Hi I'm 19 years old and I have IBS. I was diagnosed with IBS around the middle of October past. I was always having bouts of pain in the stomache area and was constanty throwing up. Couldn't keep down a bite and was in bed for a month or more.
I just had recently started College in September and was doing great until I got this terrible life long pest. I then started missing a lot of school and was starting to fall behind, where to the point I had to withdraw from my program. I then restarted college again in January and thought that I had it under control. When this month I started getting really sick again. Only this time the doctor said it was a virus. I have never felt so sick before and for all those who do have IBS I completely understand where your coming from. Everyone that don't have it don't seem to think of it as nothng serious and yes I have heard the usual comments of "Well at least you don't have cancer or anything" many many times. They just don't know how painful and how much one person has to go through in the matter of a day. It's sometimes so bad that you feel like you have something else much worse. But not everything the doctor tells you is going to work either. It's different on everyone and everyone who has IBS has to cope with it in their own way, from the certin foods you eat to the medications which I have to say sometimes doesn't work at all.
I have been taking dicetel which at first didn't seem to be working at all to the point where I didn't see any need in taking it. I don't really know how much good it does, but I know for one thing the pariet pill that helps control the vomiting helps a lot. But now it seems that I have run out of it and the medical insurance won't cover it. And I'm still waiting to get the bowel test done which seems like I'm going to be waiting forever. But suffering with IBS is much more painful then what people who don't seem to have it make it out to be.