im in high school with IBS

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nst114
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   Posted 1/16/2007 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Im a junior in High School and was just diagnosed with IBS and its been really hard for me to make it to school atleast the first couple of hours and I feel like Im about to fail out of school?? Do you guys have any suggestions on what I should do?

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   Posted 1/16/2007 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi nst114,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
IBS sure is tough to deal with when you're a teenager in high school... I feel for you. Do you have IBS-D (diarrhea predominant)? Are you currently doing anything or are on any meds to manage it? If you haven't yet tried calcium (caltrate w/vitamin D) you might want to take it at night before you go to bed. It might help with your D in the morning - if that's your main problem. Also, you can try getting up extra early before school to give yourself time to relax and do things at your leisure. All too often we are rushing to work or school and that stress causes our bowels to go nuts on us. Also, many may say this is not healthy, BUT I don't eat until I get to my destination (work). For many of us stress and food in the morning can trigger an attack. If you can get to school with an empty stomach, giving your body time to settle, you might be better off with a light snack or breakfast when you get there. Have you spoken to your teachers about your problem? You'd be surprised how sympathetic they can be... They'll probably let you sneak out of class to hit up the restroom anytime you need to.
None of this is even close to ideal for a teenager - I'm sorry - but there are a few things you can try to manage it. Are you on probiotics? What was your doc's suggestion?
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nst114
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   Posted 1/16/2007 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont have IBS - D

I have had stomach problems since 5th grade and its just gotten worse through out the years and now its gotten so bad that I have been missing school way too much first it was because of cramps and I was put of medicine for that and im on FiberCon I was put of Zelnorm but it made things worse the first three days I know your supposed to have diarrhea and that was fine it just messed my stomach up really bad .....some of my teachers already know i have IBS and my guidance counselor does too and she recommended getting a homebound teacher ...... i have already had a colonoscopy and the camera going down my throat and i have had Two CAT scans.. I also have to be at school at 7 but i wake up at 4:30 and Im still late ..because of me still having to go to the bathroom ..stomach pains...stomach cramps...etc.... I havent had diarrhea in awhile though ..

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   Posted 1/17/2007 3:48 PM (GMT 0)   
Are you constipated as well, or is your biggest problem the cramping? Has your doctor tried you on an antispasmodic, like hyoscyamine? Even if you've tried one and it didn't work, there are a lot of different ones out there and they are very hit or miss--they either work wonderfully or not at all; it can take some trail and error to figure out which one will work for you.

If you're having constipation problems, have you tried a daily regimen of prune juice? Also, there are aloe vera capsules that you can get in the vitamin section of any pharmacy; they are a natural laxative. If you can get things flowing regularly, that will often help the cramping (although not usually cure it completly).

Also, there are foods to avoid when you are cramping. One is apples. Some people can tolerate cooked apples okay, but raw is always a no-no, as is, especially, apple juice. For some reason, this cramps up people with IBS worse than anything else, it seems. Caffeine and carbonation are another two big cramp contributors, so no more cokes or coffee (not even decaf--it still has caffeine in it). Have you tried a dairy-free and/or gluten free diet? Sometimes allergies or just intolerances to those things can make you cramp and make you have constipation or diarrhea. Note that dairy-free is not the same as lactose-free and that the blood test they do for Celiac's disease 1) isn't terribly accurate anyways, and 2) doesn't mean you don't have some sort of intolerance that doesn't show up on the traditional test. The best way to figure out if you have a diary or gluten intolerance is to just eliminate it from your diet for a couple of weeks and see if you improve any. Don't eliminate both dairy and gluten at the same time, though, becuase if you get better, you won't know which is it that actually bothers you. Unfortunately both of these items are VERY common in prepackaged foods. "Caesin" is a milk protein that you will see listed on some products; you can't have that while trying dairy-free. You will probably find you can't eat anything in your school's cafeteria while you are trying these elimination diets. You will need your mom to fix you some meals from scratch so you can avoid these things. Like I said, give it two weeks to see if you have any improvement.

We had a guy on here before who was in high school and he had D problems, especially in stressful situations. He ended up going to school through an online class program and meeting as part of a study group with the other home-bound kids for a couple of hours a couple of times a week. His guts, although not perfect, were much better when he didn't have to worry about going to school and his grades were coming back up nicely. This might be something you do want to consider doing until you can find something that will reduce the cramps enough that they're at least tolerable. If kids at school ask what's wrong with you, tell them you don't know, but they suspect that you might be allergic to some sort of food, but they haven't found out what yet. That's close enough to the truth and something that most kids can understand and not ridicule you for.

