When, Where, After What? Did your IBS start?

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mrmagoo
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   Posted 2/23/2006 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought I would see what the preceeding events to everyone's IBS symptoms were.

Mine started about 3 years after I started my current job. I was in debt, having issues with my fiance, and getting ready to be laid off from work. I wound up being stressed out of my mind. I started having back issues, which were possibly UTI related, but nothing was positive, and I didn't do doctors until it was too late, so he put me on some antibiotics for the UTI. Soon after that I started having burning in my stomache, and not being able to eat anything. The Dr. said I had H-pylori, and treated me with a prev-pak, I didn't eat for two weeks straight, lost 35lbs. Ever since then I have had the problems with my gut, which seems to be defined, or I guess the actual lack of definition, as IBS-C. But not really so much C as just IBS.

So thats my story, probably stress related to start off with combined with eating at McDonalds 4 or 5 times a week.

m&ms
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   Posted 2/23/2006 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi - I came down with IBS one month after a horrible intestinal infection that had to be treated with Cipro.  The intestinal infection put me in the Hospital with severe dehydration and copious amounts of dark, tarry blood.  I got better pretty fast, but within a month I started with diarrhea episodes.  That was back in May and I haven't been the same since.  I've tested positive for other infections since that time: E-Coli, C-Difficile and the most recent was shigella.  I've had two clear colonoscopies, an upper GI that was fine, and I was OK on the immune tests.  My blood tests do reveal severe anemia, so if this is IBS, then it is definitely messing with my ability to absorb iron.  I am now trying the SCD diet to see if maybe it is a food allergy.  I am at my wits end.

Polarisjeff
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   Posted 2/23/2006 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Great topic - I was just reading that 70% of IBS patients can, in fact, trace back to a specific stomach trauma.  I found this surprising.  It's very interesting to hear how different the stories are.  I was finishing up a "Biggest Loser" type weight loss contest at work & was reading that we have 5-20 of impacted matter in our colons (allegedly).  I decided to try a colon cleanser to push myself over the top in the contest.  This combined with the most stressful period of my life related to money / marriage is what I believe to be the catalyst for my symptoms.  3 months later my money and marriage situations have recovered nicely, but I still feel like crap.

ryleigh
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   Posted 2/23/2006 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,   This started for me about 10 years ago..  I did have a lot of stress goin on at the time..  I was going thru fertility treatment, just found my birth mother, my mom had breast cancer at the time..  I was in pain everyday..  They thought it was gyne problems.  I had 5 laporscopies done for endometriosis, then a hysterectomy..  I was still having problems..  I have had lower upper gi done.  Colonoscopys done.  Every test you can think of.  And they say IBS..  The dreaded IBS..  I hate that word.. lol  My next step is that new medication that you guys mentioned..  I am going to my doctor on tuesday to ask her about it..  Hope everyone is well!!!

Ryleigh


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   Posted 2/23/2006 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
My IBS started about 8 or 9 years ago when I got on birth control. It had become progressively worse until I coudn't take it anymore (just over 1 year ago). I just recently figured out the connection with my birth control, so I stopped taking it.
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dbab
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   Posted 2/23/2006 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine started at age 14 with no rhyme or reason that I know of unless it came on as I was starting high school and got put into the GT program with much stress. I guess that was it... the stress of high school and maintaining good grades to get into college. Other than that can't think of what else could have caused it.  I have anxiety disorder as well so stress is amplified for me which affects my IBS as well considerably.


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Keriamon
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   Posted 2/24/2006 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I got mine when the gall bladder went bad my freshman year in college. I got the gall bladder out (eventually), but I still have stomach problems related to not having one. And, as I found out this summer, my stomach problems can suddenly change and manifest themselves in new ways.

cashnbecky
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   Posted 2/26/2006 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   

 

 

My parents had a horrible marriage and did not mind arguing violently in front of their children.   Their favorite battleground was the dinner table!   So I spent my very young life struggling with a very nervous stomach.   I was an extremely picky eater and I threw up more than a normal kid should.  So I believe that's where I really started.
 
But...in 1975 when I was 25, my young husband had a second stroke due to AVM (arterial veinous malformation).   He had been paralyzed on his left side from the first one.   The second one he had surgery to remove as much of the bad veins as possible.  When he awoke from surgery he did not know who I was.   We had been married 6 years.   While I was dealing with that nightmare I got a virus or some kind of bug and was horribly nauseous for a solid week before it eased.   Soon after that I began to experience a lump of pain in my left side right at my waist.  That lump of pain has been with me ever since.   My other systems come and go, more come than go, but the lump never goes away.

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   Posted 2/26/2006 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
cashnbecky said...

 That lump of pain has been with me ever since.   My other systems come and go, more come than go, but the lump never goes away.


What a terrible ordeal you have experienced.  I can imagine your life was/is very stressful... Have you had all the scopes and been checked for ulcers?
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cashnbecky
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   Posted 2/26/2006 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
7Lil - I have been colonoscopied, cat scannned, sonagramed, x-ray, poked, prodded, you name it. Always comes out the dreaded "IBS". I found myself before both colonoscopies hoping they would find SOMETHING. Scary huh. I'm sure I really wouldn't be happy if colon cancer were found but they have treatment for that for crying out loud!

blondie15
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   Posted 2/26/2006 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Aww cash thats awful! I always feel so bad around my friends that DONT have IBS but then I realize people have it so much worse than me that I am thankful...my best wishes to you and i'll pray for you.
My IBS has been with me all of my 15 years of life. I can remember being 7 years old and laying on the ground screaming in pain because I was so constipated. I also have had acid reflux on and off since around 7 years, so as a young child I already had an ulcer and was on acid reflux medication. I took that for about a year then it started up again around age 14 when I got sick with mononucleosis, a.k.a mono. I was sick for about 3 months in bed, and lost a bunch of weight and my acid reflux came back 10 fold, was on every medicine possible for that, developed a severe phobia/anxiety attacks, and IBS-D instead of C. My acid reflux eventually went away as my phobia lessened through counseling, but my IBS stayed and increased in trouble. Thats my story...I just wanna know whats next! lol

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   Posted 2/26/2006 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I hear you, cash... and I feel for you. Sometimes there just isn't much we can do about IBS - it is so unpredictable. Just keep taking your probiotics and tell yourself that one day things will have to get better.

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