The S stands for "syndrom" which is the medical field's way of saying "we're not quite sure." I don't mean that sarcasticly, it is just reality. IBS is a group of issues with your digestive system that manifest themselves in as many ways as there are people with the IBS. Pain, cramps, bloating, diarhea, constipation, etc. etc. When it gets bad enough to be indentifiable, then you'll get more specific names. That is a good path to avoid.
This site will provide you with lots of helpful information. I would add a cautionary note to that. Many people come here to share their feelings and express their concerns. That is very valuable when living with the daily challenges of chronic illness, but it can easily result in increasing your own level of worry. If you can avoid that pitfall you are on your way to a better situation, because worrying is definitely an IBS trigger.
Some people, of which I am grateful to be a part, have eliminated IBS from they lives, so your diagnosis is not a death sentence. It is however an oportunity to begin to learn. Learn about
yourself, your body, the digestive system, the food you eat and other life style choices you make. As you seek healing, you'll learn from others on this site, ways to modify you life, so you can continue to get the most out of it while you heal. But take your time and don't overwhelm yourself (yep, anxiety is another IBS trigger). If you just were diagnosed, you have probably had the symptoms for some time, so it will take some time to settle them down and hopefully reverse them.
I wish you well on your healing journey.
Post Edited (redee2moov) : 2/21/2009 9:57:27 AM (GMT-7)