One other thing to consider is some of the new antidepressants they have out on the market. They're starting to use them to treat people with IBS. I don't think I've heard of them being used on people with C, but they think that some people's cramping and D may be caused by just overactive, overly sensitive intestines and the antidepressants mellow them out so they function normally. If your cramping isn't caused by being perpetually backed-up, then the antidepressants may help calm your guts down.

Also, try probiotics as Lil mentioned. Those have helped a lot of people, at least in some small way. If you don't suspect a milk allergy, then you can try a couple of containers of Activia yogurt a day and work your way up to Digestive Advantage or Culturelle. You can find those in the bowel prooducts section of most chain drug stores. Like fiber, they can cause some gas initially, so don't take more than one a day at first. I usually take them right before bed so I can sleep through most of the gas.

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   Posted 1/18/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I had this problem in high school. I would talk to your counselor and teachers about yoru symptoms. They only give 5 minute bathroom breaks and when you have IBS that really isn't enough time if you have an emergency.
I find that exercise helps the stomach quite a bit and takes the stress levels and toxins out, in return calming your stomach.
Eat very healthy and stay away from fried, oily, and saucy foods, and milk.
 
It's great ate your age that you recognize that you have a problem and have to fix it. I missed almost half of my schooling and I wish I could of done things differently.
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nst114
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   Posted 1/18/2007 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies...my mom and I have been looking into home schooling just until I can find something that will help me with this problem..I really want to be able to go to school next year and graduate....

Yea the bathroom breaks at my school are just about the same distance ... my first and third period teachers know that there is something wrong with my but if i ask them if i can use the restroom they say no.......so maybe home schooling will help alittle
 


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   Posted 1/22/2007 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everybody, I'm a senior in high school and I think i have IBS. My problem is to much gas and bowel urges at home but also at school. Yet when i go to the restroom nothing. It is really annoying and embarrassing at school. I'm a pretty quiet guy at school but my stomach is always growling even after a meal. I just cant stand this type of living and hope to find a cure for this. Thnx for all the info and posts from all.

Any suggestions from any of u are greatly appreciated! :)

nst114
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   Posted 1/24/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Im the same way!
 


Machina
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   Posted 3/11/2007 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to jump in, but I had similar problems in high school (IBS-C with lots of gas and pain). None of the teachers/admins seemed to understand, and I ended up dropping out. Its hard to learn anything when youre worried about your bowels and in too much pain to care. Jaybee, nst114, I hope you guys can find a way to finish school. And Eddie's right, staying away from high-fat foods and milk can help(certainly did me). Finding out what other things you can/cant eat can be trial and error. It helps to keep a food diary to see if something specific makes you sick. You might want to start taking your own lunches to school-annoying, but sack lunches are a hell of a lot better for you than what the school will feed you.

(and Im awfully tired, so let me know if that made sense.)

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   Posted 3/11/2007 2:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Machina,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
Yes, what you wrote does make sense. Thank you for sharing your experience and I hope you have been able to better manage your symptoms.
Hope you stick around and keep sharing.
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   Posted 3/16/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Im from the Crohns forum but saw your post and wanted to chime in. You need to rally up your parents to advocate for you in school. IBS, Crohns, Colitis, these are all medical conditions and there are simple accommodations that can make your stay in school better. You should get a note from your doctor and register as a student with disabilities. Your accommodation should include constant access to the bathroom. You should not even have to ask. Just a 24/7 hall pass and the freedom to leave class as necessary to use the bathroom. Other accommodations may include having a beverage in class, or light snacks to settle the stomach. You should not be penalized for tardies and should be given the opportunity to make up missed work without question. You should also have a good relationship with your school nurse and be able to lie down as needed during the day. Please try to get an accomodation system set up. This does involve disclosing to your teachers that you have a condition but without them knowing they really can't help you. If your parents or doctor are not supportive in this, try to talking to your teachers one on one. When I was in high school I was not diagnosed w/ Crohns yet and was being treated for IBS. I just told my teachers individually that I had to urgently use the bathroom. I had D severely. They let me leave class as needed. I still had to "sign in" to use the student bathroom which was kind of embarassing because the bathroom monitor knew how often and how long I was in there. They had to check the bathroom after each student to make sure there was no smoke smell. Im sure they loved the wiff they got after my visits!!
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