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Diarrhea-predominant IBS is one of the three main types of the disorder

My Experience Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I am 45-years-old, but unfortunately, I have been suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome since I can remember. I remember being in high school and having to deal with stomach pains so severe that I would have to come from school. Unfortunately, my symptoms have become more troublesome over recent years. I attribute this to the stress of life and greater intolerance of certain foods and drink. I also suffer from mild anxiety which can often increase my symptoms tenfold.


Avoiding certain foods

Over the past couple of years, I have learned to avoid certain foods and beverages but do occasionally fall off the wagon. Anti-diarrheal and anti-anxiety meds in small doses have helped. Mostly, I scope out the nearest bathrooms and hope everything turns out ok when I’m out with friends, family and my wife. I love going to sporting events, going out to dinner and playing golf, and when I’m playing I almost always use the course restrooms whether I need them at the time or not just to be on the safe side. At this point in my life, I’m upfront with all my friends and family about my situation, so they aren’t startled when I may need to rush to use the bathroom whether it’s at a golf course, restaurant or stadium facility.

Traveling with IBS

When I travel on airplanes, I always try to go to the bathroom before the flight and just hope for the best when we are in the air. One of my biggest fears is having an accident on a plane while traveling. It has definitely restricted some activities or travel plans with my girlfriend, but she has great patience with me and is always helpful in getting me through the tough times. It helps to write about it. Thanks for listening.

As I mentioned before, I have learned from speaking about IBS to friends and relatives (who I did not know suffered from IBS) that we all seem to be different as to just what sets off our IBS: What we ingest, when we go to the bathroom and a host of differences between us. I am slowly learning, I think, what I can eat and not eat (and drink) to best help in an understanding of ‘MY’ problem.

Don’t underestimate good nutrition

I feel the next thing that I need to start doing is going to see a nutritionist who I’m hoping will give me some more specific ideas on how to help my IBS problem. From what I’ve read, they will provide me with a lengthy symptom questionnaire to fill out before my first appointment. I’m told it will have questions pertaining to my body, and if I have any special dietary needs. My hope is that the doctor will alter my diet and suggested I take several supplements. I’m assuming changing my eating pattern and diet will be difficult, to say the least, but I am determined to try to take as much control over my sickness as possible. If I can fix this problem, it will help me physically and psychologically. I have learned how to cook through this whole experience and am grateful for that and for having reduced symptoms.

Everything revolves around my IBS

IBS has been my biggest problem and I wish there was something that could be done to help the millions of people that are affected by this medical problem, and to think there is no real cure, is a psychological killer according to I know that there isn’t a magic pill for me to take, which is incredibly disheartening to know that I can’t do everything I want to do, but I am thankful for what I am able to do. I’m going to continue on my diet, take my supplements, and continue to exercise, meditate and work on dealing with my stress. At this point, these are the best tools I have to try to feel better and have a “normal” life. I am forever grateful for the help my nutritionist and therapist have given me.

Positive mindset

I know that I’m not the only person suffering and affected by IBS, which has helped my mindset as I try to fix this problem. I always thought this was a problem that I was by myself, but knowing that I’m not alone has actually my mental psyche.