massive meltdown and the IBS just seemed to coincide with it.
It wasn't difficult to find the culprits, only a few things. The nurse I spoke to was surprised I could eat beans, spices, chilli, and greens no bother at all. They couldn't explain why it was these particular foods, which annoys me as when I tell people I just have to say it must be the way it is processed or a certain chemical/acid etc.
I am lucky that my bowels do not really speed up. In the past I have had that when I have been really nervous. I just mainly get the constipation.
There is meant to be a strong link between the gut and brain like when you are anxious.
I hadn't been looking after myself, and depression slows down the breakdown of food for some. So I had a long learning curve, trying to get my body back to a healthy state. I got an Aenima, and was given senna and two girls thought it was my methadone !
So if I have an interview in future I will be taking Valium the day before to calm me down, so my abused guts don't play up.
I have read of people with IBS who are too afraid to leave the house and I wonder why the doctors have failed to identify the triggers.
I am going to buy a kit where I can take a test when I get money. I only saw the nurse a few times as the advice was minimal - fibre. That was about it.
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I have issues too. I 'feel' my anxiety physically. My stomach, etc, are the primary parts of my body affected.

I was seen by a counsellor when I was in the hospital for this very reason. She set me up with a support group for 'sensory anxiety'. Unfortunately it disbanded before I had a chance to attend. So I suffer through the bouts of extreme tummy trouble whenever my anxiety is at its worst.
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Yeah my mental state and lifestyle have big affect on my gut. It was hard enough accepting i had a mental disorder. But i had to face the gut problem head, no option.
I even resorted to a vegan diet. No meat or dairy.
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i have noticed that i have a bout of IBS after any significant 'shock'. i go both ways, loose and empacted, with or without 'wind'. since i am substantially homebound, and do not see doctors (who i think are idiots) for minor problems (not life-threatening) i have never been offered treatment of any kind. i too take valiums before doc apptmts and other such stressors, and it does help at the time, but so often the doc puts me into shock, that i usually have exhaustion and gut symptoms after,,, (call it PTSD).

even as a kid, i would have stomach aches when my parents would fight or other things like that... so it's no surprise that i didn't out-grow it, but rather 'relapsed' when i became disabled. i think there are many links and over-looks between the medical perception of brain-body connections. good luck with your management~
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Yeah my mental state and lifestyle have big affect on my gut. It was hard enough accepting i had a mental disorder. But i had to face the gut problem head, no option.
I even resorted to a vegan diet. No meat or dairy.
Can I just correct "gut" to stomach problems. From the little advice a nurse did give me she insinuated that it is either the small or large intestines and not stomach. I think some research is in order. I have read about "FODMAP" foods....
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I've never been formally diagnosed with IBS. I guess I'm just sick of adding to my collection of diagnosis. I do get horrible gastrointestinal problems when I I'm stressed out or anxious. Diarrhea, gas, burping, all that fun stuff. It's directly related to my state of mind.
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I've never been formally diagnosed with IBS. I guess I'm just sick of adding to my collection of diagnosis. I do get horrible gastrointestinal problems when I I'm stressed out or anxious. Diarrhea, gas, burping, all that fun stuff. It's directly related to my state of mind.
I know the person who is responsible for me not wanting to accept that I may be needing some help. They used to act the typical macho bring home the bacon, type of man. His dad never showed any emotion so he didn't either. So all the women in my family loved my brother because he was not scared to get upset and so I had to be the strong one. I have just pushed my brain and body too far and now I have dug my own grave.
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I do sometimes

but for me it's not a regular thing. I only really feel it when my anxiety is really extreme to the point I'm silently screaming.

and we've all done that i'm sure
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I thought I would like to see if anyone else has IBS because supposedly it is quite common in adults.

Mine only really became a problem about five years ago.

I told a workmate I must be intolerant to dairy, and I was going through a crisis and said that alcohol didn't agree with me because I had read an article in a celeb mag about a model with bi polar symptoms who had to avoid drinking.

It was an embarrassing realisation as I had started to suffer from bad wind. Sorry, I will try and not get too technical or close to bone. But it basically smelt real terrible. I had joined a gym class and I think they must have noticed, and I quit.

When in hospital, one of the nurses was a proper "bit$h" and when my parents brought me a curry pot noodle (which for the record does nothing to my digestive system thankfully) she went "oof that is not going to help" so it was now common knowledge I was suffering from spells of wind. Even though I can only think of a handful of incidents it may have occurred at work.

After being so constipated my bowels nearly burst, I started to pay attention to what might be triggering it. I had a massive meltdown and the IBS just seemed to coincide with it.

It wasn't difficult to find the culprits, only a few things. The nurse I spoke to was surprised I could eat beans, spices, chilli, and greens no bother at all. They couldn't explain why it was these particular foods, which annoys me as when I tell people I just have to say it must be the way it is processed or a certain chemical/acid etc.

I am lucky that my bowels do not really speed up. In the past I have had that when I have been really nervous. I just mainly get the constipation.

There is meant to be a strong link between the gut and brain like when you are anxious.

I hadn't been looking after myself, and depression slows down the breakdown of food for some. So I had a long learning curve, trying to get my body back to a healthy state. I got an Aenima, and was given senna and two girls thought it was my methadone !

So if I have an interview in future I will be taking Valium the day before to calm me down, so my abused guts don't play up.

I have read of people with IBS who are too afraid to leave the house and I wonder why the doctors have failed to identify the triggers.

I am going to buy a kit where I can take a test when I get money. I only saw the nurse a few times as the advice was minimal - fibre. That was about it.


Sounds like you have IBS-C (Ibs constipation). I have IBS-D which is well, the opposite. Anxiety very much is a trigger for me. When Iím stuck in traffic I get nervous and my stomach starts to turn. Long road trips also freak me out because Iím worried about where the nearest bathroom is. Iím 30 and have had this since I was about 10. I had to constantly drink Pepto all day. It sucked. But yea anxiety most definitely plays a roll for some people.
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Sounds like you have IBS-C (Ibs constipation). I have IBS-D which is well, the opposite. Anxiety very much is a trigger for me. When I’m stuck in traffic I get nervous and my stomach starts to turn. Long road trips also freak me out because I’m worried about where the nearest bathroom is. I’m 30 and have had this since I was about 10. I had to constantly drink Pepto all day. It sucked. But yea anxiety most definitely plays a roll for some people.
That seems spot on. It honestly does not get in the way of my normal life. I just have to not eat a handful of foods including vinegar which is obviously acidic. And also fried stuff but that is probably a blessing in disguise. I ripped it down to the bare bones and embarked on a vegan lifestyle. Then I started easting oily fish for the omega 3 then on to chicken and the rest is history. I am also of Jewish descent could be a coincidence.
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