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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.

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.

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