Patient Comments: Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Diagnosis

How was the diagnosis of your irritable bowel syndrome established?

Published: July 25

I was diagnosed about 15 years ago. I have had problems going to the bathroom since my early 20's. I am now 39. I have taken Lithium for 20 yrs, due to my body does not produce enough as well as I am considered bi-polar. I had tests after tests and still nothing showed up. Yet I could be cramped over in the bathroom half a night wanting to die it hurt so bad. Just this last month I went 13 days in a row with no bowel movement. I have increased my fiber, and a take a stool softener every night. I am as frustrated as everyone else out there. It's definitely a way of life for me, but the older I get I am working harder to find ways to lessen the every day burden for me. I am going to doctor on Monday mainly because I have not gained weight (# wise) but I look like I am 5 months pregnant in the belly. Now that is bothersome.

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Comment from: MaryJane197, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

Last week, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with IBS. I've always had discomfort in with bowl movements. It seemed as if anything I ate or drank triggered a hard bowel movement that would have me bent over the toilet, hurting. For a while, I just thought that was normal. I would eat, and then by the end of that day or the next morning, I would have a bad bowl movement. So, I started only eating once a day to try to solve this. I didn't have health insurance, so I couldn't afford to have this checked out. So now, six years later, I finally have health insurance and a doctor. He put me on a medication called Amitiza. It made me nauseous, gave me stomach pains, and it made me have to urinate a lot. I didn't have as many bowl movements, but when I did, they still hurt a lot. Instead of the bowl movements being hard as a rock, they were runnier, softer. But they still hurt. So I had a follow-up exam. My doctor says he wants me to take Bentyl for now, which is a form of muscle relaxer. It's supposed to help with the cramping you get from IBS. He also wants me to take fiber, such as Metamucil. I don't see how the fiber will help. That will just cause me to have more bowl movements, which hurt. And the Bentyl isn't a long-term drug. So, now I'm not sure what to do.

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Published: July 23

The doctors ask a bunch of questions. My symptoms were pain in stomach, around naval area. Bloating, bowel changes from lose to hard! Sick to my stomach, at times. Throw up in mornings. Pregnancy test given, had an upper GI. Followed up with doctor visit and was told I had I.B.S., and the starts of appeared to be three ulcers. They gave me some Mylanta and sent me home!

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Comment from: DMPants26, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

I'm in mid 30's and I was told to use Benefiber and Metamucil and I was diagnosed with IBS. I go to the walk in clinic because I look Pregent. I have been diagnosed with IBS since I was in my early 30's. I was also told try and change my diet. My doctor also told me to try a nutritionist to help me with my IBS some days I have a lot of pain and there are some days where have a little pain. I seek my primary care doctor regularly for IBS.

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Comment from: camy57, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I was diagnosed with IBS-D last year, I am wondering why I have other problems that maybe relate to having this, Whenever I have to urinate, and I hold it just for a few seconds I find that it irritates the other and I have gas or have diarrhea both, I wonder if anyone knows what the cause of this is, it makes me unable to work or even go to stores etc, standing in lines are out of the question, in case it hits me and I have to urinate then it starts up on me.

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Comment from: darkfire, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I am a 17 year old mother. I started having abdominal pain and started having diarrhea/constipation variants about a month and a half ago I was referred to a gastro doctor. I have had a colonoscopy, CT scan, ultrasound and x ray. They still haven't figured out what is wrong with me. I am having bloating, constipation, vomiting and rectal bleeding. I wonder if someone might can tell me if they know what's wrong with me or if they know something with the same symptoms?

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Comment from: La, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I was diagnosed with IBS after I had a colonoscopy done. I had the symptoms previously, but I couldn't figure out why I was so constipated and bloated all the time. Almost a year later still the same symptoms. I find in order for me to get better. I have to totally change my diet.

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